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‘Extraction’ thrills, but lacks development

Fair use from Netflix. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) walks through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Adam Gips

May 17, 2020

I had high expectations before watching Netflix’s “Extraction” because Chris Hemsworth was starring in this new action thriller. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat with a moving story full of compelling violence, which was on par with my expectations. The story follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemswort...

‘Becoming’ beautifully captures story of former First Lady

Fair use from Getty Images. Former First Lady Michelle Obama travelled all over the United States for up-close interviews about her book

Sofia Seewald

May 16, 2020

When “Becoming” was released on Netflix May 6, my mom and I were anticipating an informational documentary about Michelle Obama, however, the movie gave us much more than that. “Becoming” was one of the most empowering documentaries I have ever seen. The movie “Becoming” is based partly...

Self isolation feels like ‘Groundhog Day’

Fair use from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Phil Connors (Bill Murray) sits next to Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) on his bed as she wonders what will happen to them the next day. Earlier in the day, Phil tells Rita that he's lived this day already and she wants to understand why it only effects Phil.

Anna Benishek

April 13, 2020

After being in self isolation quarantine for a couple of weeks, everyday feels like I’ve been reliving the same day over and over again. The popularity of the 1993 film "Groundhog Day" has increased since most of the country has been staying home.   "Groundhog Day" follows Phil Connors (Bill Murray), an ...

Top 10 must-watch movies on Netflix

Fair use from Netflix. Daughter Ova (Nisa Sofiya Aksongur) hugs her dad Memo (Aras Bulut iynemli). Memo, with an intellectual disability, ends up being jailed for a crime he didn’t commit and must prove his innocence in order to be with his daughter.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

April 4, 2020

‘The Foreigner’- ★★★☆☆ This movie follows Quan Ngoc Minh (Jackie Chan), a man who owns a Chinese restaurant. One day Minh’s daughter ends up being killed by one of the men who bombs a clothing store as part of a terrorist act. Minh then sets off on a journey looking for the kill...

‘All the Bright Places’ proves a tearjerker

Fair use from Netflix. Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith) embrace each other.

Ruthie Posada

March 30, 2020

“All the Bright Places” caused me to both laugh and cry. The movie explores different areas of adolescence including love, drama and mental health issues, while also delving into the deeper subject of suicide. The movie starts off on a dark note, with Violet Markey (Elle Fanning), a girl struggli...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ doesn’t win the race

Fair use from Paramount Pictures: Sonic the Hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) and Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) scream after the top of Wachowski’s vehicle was removed by a robot.

Noah Orloff

February 17, 2020

Walking into “Sonic the Hedgehog,” I expected either a children’s movie or a film designed for strong fans of the video game, two categories I do not fall under. To my pleasure, neither of these expectations were met, but the movie still had flaws. The storyline revolves around Sonic (Ben Sch...

‘Knives Out’ portrays unique mystery

Fair use from Lionsgate Films: The Thrombey family poses with their patriarch and famed mystery author, Harlan Thrombey. Soon the family would be divided by the conditions of Harlan's death.

Henry Brettingen

December 28, 2019

“Knives Out” is a stimulating, well executed experience. The film is populated by both interesting and flawed characters, as well as a twist on the mystery genre. “Knives Out” is a story about the apparent suicide of renowned mystery author Harlan Thrombey. Just as the police are about to...

‘Cats’ got my tongue

Fair use from Universal Pictures. According to Vogue, Victoria Hayward, a Royal Ballet principal dancer, made her debut acting performance in “Cats.” She played Victoria, the abandoned cat that the Jellicile cats befriend.

Maggie Klaers

December 22, 2019

The opening number of "Cats" left me searching for the exit. I was thrown into a plotless show with a sudden dance number and no explanation. From the very beginning, the bizarrely designed costumes burned my eyes. Even after finishing the entirety of the movie, I still cannot wash the image of the...

‘Charlie’s Angels’ almost lives up to original

Fair use from Columbia Pictures: Characters Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), Elena Houghlin (Niami Scott) and Sabrina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) plot to take down the villain in

Tamar Gewirtz

November 15, 2019

When it comes to “Charlie’s Angels,” it’s hard to fathom a remake as good as the original. However, the newest “Charlie’s Angels” almost pulls it off.  This new “Charlie’s Angels,” in theaters since Nov. 15, combines humor with action to create a riveting production. Throughout...

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ proves substandard

Fair use from Disney. Maleficent uses her powers to threaten Queen Ingris in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The sequel to the live-action remake of Sleeping Beauty, titled Maleficent, takes place after the events of the first movie and is told from Maleficent and Aurora's perspectives.

Samantha Klepfer

November 12, 2019

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” takes a good premise with fantastic actors and wastes them on a poorly thought out plot. The movie has all of the essentials for an enjoyable movie at minimum, but is poorly hashed out and riddled with inconsistencies. The set design was absolutely breathtaking. ...

Movie thrills audience

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Henry Brettingen

October 3, 2019

“Rambo: Last Blood”  is the first addition to the Rambo franchise in over a decade. It follows John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in his senior years after he settles down on a ranch with his quasi granddaughter Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal). Rambo is forced to return to being a brutal killing machine ...

‘IT Chapter Two’ disappoints

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Tennam Gyaldatsang

September 30, 2019

The new “It” sequel is set 27 years after the events of the first movie. The movie is quite intriguing in the way it uses characters and their backstories. The main plot of this movie is how the older characters deal with the resurgence of Pennywise. As a person who has seen the original movi...

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