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Black Widow: a review

Payton Willis October 10, 2021

Much like the deadly insect that shares her name, Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, is stealthy and lethal. A member of the avengers, Nathasha is well deserving of a backstory. ‘Black Widow’...

Review: “Godzilla vs. Kong”

Abigail Larson April 19, 2021

On March 31,  “Godzilla vs. Kong” was released as the fourth film in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse. The idea of a film including both Godzilla and Kong was made public in October of 2015, and...

Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Abigail Larson March 31, 2021

The original “Justice League” was released in March of 2018, but three years later on March 18, 2021, a new version was released titled “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Commonly referred to as...

“Fantasy Island” disappoints despite big names

Abigail Johnson February 27, 2020

When I first saw the trailer for “Fantasy Island,” as I sat in an AMC with my best friend, I remember turning to her and saying, “That looks really cool! We should go see it!” I had heard a bit...

“Joker” reflects society and mental illness

Imani Muhammad October 10, 2019

“Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips, was released Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. It follows the protagonist, Arthur Fleck, also known as Joker (Joaquin Phoenix), whose hardening abuse and mental illness gradually...

“Us” brings a fresh take to the Doppelgänger tale

Collin Schopp March 27, 2019

The doppelgänger tale is a story that film has touched on before. On the heavier end of the scale, they could view Denis Villeneuve's excellent “Enemy” or Richard Ayoade’s “The Double.” If you’re...

Review: “The Predator”

William Sikich September 20, 2018

In the world of sci-fi horror, few names are as iconic as "Predator," America's favorite dreadlock-sporting man-hunter from outer space. Since its initial release in 1987, the series has enjoyed numerous...

“Insidious: The Last Key”: less than expected

William Sikich January 18, 2018

In terms of horror movies, nothing brings about more immediate disappointment to a viewer than a lame or predictable jump scare. As a result, when a director decides to rely on such scares to keep the...

Mother! disappoints horror fans

September 28, 2017

When I chose to see director Darren Aronofsky’s dramatic horror film, "fMother!", I expected to experience just that: a movie filled with drama and horror. The trailer implies it, the description on...

‘It’ proves itself to be both a good horror movie, coming-of-age story

William Sikich September 15, 2017

Ask any self-respecting fan of the horror genre, and they’ll tell you: Stephen King is the master of fear on both the screen and the page. Among his most well-known cinematic gems is a charming little...

Bad Moms, Bad Movie

Katherine Hogan September 22, 2016

Boasting of a terrific cast with actresses such as Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, I definitely had high hopes for Bad Moms.  However, I felt that Bad Moms was a major letdown. The movie’s...

Dirty Grandpa Review

Dirty Grandpa Review

January 30, 2016

For those who have yet to see the next film in the Robert De Niro and Zac Efron mash-up, brace yourself. Dirty doesn't come even close to describing just exactly how crass the whole cast is going to be. If...

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