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A Tale as Old as Time: Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast”

A Tale as Old as Time: Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Paige Duff

March 22, 2017


Filed under A & E, MOVIE REVIEWS

As the emotional number came to a close, I felt tears stream down my face. I was mesmerized. Then, the sounds of someone chewing popcorn brought me back to Earth. From beside me, there was snickering. “Are you crying?” one of my friends mouthed to me, laughing. The film that moved me to tears? No...

Bright Colors, Blaring Jazz and the White Boy that “Saves Jazz”

Bright Colors, Blaring Jazz and the White Boy that “Saves Jazz”

Mira Simonton-Chao

February 1, 2017


Filed under A & E, MOVIE REVIEWS

Smooth jazz, hypnotically annoying ‘80s music and something comparable only to Vulfpeck fills your ears. A blur of swirling color and dancers fly out from all edges of the the screen. The booming music is so loud you can feel every word like an earthquake. Suddenly you’re absorbed into a story of love, ...

Warren Miller’s “Here, There & Everywhere”

Warren Miller’s “Here, There & Everywhere”

Mary DeBona, Social Media Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under A & E, CATEGORY FRONT PAGE, MOVIE REVIEWS

People lined up in the cold outside of the box office at the Michigan Theater on Fri., Dec. 9 to purchase tickets for the Ann Arbor showing of Warren Miller’s latest film, “Here, There & Everywhere.” Inside the lobby, local sponsors including Boyne Mountain, Mt. Brighton, Shaggy’s, Shanty C...

Batman V. Superman: A Very “Meh” Superhero Experience

Batman V. Superman: A Very “Meh” Superhero Experience

Kenneth Simpson

April 20, 2016


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The movie’s tone is overall dark and moody. The movie feels like as if it is attempting to emulate the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy by trying to be more grounded and realistic. This is ineffective due to the fact many of the heroes in this movie are not Batman. When looking at Superman...

Deadpool “a superhero movie for the juvenile kid in us all”

Deadpool “a superhero movie for the juvenile kid in us all”

Kenneth Simpson

March 29, 2016


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Deadpool is the newest superhero to come from 21st Century Fox. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein. This action comedy follows Wade Wilson, played by Reynolds, a mercenary who is reaching for revenge after receiving the short end of the stick in a controversial cure for cancer experiment go...

Sword of Destiny: The Legacy of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Continues on

Sword of Destiny: The Legacy of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Continues on

Mira Simonton-Chao

March 24, 2016


Filed under A & E, MOVIE REVIEWS

In fitting style with any good martial arts film, “Sword of Destiny: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” contains an onslaught of flying, fighting scenes. The feet of actors flew across the screen throughout the film, the flying robes of the actors spinning in the artificial wind— green screens glisteni...

“The Witch”: A Rather Disturbing take on Puritan Life in America

“The Witch”: A Rather Disturbing take on Puritan Life in America

Kenneth simpson

March 4, 2016


Filed under A & E, MOVIE REVIEWS

Set in the 16th century New England, “The Witch” is a movie that follows a Puritan family trying to find a new home after being exiled from their plantation. They find salvation in a new place to call home in the middle of the woods, but evil forces plan to foil their paradise. “The Witch...

What a Time to be a Geek

What a Time to be a Geek

Kenneth Simpson

February 12, 2016


Filed under A & E, ART, BOOKS, MOVIE REVIEWS

Many fanboys believe that this year is going to be one for the history book. This year is shaping up to be great for anyone who is fan of geek culture, as 2015 brought us sequels and the new additions to superhero and sci-fi genre making a combined total of five billion dollars. Most of the money that mo...

“The Night Before,” Underwhelming but Sweet Christmas Comedy

“The Night Before,” Underwhelming but Sweet Christmas Comedy

Andrew Gechter, Arts Editor

January 22, 2016


Filed under A & E, MOVIE REVIEWS

Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. Rated R. 2015 - 101 minutes.   With last year’s “Neighbors” and “The Interview,” Seth Rogen has had a recent surge of much-deserved popularity. He has a sense of refreshing honesty t...

“The Hateful Eight” Review

“The Hateful Eight” Review

Kenneth Simpson and Sebastian Iniguez

January 14, 2016


Filed under MOVIE REVIEWS

  In the cold, harsh mountains of Wyoming, a group of strangers are stranded in a cabin due to a snow storm. Tensions are rising over a $10,000 bounty on one of their heads, and a night of chaos and bloodshed ensues: “The Hateful Eight,” directed by Quentin Tarantino, follows a bounty hunter named “The Hangman,...

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