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Reviews

The movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The Witches,” which premiered this past month, succeeds in some aspects but falls short of the original movie.

Arts & Culture

Reimagining of ‘The Witches’ brings a forgettable charm

November 12, 2020 0 comments

Film journalists and movie buffs alike buzzed with anticipation when news arrived announcing that Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” was slated to adapt the 1983 classic story, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.” 

While the Babish Culinary Universe includes videos of quarantine favorites like sourdough bread, it also turns food into a game through recreating pop culture’s most famous foods, like the Krabby Patty, and TV-inspired gastronomy.

‘Babish Culinary Universe’ turned underworld

November 11, 2020 0 comments

Python. Rum-soaked ham. The ratatouille from Ratatouille. Prison sauce. Bison. “Pizza Crepe Taco Pancake Chili Bag.” Dessert pasta. Julia Child’s beef bourguignon. Acorn cookies. Broiled Cornish game hen sandwich. And, of course, sourdough.

Despite its magical, upbeat nature, “Over the Moon” is still effective in exploring darker themes of sorrow and loss.

Arts & Culture

‘Over the Moon’ brings audiences to spectacular heights

November 10, 2020 0 comments

Brightly lit bakeries, mouth-watering mooncakes and felicitous festivities mark the beginning of Netflix’s latest animated feature, “Over the Moon.”

Oneohtrix Point Never released his ninth LP, “Magic OPN,” a sonic self-portrait in a series of 17 tracks.

Arts & Culture

Oneohtrix Point Never muses in “Magic OPN”

November 9, 2020 0 comments

A shattered mirror of sounds materializes in experimental composer and musician Oneohtrix Point Never’s ninth studio-length album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.”

Ariana Grande expresses her “love language”, goes backward in new album “positions”

Arts & Culture

Ariana Grande expresses her “love language”, goes backward in new album “positions”

November 1, 2020 0 comments

On Oct. 30, renowned singer-songwriter Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album “positions.” Her usual fast-paced rhythms have been swapped out for steadier beats and more explicit lyrics, but the album falls short of wowing fans with truly smashing hits. 

‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

Arts & Culture

‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

October 30, 2020 2 comments

For those who have three backup plans to vote, for those who phonebank every weekend and for those who are tracking Iowan statehouse races, political disengagement is a luxury in which they can’t indulge.

Ben Wheatley’s version of “Rebecca” leaves out important elements of the original, including class commentary and a truly sinister antagonist, and the story suffers as a result.

Arts & Culture

‘Rebecca’ remake falls flat

October 28, 2020 0 comments

Though director Ben Wheatley claims to offer a new interpretation of a well-loved classic, his version of “Rebecca” pales in comparison not only to the story’s 1938 source material but also to the famous Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation from 1940.

The Ivy Film Festival welcomed renowned writer and director Aaron Sorkin and acclaimed actor Jeremy Strong for a conversation on their latest film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on the evening of Oct. 21.

Arts & Culture

Aaron Sorkin and Jeremy Strong discuss ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ at virtual IFF event

October 22, 2020 0 comments

The Ivy Film Festival welcomed renowned writer and director Aaron Sorkin and acclaimed actor Jeremy Strong for a conversation on their latest film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on the evening of Oct. 21.

Boasting the rom-com power duo of director Darren Star and costume designer Patricia Fields, ‘Emily in Paris’ seeks for a French revival of the pair’s canonical ‘Sex and the City.’ But Lily Collins’ as Emily fails to bring the classic chicness of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie.

Arts & Culture

‘Emily in Paris’ is a buttery bore

October 20, 2020 1 comment

French confections, frilly outfits from 2016 Pinterest boards and a naïve millennial American are the centerpiece of the new bingeable Netflix series “Emily in Paris.”

An otherwise half-hearted film far from her best, Sofia Coppola’s newest dramatic comedy ‘On the Rocks’ relies heavily on Bill Murray’s effortless charm.

Arts & Culture

The short-lived, lighthearted allure of ‘On the Rocks’

October 15, 2020 0 comments

The latest drama-comedy ‘On the Rocks’ reunites writer-director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill Murray, as he takes on the role of Felix, a seasoned debauchee and wealthy art dealer. Rashida Jones joins Murray as Felix’s daughter Laura, a writer troubled by the disinterest of her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans).