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Topic: Film review

"Godzilla vs Kong" delivers epic fight scenes between legendary rivals. The conclusion of the Monsterverse series packs a punch.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases feel-good fisticuffs extravaganza between legendary rivals

April 8, 2021 0 comments

As the fourth installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise — a shared cinematic universe which began with the 2014 “Godzilla” — “Godzilla vs. Kong” is an incredibly fun watch.

Tom Holland's compelling performance is not enough to save the film that fails to go deep enough.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Cherry,’ a failed American epic despite sincere performances

April 1, 2021 0 comments

In Part One of the film “Cherry,” adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical 2018 novel of the same title, Tom Holland plays the titular character in a college setting.

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Since 2013’s “Frozen,” Disney has demonstrated a conscious attempt at steering toward material with greater socio-political significance, shedding the archetypal characters of Western medieval romances and diversifying their stories.

Frances McDormand's acting and Chloé Zhao's directing helped elevate "Nomadland" beyond a typical melodrama, earning it accolades at the Golden Globes.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Nomadland,” a poignant portrait of grief and healing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” is a simultaneously intimate and effusive meditation on the stratum of unsettled Americans. These nomads are often flippantly deemed the outcome of some sort of failure, be it economic dissolution or domestic upheaval.

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, Reviews

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.” 

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, Reviews

‘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, Reviews

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.

Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

September 23, 2020 0 comments

In Disney’s 2020 attempt to resuscitate the 1998 animated film, much of the nostalgic charm of the original “Mulan” is deadened for the sake of aesthetic value and purported maturation — not to mention political controversy beyond the screen. 

The Award-winning A24 Documentary “Boys State,” which follows high school students participating in the Texas Boys State conference, will be screened by the University on Oct. 9.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Documentary ‘Boys State’ exposes ideological failures in the American political system

September 21, 2020 0 comments

“Boys State,” directed by filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, swept 2020 festival circuits and won the U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

‘Swallow’ stands out with a chilling portrayal of domestic isolation

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Swallow’ stands out with a chilling portrayal of domestic isolation

April 23, 2020 0 comments

Writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ directorial debut, the psychological-thriller “Swallow,” reveals the horrors of a woman’s alienation from her marriage, struggles with mental illness and battles with an eating disorder.