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“Lady Bird” Review: Funny, Emotional and One of the Best Movies of the Year

“Lady Bird” Review: Funny, Emotional and One of the Best Movies of the Year

By Michael Donelan, E23 Reporter Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is a fantastic and fresh look at the life of a teenage girl, and I hope that you will love it as much as I do. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is an extremely strong-willed young woman who always seems to be engaged in a […]

“Low in High School” and the Problem with Morrissey

“Low in High School” and the Problem with Morrissey

By Liam Quinn, E23 Reporter   When I got to college, I decided to give The Smiths a listen. Formed in 1982 in Manchester, the group is credited as a pioneer of alternative rock. I fell in love with their unique sound and in many ways, their music changed the way I look at life. […]

Booyah: “Justice League” Review

Booyah: “Justice League” Review

By Jonathon Potochnic, E23 Reporter Minor spoilers follow for “Justice League.” The DC Extended Universe had a shaky start with “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman,” and “Suicide Squad.” As competition to Marvel’s bevy of popular hero flicks, many have longed for DC films to have a solidly crafted story with relatable characters, and these […]

“Daddy’s Home 2” Disappoints: A Review

“Daddy’s Home 2” Disappoints: A Review

By Josie Clark Minor spoilers follow for “Daddy’s Home 2.” If you are looking for a wholesome, funny and heartfelt Christmas comedy this season, I have the perfect recommendation for you: anything but “Daddy’s Home 2.” How this movie was greatly anticipated is beyond me. The first movie was dumb but funny, and this sequel […]

Riverdale, “Chapter 18: When a Stranger Calls” Review

By Bryce Cross Spoilers follow for “Riverdale.” Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse in Riverdale, this hair-raising episode drops, gladly proving us all wrong. “Chapter 18: When a Stranger Calls” is easily the most frantic and eventful episode of the show thus far, as it juggles blackmail, heartbreak and deception in […]

Top Five Anime for Beginners

By Ashley Hagstrom Anime is a japanese style of animated film, popular around the world for its creative storylines and beautiful animation. For beginners, trying to find a good anime to ease their way into its culture can be challenging. Due to the abundance of anime across multiple genres, it can be hard to figure […]

“Super Mario Odyssey” Review: Globe-trotting Good Fun

“Super Mario Odyssey” Review: Globe-trotting Good Fun

By John Messer I recall a while ago Nintendo claiming that “Super Mario Odyssey” would be a spiritual sequel to classics like “Super Mario 64” and “Super Mario Sunshine,” as opposed to more recent Mario games that have been considerably more forgettable and lackluster. I was incredulous to say the least. On the one hand, […]

The Return of Sam Smith: “The Thrill of It All” Review

The Return of Sam Smith: “The Thrill of It All” Review

By Caitlin Brenner With the release of his single “Too Good at Goodbyes” in September, fans of Sam Smith knew his next album would be something special. Now that “The Thrill of It All” has come out, fans are anything but disappointed. Sam Smith’s sophomore LP is the perfect amount of melancholy and soul that […]

A Godlike Return: “Thor: Ragnarok” Review

A Godlike Return: “Thor: Ragnarok” Review

By Jonathon Potochnic With the first two “Thor” films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe being some of the worst received by critics and fans, a much-needed revision was needed. Boasting a colorful ‘80s direction, a respected director in Taika Waititi, well-paced writing and knockout casting, “Thor: Ragnarok” gifts audiences with one of the most entertaining […]

Riverdale, “Chapter 17: The Town That Dreaded Sundown” Review

By Bryce Cross Spoilers follow for “Riverdale.” Finally, all hell has broken loose in Riverdale, and everyone, including Archie, is powerless to stop it. “Chapter 17: The Town That Dreaded Sundown” served as an excellent episode to showcase just how disorderly and chaotic the characters have become under the looming threat of death. At the […]

Citizen Jane Review: Marianna Palka’s new mature comedy is a miss

Citizen Jane Review: Marianna Palka’s new mature comedy is a miss

Citizen Jane Film Festival: “Bitch” Review By Bryce Cross “Bitch” was screened at the 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival. Spoilers follow for “Bitch.” One could probably guess that this film’s title, “Bitch,” could work both as a double meaning and a clever joke. Unfortunately, this dull and overtly feminist satire only succeeds in one of those aspects. […]

Citizen Jane: “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” Review

Citizen Jane: “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” Review

By Jonathon Potochnic “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” was screened at the 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival. Creating a narrative that takes on themes of rape, murder and sexism and presenting these themes in a heavily stylized manner is a tall task for a storyteller. Acquiring a style comparable to Quentin Tarantino’s work is difficult. […]

Citizen Jane: “Blame” Review

Citizen Jane: “Blame” Review

By Bryce Cross “Blame” was screened at the 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival. Spoilers follow for “Blame.” In “Blame,” a high school drama, “Hot for Teacher” is unnervingly taken to the extreme. The writing, starring and directorial debut of 22-year-old Quinn Shephard manages to capture an authenticity that comes with being a teenager. The awkwardness, jealousy […]

Citizen Jane: “In the Radiant City” Review

Citizen Jane: “In the Radiant City” Review

By Jonathon Potochnic Correction: A previous version of this review incorrectly stated that “In the Radiant City” tried to emulate “Manchester by the Sea.” “In the Radiant City” was shot before the release of “Manchester by the Sea.” “In the Radiant City” was screened at the 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival. Spoilers follow for “In the […]

Citizen Jane: “In Case of Emergency” Review- A True Emergency

Citizen Jane: “In Case of Emergency” Review- A True Emergency

By Jonathon Potochnic “In Case of Emergency” was screened at the 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival. Movies like “Alien,” “Juno,” “Amélie,” “Fargo” and “Rosemary’s Baby” illustrate the power that females can bring to films, especially as the leading character. With the growing prevalence of female-lead productions, continued excitement gathers around the diverse selection of films being […]