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Ready or Not Review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

August 28, 2019

"Ready or Not" was a genuine surprise. I was not prepared for what I would be watching, knowing summer horror movies can be hit or miss. Movies like "Midsommar" and "Brightburn" set the stage for horror this summer. However, I am happy to say, from beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed "Ready or Not." This...

The Art of Racing in the Rain Review

The art of racing in the rain review.

Caleb Watkins

August 27, 2019

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is an appealing movie to all dog lovers but does not tug on heartstrings like "Marley and Me" or even the classic "Old Yeller." This film takes a different route in the typical dog movie as Kevin Costner, who plays Enzo, narrates the whole movie. The narration may get an...

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

August 6, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's ninth film focuses on the life and career of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and the struggles the men face. "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" was one of my most anticipated films of the year. This movie is director Quentin Tarantino's ni...

Lion King (2019) Review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 25, 2019

The original "Lion King" from 1994 is one of the best — if not at the best — movies Disney has ever created. From great storytelling, compelling characters and emotional scenes to phenomenal voice acting from legends like James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the original animated film was such a hit it had...

Crawl Review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 18, 2019

It is difficult to expect one thing out of a movie and receive something entirely different. In both of the recent Godzilla movies, I went in expecting each to be an action-packed, two-hour monster mash movie but instead watched people talking about how threatening the monsters are for roughly 120...

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

After the events of Endgame, Peter Parker goes on vacation to Europe and must save the world from new threats. Being the Spider-Man fan I am, I was really hoping "Spider-Man: Far From Home" would end the streak of subpar Spider-Man movies before it's time, not including the three Sam Raimi ...

Midsommar Review

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Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 9, 2019

Midsommar is a wild two-and-a-half hour ride of pure terror as you follow a group of friends visiting a cult in the middle of nowhere. Ari Aster is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and directors. If you have not seen his first movie "Hereditary," I highly recommend watching it. Aster keeps his s...

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

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Zach Ienatsch

March 18, 2018

The closing feature for the SXSW film festival this year was Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs." After an impressive, crowd-pleasing line-up for the festival, there could not have been a better movie to finish on a high note. Anderson outdoes himself yet again by delivering a unique,...

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

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Zach Ienatsch

March 16, 2018

An important quality of a diverse collection of stories is the inclusion of underrepresented communities. Not an abstract conception of a group of people with similar qualities but quite literally a physical community in which the residents live, work and produce culture. In this case at SXSW, it’s...

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

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Zach Ienatsch

March 14, 2018

Comedy is not just about making an audience laugh. The art of comedy allows artists to cross lines and provoke questions which cannot be done in a serious context. It allows audiences to contend with their own emotions and awkward situations in a relaxed yet stimulating approach. In film, two hours of...

Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger” episode one spoiler-free review

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Carrington Tatum

March 12, 2018

After each experiencing their own traumatizing experience, two previously unconnected teenagers are bestowed with the ability to manipulate light and dark energies that will bind them together for the rest of their lives. "Cloak and Dagger" marks the newest addition to Marvel's lineup of episodic...

SXSW film festival analysis: women in film

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Zach Ienatsch

March 12, 2018

With diversity being a hot button topic, there’s been a long overdue push to include more women in important conversations and in positions of power. The strive for inclusion not only promotes a more even playing field for filmmakers and executives regardless of gender, but also allows the film medium...

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