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Texas State alumni to take on Amazon

Manzanera standing with sunglasses on in front of the set, surrounded by ladders, lights and equipment.

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

February 12, 2020

In a digital era of streaming and binge-watching, people are always looking for new shows. Two Texas State alumni will soon have a new show coming to Amazon Prime Originals. Texas State alumni Shane Scott and César Manzanera took on to direct the 8-episode project, "Father Militant." The action thriller...

Countdown to the Oscars: “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is a different Tarantino

four stars out of five

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

February 9, 2020

Every time there is a new Quentin Tarantino film in theaters, the film is put up against a rigorous test. Tarantino is one of the few directors in Hollywood that is almost more famous than the movies he works on. This "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" is an exception with a cast that had some of the biggest...

Countdown to the Oscars: Nostalgia still pays in 2020 with “The Irishman”

2 out of 5 stars.

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

February 9, 2020

If you were born after 2000, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro have been old your entire life. So seeing the CGI reanimation of these three legendary actors on first the silver screen (for four weeks) then on your computer or TV screen was interesting, to say the least. "The Irishman," adapted...

Countdown to the Oscars: “Parasite” is the best movie that will not win

5 out of 5 stars.

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

February 7, 2020

"Parasite" was hands down the best movie I saw this year that none of my friends, family or colleagues saw. Not a single person I asked had seen it when I asked, even months after the original theatrical release. I still have yet to find anyone who has seen the Korean film even after it landed on streaming...

Countdown to the Oscars: “Marriage Story” shows love through divorce

4 out of 5 stars.

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

February 5, 2020

Noah Baumbach’s "Marriage Story" is the rare movie that almost every single person who watches it can relate to, which is why it was the perfect 'Netflix-to-award-show' movie that came out this season. The film follows Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) and her husband Charlie Barber (Adam Driver...

Countdown to the Oscars: “Jojo Rabbit” brings comedy to the Oscars

four stars out of five

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

January 29, 2020

Of all the movies that were announced as award contenders, I was most excited to see Jojo Rabbit get the nod. This film adds a bit of comedy to a darker, more serious, award lineup. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, the story follows 10-year-old Jojo Betzier, who is living in Nazi Germany during...

Countdown to the Oscars: Ford V Ferrari comes into award season fast

3 out of 5 stars.

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

January 22, 2020

After securing a best picture nomination from the Academy, fans and viewers of "Ford V Ferrari" might be taken aback from how much the Academy loved the semi-biopic sports movie about cars. "Ford V Ferrari" is about a team of American engineers who try to usurp control over racing by the perennial...

Countdown to the Oscars: “Little Women” does big things for Oscar season

5 out of 5 stars

Andrew Zimmel, Sports Reporter

January 3, 2020

Anytime an award-winning book is made into a movie, there are two distinct and separate camps that hold their breath. 'Movie people' who think that the only way to make great movies are with original ideas and concepts and 'book people' who think that making every book into a movie devalues the source...

Awarded filmmaker gains attention with short film “Baby Nick”

Director of the short film 'Baby Nick' Russell Reed filming indoors with his camera facing directly at the photography camera.

Abby Gutierrez, Life and Arts Reporter

September 11, 2019

He cried out in terror as he bolted down the porch steps, rushing toward his daughter, “No, no, no! Amani!” All it took was one second for tragedy to strike, for the gunshots to go off. Suddenly, no longer is it just any other ordinary day filled with laughter and boxing lessons. Instead, it...

Ready or Not Review

Movie Reviews from the University Star.

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...

Crawl Review

Movie Reviews from the University Star.

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...

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