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REVIEW: ‘The Mandalorian’ is an instant cult classic for ‘Star Wars’ veterans

REVIEW: ‘The Mandalorian’ is an instant cult classic for ‘Star Wars’ veterans

Cory Jaynes, Managing Editor

November 18, 2019

This review contains spoilers for the first two episodes of “The Mandalorian.” "The Mandalorian" strips “Star Wars” down to its spaghetti western roots and provides quick-paced action series veterans are sure to enjoy, however, much like the titular character, the series provides little explana...

REVIEW: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shows that sometimes a bad idea works

REVIEW: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shows that sometimes a bad idea works

Will Coburn, Podcast editor

November 17, 2019

The film “Doctor Sleep” is a mixed bag, more interesting than good, with a rough opening act, a middle that finds its footing, and a final act that honestly pushes into something really good. However, if you’re a fan of Stephen King adaptations or director Mike Flanagan’s previous work, ...

REVIEW: Culver Creek is just as you remember it in the Hulu adaptation of ‘Looking for Alaska’

REVIEW: Culver Creek is just as you remember it in the Hulu adaptation of ‘Looking for Alaska’

Kayla Brown

November 8, 2019

The highly anticipated Hulu series “Looking for Alaska,” based on John Green’s first published novel, was released in full Oct. 18 and has proven to be a great example of a screen adaption that accurately depicts its source material.  But this series made me realize something I didn’t when I firs...

REVIEW: Robert Eggers cements his place in horror hall of fame with ‘The Lighthouse’

REVIEW: Robert Eggers cements his place in horror hall of fame with ‘The Lighthouse’

Jonah Salazar

October 28, 2019

Directed, co-produced and co-written by Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse” is a full-blown sensory assault that will leave you confused and desperate for answers as the final credits roll. I don’t think I have ever seen a film that felt so “artsy” but so unpretentious at the same time. While ...

REVIEW: Hulu delivers the ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ of the crop with ‘An American Saga’

REVIEW: Hulu delivers the ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ of the crop with ‘An American Saga’

Victor Corral Martinez

October 17, 2019

Hulu series “Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga” works hard to recreate the mythology of the Wu-Tang Clan, but fails to deliver a compelling biopic.  The series is the work of Wu-Tang Clan founding member Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, and “Watchmen” film screenwriter Alex Tse.  Stor...

REVIEW: ‘Untitled Goose Game’: Live out your fantasy of being a goose

REVIEW: ‘Untitled Goose Game’: Live out your fantasy of being a goose

Jonah Salazar

October 10, 2019

Arguably the most feared and despised avian creature in the western world, the modern goose has made a recent surprise appearance in a medium in which it has been historically underrepresented — video games. Released on Sept. 20, the “Untitled Goose Game” has taken the internet by storm, bei...

REVIEW: ‘Ad Astra’ a new contender for best picture come Oscar season

REVIEW: ‘Ad Astra’ a new contender for best picture come Oscar season

Jonah Salazar

October 2, 2019

This review contains spoilers for “Ad Astra.” “Ad Astra” might just be one of my favorite films of the year. The story was gripping, with a layer of social commentary that was subdued but effective. The world-building was very apparent while not beating the audience over the head with ex...

‘Pulp Fiction’: A homage to one of the best films of the last 25 years

‘Pulp Fiction’: A homage to one of the best films of the last 25 years

Jonah Salazar

September 23, 2019

“Pulp Fiction” is one of those movies where every time I watch it, I come out of it with a different interpretation of what the director, Quentin Tarantino, was trying to say. When I was 10 years old, I snuck out of my room to watch it from underneath the dining room table while my father sat ...

REVIEW: ‘The Spy’: A true story of espionage, deceit and love

REVIEW: ‘The Spy’: A true story of espionage, deceit and love

Jonah Salazar

September 16, 2019

This review contains spoilers for Netflix’s “The Spy” If you told me a year ago that my one of my favorite spy stories since “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” would be starring Sacha Baron Cohen and set in 1960s Syria, I honestly would not have believed you.  While Cohen’s inexperience with dramatic roles...

REVIEW: ‘It Chapter Two’ saved by great acting and humor

REVIEW: ‘It Chapter Two’ saved by great acting and humor

Derek Catron

September 10, 2019

The 2017 “It” remake grossed an astounding $700 million worldwide, taking the No.1 record for box office sales in the horror genre. The sequel, “It Chapter Two,” released Friday and currently holds the second spot for first weekend sales for the horror genre at $91 million.  While we did...

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