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Flaw and Tragedy in ‘The Happy Prince’ Captures the Complicated Life of Oscar Wilde

Flaw and Tragedy in ‘The Happy Prince’ Captures the Complicated Life of Oscar Wilde

★★★★☆ Captivating performances, deft dialogue and evocative scenery distinguish “The Happy Prince” as a carefully cultivated biopic of 19th-century Irish author Oscar Wilde that may be unapproachable for those unfamiliar with Oscar. Exploring the legendary author’s slow death in his time as a social pariah, Rupert Everett, who wrote, directed[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 1 comment Movies, The Guide, Uncategorized
DIRECTOR’S CUT: Style Over Substance Spoils ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

DIRECTOR’S CUT: Style Over Substance Spoils ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

I want to open this installment with a confession: “Bad Times at the El Royale” is the fall 2018 film I have been waiting for. The Tarantino-esque trailer, the crossover storylines, the secrets that each character is harboring — all aspects of the film piqued my excitement. The man behind[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide, Uncategorized
IMDb

‘JUMP’ Deftly Addresses Mental Health Stigma

★★★★☆ This article discusses depression and suicide. Please refer to the end of the article for resources on campus. “JUMP” is a poignant exploration of the darkness surrounding grief and depression. The short film follows Ziggy — played by Kofi Siriboe, who also wrote, produced and directed the film —[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Focus Features

Stilted Dialogue and Dull Colors Spoil ‘Boy Erased’

★★☆☆☆ “Boy Erased” is a dull examination of tragic circumstances: The talented cast can only do so much to breathe energy into an otherwise lifeless film. Based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, the film follows Jared, played by Lucas Hedges, the 19-year-old son of a[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
IMDB

Director Reveals Familial Drive Behind Debut Film

“What They Had” tells the touching story of a family battling through devastatingly trying times. Bridget Ertz returns home to a mother suffering from worsening dementia, a father refusing to let go and a brother who has been caring for them in her absence. First-time director and writer Elizabeth Chomko[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Unified Pictures

Vivid Authenticity in ‘What They Had’ Enthralls Audiences

★★★★★ “Any later and I’d have forgotten him. Any earlier and I’d have missed him too much,” whispers Ruth, played by Blythe Danner, to daughter Bridget Ertz in a heartfelt moment that embodies the thoughtful, honest nature of director Elizabeth Chomko’s film. “What They Had” tells a gripping story about[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Blumhouse Productions

Devoid of Ingenuity, ‘Halloween’ Disappoints

★★☆☆☆ Following a rewarding career as a producer and director for “Joe” and “Prince Avalanche,” David Gordon Green returns to Hollywood with “Halloween,” the latest in the “Halloween” movie series that kicked off in 1978, depicting the murder spree of a serial killer on Halloween night. The latest installment deals[Read More…]

by October 22, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Amazon Studios

Depiction of Addiction in ‘Beautiful Boy’ Haunts Viewers

Despite an occasional lack of coherent explanations regarding the characters’ relationships, “Beautiful Boy,” released Oct. 12, captivates viewers with its score, cinematography and unflinching account of drug addiction. Following up on his successful career as a Belgian director and screenwriter, Felix Van Groeningen makes his debut in the English-speaking film[Read More…]

by October 18, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
AMAZON STUDIOS

Felix Van Groeningen, Director of ‘Beautiful Boy,’ Describes Capturing Addiction Through Cinematography

In his new film “Beautiful Boy,” Director Felix Van Groeningen has constructed a story that is incredibly beautiful in its anchored storytelling, commitment to reality and ability to make sensation without sensationalizing. The film melds narratives from a father and son, David and Nic Sheff, to recount nearly a decade[Read More…]

Maze Pictures

Director Rupert Everett Illuminates Wilde’s Final Days

Rupert Everett chronicles the dramatic last days of radical 19th-century Irish writer Oscar Wilde in his new film, “The Happy Prince,” slated for release Friday, Oct. 5. Written and directed by Everett, who also stars as Wilde himself, “The Happy Prince” does not shy away from Wilde’s romantic and tragic[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide