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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
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
‘Smallfoot’ Brings Big Heart to the Silver Screen

‘Smallfoot’ Brings Big Heart to the Silver Screen

★★★★☆ Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest family-friendly animated film, “Smallfoot,” opening this Friday, reaches beyond the tropes of traditional children’s movies with its diverse range of music and unique moral lesson. Director Karey Kirkpatrick leads an all-star cast, including basketball star LeBron James and actress Zendaya, in this film adaptation of[Read More…]

by September 26, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Movie Review: ‘Life Itself’

Movie Review: ‘Life Itself’

★★☆☆☆ This article discusses depression and suicide. Please refer to the end of the article for resources on campus.  “Life Itself,” a new film written and directed by Dan Fogleman, is marketed as a heartwarming love story rather than a gruesomely honest catalogue of lost life. Watcher be warned, the[Read More…]

by September 20, 2018 0 comments Movies, Uncategorized
DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘Operation Finale’ and the Humanization of Evil

DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘Operation Finale’ and the Humanization of Evil

 The capture and trial of Nazi SS officer Adolf Eichmann, one of the major masterminds behind the Holocaust, is not a story that everyone would feel comfortable putting on the big screen. Films that portray the Holocaust can be difficult to produce because they can often capture sensitive moments in[Read More…]

by September 5, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
Movie Review: ‘Aardvark’

Movie Review: ‘Aardvark’

★☆☆☆☆ “Aardvark,” writer and director Brian Shoaf’s new film, is incredibly difficult to endure and provides little entertainment or emotional power across its 84-minute run time. The film tells the story of Josh, played by Zachary Quinto, a deeply troubled man with some undefined “condition,” and his inept new therapist,[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘The Rider’

★★★★☆ The opening scene of “The Rider” sets the tone for the entire movie: Viewers see horse trainer and rodeo star Brady Blackburn’s stapled skull under harsh lighting, matching the scene’s gruesome mood. Blackburn is played by Brady Jandreau, who serves as the inspiration for the film’s true story. Directed[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘Rampage’

★★★★☆ “Rampage,” director Brad Peyton’s latest film, enticingly combines a far-fetched plot with compelling animations and on-screen chemistry for an experience that is equally humorous and thought-provoking. The film is based on the eponymous video game by Midway Games and follows a quiet pathologist, Davis Okoye, while he desperately tries[Read More…]