The Wichitan

‘First Man’ shoots for the moon and inspires

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 24, 2018


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Everyone knows the story of the moon landing, and those old enough to remember it can tell you exactly where they were when they saw Neil Armstrong make those historic first steps onto the moon. Renowned filmmaker Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) takes on the inspiring story of Apollo 11 and t...

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 10, 2018


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Nothing is more fascinating than watching a new a star on the rise. Tabloids, gossip columns, and award shows clamor for new details of a nascent celebrity. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born” illuminates audiences about the beginning and end of stardom, pulling no punches as it ch...

‘Night School’ struggles for laughs

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 4, 2018


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The summer hits have come and gone and the Oscar-worthy films are yet to hit the screens, so the box office is left with little to show at the moment. One of the more interesting of the meager offerings this week, however, is the comedy “Night School” directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip....

Cheech displays his heritage through artwork at WFMA

Cheech displays his heritage through artwork at WFMA

Brittni Vilandre, Business Manager

September 20, 2018


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About 350 people attended Cheech Marin’s new art gallery opening on Sept. 19 at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art. Marin, whose original first name is Richard, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong...

The Deep End: a different kind of bar

Paige Champagne, Reporter

September 17, 2018


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Any student in need of a cheap, entertaining place to spend a night out should look no further than The Deep End, an arcade and bar owned by three local Wichita Falls residents, Jason Hester, Michael Hitt, and Matthew “Crow” Bridges.Hitt said, “It gives a feeling of family, friendship, and fellowship that I think you d...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Shines at Summer’s End

Brian Lang, Film Critic

September 3, 2018


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Summer is over, but Hollywood has one last blockbuster to offer. Box Office hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, is the grand finale in a fireworks display of summer movies. Rachel Chu’s (Constance Wu) life is perfect. She’s the youngest faculty member ev...

‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel’s main event

‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel’s main event

Tyler Manning, Editor

April 30, 2018


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"Avengers: Infinity War" is finally here. It has been said by many, but the last 10 years of Marvel movies have all culminated to this film. After almost 20 movies dedicated to creating and developing these characters, audiences have grown to love and care about everyone featured here. When ga...

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes for terrifying television

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes for terrifying television

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 23, 2018


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In a time that’s been referred to as the “golden age of television,” it can be hard to decide which of the myriad of shows are worth the time. One show that critics and audiences alike have come to love is Hulu’s "The Handmaid's Tale." Based on the best-selling dystopian novel by Margaret Atwoo...

‘Isle of Dogs’, quirky film about man’s best friend

‘Isle of Dogs’, quirky film about man’s best friend

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 17, 2018


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Traditionally, dog movies are a great draw to the theaters. From classics like “Old Yeller” and “Homeward Bound” to newer movies like “Secret Life of Pets” and “A Dog’s Purpose,” dog movies are successful. Wes Anderson’s new animated film “Isle of Dogs” takes a different pat...

‘A Quiet Place’ scares with silence

‘A Quiet Place’ scares with silence

Tyler Manning, Editor

April 8, 2018


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I have to admit: I was not all too thrilled to watch "A Quiet Place." I am lukewarm about Emily Blunt's acting capabilities. I thought the fact that she was making the movie with her real-life husband John Krasinski (most notably known for playing Jim Halpert on "The Office") was just a marketing ploy...

‘Tangerine,’ a tale from a transgender community

‘Tangerine,’ a tale from a transgender community

Tasia Floissac

April 4, 2018


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Bursts of laughter and stomping of feet were contagious at the Legacy Hall’s Multipurpose Room on April 4, as the University Programming Board hosted the 2015 film “Tangerine” as part of activities for the Inclusion Now Festival 2018. “One of the issues we have on this campus is figuring out ...

‘Ready, Player One’ presents a fun trip down memory lane

‘Ready, Player One’ presents a fun trip down memory lane

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 3, 2018


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In an ever-growing genre of great video game movies (Wreck-It Ralph, Jumanji, Tomb Raider, etc.), it may seem like another addition might become white noise. Steven Spielberg's newest masterpiece, “Ready, Player One,” is one of my favorite action movies of the year and arguably one the best video ...

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