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‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

Brian Lang, Film Critic

March 27, 2018


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Audiences have seen several great coming-of-age and LGBTQ+ films in the last two years, such as “Lady Bird,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “Moonlight,” but none of these films have been nearly as accessible or popular as director Greg Berlanti’s “Love, Simon.” This sweet, high-schoo...

‘Red Sparrow’, interesting, but not remarkable

‘Red Sparrow’, interesting, but not remarkable

Brian Lang

March 20, 2018


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Following the tradition of Cold War era spy thrillers, director Francis Lawrence works once again with Jennifer Lawrence in a sexual and smart new film: “Red Sparrow.” Although filled with polish and panache, this sexy spy film is nothing extraordinary until the surprising ending. Lawrence star...

‘I, Tonya’: the price of perfection

‘I, Tonya’: the price of perfection

Brian Lang

March 4, 2018


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After the commencement of the Winter Olympics, Hollywood reflects on one of the biggest Olympic scandals in history: Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie’s dark comedy “I, Tonya” is a passionate look at the tumultuous life of its controversial heroine.   Tonya Harding was, at one point, the best...

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

Brian Lang

February 27, 2018


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With its unconventional title and unusual subject matter, "Urinetown" may seem like a poor choice for a musical, but this zany production by the MSU theater department successfully pulls it off. This hilarious comedy makes fun of conventional theater, criticizes capitalism and bureaucrac...

‘Black Panther’ changes the superhero genre

‘Black Panther’ changes the superhero genre

Brian Lang

February 19, 2018


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It’s no secret that Marvel’s newest superhero flick “Black Panther” has roared into theaters. Although I was sure that it could not possibly live up to all of the hype, thankfully, I was badly mistaken. With its fresh feel and amazing cast, “Black Panther” is one of the best Marvel movies to ...

‘Call Me By Your Name’ examines young love

‘Call Me By Your Name’ examines young love

Brian Lang

February 13, 2018


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One of the more controversial movies of this year’s Oscar picks is Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.” Set in the Italian countryside in 1983, “Call Me By Your Name” tells the story of Elio, a Jewish, American-Italian 17-year-old (Timothée Chalamet) as he falls in love with his father...

‘Darkest Hour’, Gary Oldman’s ticket to an Oscar

‘Darkest Hour’, Gary Oldman’s ticket to an Oscar

Brian Lang

February 13, 2018


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During the cold winter months, studios begin marching out huge dramas headlined with the names of Hollywood’s top drawer actors. This year’s “Darkest Hour” follows this tradition. Telling the story of Churchill’s rise as prime minister, “Darkest Hour” is filled with sentime...

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

Brian Lang

February 5, 2018


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Possibly the biggest breakout hit of 2017 was Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out,”a timely film that succeeds in the horror genre while starting a dialogue about racism in our country. Never before has an enjoyable horror film also conquered so many racial issues head-on. When the familiar story of a boyf...

‘Dunkirk’ a thrilling war flick, falls flat

‘Dunkirk’ a thrilling war flick, falls flat

Brian Lang

February 5, 2018


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There comes a time in every serious director’s career to produce a war movie. Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film “Dunkirk” is an ode to the heroism and bravery of soldiers throughout some of the darkest days in Britain’s history. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Harry Styles, “Dunkirk” is a tens...

‘Lady Bird’: a relatable look at a mother-daughter bond

‘Lady Bird’:  a relatable look at a mother-daughter bond

Brian Lang

January 29, 2018


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For teenagers, getting along with their parents is a constant struggle. The same is true for Christine McPherson, who goes by the nickname Lady Bird. She is a senior at a Catholic high school outside of Sacramento, California. Greta Gerwig’s charming comedy “Lady Bird” examines the turbulent life...

‘The Shape of Water’ gives hope to those without a voice

‘The Shape of Water’ gives hope to those without a voice

Brian Lang

January 24, 2018


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The Academy announced its nominations for the 90th Academy Awards last week and the front runner is Guillermo del Toro’s breathtaking film “The Shape of Water” with a staggering 13 nominations. Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” e...

‘The Post’ engages, inspires audiences

‘The Post’ engages, inspires audiences

Tyler Manning

January 15, 2018


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The Academy Awards are approaching and that signals the release of movies slated to be nominated, including the film “The Post.” “The Post” tells the story of The Washington Post publishing top secret government information given to them by a third party regarding the government’s in...

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