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‘Green Book’ a simplistic, but enjoyable ride

‘Green Book’ a simplistic, but enjoyable ride

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 30, 2019


Filed under A&E

During the Jim Crow era, African-American travelers in the South were unwelcome in many hotels, restaurants and even some towns after sunset. They were aided by a small, pamphlet called “The Green Book,” which published places where they could find friendly places to rest and eat. Director Peter Far...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 23, 2019


Filed under A&E

In a competitive year at the Academy Awards, several movies seem to be a shoo-in for nominations. Barry Jenkins’s newest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” is sure to win some awards this spring. Jenkins, known for his award-winning film “Moonlight” (the same “Moonlight” that was at the center ...

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

Brian Lang

February 5, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment Spotlight

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


Filed under A&E, Entertainment Spotlight

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


Filed under A&E, Entertainment Spotlight

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


Filed under A&E, Entertainment Spotlight

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...

Best Picture ‘Moonlight’ presents character study, inclusion

Best Picture ‘Moonlight’ presents character study, inclusion

Tyler Manning

February 7, 2017


Filed under A&E

After a moment of controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named the film Moonlight as best picture during the 89th Academy Awards. Moonlight is a film directed by Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe, and Trevante Rhodes. The movie tells the...

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