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‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Brian Lang, Film Critic

December 3, 2019

A murder in an ornate mansion, contentious heirs gathering for a funeral, and an off-kilter detective looking for answers. Rian Johnson’s newest blockbuster “Knives Out” sounds like the setup for a game of “Clue,” but its mystery can’t be solved by the powers of deduction alone. When aut...

‘Last Christmas’ is sweet but forgettable

‘Last Christmas’ is sweet but forgettable

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 11, 2019

Even though it’s not yet Thanksgiving, for many people, Christmastime is already here. As the holiday season approaches, many avid Christmas fans break out their favorite cheesy rom-coms, and now they can add Paul Feig’s sweet and silly “Last Christmas” to their annual rotation. The film ce...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back the gang for more of the same laughs

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back the gang for more of the same laughs

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 28, 2019

It’s been a long 10 years since “Zombieland” debuted, but our favorite team of zombie killers has still got it. After making it out of the first film unscathed, redneck Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), nerdy Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), jaded Wichita (Emma Stone) and now teenager Little Rock (Abiga...

‘Joker’ creates a compelling, dark origin story

‘Joker’ creates a compelling, dark origin story

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 8, 2019

For 50 years, Batman has been a hit on the big screen. He’s faced countless enemies along the way, but his biggest foe has always been the Joker. Over the years, the Joker has been played by many talented actors, with Heath Ledger giving arguably the best performance. Now there’s a new Joker in to...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ successfully wraps up a franchise

‘Avengers: Endgame’ successfully wraps up a franchise

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 30, 2019

Marvel has finally done it. After 11 years and 21 movies, the Russo brothers and producer Kevin Feige have made a near perfect culmination of hundreds of hours of superhero drama. “Avengers: Endgame” is set to make box-office history and is the must-see movie this spring. Without spoilers, let...

‘Shazam’ reinvents the superhero drama

‘Shazam’  reinvents the superhero drama

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 23, 2019

Being 14 is not fun, especially when you’re like Billy Batson, a kid in the foster system who was seemingly misplaced by his mom when he was little. But sometimes the universe needs saving, and when superpowers have been hoisted upon you, you have to answer the call. Billy hasn’t always been ...

Philosophy Club members discuss a modern day villain

Philosophy Club members discuss a modern day villain

Peyton Alonzo, Reporter

April 15, 2019

Students slowly filled 30 seats in Prothro-Yeager Hall on April 11, anticipating the philosophy forum about Thanos, the main antagonist for the Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War and continues to be in the upcoming, Avengers: Endgame. Three overarching questions divided the forum for students to analyze and openly discuss. Nathan Conard, Engl...

‘Dumbo’ tries to soar but sputters

‘Dumbo’ tries to soar but sputters

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 9, 2019

When a little elephant with big ears took flight 80 years ago, the world watched with awe. Since then, Disney’s animated classic Dumbo has been largely ignored until it was slated to be remade as a live-action film, just like half a dozen other Disney hits. The modern “Dumbo” starts with the same ...

‘Captain Marvel’ an exciting and powerful origin story

‘Captain Marvel’ an exciting and powerful origin story

Brian Lang, Film Critic

March 26, 2019

Ever since Thanos snapped and half of the world’s population turned to dust last spring, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on edge. It seems like no amount of superhero films can satisfy us until we see what’s going to happen next to “Earth’s mightiest heroes” but unfortunately, we still hav...

‘Greta’ a silly after-school special

‘Greta’ a silly after-school special

Brian Lang, Film Critic

March 5, 2019

Picture this: you’re riding the subway in New York City when you spot a handbag that must have been left behind on one of the seats. Most passengers would ignore the bag, a few might heed the warnings given by the MTA and call the authorities, but Francis, the protagonist in Neil Jordan’s new psycholo...

‘BlacKkKlansman’ a honest and terrifying look at civil rights

‘BlacKkKlansman’ a honest and terrifying look at civil rights

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 26, 2019

In 1978 Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs history, convinced a member of the Ku Klux Klan that he was a white supremacist. “BlacKkKlansman,” a film that’s almost to wild to be true, recreates the fascinating and often terrifying ride of Officer Stallworth and his j...

Everything is not quite awesome in ‘Lego Movie 2’

Everything is not quite awesome in ‘Lego Movie 2’

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 19, 2019

It’s not hard to forget 2014’s breakout hit, “The Lego Movie,” especially if you might still have the theme song “Everything is Awesome” ringing in your head. Well, Emmet the minifigure and the gang are back in a new rollicking adventure, “The Lego Movie 2” directed by Mike Mitchell....

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