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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

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

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 ...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 17, 2019

Audiences have always been drawn to stories of corrupt rulers. From Shakespeare’s classic power struggle in "Macbeth" to Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” there is great entertainment in watching corruption at work. Perhaps no story of corruption and scheming is more compelling than that of fo...

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 13, 2018

Sometimes you can do everything right as a parent but still feel like a failure. That’s how David Scheff feels when is bright son Nic admits that he has a major problem with drug abuse. Director Felix Van Groeningen takes on the struggles of addiction and recovery in his new film“Beautiful Bo...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ succeeds despite flaws

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ succeeds despite flaws

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 6, 2018

Boom-Boom-Clap, Boom-Boom-Clap! Queen’s iconic “We Will Rock You” is known by both the young and old with its catchy melody sung by the captivating voice of Freddie Mercury. Bryan Singer’s new film “Bohemian Rhapsody” starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)  tells the story of Mercury, Queen, a...

‘First Man’ shoots for the moon and inspires

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 24, 2018

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

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

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....

‘A Simple Favor’, a glossy, twisted, thriller

Brian Lang, Film Critic

September 26, 2018

Stephanie is a ditzy, insecure, single-mom vlogger who is over-involved at her son’s school. Emily is a powerful PR director a fashion company who dulls the pain of suburban life with strong chilled martinis. When their paths cross a fast friendship ensues, but it’s only when Emily asks her new fr...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Shines at Summer’s End

Brian Lang, Film Critic

September 3, 2018

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...

‘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

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

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...

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