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‘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

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 ...

‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

Brian Lang, Film Critic

March 27, 2018

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

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

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...

Students rush to see ‘Black Panther’

Brian Lang

February 20, 2018

The smell of popcorn and hum of a crowd filled the Wichita Falls Cinemark Friday, Feb. 16 as the community congregated to see Marvel’s newest superhero movie, "Black Panther." While people waited in line, many wore African style clothing along with Marvel attire and discussed their excitement for the film. The anticipation was electrify...

‘Black Panther’ changes the superhero genre

‘Black Panther’ changes the superhero genre

Brian Lang

February 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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...

‘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

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

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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