The Wichitan

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

Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water (2017). Photo by Kerry Hayes

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

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Philip Casnoff, David Cross, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Jessie Mueller, and Carrie Coon in The Post (2017) Photo by Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise

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...

Senior documentary screenings to be held Dec. 15

Haleigh Wallace, mass communication senior, works in the broadcast department editting bay on her and her groups senior production final video project that is due Monday, Dec. 10, 2017. Wallace's group's 15 minute documentary is titled 'Mom: Mother of Many'  and her group members include Hanna Heuring, Kara McPherson, and Noah Fazekas. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Tyler Manning

December 5, 2017

To showcase the documentaries students made in the senior production course this fall, the mass communication department will be hosting a screening of the projects on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Fain Fine Arts Theatre at 3 p.m. Students must take senior production to graduate with a major in mass ...

Justice League: DC’s latest failure

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher in Justice League (2017)

Tyler Manning

November 27, 2017

It is apparent that Warner Bros. does not have a solid plan for its DC film universe. Every bit of news regarding the latest endeavor, "Justice League," has been about last-minute changes to the film, including the reshoots that took up an estimated 25-50 percent of the finished project. News about future movies in t...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ presents fun space adventure

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Tyler Manning

November 7, 2017

This year has been great for Marvel. "Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2" was a touching character-driven story about what it means to be a family. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was a nice callback to John Hughes' films. Now there is "Thor: Ragnarok:" a funny, space adventure film. "Thor: Ragnarok" was a ...

‘It Follows’ calls back to ’70s horror

Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, and Daniel Zovatto in It Follows (2014)

Tyler Manning

October 31, 2017

Horror is one of the most creative film genres. There are plenty of themes to explore and with modern special effects, what can be filmed is absolutely limitless. That being said, however, horror movies today have become manufactured and lazy. The scares are cheap and unrewarding, the plots are thin and th...

Blade Runner 2049: a modern masterpiece

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Tyler Manning

October 9, 2017

"Blade Runner 2049" is a film that I have wanted to see ever since its announcement. With brilliant auteur Denis Villeneuve at the helm and one of my favorite modern actors, Ryan Gosling, set to star in the movie, I could not help but get excited. With so much anticipation for this film, there ...

Kingsman sequel misses the mark

Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Tyler Manning

September 23, 2017

    "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a breath of fresh air for the spy genre. Matthew Vaughn's style and visual flair blended with a conventional coming-of-age story made for a refreshing spy movie. The film parodied conventional spy flicks and overall made a mockery of the silliness of spy t...

‘Good Time’: layered character writing

Robert Pattinson in Good Time (2017)

Tyler Manning

September 19, 2017

A good sense of direction. Great acting. Beautiful cinematography. They all enhance a movie. However, none are as crucial to holding a movie together as character. Character is the avenue by which the writer gets the film's message across. A good character can tell us a lot about life. We, as an ...

IT remake: a safe yet good film

Pennywise from It. Photo by Brooke Palmer

Tyler Manning

September 12, 2017

I will be the first to admit that I was not rooting for "It." After hearing about the original director (Cary Fukunaga) leaving the project due to creative differences with the studio, I had doubts about the direction of the project. Fukunaga is responsible for directing the beautiful film, "Bea...

Train to Busan leads train to my heart

Su-an Kim and Yoo Gong in Train to Busan (2016). Photo courtesy of IMDB

Tyler Manning

August 25, 2017

Fall is almost upon us, which means we're getting closer and closer to one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. I feel that in preparation it is only appropriate to discuss one of my favorite recent horror movies — Train to Busan. Train to Busan is a South Korean horror movie about a father...

Theaters, summer hits, movies to come

Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott in It Comes At Night (2017). Photo courtesy of IMDB.

Tyler Manning, Film Critic

August 17, 2017

Popcorn, snacks, comfy seats, big screens and low-lit rooms. Movie theaters are a popular form of entertainment with students. For a new student, unfamiliar with the area, the question pertaining to theaters is which of the two in Wichita Falls — Cinemark or AMC Classic Sikes Center — will give...

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