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Oscars 2020: the best of the best

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in Little Women (2019)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 3, 2020

The Oscars are just around the corner and predictions on who will win big are running rampant. Eight films are nominated for the highest honor of Best Picture this year, and this is my take on four of my favorites. One of the top-choices for award pundits is Sam Mendes’s tense war thriller “1917.” Men...

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Knives Out

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

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas (2019)

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

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

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

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

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

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in Shazam! (2019)

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 ...

‘Pet Sematary’ a thrilling new adaptation of a classic

Pet Sematary

Peyton Alonzo, Reporter

April 22, 2019

The 2019 adaptation of the infamous Stephen King’s novel 'Pet Sematary,' brings a thrilling upgrade to the story. This version is refreshingly unpredictable but, does stray away from the original film and novel. The film follows the Creed family, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) his wife, Rachel (Amy...

‘Dumbo’ tries to soar but sputters

Nico Parker in Dumbo (2019)

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

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019)

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

Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz in Greta (2018)

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

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...

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