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‘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 ...

‘Pet Sematary’ a thrilling new adaptation of a classic

‘Pet Sematary’ a thrilling new adaptation of a classic

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

‘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....

‘The Favourite’ is an unforgettable treat

‘The Favourite’ is an unforgettable treat

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 5, 2019

The war is on in France, but the duck races continue… at least in Queen Anne’s court, the setting for Yorgos Lanthimos’s newest absurdist masterpiece “The Favourite.” Set in the early 1700s, “The Favourite” revolves around the deeply unbalanced Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two fiercely c...

‘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 ...

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