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Navigating exclusion

Navigating exclusion

Felicity Otterbein
February 10, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

In an emotional rollercoaster of heartache, loss and forging of new relationships, filmmaker Felicia Lowe conveys the trials and tribulations of her journey to discovering her mother’s past and the extent of the toll of the Chinese Exclusion Act had on her family. The screening of this film was hoste...

Mockingjay soars on screen

Mockingjay soars on screen

Brigitte Carreiro
December 2, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

After leaving viewers an exceptional cliff-hanger in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” the partner film and finalé to the popular “Hunger Games” series had much to live up to. With an emotionally-taxing novel to mimic and astounding scenes to recreate, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - ...

Supergirl called to action in new series

Supergirl called to action in new series

November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

By Andrew Navaroli CBS’s “Supergirl” premiered last Monday to much fanfare. Having been long promoted by the network, the show was an instant hit. Many still question if the plot is worthy of success. Played by the ever-cheerful Kara Danvers who recently found fame in Glee, she is not the...

Could ‘Jupiter Ascending’ be the next cult classic?

Could ‘Jupiter Ascending’ be the next cult classic?

March 4, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

By Abbey Wilson Despite the cautionary tales that the new science-fiction movie, “Jupiter Ascending” was two-thumbs down, I went to the theater anyway. Plopping down in my seat, I decided I’d keep an open mind despite harsh reviews from friends, and even my mother, that the movie was plain terrible. Let...

Dear White People shows complexities of race and identity

Dear White People shows complexities of race and identity

Thalia Yunen
November 5, 2014
Filed under Film, Opinion

Writer-producer Justin Simien’s new independent film about race and identity at a fictional Ivy League school was totally not what I expected it to be. Based on its title, Dear White People, and its trailer, I thought the movie would mostly be about a terrible standoff between black and white students...

The Grand Budapest Hotel proves to be a classic

The Grand Budapest Hotel proves to be a classic

Ally Johnson
March 26, 2014
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

Ever since the release of The Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009, Wes Anderson’s films have spun themselves away from simply avant-garde to rich and colorful storytelling-resembling pop-up picture books from your childhood. The shortcoming with Anderson’s last film Moonrise Kingdom was how the style overtook...

86th Annual Oscars honor a wonderful year of film

86th Annual Oscars honor a wonderful year of film

Serina Gousby
March 5, 2014
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

The year of 2013 was by far one of the most incredible and successful years for motion pictures, as well as for the actors and actresses that amazed audiences around the world with their performances. There is no award show out there to thank and appreciate them more other than the Oscars. The show...

The lost art of real acting in critically acclaimed films

The lost art of real acting in critically acclaimed films

February 5, 2014
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

By Benjamin Linares Acting never used to be about money. Good actors were good actors, end of story. Today, Hollywood is self-absorbed and actors act for one reason: money. Last week, Jonah Hill stated that he was paid a meager $60,000 to perform in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street. Now, there is n...

UMass Boston 2013 Film Series kicks off with “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

UMass Boston 2013 Film Series kicks off with “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

October 2, 2013
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

By: Lucie Coppola UMass Boston’s 2013 Film Series, a season of free independent films held in the campus center ballroom, kicked off with the empowering documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. This film tells the tale of three members of the punk feminist group “Pussy Riot” who took part in a ...

Now You See Me film thrills audiences

Now You See Me film thrills audiences

September 18, 2013
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

By: Kaity  Conery If you have found yourself in dire need of a mind-boggling movie full of unexpected twists and turns, then you have also found yourself in luck. Now You See Me is the perfect movie for you to watch.  It has everything you need in a great film.  It is filled with suspense, acti...

Star Trek: Into Darkness fails to follow in stellar footsteps

Star Trek: Into Darkness fails to follow in stellar footsteps

Joey Johnson
June 6, 2013
Filed under Film

It’s hard to find a way to bring new life and originality to a series that is as coveted and densely filled with history as the Star Trek franchise is. Yet that is exactly what the team at Bad Robot did when they released the 2009 reboot to the continuity that delighted both longtime trekkies and new fans alike, myself included. That’s why I found myself itch...

Star Trek reaches new heights with sequel film

Star Trek reaches new heights with sequel film

Ally Johnson
June 6, 2013
Filed under Film

While unwilling to commit 100 percent to the original lore, Star Trek Into Darkness may not have fulfilled every Trek desire but was still a fantastically exciting ride. We’re re-introduced to our bridge crew with Jim Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) trying to distract a tribal planet society...

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