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“Cuties” and #CancelNetflix: Is it worth the controversy?

Three girls dance in front of a sunset.

Caitlyn Green, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

On Sept. 10, #CancelNetflix was the number-one trending hashtag on Twitter. For once in our increasingly polarized country, the left and right picketed digitally against the same problem: “Cuties,” the debut film of French-Sengali director Maïmouna Doucouré.  “Cuties” premiered at the 2020 Sundance ...

Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” will leave you overthinking its elaborate plot

David Thewlis as Father, Jessie Buckley as Young Woman, Toni Collette as Mother, and Jesse Plemons as Jake in an unsettling dinner scene in Charlie Kaufman's

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

September 22, 2020

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is yet another surrealist and experimental film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman that will leave you thinking about its long-winding roads of conversation and an overzealous amount of references to poems, books and other films for days. Kaufman, who is kn...

Rick Riordan announces plans for a Percy Jackson series on Disney+

Rick Riordan, author of the

Madison Suseland

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, author Rick Riordan announced that his bestselling young adult book series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” will be adapted into a live-action television show that will be available to stream through Disney+. The collection of books follows Percy Jackson, a young New Yorker with a single mot...

Netflix Needs More Rom-Coms Like “The Half of It”

Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire in Netflix's new teenage rom-com

Sarah Lukowski

May 5, 2020

Netflix’s new coming-of-age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, needs to be celebrated for its honest take on high school friendships, Chinese-American identity and most importantly, what it means to be queer.  “The Half of It” is full of authenticity and heart as the school outcast ...

Discussion of André Aciman’s thrilling new novel: ‘Find Me’

Author Aciman is well known for his novel 'Call Me By Your Name'

Gabrielle Delgado

November 20, 2019

André Aciman spoke about his inspirations for writing, the vibrancy of setting and spontaneity during the discussion of his new novel “Find Me” at the Boston Public Library (BPL) on Sunday Nov. 10, with the Executive Arts Editor WGBH, Jared Bowen. Following his New York Times bestselling novel...

A Soldier, actor, husband: The life of Ronald Ermey

By Twitter user @Brooker411

Jacquelyn Jarnagin

April 25, 2018

Ronald Lee Ermey was quite the troublemaker growing up; by the time he turned 17-years-old, he had been arrested twice for criminal mischief. But perhaps it was his bad behavior that set him down the path of a career he would long be remembered for. When he was on trial for his actions, Ermey was giv...

Navigating exclusion

Navigating exclusion

Felicity Otterbein

February 10, 2017

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

By Facebook user The Hunger Games

Brigitte Carreiro

December 2, 2015

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

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?

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March 4, 2015

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

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Thalia Yunen

November 5, 2014

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

(Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

Ally Johnson

March 26, 2014

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...

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