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“Nina Wu” hauntingly highlights the exploitation of women in the film industry

A still from the feature film

Kaylie Scalze, Journal Contributor

October 13, 2020

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Midi Z and Wu Ke-xi’s new movie, “Nina Wu,” sheds a haunting light on the exploitation of women in the film industry.  “Nina Wu” was showcased among 14 other feature films and 24 short films for the Boston Women’s Film Festival that began on Oct. 8. A m...

Netflix’s newest documentary provides chilling, heartbreaking details of an American murder

The poster for the documentary.

Grace MacDonald, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

In 2018, a Colorado family made national headlines when the pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, went missing. After just a couple days, Shanann’s husband, and the father of the children, Chris, was arrested for their murders. On Sept. 30, Netflix release...

“Hubie Halloween” is Adam Sandler’s latest gag movie that is providing joy during troubling times

Adam Sandler in Netflix's

Sarah Lukowski, Arts Editor

October 13, 2020

Comedian and beloved actor Adam Sandler is known for his oddball, but still likable, characters that have defined his movie career, and his new Netflix comedy “Hubie Halloween” is no exception After recently starring in the critically-acclaimed crime drama “Uncut Gems,” where Sandler playe...

“9to5: The Story of a Movement” showcases the powerful women who called for equality in the workplace

A woman participating in the 9to5 movement that called to create change in the male-dominated workforce.

Julia Ahaesy, Opinion Editor

October 6, 2020

“9to5: The Story of a Movement," is a powerful and inspiring short film directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, that must be watched by all students who don’t only want to see change in the world, but want to make change.  The film was featured during the annual GlobeDocs Film Festival...

Netflix’s “Enola Holmes” inspires the next generation to create their own future

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holme's in Netflix's new movie  “Enola Holmes.

Alida Benoit, Journal Contributor

October 6, 2020

Netflix’s new original movie, “Enola Holmes,” is an inspiring coming-of-age tale that will connect with women of all ages for years to come. The messages to be true to yourself, trust your gut and to never bow down when a man tells you to, are strong in this mystery movie, which is based off of Na...

“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...

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 ...

“Selah and the Spades” explores the complexities of high school with a fresh-faced cast and stunning visuals

Actress Lovie Simone as Selah in the new Amazon coming-of-age film

Sarah Lukowski

April 21, 2020

Writer and director Tayarisha Poe made her directorial debut with the coming-of-age film “Selah and the Spades,” which gives an honest and intriguing look into high school cliques and its politics at a prestigious boarding school in Pennsylvania.  The film follows five feuding factions at th...

Review: ‘Joker’ storyline thrills viewers

Geoff Scales

October 16, 2019

I was floored. There are certain times in your life when you sit down to watch something and you don’t want it to end. Seeing “Joker” was one of those moments for me. I’ve never been more moved, or terrified by a single film. “Joker” is a standalone story focusing on the origins of the...

Action-packed ‘Captain Marvel’ is box office success despite plot holes

Action-packed 'Captain Marvel' is box office success despite plot holes

Sarah Turley

March 27, 2019

Marvel finally premiered their first female-led full length film on March 8 with the debut of “Captain Marvel.” Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, “Captain Marvel” is becoming the biggest movie of 2019 after having the sixth highest grossing opening for a film worldwide. Following th...

Jordan Peele’s latest horror flick uses creative allusions to spellbind viewers

Jordan Peele, director of acclaimed horror films “Us” and “Get Out”

Sarah Lukowski

March 27, 2019

Director Jordan Peele’s new horror movie “Us” has proved that he is always one step ahead of the audience with its obscure references, creepy soundtrack, stunning visuals and a chilling plot twist that grossed a whopping $70 million its first weekend. The audacious thriller follows ...

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