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The Jungle Book, a visual masterpiece bolstered by a talented cast and a classic story

The Jungle Book, a visual masterpiece bolstered by a talented cast and a classic story

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
April 20
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The Jungle Book is a live-action remake of the 1967 classic of the same name and follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi) as he attempts to flee the jungle with the help of his mentor Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and the laid-back Baloo (Bill Murray). The Jungle Book boasts incredible visual effects, with every anim...

10 Cloverfield Lane, a thoroughly engrossing psychological thriller that will knock the wind out of you

10 Cloverfield Lane, a thoroughly engrossing psychological thriller that will knock the wind out of you

Seth Ritchie, Contributing writer
March 16
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10 Cloverfield Lane, released March 11, 2016, is a spiritual successor to the 2008 film Cloverfield and follows Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman who is brought to a bunker after a car crash and effectively kept hostage by Howard (John Goodman), a survivalist who claims the world outside has been ra...

Eddie the Eagle, a cliché but entertaining underdog story

Eddie the Eagle, a cliché but entertaining underdog story

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
March 3
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Eddie the Eagle, released Feb. 26, tells the real life story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards (Taron Egerton), a rather inept ski jumper who strives to go to the Olympics with aid from his washed up coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman). Eddie the Eagle is a very self aware movie, and it plays to its ...

“Risen” a great concept, but hindered by lax storytelling

“Risen” a great concept, but hindered by lax storytelling

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
February 23
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Risen, released Feb. 15, follows a roman military tribune named Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) as he and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) scramble to find the disappeared body of Jesus Christ to prevent a revolt in Jerusalem. Risen is quite an interesting take on the resurrection of Christ as it is told th...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons

Seth Ritchie, contributing writer
February 11
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All being said, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a fun movie. What it lacks in narrative weight it makes up for in a well-cast, well-executed and hilariously strange premise that will delight some who are willing to accept its faults.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
December 29
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      Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released December 18, 2015, is the latest installment in the wildly successful Star Wars franchise. It takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and has two new heroes, an ex-Stormtrooper named Finn (John Boyega) and a lonely scavenger named Rey (Daisy Ridley), who fight ...

“My All-American”: More than just another sports movie

“My All-American”: More than just another sports movie

Brynne Herzfeld, Voice Editor
December 2
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All in all, “My All-American” is enjoyable and bittersweet, regardless of viewers’ college allegiance or interest in football. It stands above other sports movie with its remarkable faithfulness to Freddie’s story, to college life and to Texas football.

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Review: Insurgent

Review: Insurgent

Daniel Kibbe, Contributor
April 1
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Insurgent picks up immediately where Divergent left off. The “divergent” heroine Tris (Shaliene Woodley) is on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the evil enforcers of her strictly enforced, segregation-centric societal system. Her ultimate goal is to stop Jeanine, but to do so, she must seek...

2015 Oscar Predictions: Daniel Kibbe’s Top Picks

2015 Oscar Predictions: Daniel Kibbe’s Top Picks

Daniel Kibbe, Contributor
February 21
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Best Picture What will win: Boyhood Possible upset: Birdman The nominees: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash This category could really go either way: Boyhood and Birdman have an equal chance, with the forme...

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Daniel Kibbe, Contributor
February 17
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It's nice to see a big blockbuster with a strong female protagonist, but Jupiter Ascending consistently feels like The Wachowski's attempt to adapt a bad comic book: their unique stylistic flourishes only shine through in brief moments, and the rest feels mundane. This could have been a fun throwback, but it...

Review: American Sniper

Review: American Sniper

Daniel Kibbe, Contributor
January 29
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While the premise has potential, the film suffers from an extremely weak script and little to no unique flair to keep the viewer interested.

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Review: Selma

Review: Selma

Daniel Kibbe, Contributor
January 22
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Much less a biopic and more a straight historical drama, Selma succeeds where other films have failed.

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