Movie Review: Five Feet Apart

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Lionsgate; 2019] Rating: 4.5/10 Five Feet Apart, the latest teenage sob story to hit the big screen, is nothing more than average at best. The film takes every opportunity to make the viewers cry while also taking advantage of today’s heartthrob Cole Sprouse, who plays the main love interest, Will….

Movie Review: Us

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Monkeypaw Productions; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Jordan Peele continues his transition from comedy king to horror god with this year’s release of Us. The unsettling film leaves even the most mundane things threatening. The genre has experienced a resurgence in the past few years, and this wonderfully unique nightmare is another…

Movie Review: Shoplifters

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [GAGA; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Shoplifters introduces us to the Shibatas, a poor family of six living together under one tiny roof, scraping money together any way they can. As the title implies, shoplifting is one way they make a living, teaching their children to steal from local stores in Tokyo…

Movie Review: Climax

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [A24; 2018] Rating: 9.5/10 In one of the opening scenes of Gaspar Noé’s latest spine-chiller, Climax, the viewer is treated to a montage of interviews from the cast of the film, endlessly describing their passion for dance. The characters describe dancing as an otherworldly experience where they feel truly free,…

Movie Review: Captain Marvel

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Marvel; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Just when Marvel was getting dull, they found a way to keep casual audiences coming. Sure, Captain Marvel follows a lot of the recycled story structure of past Marvel films, but it’s much more fun to watch a woman shoot sexist nerds with lasers instead of…

Movie Review: Cold War

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Paweł Pawlikowski returns to the silver screen with Cold War, a breathtaking look into Eastern Europe during the Cold War and a study of a love that stretches across time and space. Following the lives of Polish musicians Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot)…

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [DreamWorks; 2019] Rating: 5.5/10 The debate on whether or not children’s movies that also indulge older generations are actually for kids is finally over. It was never a debate; they were always for kids, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World doesn’t change that. In fact, it reaffirms…

Movie Review: The Prodigy

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Orion; 2019] Rating: 3/10 It’s said that horror is the easiest genre of film to execute, and The Prodigy proves that statement to be true. This movie is full of rushed pacing and idle writing, relying on the simple conventions of pop-up horror to scare the audience. If you’re looking…

Movie Review: Green Book

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Green Book follows Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip, or Vallelonga, as he insists in the film (Viggo Mortensen) as he drives genius piano player Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the deep south in the 1960s. Lip has to face his prejudices about working for…

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Kyoto Animation; 2016] Rating: 9.5/10 Note: This is a review for the dub release of A Silent Voice Despite being originally released in 2016, A Silent Voice had only reached a limited audience during its initial run, playing in only a handful of theatres in the United States. Now, over…

Movie Review: The House That Jack Built

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Zentropa; 2018] Rating: 8/10 A Lars von Trier film without controversy is like an ocean without tides, but the non-stop outrage that came out of Cannes this year for his newest film, The House That Jack Built, felt more sinister than usual. Over 100 people stormed out of the theater…

Movie Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [Netflix; 2018] Rating: 8/10 As if we didn’t already have enough Western-inspired movies from Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs brings you six short anthologies in one feature-length film. Each 20-ish-minute-long episode takes on a different perspective of living in the wild, wild West. This style of storytelling…