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…

Movie Review: Suspiria

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is a disorienting, hypnotic and precise mix of horror and dance. The story centers on a dance academy in Berlin in 1977 that doubles as a home for a coven of witches who cast magic through dance. We follow the stories…

Movie Review: Beautiful Boy

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 With the country deep in the middle of an opioid crisis, it’s no surprise that one of the most Oscar bait-like movies of the year is Beautiful Boy, an autobiographical story based on the books by father and son David and Nic Sheff about the…

Movie Review: The Grinch

By Ceara Kelly: Staff Writer [Illumination; 2018] Rating: 2.5/10 Christmas is dead. People always talk about how it is nothing but a greedy holiday about money and nothing more, and after watching the newest remake of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, you can’t help but think maybe those people are right. There’s no other explanation for…

Movie Review: Mid90s

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [A24; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is off to a strong start with Mid90s, a tale of a young impressionable boy growing up in LA surrounded by his violent brother and absent mother. Our protagonist, Stevie, begins to explore his adolescence and individuality when he meets a group of…

Movie Review: First Man

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2018] Rating: 7/10 The space movie is a genre of its own. Historical drama, beautiful orchestral music, eye-popping visuals and male bravery are all common themes in many of the space films of the past. Apollo 13 may come to mind, or The Right Stuff. First Man, directed by…

Movie Review: Colette

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Number 9; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 You always hear that you can’t have a period piece with people of color, strong female figures, and, god forbid, gay people. Maybe they weren’t invented yet in the eyes of some filmmakers. Movies today even struggle with this concept. Thankfully, for a film taking…

Movie Review: Smallfoot

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros.; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Oh isn’t that cute — A movie about Yeti’s calling humans “smallfoots” and treating them like cryptids. It must be all about learning to see from the other sides viewpoint, right? Wrong. Smallfoot, is a surprisingly politically charged musical and, despite what early reviews say,…

Movie Review: Assassination Nation

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Neon; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Have you ever thought about what would happen if someone combined the plotline of Mean Girls with that of The Purge? No? Well, if you did, Assassination Nation would be the two films’ love child, and yes, it’s just as crazy as you think it would…

Movie Review: Life Itself

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [FilmNation; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Where to even begin with Life Itself? This movie feels like it’s desperately trying hard to be too many things at once. With lots of unnecessary shock factors and too many Bob Dylan references, it’s still unclear what the creators of this film wanted to say. Made…

Movie Review: A Simple Favor

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Feigco; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Photo by: ‘A Simple Favor’/IMDb Finally, a movie that captures the true horrors of overenthusiastic PTA moms. A Simple Favor beautifully blends a humorous take on helicopter parents and eerie mystery. There’s not a moment that feels slow or visually dull, and even the most intense…