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Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

By Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer 

Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” opens in theaters this week, making this his directorial debut. Parker also wrote, produced, and starred in the film. The movie follows Nat Turner, a Virginian slave who led a rebellion in 1831, resulting in the deaths of over 55 white plantation owners and their families, and ultimately hundreds of African Americans as a result of the revolt.

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Movie Review: Zoolander 2

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

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Fifteen years after writing, directing, producing, and starring in the popular comedy “Zoolander”, Ben Stiller reprises all of those roles with “Zoolander 2”. Filled to the brim with celebrity cameos, and jokes that are 15 years old, “Zoolander 2” is exactly what fans of the original “Zoolander” needed. Co-starring Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Penélope Cruz, this film doesn’t feel as fresh as the original, but it definitely kept the laughs coming.

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Movie Review: The Witch

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In his directorial feature-length film debut, Robert Eggers (who previously worked as a writer, costume designer, and production designer on several short films) shows a great amount of potential in the slow-building horror genre with “The Witch”. Combined with the eerie score from Mark Korven, “The Witch” becomes an intense exploration into America’s dark past through a fictional lens. The acting was great all-around, especially from newcomers Anya Taylor-Joy and Harvey Scrimshaw, siblings who get caught-up in the cruel and unforgiving world of 1600s New England.  An interesting note about “The Witch”: most of the dialogue comes directly from real folk tales from that era.

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Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In the third installment of the highly-successful “Kung Fu Panda” series, children and adults alike can expect a continuation of the mind-blowing animation styles, humor that is both kid-friendly and actually hilarious, and a cast of stars that few films can boast. While some college-aged people may roll their eyes at the mention of a kid-friendly animated film, I think the “Kung Fu Panda” series is genuinely unique. DreamWorks actually released two versions of this film: one in Mandarin, with Chinese voice actors, and one in English, with American voice actors.

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Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In his eighth directorial feature, the talented Quentin Tarantino tries his hand at just his second western with “The Hateful Eight”. Contrary to “Django Unchained”, this film feels more about the spectacle surrounding it than the story itself. Similarly to “Django”, a theme centering on revenge, loads of witty and humorous dialogue, and more blood than you can handle are present throughout. The best part about Tarantino’s

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films is the fact that he’s essentially created his own personal “Tarantino” genre. Tarantino takes the concept of dark comedies to a much more specific level, one that is adaptable to the western, crime, and heist genres. The film stars actors who have worked with Tarantino previously: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, just to name a few.

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A Move in Review: The Night Before

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In only his fifth directorial feature, director Jonathan Levine tries his hand at the often-overused Christmas comedy genre. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie as three 30-something friends who have managed to grow apart without growing up. With adulthood causing the three friends to rethink their friendship, they decide to spend one last Christmas Eve evening together. Levine has worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt before when he directed “50/50,” and with the producers of Rogen flicks like “This is the End” and “The Interview” on board, you pretty much know exactly what to expect going into the theater. That being said, this film feels oddly fresh in a genre so overplayed and so specific.

 

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Star Wars Episode VII

By Stephen Showers, Features Writer

Get out your calendar, your planner, cancel appointments, and prepare yourself for December 18th, the Star Wars: Episode VII premiere! Perhaps the most hotly anticipated film of all time, this new Star Wars movie is going to bring the child out of every audience member. Disney has been teasing fans for a long time by releasing trailers, character info, toys, and video games. Everything down to the individual frames of the trailers has been analyzed and broken down in an attempt to glean some information about the future of the Star Wars universe. Spoiler alerts ahead!

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Movie Review: Truth

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In his directorial debut, writer James Vanderbilt brings the true story of the 2004 Killian document controversy back to life. The film portrays the account of Mary Mapes (played wonderfully by Cate Blanchett), who was fired from her job as a producer of 60 Minutes after the legitimacy of source documents was called into question.  Although political overtones exist throughout, Vanderbilt makes an active attempt to depoliticize the events that occur.

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A Movie Review: Crimson Peak

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer

Director Guillermo del Toro is known for pulling audiences into his fantastic worlds, worlds that are filled with beauty, fantasy, and horror alike.  These themes permeate through his latest horror project, “Crimson Peak”, a story about a young writer who falls for a seductive stranger. While the premise is simple, the plot drags the entire film, making the already-intense climax more intense, relatively speaking. With stars like Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston making up the leads, the acting was done beautifully, but the real star that shines isn’t an actor at all, but rather the old, haunted mansion where the majority of the film is shot.

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