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‘Aladdin’ Remake Makes Key Improvements While Reinforcing Negative Stereotypes

‘Aladdin’ Remake Makes Key Improvements While Reinforcing Negative Stereotypes

By Sofia Sant'Anna-Skites

May 26, 2019

  Warning: this review contains spoilers. “Aladdin” was surprisingly less-cringe worthy than I expected it to be. Disney’s 2019 string of live-action remakes, beginning with “Dumbo” last March and ending with “The Lion King” this July, seems like just another attempt to bring i...

I Hated ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’

I Hated ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’

By Christopher Payne

May 13, 2019

  This article is spoiler free. It's not common that I walk out of a movie theater with a clear, non-conflicted opinion of a film. I've mastered the art of nitpicking and can usually find something wrong with the acting, the cinematography, poorly written dialogue or plot points, lack of character deve...

‘Avengers: Endgame:’ The Franchise Ending Doesn’t Disappoint

‘Avengers: Endgame:’ The Franchise Ending Doesn’t Disappoint

By Abigail Raasch

May 10, 2019

  Warning: You might not want to read this article if you have not yet seen the film. It contains some spoilers. Summer is here at the University of Utah and "Avengers: Endgame" has been released at the perfect time. The finale to the fourth phase of Marvel's Avengers superhero series, this conclu...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘The Favourite’ Offers a Genuinely Original Twist on British History

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘The Favourite’ Offers a Genuinely Original Twist on British History

By Josh Petersen

February 23, 2019

  Somewhere deep in its twisted DNA, beneath the violence and cynicism and pitch-black humor, Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, “The Favourite,” is a rags-to-riches story in the vein of Cinderella and Cardi B. In the early 1700s, the down-on-her-luck Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) begins work at the palace...

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

By Christopher Payne

February 14, 2019

  "Happy Death Day 2U" isn’t a good movie. The characters are shallow with little to no development. The narrative has a lot of potential that is entirely lost in poor writing and disappointing plot twists. As a horror film, it relies exclusively on the predictable jump scares that defined...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

By Yixin Song

February 6, 2019

  It was not until the moment in the film that Liz Cheney announced her shift of position on same-sex marriage that "Vice" finally struck me as an intimate record of a personal transformation. “Vice,” a film by director Adam McKay, whose works include “The Big Short” and “Anchorman,”...

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