• Philomena: Oscar-Bait?

    By Tom Kaspereen / Staff Writer Every year, there are films released throughout the fall and early winter critics dub “Oscar-bait.”  The term refers to films that have a grand sense of importance surrounding them, featuring high-profile casts and directors.  Unfortunately, most of these movies are, as the name implies, ...
  • American Hustle: A Familiar Dance

      Ever witness a lie so big even the person telling it gets fooled? Such is the case in American Hustle. Every politician, FBI agent, con artist and even director David O. Russell himself is out for trickery. Russell’s highly stylized retelling of a sting operation that changed the procedures ...
  • Nebraska: An Old Actor's Time to Shine

      Over 50 years ago Bruce Dern entered college believing that he would become an Olympic sprinter, only to realize that too many other athletes were much faster. So he switched gears and took up acting.  He was talented, and soon was pleased to be working with a famous director ...
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Scorsese’s Latest Tour-de-Force

    By Kayly Coleman / Staff Writer Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, shows the prolific director, acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio and newcomers Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie at the top of their game.  It came out in theaters last December and was nominated for several awards, including ...
  • 12 Years a Slave: An Intense Look at Slavery

    By Tom Kaspereen / Staff Writer The subject of slavery in American cinema is often brushed over.  Although there have been many films detailing the Civil War and the political struggle for abolition, “12 Years a Slave” is one of the few films that dives into the dark subject matter ...
  • Dallas Buyer's Club: Loving and Heartbreaking

    As Oscar season rolls further away from our minds, it's hard to remember anything other than epic A-list selfies, pizza parties and breakout stars decked out in Prada gowns. Yet among this years Oscar buzz were a slew of knockout films in the Best Picture category, most notably the biographical ...
  • Gravity: An Uneven Pull

    Due to a Russian missile striking a defunct satellite, a cloud of debris orbits in space, endangering the lives of astronauts Dr. Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, and Commander Matt Kowlaski, played by George Clooney, who are on an expedition. A “Mission Abort!” warning is issued by Mission Control and ...
  • Captain Phillips: A New Approach to the Pirate Tale

      For those who don’t mind 134 minutes of nail-biting intensity, “Captain Phillips” is a must-see. Director Paul Greengrass shatters the stereotypical notions of pirates, advanced by movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean”, by recounting the true story of a hijacking that occurred in 2009. Greengrass employs an unknown ...
  • Her: A Film Take on Apple’s Siri, Integrates Criticisms of Modern Living

    By Gabriella Shriner / Editor Writer and director Spike Jonze’s latest film, "Her", debuted in theaters December last year, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlet Johansson. During the 2014 Academy Awards, it won an Oscar for best writing and original screenplay, and was nominated for several others. But ...