• 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 ...