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Ragnarok differs from other Marvel films

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“Thor: Ragnarok,” is the Marvel movie that every other Thor movie should have followed the formula to. The film is funny, clever and follows elements of a superhero movie, but also ties in elements of a comedy film, as well. A team of talented actors helped make this film a change of stigma surrounding superhero…

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“It” remake puts a modern spin on horror

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By Dominic LoVallo Editor-in-Chief “It” aired as a miniseries 27 years ago and now “It” has found its way –not only to our theater, but into our nightmares. The movie “It,” based on its namesake, the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, lived up to the hype as a scary movie. At least for everyone…

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“Logan” is a hit in theaters

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Tom Cottingham Features Editor The superhero genre may seem to be a bit over saturated with the continued releases by Marvel and DC Comics. Plus with Netflix and The CW releasing superhero television shows, the genre may be played out and too cliché at this point. Logan, however, is an exception in the pack. Although…

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Crude, off-beat humor wins in “Deadpool”

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By Thomas Cottingham Staff Writer The superhero movie genre is not going away anytime soon. In fact, the genre is improving. With violence, sex and crude humor throughout the film, “Deadpool” follows a simple superhero plot that portrays the main character exactly like in the comics. Ryan Reynolds gets the role he was born to…

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Debating the Academy Awards

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Recently there has been some fuss over in Hollywood about the diversity, or lack thereof, in the Academy Awards. This is the second year in a row that all 20 actors and actresses who were nominated for lead and supporting roles have been white. This has sparked great controversy within the black community, causing trends…

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Spielberg movie delivers

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By Tom Cottingham Contributing Writer   Steven Spielberg produces yet another beautifully directed film in the tense, Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies.” Based on a true story, the film stars Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan, a Brooklyn insurance lawyer who is asked to defend a Soviet spy. Later on, the U.S. government asks…

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Many guts, not much glory in thriller film

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Cannibals rip apart and feast on innocent travelers in Eli Roth’s new gore-filled thriller, “The Green Inferno.” The film hit theaters Sept. 25, proving the cannibal-horror genre is still alive. The movie begins in New York City with roommates Justine (Lorenza Izzo) and Kaycee (Sky Ferreira), who are freshmen in college. The first half hour…

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To grandma’s house we go

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Forget warm cookies and hugs. The grandparents in director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest thriller, “The Visit,” offer disturbing behavior and a 9:30 bedtime when their grandchildren come to visit for the week. In Shyamalan’s newest film, two kids, Rebecca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) venture to their grandparent’s house while their mother, Paula, (Kathryn…

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Ho-hum horror

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Grab a nightlight and a blanket, because “Sinister 2” hit theaters with full intent to make its viewers jump out of their seats. “Sinister 2,” a sequel to the 2012 supernatural horror film “Sinister,” hit theaters August 21. The film is centered on a mother, Courtney Collins (Shannyn Sossamon) and her two sons, Dylan and…

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Age of cliché romances

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By Kellen Quigley Staff Writer The story had all the potential in the world, but it’s just another romance movie similar to Nicholas Sparks books. Parts of it are entertaining, some of the acting is good and the look is gorgeous. In the end, however, “The Age of Adaline” is a cheesy romance movie with…

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Worthy of gold

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By Kellen Quigley Staff Writer “Woman in Gold” is a motion picture worth a thousand screengrabs.     From director Simon Curtis, best known for his 2011 film “My Week with Marilyn,” comes the true story of an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altman, her lawyer, Randol Schoenberg and their attempts to recover stolen artwork that once…

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Fast not furious

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By Luis Rodriguez Staff Writer “Fast and Furious 7” sent shockwaves throughout the nation on its April 3 release date, shattering numerous box-office records by grossing over $147 million in its first weekend. In just two weeks it grossed a whopping $252 million, more than the $239 million “Fast & Furious 6” made during its…

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Theaters have a ball with Cinderella

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By Kellen Quigley Staff Writer Disney remade ‘Cinderella’ with impressive changes and its classic magic. With all the live-action remakes of traditional fairytales in recent years, a retelling of “Cinderella” was only a matter of time. While others like “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Maleficent” changed quite a bit for a fresher story, this…

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Movie lacks life

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The new not-so-horror film “The Lazarus Effect” hit theaters at the end of last month.  Unlike the resurrected characters in the film, the movie itself would best be left as dead. The cast of the film is filled with promise—Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover (better known as Childish Gambino) all play…

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Props for Paddington

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By Andrea Fernandes Features Editor The friendly bear, Paddington, recently made his way from Peru to theaters. “Paddington” is based on the children’s book, “Paddington Bear,” by Michael Bond. The bear in the movie lives in Peru with his aunt and uncle. After a deadly earthquake in the forest, Paddington’s aunt, Lucy, sends him to…

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Doing shady business

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By Kiara Catanzaro  Associate Editor Fifty Shades of Grey opened on Valentine’s Day weekend with $85.2 million in the box office. Based on the “Twilight”-inspired book written in 2011 by E. L. James, this story follows two different characters and their similar attractions for each other. Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is a soon-to-be college graduate…

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All The Kingsmen

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By Pat Tintle Sports Editor   After giving “Kick-Ass” fan-boy approval, and after giving the “X-Men” franchise a well-needed shot in the arm, director Matthew Vaughn has yet another comic book franchise to add to his résumé. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is Vaughn’s latest adaptation of a cult comic book series. Unlike “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men:…

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“Taken” thrills audiences

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“Taken 3” hit theaters Jan. 9 as the third installment of the Taken franchise.  Liam Neeson returned as Bryan Mills, a retired U.S. spy whose life seems to be filled with unfortunate events.  The first film in the series centers on the abduction of Mills’ daughter Kim (Maggie Grace). The second development turns the tables…

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The odds are in their favor

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By Luis Rodriguez Staff Writer The Hunger Games looks to recapture its crown as the best survival film with its new installment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”.  The first part of the sequel brought in an estimated $82.7 million over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the LA Times. Unlike its action-packed rival, “Maze…

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“Interstellar” blasts into cinemas

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By Harrison Leone Managing Editor   For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies set in space. There have been certified Kubrick classics (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) Academy Award-worthy efforts (“Apollo 13”) and strangely overrated disappointments (“Gravity”). “Interstellar” is the latest entry into the canon of extraterrestrial feature films, and one…

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