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American Sniper: patriotism or propaganda?

<i>American Sniper</i>: patriotism or propaganda?

Claire Lefton, Sycamore High School

February 12, 2015


Filed under Movies, Opinions

“In the latest Hunger Games movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s "Plutarch" views propaganda footage… and says, 'It’s a little on the nose, but of course so is war.' He could be talking about American Sniper,” film critic David Edelstein wrote in New York Magazine. Clint Eastwood’s extremely success...

Why The Interview is exactly what the world needs

Why <i>The Interview</i> is exactly what the world needs

Hannah Sutherland, El Modena High School

January 26, 2015


Filed under Local & World News, Movies, Opinions

I’m not a fan of James Franco. I’m not a fan of Seth Rogen. I’m not a fan of raunchy buddy-comedies. I’m not really even a fan of world news. The recent Sony Pictures production The Interview, starring Franco and Rogen, has received both backlash and support for its depiction of the murd...

Marco Polo: A Netflix wonder

<i>Marco Polo</i>: A Netflix wonder

Aparna Verma, Catonsville High School

January 13, 2015


Filed under Movies

Recently, Netflix has shown a creative streak, producing rather spectacular shows that have garnered many fans from around the world. For example, the infamous House of Cards is well-known throughout the US for its legendary spin on politics and snarky dialogue. Orange is the New Black has haunted viewe...

The Gambler travels to unforeseen depths

<i>The Gambler</i> travels to unforeseen depths

Sophie Haddad, Carlmont High School

January 12, 2015


Filed under Movies

I’m feeling lucky. All on black. From the tell-all trailer and typecast-able title, we may think we know all there is to know about The Gambler. Some idiot loses everything at a poker table and then spends the rest of the movie running from unforgiving headhunters to whom he owes money. To ou...

Katniss returns to Mockingjay Part 1

Katniss returns to Mockingjay Part 1

Abbey Branco, Dartmouth High School

December 17, 2014


Filed under Movies

While The Maze Runner (2014) failed to pull through in the world of young adult dystopia, Director Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay is triumphant. Carrying on from where Catching Fire (2013) left off, we see the weathered Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) strugg...

‘Mockingjay Part 1′ shifts series’ tone, keeps books’ integrity

‘Mockingjay Part 1′ shifts series’ tone, keeps books’ integrity

Abby White, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

November 26, 2014


Filed under Movies, Showcase

Spoiler alert, but not about the movie: I devour books like potato chips. “The Hunger Games” trilogy has not escaped my appetite. I read Suzanne Collins’ books in spring 2010, at the height of their popularity. Even in France, where I lived at the time, everywhere I turned I saw posters for...

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

Meghan Bennett, Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.

November 17, 2014


Filed under Movies

"In A World…" stars Lake Bell, who wrote and directed the film, as Carol Solomon, a vocal coach hoping to break into the male-dominated Hollywood niche industry of voice-overs. She competes with her egotistical father, played brilliantly by Fred Melamed, and his protege (Ken Marino), for a sought-...

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

October 30, 2014


Filed under Movies, Showcase

"Dracula Untold" pledged to enthrall and fascinate its audience with the historical and fictional mash-up of Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While it wasn't a terrible film, cheesy acting and iffy plot holes left me unsatisfied and craving something more.

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