Critic delights in modern classic “The Secret of Kells”

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Despite its lack of a strong ending, The Secret of Kells is a charming story told beautifully – and bravely. Directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, it may be aimed at a younger audience, but it pulls no punches in content or quality. The film follows “Brendan” (voiced by Evan McGuire), a young boy […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 16

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Daniel Bruhl will play the villain in Captain America: Civil War. Bruhl is known for his work in Rush and Inglourious Basterds, He joins Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chadwick Boseman in the cast. For more on the film, click here. SAG-AFTRA and the major TV networks have come to an agreement on a new Network Television Code regarding nonprimetime shows. […]

Two operas open this weekend, sharing the stage

The first production of the mainstage opera season will open Friday, Nov. 14.The production will differ from past shows, as two one-act operas will be performed on the same evening, instead of one.

Critic disturbed and fascinated by “Mysterious Skin”

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Watching Mysterious Skin is like waking up on a bright, sunny Saturday morning, making yourself a perfect cup of coffee, turning on your favorite cartoon, and finding spiders in your cereal. The nostalgic familiarity of the setting puts us at ease, but the subject matter rips us right out of our comfort zone. Written and […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 25

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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Will Eubank and Philip Gawthorne’s script World Breaker. The plot follows a Scottish warlord and his sons who must protect their castle from an invading army. Eubank recently directed and co-wrote sci-fi flick The Signal, which premiered at Sundance, and Gawthorne is a frequent writer for BBC series. To read more on World Breaker, click here. […]

Critic finds classic “American Psycho” disturbingly good

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Almost 14 years after its release, American Psycho still holds up. While its heavy satirization of yuppie culture may not ring quite so many bells with audiences of today, the performances and artful treatment of disturbing subject matter still shocks, horrifies, and utterly captivates. Directed by Mary Harron based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 18

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and actor Rob McElhenney will make his directorial and screenwriting debut with Figment. The film will be a action-adventure about a young boy and his family fighting their greatest fears. Legendary Pictures is set to exec produce the movie. For more information on the project, click here. Marvel’s executive vice president of […]

Critic disappointed by inconsistency of “Horns”

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I used to think that there was nothing worse than a painfully bad movie, but I now know that there is a new circle of movie hell: a good movie that turns itself bad. Horns is one such film. Directed by Alexandre Aja based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, the movie follows […]

Short film round-up

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Move over, Morgan Freeman – there’s a new God in town, and his name is Nick Offerman. In Eric Kissack’s nine-minute The Gunfighter, Offerman plays an omniscient narrator of a Western scene whose speech can be heard by the characters he’s describing. Kissack mixes lowbrow gags and highbrow meta-humor to great effect, and Offerman’s narration […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 12

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The nonprofit behind the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will honor Robert Redford with its 42nd annual Chaplin Award. Redford will be lauded for his acting, his directing, his work on Broadway, and his support of independent film through his founding of the Sundance Institute and its associated film festival. He […]

Short film round-up

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Although Hello World  clocks in at 21 minutes, it feels like directors Rafaël Mathé and Etienne Larragueta tried to cram too much into too short a film. Each individual component of the cyberhacker piece is interesting and incredibly detailed, but when combined, we never get to a chance to fully engage with any of them. The result […]

Critic finds cult classic “Dogma” a little dated

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Kevin Smith’s 1999 film Dogma was probably groundbreakingly irreverent for audiences in its day. However, much like some of the tenets of organized religion that the movie pokes fun at, it doesn’t feel like it’s stood the test of time. Although the timing and structure of Smith’s writing still hits its mark, the actual content […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 4

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TNT’s Dallas will not be returning after its third season, the network announced Friday. The show’s ratings suffered following the death of the original Dallas star, Larry Hagman, during the second season. “TNT has decided not to renew ‘Dallas.’ We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga. We want […]

Short film round-up

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Although Finnish filmmaker Mikko Löppönen’s nine-minute short L4ST doesn’t have much in the way of dialogue or plot or character development, it is an incredible atmospheric thrill ride. Based loosely on video game The Last of Us, the film follows two survivors trying to live through a zombie apocalypse. The short’s biggest strength is its […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 1

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Netflix is extending its original programming, thanks to a new movie deal with Adam Sandler. Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. will work with the video service on four films, in which Sandler will star. The features will be available exclusively on Netflix, with the first one speculated to arrive as soon as 2015. For more information on […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 26

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The Office vet Angela Kinsey is set for a recurring role on TBS’ new comedy series Your Family or Mine. Kinsey’s role was played by Elizabeth Ellis in the pilot. Other actors in the cast include Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams. For more on the show, click here. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has okayed the restricted use of […]

Critic finds “Guardians of the Galaxy” a pleasant counterpoint to heavier superhero fare

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the perfect reminder of what a good summer blockbuster should be like: witty, charming, full of heart, and above all else, fun. What’s more, it manages to be all these things without pandering to the lowest common denominator, instead keeping the jokes smart and the pace lightning-fast. Directed by James […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 24

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MGM’s recent lawsuit against Universal regarding the latter’s upcoming project Section 6 will move forward, after a ruling from U.S. District Judge James Otero. The crux of the matter is that the script for the film is substantially similar to the James Bond property. Both deal with MI-6, although Section 6 is set around the formation of the organization. For […]

Short film round-up

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Alan Rickman stars in Dust, a delightfully creepy seven-minute short about a man and his obsession. It’s difficult to say much without giving anything away, but suffice it to say that writer/directors Ben Ockrent & Jake Russell do a wonderful job showcasing both Rickman’s talent and their own skill at creating an atmosphere. To see the film, […]

Emmy-award winning filmmaker visits OCU

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By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Paul Saltzman, a documentary filmmaker and founder of Moving Beyond Prejudice, will lead a one-day workshop at OCU on Oct. 4. The even will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. Registration is $25 and will include lunch. Students interested in […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 27

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In a stunning change of course, Regal Cinemas has entertained the notion of going from being one of the biggest buyers in the movie theater acquisition market to potentially being sold. “We’re all excited about the years 2015, 2016 and I’m going to be aggressive and say even 2017,” said Regal CEO Amy Miles. “I think that (in the) […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 23

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Martin Scorsese will serve as executive producer on an upcoming authorized documentary on The Grateful Dead, directed by Amir Bar-Lev. “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band,” Scorsese said. “They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be […]

Short film round-up

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We continue our exploration of the works of Eoin Duffy with three of his longer animated shorts. You can find his work here. The two-and-a-half-minute short Encounter is a series of vignettes about man’s interference in nature’s affairs, specifically in the sea. It has Duffy’s signature quirky, minimalist visuals and sharp, nonverbal humor. The animation has […]

School of Theatre students to represent at H&8th

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Volunteers from OCU’s School of Theater will volunteer under the direction of professor Ashley Bellet at the H&8th Night Market on Halloween.The students will do Halloween costume makeup for children attending the event, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Animated short film round-up

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This week’s animated short film round-up will feature the works of Irish filmmaker Eoin Duffy, whose award-winning films can be found here. Weighing in at a hefty five seconds, Unbuttoned doesn’t have much in the way of plot – or anything else, really – but it does portray an almost universally despised phenomenon (which I will not spoil for […]

Live-action short film round-up

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French filmmaking collective HOTU’s three-minute 87 Bounces is not your typical short film. Somewhat of a cross between a supercut and a flipbook, follows a basketball as it bounces through cinematic history. What it lacks in story it makes up for in slick nostalgia. Watch it here. Six-minute short Snooze Time, from director Ivan Barge and writer Matthew Harris, feels […]

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