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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Escape’ is far better than its mediocre trailer might suggest

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Escape’ is far better than its mediocre trailer might suggest

Look me in the eye and tell me that this film doesn’t look terrible to you. The film comes across as a self-congratulatory, America-centric, demonizing look at political unrest in foreign countries. Not to mention a failed attempt at comedic actors Owen Wilson and Lake Bell attempting to transition into dramatic roles. This concerned me, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sinister 2′ is as typical as a horror sequel can get

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sinister 2′ is as typical as a horror sequel can get

“Sinister” had things going for it that I loved. Subtlety being the biggest factor, because while the film is incredibly disturbing and haunting, the film only shows as much as it needs to to get under your skin, and doesn’t pound you over the head with over-the-top gore and torture that so many other horror […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hitman: Agent 47′ is dumb fun in the loosest sense of the word

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hitman: Agent 47′ is dumb fun in the loosest sense of the word

The best video game adaption film, in my opinion, will always be “Silent Hill.” Perhaps I’m a bit biased being a part of the “Silent Hill” fandom, but there was something so artfully beautiful and disturbing about the 2006 film. From its performances, to the production values, down to the screenplay, it is all top […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Ultra’ is intriguing, albeit forgettable, fun

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Ultra’ is intriguing, albeit forgettable, fun

Contrary to popular belief about boys my age, I like Kristen Stewart a lot. I feel as if she is constantly berated simply due to one role she played during a five-film franchise, but there’s one thing people always tend to forget about “Twilight”: it was terribly written. I don’t even think Meryl Streep could’ve […]

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Upcoming productions from the UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Upcoming productions from the UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre is UNC Charlotte’s go to source for students interested in acting, playwriting, stage production and theatre education. Every year, the Department of Theatre hosts multiple events and student-run productions that are open for any and all to watch their friends and fellow students perform on stage. Although exact dates are not […]

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Hunter’s most anticipated films for the 2015 fall semester

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hunter’s most anticipated films for the 2015 fall semester

It’s that time of year again, where we put away the summer blockbuster in lieu of some movies a bit more serious, trading superheroes for super spies, trading comedies for Oscar dramas and trading bad horror films for slightly less bad Halloween films. Bring it on. But what’s going to be worth your time and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cop Car’ features some of the most unlikable characters of any movie in recent memory

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cop Car’ features some of the most unlikable characters of any movie in recent memory

“Cop Car” resembles the old second grade nightmares I used to have in which I would find myself behind the wheel of a car that I had no idea how to drive. I knew I had broken the law, and I knew that I was going to be in huge trouble. That’s why “Cop Car” struck […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ has style oozing from its pores

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ has style oozing from its pores

I have been a James Bond fanatic since I got “007: Nightfire” for my seventh birthday when I received my PlayStation 2. From that point on, I have been in the grasp of 007 mania, even through the bad movies. It’s pretty universally known throughout 007 mania that the 1960s films starring Sean Connery are […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ricki and the Flash’ is a Meryl Streep vehicle, nothing more, nothing less

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ricki and the Flash’ is a Meryl Streep vehicle, nothing more, nothing less

It’s almost a cliché to like Meryl Streep anymore, but it’s irrefutable, she truly is the best film actress to ever live. It’s universally known at this point that she’s an exceptional actress and that most movies in which she stars are typically well done, but it’s also pretty well known that certain films exist only […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ has the rawest nerve of any other film this year

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ has the rawest nerve of any other film this year

I’m a 6’2″, 220-pound, passive-aggressive, overly whiny, slightly busted looking white boy and I love N.W.A. If not simply because their music is fantastic, anyone that brave to be controversial and stand up for what they see and how the system puts them down in their society every day, is worthy of insane respect out […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Four’ shortened my lifespan by a good year or two

| August 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Four’ shortened my lifespan by a good year or two

What the everloving f**k was that? I never thought I’d live to see the day where I want to watch the Jessica Alba “Fantastic Four” movies again, but here we are. Ten years after that attempt, we get what should be the first quality “Fantastic Four” movie, mimicking much of what Christopher Nolan did after […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Gift’ is the tensest thriller of the year

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Gift’ is the tensest thriller of the year

I found it strange from the get-go that Joel Edgerton’s first foray into directing was to be a horror/thriller, as his burgeoning career puts him at the front of the pack of blockbuster casts and puts him far beyond that of the horror/thriller genre. But “The Gift” never seemed like a typical horror/thriller, looking to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The End of the Tour” pulls you in like a magnet and doesn’t let up, even after the credits have rolled

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “The End of the Tour” pulls you in like a magnet and doesn’t let up, even after the credits have rolled

Do you know who David Foster Wallace is? I didn’t before seeing “The End of the Tour,” and now I feel, shamefully so. If you were like me and unaware of Wallace’s work, I’ll fill you in briefly. In 1996, Wallace published a book titled “Infinite Jest,” taking place in a North American dystopia. The book […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was such cute fun I wanted to scream

| August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was such cute fun I wanted to scream

Does anyone remember “Chicken Run”? Does anyone remember how friggin’ scary that movie was? Jesus Christ, you’d think it was a horror film how terrifying Mrs. Tweedy was. As a child, that movie scarred me. As a legal adult (what a joke), the film still scares me. Even though it’s a terrifying film, “Chicken Run” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Testament of Youth’ beautifully captures the painful reality of life during World War I

| August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Testament of Youth’ beautifully captures the painful reality of life during World War I

In school, or at least in North Carolina public schools for a non-AP level history student, we didn’t really learn about World War I very much. If you were to ask me about World War I, only a few things would come to my mind: Franz Ferdinand, trench warfare and precursor to World War II. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is as cool as it is thrilling as it is genuinely great

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is as cool as it is thrilling as it is genuinely great

“Alright fellas, what’s cooler than bein’ cool? ICE COLD! Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.” – Ancient Western Proverb It’s no secret that the “Mission: Impossible” movies are cool. They exist to be cool. But this fact was turned up to 11 in 2011 with Brad Bird’s fourth entry into […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Paper Towns’ is engaging enough to ignore its flaws

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Paper Towns’ is engaging enough to ignore its flaws

Confession: I didn’t finish reading “Paper Towns,” but I legitimately started reading it at a bad time — right before finals started kicking my ass. If you want to read a great review of the book, check out Lifestyle Editor John Lineberger’s review of it right here. I felt a little disingenuous going into the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ brings the R-rated laughs in spades

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ brings the R-rated laughs in spades

The original “Vacation” was one of the first R-rated films I ever watched, and while the film — at least by today’s standards — is pretty tame, I still felt pretty badass amongst my fifth grade peers. But despite this landmark achievement in my life, the remake of “Vacation” never really came on my radar as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ is an important sports movie if there ever was one

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ is an important sports movie if there ever was one

I’m not a fan of sports movies. In fact, I’m not a fan of sports at all. It’s not that I’m necessarily against athletics, I just never got into them and instead became what I assume was my parent’s worst nightmare: a chorus/theatre kid. I’ve never really understood the glorification of athletics in mainstream society […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Self/less’ is soul/less

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Self/less’ is soul/less

When I was 14 years old, a movie called “The Cell” blew my mind. The film featured some of the most inspiring visual palette I had ever seen on a film, and as I looked to see who directed the film, a man who went by nothing but Tarsem, I saw that his later film, […]

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