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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Son of Saul’ is one of the best films of the 21st century so far

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Son of Saul’ is one of the best films of the 21st century so far

I don’t know why it takes two months for Sony Pictures Classics to get their releases to Charlotte, but here we are. The term “Holocaust Drama” has begun to become its own niche genre in the film world, with the ever present success of “Schindler’s List” still resonating today, many filmmakers have tried their hand […]

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Oscar Preview: Best Actor

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Oscar Preview: Best Actor

Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”): This one is a bit of a shocker. Not that Cranston is bad, but it’s far from a groundbreaking performance. The movie itself is not all that impressive either, which begs the question: Why the nomination then? Cranston is one of those actors who people love and respect. Perhaps it’s all leftover […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Zoolander 2’ feels about 10 years too late

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Zoolander 2’ feels about 10 years too late

How did this take so long? Seriously, “Zoolander” was a smash hit and a complete icon for film of the 2000s, so why did it take 15 years for a sequel to come about? Who knows? But the important thing is that “Zoolander 2” (often stylized as “Zoolander No. 2,” “2oolander” and “Zoolander II”) is […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘How to Be Single’ is how to make a good rom-com

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘How to Be Single’ is how to make a good rom-com

It’s no secret that the romance genre of film is getting to be pretty cliché nowadays and yet, people flock in hordes to seek them out in cinemas, with Nicholas Sparks movies being churned out by the year, it’s only a matter of time before the genre implodes on itself. The reason it’s survived so […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’: ‘Home Again’

| February 10, 2016 | 2 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’: ‘Home Again’

I have a feeling that last week’s “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” will be the high point for the 2016 miniseries revival of “The X-Files,” as it was everything an episode of “The X-Files” should be: creepy, witty and original. It only seems natural for the follow-up, “Home Again,” to feel like a bit […]

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Friday Night Live – JR De Guzman

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Friday Night Live – JR De Guzman

Photos by Ashwin Ananthapadmanabhan and Erin Cortez . “Friday Night Live” on Feb. 5 was not the event it should have been considering the talent that was present with musician and comedian JR De Guzman. Although De Guzman was not supposed to be on his own according to the advertisement for the event, he was […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ stumbles much less than its title character does

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ stumbles much less than its title character does

What happened to the feel-good movie? It seems that there’s nothing but negativity pervading the cinemas of 2016. Sure, I give into that negativity quite a bit, especially with my favorite genre of film being horror, but it’s always nice to go to a movie to feel good sometimes as well. The only issue with […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The 100’ – ‘Ye Who Enter Here’

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘The 100’ – ‘Ye Who Enter Here’

Spoiler Warning for this week’s episode of “The 100” To say that this season of “The 100” is off to an explosive start would be an understatement. Only three episodes in and the major conflicts have already come to a head as the dead count rises. With a stellar cast and plenty of action, this […]

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Movie Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’

A new Coen brothers movie? This early in the year? It’s must be a gift sent straight from the movie gods, considering this is usually the time of year when nearly everything that comes is garbage. Even if the movie fails in comparison to some of the Coen’s best work, it’s still a humorously fun […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ is a curious twist on the superhero formula

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ is a curious twist on the superhero formula

At first, the superhero genre was something I was completely enthralled with, but have since become more and more tired of. Sure, Marvel Studios is churning out some pretty good films, even having some, like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” easily set themselves up as some of the best the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Regression’ is a film that twists the wrong tone

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Regression’ is a film that twists the wrong tone

I find the concept of Satanism fascinating, not because I’m really that interested in Satan, but I like seeing the rift between what the mainstream media thinks Satanism is and what it actually is. Of course, sensationalism sells and to sell a religion that supposedly goes against the grain of Christianity, of course evil is […]

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Oscar preview: Best Actress

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Oscar preview: Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (“Carol”): The moment Blanchett’s character appears in “Carol,” the world seems to stop. Her radiant glow and charming personality transform her into the kind of glamorous movie star seen in the ’40s and ’50s. While Blanchett won this award a few years back for “Blue Jasmine,” this is a completely different kind of […]

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Chris Pine and Casey Affleck hit the waters discussing ‘The Finest Hours’

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Chris Pine and Casey Affleck hit the waters discussing ‘The Finest Hours’

With “The Finest Hours” hitting theaters this past weekend, stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck sat down with the Niner Times and other college publications to discuss the inspiring true story film. What drew you to this project? CA: There are a lot of things actually to this. One was that it was filmed in Massachusetts, so I […]

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‘The Opulence of Integrity’ – The Muhammad Ali story told through dance

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘The Opulence of Integrity’ – The Muhammad Ali story told through dance

Inspired by the mind of Fred Ho “The Opulence of Integrity” is an interpretative dance piece written to encompass much of the life and consciousness of legendary American Boxer Muhammad Ali. Presented at Belk theatre here at UNCC, the ensemble work was split up into four movements. Each of which were divided by a monologue, by […]

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TV REVIEW: Beyond the Bronco – ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: Beyond the Bronco – ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’

Los Angeles, 1994. The city is still very much harboring the wounds of the riots a couple years before, so racial tensions were still high. In the midst of this, one case would emerge out of the “City of Angels” to capture the fascination of the entire country and the world. The trial of Heisman […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’: ‘Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster’

| February 3, 2016 | 1 Comment
TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’: ‘Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster’

Following a solid, but not wonderful pilot, and a even more solid second episode, the reboot to “The X-Files” was off to a pretty good start, but had yet to fully reach its potential in emulating the macabre magic that the original series produced in its heyday. Focusing too much on the generation gap that […]

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Preview: ‘Spotlight’ recital brings UNCC talent to the forefront

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Preview: ‘Spotlight’ recital brings UNCC talent to the forefront

Presenting Friday, Feb. 5 in Robinson Hall’s Belk theatre, “Spotlight” is a concert meant to exemplify some of the best student musicians UNCC has to offer. On Monday, I sat down with assistant clarinet professor Jessica Lindsey to get a better understanding of the way this concert will be set up and the type of music […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is the girl power blockbuster of the year

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is the girl power blockbuster of the year

Before reading my review, you should totally check out my interview with the cast of this film here. Pissing off Jane Austen fans isn’t something you want to do, similar to how you don’t want to piss off Whovians, Directioners, or Little Monsters. So imagine the reaction when the 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

There are likely two groups of people who are going to enjoy that latest addition to the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise. Members of the first group are likely young, somewhere between the ages of four and twelve. They will no doubt be accompanied by their parents and have been clamoring to see this movie since […]

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The cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ gets down and dirty about twisting a classic

| February 2, 2016 | 1 Comment
The cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ gets down and dirty about twisting a classic

Admit it, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” sounds genius, because I won’t take no for an answer. Perhaps it’s the horror fanatic in me, but I think adding supernatural elements to anything immediately improves it, case in point: Seth Grahame Smith’s wonderful novel for which this film is based upon. Recently, the cast of the […]

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