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Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Star Wars film franchise is beloved around the world and is considered by many to be the greatest collective cinematic achievement Hollywood has ever spawned. The true return of the galaxy far, far away came in December of 2015 in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the beginning of a new trilogy....

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Torch will be running a regularly occurring recommendation for a film from years gone by that can be found on one of the several film streaming services. Our first installment is on the 2001 cult Classic Donnie Darko. Art manifests itself in many mediums. One such medium is that of film. Like ...

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

Jack Berenzweig, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses important plot points of both the book and film. The screenplay for the second film adaptation of Stephen King’s blockbuster book It, which set all kinds of box office records when it was released on Sept. 8, was drastically altered to not only fit the 1,400-pl...

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

You'll float too. IT is the first cinematic adaptation of the 1986 odyssey of a novel of the same name written by legendary horror author Stephen King. Taking place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, the novel and the film both tell the story of a group of seven kids that go by the label of "the...

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Cole Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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Hell or High Water is a modern western that follows two estranged brothers, one being an ex-con (Ben Foster) and the other a divorced father (Chris Pine), who have to turn to a desperate scheme in order to stop the bank from assuming control of their family's farm in western Texas. The opening scene of...

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


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With a cast of great comedic actors and the foundation of the original classic, Zoolander No. 2 doubles the zaniness, but halves the hilarity. With returning actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the lead protagonists and Will Ferrell as a ridiculous antagonist, the comedy goes a long way to ensure the...

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

Bring heart medication to this one—Tarantino has done it again. Each film released by this directorial all-star brings something new and refreshing, yet comfortingly his own to the silver screen. After 2012's bloody, dark western Django Unchained, it was dismaying to learn Tarantino would be tackl...

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

January 4, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

Ah, Star Wars, the science fiction franchise centered on a film about a fictional universe in a galaxy “far, far away.” It includes movies, books, comics, video games, toys, and animated shows. It has had its ups and downs. But this new series of films and other content harkens a new era for ...

Straight Outta Compton a Must-See for Rap Music Aficionados

Straight Outta Compton a Must-See for Rap Music Aficionados

Jessica Coyne, Staff Writer

September 15, 2015


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Straight Outta Compton came out strong with $24.2 million opening day, and that’s no surprise. Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of rags to riches from the perspective of six men looking to make a name for themselves in Compton, California. Right out of the gate, the familiar Universa...

Media hype over The Interview unwarranted

Jordan Rudnick, Sport's Editor

January 21, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

 Even before its theatrical release, The Interview was the topic of many real life interviews and debates regarding the propriety of the film and whether it should have been released or whether it was simply too insensitive and offensive to the North Korean government specifically Kim Jung Un. The ...

The Best of Me

The Best of Me

Mia Marks, Staff Writer

October 31, 2014


Filed under Movies, Reviews, Uncategorized

   From the author that created the renowned work, The Notebook comes another tearjerker that pulls at the heart strings: The Best of Me. Released on October 17, The Best of Me accumulated ten million dollars at the box office to round out its opening weekend.    The Best of Me follows the lives of ...

Delivery Man doesn’t really deliver anything

Delivery Man doesn’t really deliver anything

Stephanie Judd, Assistant Editor and Staff Writer

January 28, 2014


Filed under Movies, Reviews

Delivery Man tells the story David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn, The Internship), a meat-truck driver who is obviously down on his luck. With huge debt,  a poor-paying job, and a girlfriend who does not want to be with him, this saddened man has accepted that this is his life and there’s no changing it. ...

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