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Joaquin Phoenix driven Joker the best of a diverse and entertaining crop of October films

Joaquin Phoenix driven Joker the best of a diverse and entertaining crop of October films

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

The spooky season known as October was filled with scary movies and also some comedies, and if you missed any of them, there is still time to catch them in your local theater or at least be ready to catch them when they hit the cable and subscription pay services or come out on DVD.  The box-office...

FILM REVIEW: While Entertaining for Teens and Adults, Dark Themes of New Dumbo Film Too Much for Youngsters

FILM REVIEW: While Entertaining for Teens and Adults, Dark Themes of New Dumbo Film Too Much for Youngsters

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

April 9, 2019

For as long as I could remember, my only memories of the 1941 Disney classic Dumbo were an image of a small, big-eyed baby elephant with adorably large ears. When I saw director Tim Burton’s modern take on the timeless movie, my whole perspective on the animated classic changed, and I realized why my child...

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based

Giana Toussaint, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

Ready Player One, the recently released Steven Spielberg directed film, is based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Anytime a film based on a popular book is released, fans of the book are eager to view the film and see how true to the novel the film is. The same is true of Ready Player One. Both the film and the ...

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One More Than Just an Entertaining Sc-Fi Flick

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One More Than Just an Entertaining Sc-Fi Flick

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

A rollercoaster ride. That is the best way to describe Steven Spielberg’s new action-packed sci-fi film, Ready Player One. The movie takes viewers to an alternate reality in which anything is possible, including unlimited technology, weapons, magic, and superheroes. Moviegoers will notice various ...

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

December 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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