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‘Promise’ suffers from unsatisfactory screenplay

‘Promise’ suffers from unsatisfactory screenplay

April 17, 2014
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The cinematic love story has a long history of being a hit or miss with audiences. Whether indie- or studio-financed, these types of films will generally gather an audience due to the market for the genre. Although “A Promise,” directed by Patrice Leconte, gives audiences the love story they crave, t... Read more »

Disneynature presents heartwarming tale of furry family

Disneynature presents heartwarming tale of furry family

April 15, 2014
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It's hard to get a college student out of bed on a Saturday morning, especially to get them to a children’s movie, but Disneynature’s documentary “Bears” has the ability to hook audiences of all ages. The film takes viewers on an adventure into nature that is worth watching, even if only for t... Read more »

Arts Issue: Established actors draw multi-generational audiences

Arts Issue: Established actors draw multi-generational audiences

April 10, 2014
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Household-name actors are usually celebrities who have had careers spanning several decades. These performers bridge generational gaps between parents and children, and their performances are recognized by diverse demographics. This widespread popularity draws huge crowds to the box office and mo... Read more »

Arts Issue: Great writing outweighs celebrity overload

Arts Issue: Great writing outweighs celebrity overload

April 10, 2014
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Ensemble casts have always been a part of the lives of TV viewers, but recently this trend has multiplied and the results are spectacular. Ensemble shows like “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” are massive hits with audiences. Many of these ensemble series have huge casts, turning so... Read more »

Actors impress in tragic love story ‘In Secret’

Actors impress in tragic love story ‘In Secret’

February 19, 2014
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A love story does not usually involve the plotting of a main character’s death so other characters can live happily together. However, Charlie Stratton’s “In Secret” does, but despite these elements, the film manages to retain the sense of an epic love saga through striking performances, del... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ glorifies gaudy, grandiose

ARTS ISSUE: Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ glorifies gaudy, grandiose

December 5, 2013
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Perhaps no film in the last 10 years proved more ornate than Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” One would expect no less from Luhrmann, the king of extravagance. For any of his films, he demands a grand narrative, lavish sets, and ridiculous yet appropriate music, intense character development. It’s al... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Details turn ‘Walking Dead’ into runaway success

ARTS ISSUE: Details turn ‘Walking Dead’ into runaway success

December 5, 2013
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Blood, guts, gore and violence are the norm on a show like “The Walking Dead,” as characters fight for their lives in a world where the zombie apocalypse has arrived. Despite the show’s emphasis on zombies, there is rarely any backlash from the audience concerning the show’s ability to convince them of this ... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Superhero trend moves toward inner conflict of protagonists

ARTS ISSUE: Superhero trend moves toward inner conflict of protagonists

December 5, 2013
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After Marvel’s 2012 megahit “The Avengers” arguably changed the superhero film industry, the crop of releases in 2013 aimed at having the same commercially successful methods for their films. For one, “The Avengers” made filmmakers wake up to the fact that they needed to have a highly dramati... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Colorful villains generate fan adoration on TV

ARTS ISSUE: Colorful villains generate fan adoration on TV

December 5, 2013
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Television culture has favored its protagonists for years. But in today’s TV landscape, the villain’s time has finally come, upstaging his or her opponent in skill, intelligence and fan appreciation. Villainous characters have come to the forefront in the past few years, with popular film fra... Read more »

Changes behind camera promise fresh direction

Changes behind camera promise fresh direction

November 20, 2013
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When “The Hunger Games” was released last year to critical acclaim and box office success, it was clear Katniss Everdeen and the world of Panem connected with audiences. But with sequel “Catching Fire” being released this week, audiences should be prepared to see a film different from its pre... Read more »

TV adaptations succeed by offering audiences fresh takes

TV adaptations succeed by offering audiences fresh takes

November 7, 2013
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As the fall TV season continues, the success or failures of shows adapted from a source — whether from a book, film or another television show — become more readily apparent. Much of this has to do with the dedicated fanbases that are willing to give their show the support it needs, or the lack of ... Read more »

‘Reign’ brings youthful energy to 16th-century story

‘Reign’ brings youthful energy to 16th-century story

October 17, 2013
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  On The CW, any idea can become a teen drama. Tonight, Oct. 17, the network introduces its new series “Reign,” loosely based on the story of a young Mary, Queen of Scots, and her marriage to the Dauphin of France, Francis. In this adaptation, Mary arrives at a French palace after ... Read more »

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