Student Critics


La La Land: Oh, what a lovely film

by: Caroline Cox The opening scene of La La Land immediately places the audience in the stereotypical Los Angeles scene- a crowded freeway.  Then within the opening lines of the first song, another stereotype is revealed, the idea that everyone in LA...
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Moonlight: A Success in Poetic Empathy

By: Nathan Ridings Moonlight follows Chiron, a young, black, and closeted gay man as he navigates three distinct periods in his life. These three stages occur when the character is approximately eight, fifteen, and twenty-five years old. Each stage of...
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ARRIVAL: The Most Stunning Theater Experience of the Year

By: Ryan Beard Arrival is a movie that I was very excited about. The trailers were solid, and didn’t give anything away in regards to story. The director of the film, a Canadian director by the name of Denis Villeneuve, is one of my favorite working...
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Hell or High Water: The Refreshing Break to a Disappointing Year

By: Ryan Beard Let’s face it, this year has been somewhat of a disappointment as far as movies are concerned. Many films that are highly anticipated turn out to be complete duds. But, recently one film has come out of nowhere to practically save the...
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Juno Shines in Every Possible Way

by Nathan Ridings Sometimes, a film has one moment that seems to take all of the best parts of that film, such as the writing, soundtrack, pace, acting, and cinematography, and somehow puts them into sync, creating a perfect moment. This is the final...
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children neither Misses nor Hits Its Intended Mark

By Nathan Ridings I should begin by stating two things. First, I read the book. Second, there will be no major spoilers, only some vague references. Onward! There will be no synopsis. If you haven’t heard of the movie, go watch the trailer. The movie...
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