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<i>One Chance</i> merits encore

One Chance merits encore

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10/09/2014

It’s fitting that a movie about a man’s ability to sing opera at the top of his lungs lacks subtlety. One Chance tells the (somewhat) true story of Paul Potts, an average Joe with a passion for opera. Much like Potts’ voice, the film is loud and bombastic. Director David Frankel revels in its clamor,…

Latest Who, "Kill the Moon," Tries a Little Too Hard

Latest Who, "Kill the Moon," Tries a Little Too Hard

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10/08/2014

Doctor Who has proven in the past that it can be a scary show. Despite its origin as a program for children, the show has evolved significantly over the course of its 51 year history. Series 8’s latest offering, titled Kill The Moon, does everything it can to scare the viewer; however, the end result…

CGI: Computer Generated Indifference?

CGI: Computer Generated Indifference?

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10/01/2014

American cinema has always been defined by its ability to innovate. Westworld, a small sci-fi movie released in 1973 starring Yul Brynner, changed the way movies would be made forever. It was the first film to use two-dimensional computer images, which would eventually evolve into what we now call CGI, or Computer Generated Images. Westworld…

Latest Doctor Who Successfully Draws on Roots

Latest Doctor Who Successfully Draws on Roots

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09/23/2014

Following last week’s rather unconventional Listen, it was probably a smart thing for Who-showrunner Stephen Moffat to return the series to its more formulaic roots. Time Heist, written by longtime Moffat cohort Steve Thompson, is an engaging, twisty, and, best of all, exciting addition to Series Eight, and it is easily Thompson’s best contribution to…

Latest Doctor Who is Refreshing

Latest Doctor Who is Refreshing

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09/15/2014

If there’s one thing Whovians know about longtime Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat, it’s that he loves a good, scary twist. It started early in his career, with villains like the famous “Weeping Angels” playing off the primal fears of the viewers. His other villains, like Series Four’s “Vashta Nerada” or Series Six’s “The Silence”…

Latest Doctor Who is a Pleasure

Latest Doctor Who is a Pleasure

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09/08/2014

The third episode of Season Eight of Doctor Who, The Robots of Sherwood, pits one English legend against another. It’s a lighthearted romp penned by longtime Who and Sherlock scribe Mark Gatiss, who relishes the opportunity for another Doctor-meets-historical-figure episode. His script is light on plot and logic, but heavy on humor. And it’s just…

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