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<i>A Quiet Place</i> is a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

A Quiet Place is a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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04/13/2018

A Quiet Place begins in the middle of a story: Without speaking, a mother and her children search a disordered, abandoned store. As the older daughter walks around the space, her younger brother wanders from sight. The camera cuts suddenly away from the girl’s silent, gentle gaze to her younger brother’s shoes, his heels lifting…

Maids to Make Wives: <i>Jamestown</i> Review

Maids to Make Wives: Jamestown Review

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04/09/2018

Jamestown was very nearly a complete failure. Most of the original men were dead after the first year, and had it not been for John Smith’s accidental leadership, it is likely that the drought, lack of food, and swampy conditions would have overcome the faltering colony shortly after their arrival in 1607. With time, however,…

The Weekly List: Jason Isbell Highlights

The Weekly List: Jason Isbell Highlights

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03/26/2018

At the age of 22, Jason Isbell joined the rock band The Drive-By Truckers, kickstarting an impressive country music career with the band. After dangerous habits including excessive drinking drove the Truckers to force him out, Isbell began an equally-worthy solo career. His independent albums, including Sirens of the Ditch and Southeastern reflect Isbell’s life,…

<i>Game Night</i> : A Refreshingly Light, Creative Film

Game Night : A Refreshingly Light, Creative Film

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03/02/2018

Game Night begins with an irresistibly funny and ridiculous montage in which the main couple meets that sets the tone for the entire film. Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) are two crazy-competitive masters of gaming who fall madly in love with one another over their mutual obsession with competition. The strength of…

The <i>Voice</i> Predicts the 2018 Oscars

The Voice Predicts the 2018 Oscars

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03/02/2018

Best Picture by Dajour Evans Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has had a successful awards season so far. From snagging the Golden Globe for Best Drama to receiving Best Film at the BAFTAs, this film is an unstoppable force. And it’s not difficult to see why: The movie boasts stunning performances, complicated characters, and a fearless script….

A Case for the Classics: <i>Stagecoach</i>

A Case for the Classics: Stagecoach

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02/14/2018

To pinpoint the moment at which the American 18th century western frontier began to be mythologized is impossible. Early explorers including Lewis and Clark, sent West by Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired western territory, provided descriptions of the West that tempted American readers. Their notes, which detailed their occasional adventures and the nature…

A Balancing Act: <i>The Post</i> Handles Themes Masterfully

A Balancing Act: The Post Handles Themes Masterfully

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01/17/2018

The Post perfectly captures elements of America’s turbulent 1970s, including female leadership, the end years of the buddy-buddy relationship between the press and Washington, and the Nixon White House. Expert directing by Steven Spielberg, music by John Williams that winds the film’s tension, and precise performances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bob Odenkirk, to…

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