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The Fall of a Franchise in <i>The Rise of Skywalker</i>

The Fall of a Franchise in The Rise of Skywalker


Star Wars: Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker has a lot to live up to. It is simultaneously the finale of the new trilogy of Star Wars films and the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, one of the most beloved and culturally important film franchises of all time. It’s also the sequel to the fandom-dividing Star…

Best of the Decade: Films

Best of the Decade: Films

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As the decade comes to a close, Halftime is celebrating by taking a look back at the best that the 2010s had to offer. Below you’ll find some of our favorite films from the past ten years. Be sure to also check out Halftime’s Best Albums and Best TV of the Decade. *** Summarizing an…

Beware, <i>The Good Liar</i> is Trying to Con You

Beware, The Good Liar is Trying to Con You


I once read the following anecdote, which describes the process of a con job. At a casino, a con man invites a potential victim to play cards and sits across from him at a gaming table. While playing, the con man subtly reveals that he is making sure the ace frequently ends up in his…

<i>The Laundromat</i> is a Bad Copy of <i>The Big Short</i>

The Laundromat is a Bad Copy of The Big Short


When The Big Short  was released in 2015, it should not have worked nearly as well as it did. It was trying to explain a complex issue within the constraints of a two hour movie while still providing an interesting narrative to keep the audience from getting bored. It had way too many storylines, most…

Trailer Takes: <i>The Mandalorian, The Photograph,</i> and <i>Little Joe</i>

Trailer Takes: The Mandalorian, The Photograph, and Little Joe

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The Mandalorian: Matthew: Woah woah woah! The trailer goes from stormtrooper helmets on spikes to talking about bounty hunters, one of which looks very similar to a stormtrooper. I lack a complete knowledge on the entire Star Wars saga—I am including other spinoff shows, comics, and stories, in addition to the movies produced. However,…

Todd Phillips Doesn’t Understand His Own Movie

Todd Phillips Doesn’t Understand His Own Movie


Since its award-winning debut at the Venice Film Festival, Joker (2019) has been generating heated discussion online. Many critics praised it as a compelling film that stands out from the usual crowd of superhero fare, while others criticized its portrayal of gun violence and mental illness or its nihilistic political stance. These general lines of…

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