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Harry Potter finale signals end of an era

Brandon Barb

August 3, 2011

Taking summer classes and having a summer job have made me a little late to this party, but only by a few weeks or so. Better late than never right? With the release of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, a small part of my childhood is over. I, like so many o...

Hop past ‘Hop’ at theaters

Chuck Heffner

April 5, 2011

At least the children in the theater found it funny. However, Universal Picture’s “Hop,” a combined live-action and animation movie, will probably be considered unbearable by anyone past the age of nine. “Hop”’s premise is that the next heir in line to be the Easter Bunny, “E.B.,” (vo...

Katrina victim documents recovery efforts

Jill Liebisch

March 30, 2011

When Kelsey Robinson was a sophomore in high school, her seemingly normal life was forced in an unexpected direction. One day she was going to school, and the next, she was being evacuated to Atlanta along with the rest of her family. One of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history was hea...

Tournées French Film Festival strikes back

Derick Bischoff

March 23, 2011

Bonjour, cinephiles! Five French films released within the past few years will be making their debut in the Cincinnati area during the second annual Tournées Festival of New French Films on the Northern Kentucky University campus over the next month. The Tournées Festival will screen five fil...

Insanity of Shutter proves genius

Kyle Sebree

March 3, 2011

There was once a time in Hollywood when the title credits would roll and the combination of a Paramount Pictures logo and the gloomy sound of a horn section meant one thing: an Alfred Hitchcock feature with Bernard Herrmann at the helm of film score duties. Like Hitchcock before him, Martin Scorsese...

“Biutiful” lacks beauty

Chuck Heffner

February 23, 2011

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s newest Spanish film “Biutiful” is a lesson in depression and sorrow. Javier Bardem plays Uxbal, a father of two, and the husband to a woman who has many problems, not the least being her battle with Bipolar Disorder. Uxbal supports his family via seedy means in...

Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D delivers

Chuck Heffner

February 16, 2011

“Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D” (Rated G, 84 min.) is the latest incarnation of the Shakespearean classic “Romeo & Juliet”, where ceramic garden gnomes re-interpret the story of star-crossed lovers in the backyards of addresses 2B and Not 2B on Verona Street. The Capulet red gnomes “have been ene...

New thriller questions roommate safety

Claire Higgins

February 2, 2011

The transition into your freshman year of college can be stressful, even scary. Moving away from home, being separated from your parents for the first time and meeting the stranger randomly assigned to be your roommate can all be areas of concern. The new movie “The Roommate,” set to release Feb...

Indie horror film offers a novel source of fear

Derick Bischoff

January 26, 2011

“The Haunting of Amelia” (The Other Side of the Tracks) is a movie that tricks the mind into believing one thing and then offers a unique twist at the end. The film is billed as a supernatural thriller but easily could be described as a psychological melodrama. The indie film is the debut for...

“The Green Hornet” is worth the green

Derick Bischoff

January 19, 2011

“The Green Hornet” is a superhero movie that never lets itself get too serious. It sets itself apart from other comic book movies with just as many one-liners as fight scenes. The movie, starring and co-written by comedic actor Seth Rogen, has a lot to do with the comedy/action ratio. Rogen pla...

“The King’s Speech:” Friendship through a lens

Shawn Buckenmeyer

January 12, 2011

Finding one’s voice can be a difficult challenge. In “The King’s Speech,” matters are made worse when a member of the royal family with a stammer has to face the task of giving a speech that will give strength and clarity to a country facing the onslaught of World War II. Colin Firth pla...

“Tangled” truly shines

Shawn Buckenmeyer

December 8, 2010

“Tangled” is the 50th film released by Disney. It’s a girl-meets-boy story. But Rapunzel and Flynn aren’t your typical boy and girl. Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, is the kingdom’s golden child in spirit and hair color. She is kidnapped as a child and locked away in a tower that is hidden...

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