Critic’s Notebook: ‘FREE SOLO’ and ‘FIRST MAN’ show a monumental test of the human spirit

October 11th, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic There’s an innate desire in humans to be the first to conquer an extravagant task. It’s a warrior’s mentality that requires solitude and focus in order to look down the mouth of the impossible. Damien Chazelle’s highly-anticipated Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling, FIRST MAN, chronicles the astronaut being crippled by grief and his nine-year trek to get to the moon. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s ...

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Documentary looks back at Texas Theatre on the Criterion Channel

July 8th, 2018 | Film Stories, Movie News | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Although the world may dream of shiny new futures, images of the past still captivate many of us – images such as a now faded-from-use shop seen in its prime, overgrown amusement parks overrun by laughing and smiling children, and abandoned houses that will never again serve as a home inhabited by a loving family. I often walk the Denton Square in Texas, longing to know what it would be like to watch the history of it ...

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Is nostalgia enough for ‘SOLO’ and the future of ‘STAR WARS’?

May 23rd, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion | 0 Comment

Connor Bynum // Film Critic I understand that an origin story for one of the most iconic characters in STAR WARS is going to be chock full of winks to the audience and references to things yet to befall everyone’s favorite smuggler. And for all of its efforts, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY mostly succeeds at giving fans an enjoyable experience. But for a moment, let’s try to look at the big picture here. Four years ago, the thought of having a new STAR WARS ...

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