Critic’s Notebook: Internal battles within the ‘CREED’ films

November 27th, 2018 | Opinion | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic The ROCKY franchise, as a whole, is a celebration of overcoming insurmountable odds with triumph and braun. But as far as CREED II is concerned, it’s about personal triumph with a dollop of how its titular character, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), is overcoming his teetering form of toxic masculinity. Truth be told, there are no easy answers for this. Some (rightfully so) find the sport of boxing used as a thematic playground to ...


How ‘FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD’ casts a stronger magical spell than the original

November 8th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic There’s an inherent magic to crafting a solid sequel. The potion needs to be more potent, the incantations more intense. Director David Yates and screenwriter J.K. Rowling seem to know a thing or two about how to make that enchanted formula pack a punch, having done so with the HARRY POTTER series. With FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, they craft a fully immersive world filled with wonder, spectacle and delight ...


Looking at the missteps of ‘THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS’ through its music

November 2nd, 2018 | Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

Connor Bynum // Film Critic While not officially our review for the new Disney holiday film THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (read that here), this article will go into how the latest adaptation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s similarly titled holiday ballet handles its source material - primarily the music. Eight-time Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard is credited for the music of the film; however, this score is certainly not his most original ...