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

November 8th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 1 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 ...


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 ...