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Questionable casting causes controversy

GHOST IN THE SHELL STRAYS AWAY FROM ORIGINAL Ghost in the Shell is an acclaimed Japanese media franchise that was initially published as a seinen manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga was first serialized in 1989, telling the story of Motoko Kusanagi,

Logan is a testament to the power of franchises

SHEDS BLOOD, SPILLS TEARS X-Men movies tend to be hit or miss. For every well-received X-Men film, there are two or three that don’t measure up. For Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the iconic Wolverine, fans have reason to be wary, especially since his previous

Beauty and the Beast fuels remake aspirations

A SPECTACLE OF COSTUMING, SET DESIGN, AND SPLENDOR For fans of the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast film, the 2017 live-action version of the film is sure to amaze and mesmerize. For those unfamiliar or less interested in the animated film, the live-action film

Theater honors talent of disabled communities

PYGMALION ENTERTAINS IN AURORA Phamaly Theatre Company (an acronym for the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League) was founded in 1989. Tired of the lack of opportunities people with disabilities had to participate in theater, five students from the Boettcher School in Denver set

On Screen // Nocturnal Animals

Betrayal, heartbreak, and nudity are central to the storyline of Nocturnal Animals. This psychological thriller earned several Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director; Michael Shannon is nominated for the Best Supporting Actor at the upcoming Academy Awards. The film starts with

On Screen // Hacksaw Ridge

“God, just one more.” The famous line said by war hero Desmond Doss exhibits his heroism, bravery, and incredible selflessness. Ten years after his death, his story has finally been told. Biopics are typically received well by audiences because of their authentic storylines, and Hacksaw

Award Nominees // Arrival

It’s not often that sci-fi films are taken seriously by the Academy, but Arrival’s placement among 2017’s Best Picture nominees is as well deserved as it was unexpected. When a fleet of spacecraft install themselves across a dozen countries around the globe, elite linguist Louise

Award Nominees // Hidden Figures

One person can make all the difference. In the film Hidden Figures, that theme  of genuine inspiration shows how that difference can be as big as making it into space alive or not. Hidden Figures celebrates some of the people who made it possible for

On Screen // Moonlight

After a couple years of the #oscarssowhite and the ongoing debate about representation in Hollywood, the Academy Awards at last offered a list of nominations complete with movies made and acted by people of color. Among that list includes director Barry Jenkins’ masterpiece, Moonlight, a

On Screen // La La Land

In a year flush with exemplary filmmaking, La La Land and Moonlight are the two entries poised to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards—but La La Land’s record-setting 14 nominations and status as a fan favorite would make its loss an unprecedented upset. Emma