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Netflix shrinkage: what’s coming to and leaving the service this month

If you’ve ever scrolled through Netflix for hours on end and thought to yourself, “Is my favorite movie and TV show streaming service getting smaller?” then you’d be absolutely right. All Flicks (a website that collects Netflix’s entire library into an easily-searchable place), reported that Netflix’s library has shrunk by …

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Game of Thrones' season six premiered last night.
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Double Takes: ‘Game of Thrones’ returns with a tremble

In this installment of Double Takes, Emerald writers Casey Miller and Chris Berg review the season six premiere of Game of Thrones. Chris’s take The clock is slowly creeping towards midnight in Game of Thrones. With less than 30 episodes left until the saga of Westeros is concluded, there’s little time …

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HBO's 'Silicon Valley' returns with a complicated future for the minds behind the technology company Pied Piper.
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Double Takes: Season 3 of ‘Silicon Valley’ returns with no shortage of laughs or conflict

As the conclusion of Silicon Valley’s second season, it seemed as if Pied Piper, the data compression company created by Richard Hendricks (played by Thomas Middleditch), may finally have overcome its legal troubles against the tech giant Hooli. But of course, Hendricks was far from safe as he and the …

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Review: ‘Miles Ahead’ is no biopic – but so what?

It’s a point of fact that a lot of the new Miles Davis movie is fiction. Miles Ahead isn’t a biopic. Most of its action centers around two days Davis (Don Cheadle) spends with made-up journalist David Braden (Ewan McGregor), who’s looking to write the famed artist’s “comeback story.” From …

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Free Screening Alert – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

As a University of Oregon student, you are the apple of the advertising world’s eye. You are the elusive “social influencer,” who can turn the tide of a box office receipt with the power of your tweets. This results in every marketer under the sun catering their product to your …

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Podcast: Spoiler culture

Emerald writers Christopher Berg and Mathew Brock tackle the issue of spoiler culture in cinema and video games.  

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A tremendous voice cast and jaw-dropping visuals elevate The Jungle Book to new heights.
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Triple Takes: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ is a brilliant remake of a classic

In this installment of Triple Takes, three Emerald writers share their thoughts on the new film The Jungle Book. Chris Berg Jon Favreau took one hell of a leap of faith by committing to remake The Jungle Book as a live-action/CG film. With one single human actor in the entire film …

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Hollywood has an older-man problem. It is common for young women to be paired with older leading men, such as in James Cameron's film 'Aloha,' where Emma Stone, 26, was the romantic interest of Bradley Cooper, 40.
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Brown: Hollywood has an older-man problem

I was watching He’s Just Not That Into You, one of my favorite rom-coms, the other day. As I watched Bradley Cooper heatedly rip Scarlett Johansson’s dress straps off her shoulders and lay her down on his office desk, I found myself asking: Isn’t he a little old? After a quick …

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Hardcore Henry is the most flimsy rollercoaster ride of the year.
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Review: ‘Hardcore Henry’ is a novelty with moments of pointed charm

Every action film is based on some desire for self-fulfillment. When we go to the cinema to see James Bond or Iron Man save the world in a globetrotting adventure, part of us wants to be in their shoes. We feel the adrenaline pump through their veins, brace ourselves for …

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Green Room shows off the main downside to the punk rock lifestyle - murderous skinheads.
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Review: ‘Green Room’ is a brutal punk thriller

Punk music is brisk and brutal. It’s the sound of energy, the emotion of release. It doesn’t linger, refuses to blink, and won’t pull back in the face of disgust. Green Room isn’t a movie about punk music. But it’s one that lives by the same moral creed. Jeremy Saulnier’s …

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The “smartphone sitcom” and what it means for TV

Television changes with every year, every presidency and every major world event. Looking back at the ’80s and ’90s, the landscape of television was entirely different; we couldn’t simply tune in any time online. Waiting for one’s favorite television show was a ritual in itself. Even the content behind shows’ stories …

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Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt get chilly for The Huntsman: Winter's War.
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Sneak Peek Alert: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

UPDATE: The Bijou Arts Cinema has cancelled tonight’s event, said Universal Pictures intern Alaina Waluk, who organized the screening. Did you know that you’re an “trendsetter?” That your opinion is the gust of wind blowing cultural ships across a sea of movies, TV, and music? In the world of marketing, college students …

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Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is uncreative but funny

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 starts as the type of movie you don’t want to sit through. You stay because you paid for your tickets, and then it all ends up being worth it. The chemistry gets better, the jokes get funnier and the dialogue becomes realistic and relatable. The …

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Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ is epic and incomprehensible

Once assumed to be a niche genre, superhero films have become mainstream over the past decade. They’ve thrilled, charmed and inspired audiences across borders, both socially and culturally. But for all this good, plenty of bad has come in tow. Some boast visual style over a well-told story or mistakenly focus on …

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Batman is Donald Trump in the 30-year-old comic book that inspires ‘Batman v Superman’

Superhero comics are deeply political. Comic book movies are getting there. This Friday’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice draws on the symbolism-heavy 1986 comic book The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. As the film is about to come out and the comic it draws inspiration from turns 30 …

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Emerald Recommends TV to binge watch this break

Ah, spring break. As the weather becomes much nicer and student responsibilities fade away, the compulsion grows to draw the curtains, stay inside, and watch hours of TV on end. This week, you need not binge-watch those dark television programs about the trials of the human spirit, the likes of …

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Double Takes: Will Seth Rogen’s ‘Sausage Party’ be awesome or awful?

A CG film about moving, talking, singing, swearing sausages, Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party is sure to be polarizing. In fact, it already is. In this installment of Double Takes, two Emerald writers had drastically different opinions upon seeing the trailer; here’s what they had to say. Watch the trailer for Sausage Party below. …

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Double Take: Crimson & Cloverfield

After a surprise reveal in January and a pre-release marketing campaign loaded with cryptic puzzles, J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane, an anti-sequel and spiritual successor to the 2008 found-footage monster movie Cloverfield, has hit cinemas. For this installment of Double Takes, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone, with nothing …

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Review: ‘Zootopia’ is more than a kid’s movie

It’s something special when a parent can enjoy a stereotypical kid’s movie. This phenomenon describes Disney’s newest movie, Zootopia, which tackles the subject of disregarding stereotypes. Zootopia stars a small, suburban bunny named Judy Hopps who dreams of making the world a better place. She lives in a world of …

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Review: ‘Fuller House’ is predictable, cute, and mostly for ‘Full House’ fans

“Whatever happened to predictability?” echoes the theme song to Full House and its sequel Fuller House. It hasn’t gone anywhere. Fuller House is a predictable and cute follow-up series to the popular ’90s sitcom Full House. The shows share the same characters, the same plot points, and the same cheesy comedy. However, …

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Podcast: The Oscars Recap Edition

Emerald writers Emerson Malone, Craig Wright, Chris Berg and Braedon Kwiecien found a good time of day to meet and discuss the 88th Annual Academy Awards with special guest Hunter Moore. In this episode, the #sowhite #somale cohort discuss how the big night went for people like Chris Rock, Jacob …

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Six things we want to see from Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’

Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s now-13-year-old masterwork Finding Nemo, is coming this June. It’ll have to be a whale of a movie to beat the original, still one of the most revered animated films of its generation. Pixar’s sequel streak has been solid so far (well, except Cars 2 – …

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'Triple 9' hits theaters this weekend with an all-star cast, and an underwhelming execution.
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Review: ‘Triple 9’ pits A-list actors against a bloated script

The bank robber is one of the few icons of American culture that hasn’t shifted much in the modern era. Since the dawn of the Wild West and the mythos of midnight stagecoach holdups, our country has been obsessed with robbers as the ultimate antiheroes. John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 attempts …

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Review: “Vikings” season four

It is very, very difficult to review the season four premiere of History Channel’s Vikings without giving away every spoiler the show has in store for longtime fans. It seems as if every five minutes, there is an unexpected twist that leaves the audience struggling to comprehend what could possibly …

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UO UNICEF will host a screening of the film 'On the Way to School' toady at 7 p.m.
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UO UNICEF will host a screening of ‘On the Way to School’ tonight to raise awareness for global education

The UNICEF Campus Initiative is back at the University of Oregon and is reaching out to spread awareness about global issues that UNICEF comes into contact with on a daily basis. The greater Eugene community is welcome to attend a film screening of On The Way To School, hosted by UO …

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HBO's Vinyl paints a stunning picture of 1973 NYC.
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Review: ‘Vinyl’ is a cocaine-era ‘Mad Men’ that could hit the same highs

Few periods of American history personify excess like the 1970s. Flamboyance colored every piece of media — from the fashion, to the drama, to the music. Vinyl, the latest from Boardwalk Empire creators Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, takes this mirror-ball era and focuses in on the gears that kept it turning.  …

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SIS to screen Master of None, host conversation

When Ashton Kutcher starred in a Popchips ad four years ago, he wore brownface makeup and put on a fake Indian accent to pose as a Bollywood producer named Raj. Kutcher’s Popchips ad appeared in an opening montage in episode four of the Netflix series Master of None, along other …

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Review: Deadpool is bullish and brash, but it lacks confidence

For a film about a wisecracking superhero with a superiority complex, Deadpool suffers from a surprising lack of confidence. Sure, the titular hero is a boastful bastard. The “merc with a mouth” is a nerd counterculture icon, the voice of an audience aware of every trope. He doesn’t care what you …

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'How To Be Single' stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann in a story about teaching a friend coming out of a long-time relationship how to enjoy the freedom of being single.
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Review: ‘How to Be Single’ hilariously changes the game for Valentine’s Day weekend

Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, the movie “How To Be Single” hits theaters with a much needed dose of side-splitting humor and romance reality check, while making its mark as what is sure to become a new rom-com (though light on the “rom”) classic for people to watch …

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Is it (finally) Leo’s year?

Before his days playing the whimsically romantic Jack Dawson in Titanic or the infamously ruthless Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, a babyfaced Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his first Academy Award at just 19-years-old for his role as Arnie, a mentally impaired youth in the independent drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.  DiCaprio has been …

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