Hailee Steinfeld delivers a funny, magnetic performance in 'The Edge of Seventeen.'
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Review: In ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ the teen film comes of age

John Hughes imitators have found a lot of work over the years. While a decent “teen film” is never a bad thing, few offered more than laughs. Juno, from 2007, countered its emotional storyline with witty dialogue; too bad that dialogue never seemed completely genuine. Easy A served as a popular introduction …

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FX’s ‘Atlanta’ is this year’s must-watch TV show

Many people recognize Donald Glover from his five years co-starring on the NBC comedy Community, or from his rap career as Childish Gambino. But in September, Glover’s newest TV show, Atlanta, premiered on FX.  Atlanta, created by Glover, takes place in Atlanta, Georgia — one of the hip-hop capitals of the world …

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Review: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ disappoints hopeful fans

The beloved mother-daughter duo of Gilmore Girls has returned after a 10-year break. But in the third episode of the Netflix Original revival of the show, a 32-year old Rory Gilmore says that she’s “not back” in her hometown of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, for good. With four 90-minute episodes suited …

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What’s new on Netflix this month?

As students returned from Thanksgiving break, many came to the sudden realization that it’s week 10 of the term, which can only mean one thing: It’s dead week. All of those readings you didn’t do, papers you didn’t write and key concepts that you don’t understand have to be understood …

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'Moonlight' follows a young man named Chiron through three phases of his life as he struggles with his identity.
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Review: ‘Moonlight’ is courageous, compassionate, and one of the year’s best films

Chiron is withdrawn and quiet. Nicknamed “Little,” he flees from confrontation, terrified of being chased and beaten by his peers. Who can blame him? Other children, and his own drug-addled mother (Naomie Harris) abuse him. Juan (Mahershala Ali), a local hustler, offers protection and understanding. He predicts Little will make …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus Star Wars

In the last month, Emerald illustrator Stacy Yurishcheva just watched the original Star Wars trilogy, plus The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens, all for the very first time. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald illustrator Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald podcast producer Emerson Malone to discuss the franchise, …

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Best TV episodes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit

As we prepare to head home for this Thanksgiving holiday, many of us are excited to spend time with our loved ones, take time off of school, stuff our faces with turkey and (fingers crossed) watch the Ducks beat the Beavers in the 120th Civil War game. For others, the holiday …

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‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator Dan Povenmire to speak in Eugene to aid nephew

Family is clearly important to Dan Povenmire, co-creator of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb and Disney XD show Milo Murphy’s Law. He has created multiple characters in his shows based on people in his life. For instance, Isabella, a side character from Phineas and Ferb, is based on his eldest daughter …

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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is a new adventure in the Harry Potter universe
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Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ relies on nostalgia to counter a clumsy narrative

J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world captivated audiences young and old for decades with the Harry Potter series. The film adaptations, starting with Chris Colombus’ Sorcerer’s Stone, became the second highest grossing film series in history, with over $7.8 billion in tickets sold at the box office. Perhaps more remarkable was the …

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'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' is just one of many films that poke fun at politics.
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Alston: In film, comedy is the best way to talk politics

Laughter is the best medicine, and people are in need of a prescription. With the results of the election looming large weeks after they occurred, many are looking for a reason to laugh, and avoid any talk of politics. Movies are a natural resource; theater attendance reportedly spiked the weekend …

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Q&A: ‘On the Banks of the Tigris’ to deliver hidden history at Temple Beth Israel

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is a film about cultural ties and the ways in which history can hide them, according to director Marsha Emerman. It features musicians like the Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, Maqam singer Farida and Ahmed Mukhtar. The Emerald sat down …

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The 18th Animation Show of Shows gives animators a chance at the spotlight

Animation is hard. Just ask Bryce Ballew, a digital arts major at the University of Oregon currently taking a class on the subject. “The first project I did … [took] about a week straight of work,” Ballew said. “It’s exhausting.” But according to Ballew, the quality of the final product …

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With the upcoming release of 'Bleed For This,' Emerald writers Dana Alston and Zach Price have picked their favorite boxing films. (Stefan Ogrisek/Flickr)
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Emerald Recommends: The best boxing movies

The upcoming release of Bleed For This tells the tale of Italian-American boxer Vinny Pazienza and his journey back to the ring after breaking his neck in a violent car accident. Emerald writers Zach Price and Dana Alston decided to take this opportunity to count down their favorite boxing movies, as well as some that …

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Price: Superhero TV series cannot compete with their big-screen counterparts

As we approach the halfway mark of autumn, the cold, dark reality that winter is just around the corner creeps into many of our minds. But we mustn’t fret. With the shortening of days comes one silver lining: the return of our favorite TV shows. This fall, networks are continuing …

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Denis Villenueve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer have made one of the most profound and timely films in recent memory with 'Arrival.'
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Review: ‘Arrival’ is timely, powerful and deeply human

Denis Villenueve’s Arrival opens with an emotional gut punch. While difficult to discuss without spoiling too much, it is effective at establishing Dr. Louise Brooks (Amy Adams) as the poignant center of this story. It’s also important in signaling to the audience the kind of film they are about to …

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The evolution of Benedict Cumberbatch

The first time most of us were introduced to Benedict Cumberbatch was back in 2010, when he landed his lead role as the eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes in the BBC hit series Sherlock. Since then, the British-born actor has become the face of several blockbuster movie franchises, appeared as …

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‘The Daily Show’ election night special will provide the commentary our future needs

The Emerald recently asked The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood Jr. an important question during a media conference call. When asked what insulting tweet they can imagine Donald Trump sending them, correspondents Minhaj and Wood both laughed at the question, but as they were thinking …

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'Hacksaw Ridge' follows the story of Desmond Doss, an Army medic who refused to carry a weapon in World War II.
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Review: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is misguided and immoral

Mel Gibson has had a rough decade. Arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence and blacklisted from Hollywood for aggressively anti-Semitic remarks, the actor and director known for sweeping epics like Braveheart and Apocalypto effectively disappeared from the public’s conscious for close to 10 years. Now, in 2016, he has …

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Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ rescues a tired narrative with breathtaking visuals

In the early days of the superhero movie craze (circa 2008), films like Iron Man and The Dark Knight offered an original thought: What if stories about masked vigilantes fighting crime and evil could offer action and drama in equal measures? These films relied on character relationships in tandem with …

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Podcast: Why video game adaptations don’t always work

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, writers Dana Alston and Mathew Brock discuss Warcraft, the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, and consider why film adaptations of video games don’t always make a lot of sense. Subscribe to Emerald podcasts on iTunes or listen to the podcast below:

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South Park’s 20th season brings fresh and hilarious content

Comedy Central’s South Park has left a legacy unlike any other TV show before. It is the longest-running Comedy Central series and the third longest-running animated series in American television. It has won five primetime Emmys and a Peabody, and has been adapted into a full-length feature film and multiple …

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Alston: In teen movies, human connection is the key to becoming a classic

Being a teenager is hard. Ask any teenager. High school forces many young adults to confront uncomfortable social situations, schoolwork and a seemingly endless list of responsibilities and outside pressures from their family and friends. To come of age in that environment is to try and figure out who you …

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Review: ‘Inferno’ forces its audience to abandon all hope of logic

Inferno, the latest entry in the now-franchise of Dan Brown novel adaptations, wants desperately for its audience to have a good time. Tom Hanks (a.k.a. America’s stepdad) is right at home in a role that requires nothing but good-natured modesty and integrity to succeed. There’s a dastardly villain, a brilliant …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends classic horror films

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald writers Dana Alston and Patience Greene join editors Craig Wright and Emerson Malone to celebrate the Halloween season by discussing their favorite horror films. Highlights include Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), Danny Boyle’s 28 Days …

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'Animal House of Blues' director Katherine Wilson poses with John Belushi during the filming of 'Animal House.' Wilson served as a location scout, casting director and stage hand during the creation of the film, shot at the University of Oregon. (Courtesy of Katherine Wilson)
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‘Animal House of Blues’ director reflects on the production of ‘Animal House’ ahead of Halloween party

For some, the typical image of college consists of students mingling on the quad and mountains of homework to be completed. For others, the idea of college immediately triggers John “Bluto” Blutarsky and Eric “Otter” Stratton rallying the men of Delta Tau Chi chanting “Toga!” at the top of their …

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Things to do this week Oct. 27-Nov. 2: ‘Rocky Horror,’ ‘Here, There, and Everywhere,’ Shakespeare

Thursday Oct. 27: “Motoring Out of Time: Histories of Technology and Development in Tanzania” at Knight Library Browsing Room (1501 Kincaid St.), 12-1:15 p.m., free Led by Dr. Joshua Grace, a renowned historian, this lecture will focus on cultures of technology, mobility and development in Tanzania from the 1870s to …

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Review: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ delivers fun, but unoriginal scares

Expectations are a tricky phenomenon to handle. People will tell you that the best way to read a book, listen to an album or watch a movie is to do so without any prior knowledge or forecast. Unfortunately, that’s nearly impossible to pull off, which is why the very thought …

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SNL provides great parody for a nasty election

This election year, the Saturday Night Live writers’ room is likely littered with thousands of Post-it notes, many of which would read “Hillary,” “Trump” or “debate.” With such a wild, dirty election between two big personalities, there’s almost too much material for the legendary satire show’s premiere episodes of the …

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Review: ‘Agents of Change’ is derivative and relevant, all at once

The 1960s Civil Rights movement makes up a huge part of U.S. history curriculum, but like so many fact-based lectures, much of the humanity and connection to the present gets lost in translation. Sure, the education system officially made huge strides in racial inclusiveness thanks to a series of student-led …

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'The Accountant' stars Ben Affleck as a high-functioning autistic and deadly assassin.
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Review: In ‘The Accountant,’ sleekness can’t escape silliness

Partway through director Gavin O’Connor’s introspective thriller The Accountant, Ben Affleck stands in front of a re-rendering of Michelangelo’s famed painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Instead of depicting the hands of God and Adam reaching out to one another, the image instead displays a robotic hand reaching toward …

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