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Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ uses its massive budget to generate more groans than excitement

Stupidity is a tough thing to manage in Hollywood. The era when pure camp was allowed into the multiplex is over. Instead, “dark” reboots currently rule the silver screen. In 2009, J.J. Abrams revived “Star Trek” with a young cast and serious overtones. Earlier, “The Dark Knight” proved that Batman could …

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Review: Hugh Jackman concludes his superhero run with the violent, grounded ‘Logan’

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine nine times. Over those 17 years, the clawed and tortured anti-hero became a fan favorite, and Jackman became the face of the “X-Men” franchise. Known to himself and others as Logan, Wolverine’s popularity was unmatched outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But after nearly two decades of …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus ‘Arrival’

Quick: go look up the Sanskrit word for “war” and its translation, then listen to the third episode of Stacy Versus! In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, it’s Stacy Versus “Arrival,” the 2016 film from director Denis Villeneuve. Emerald illustrator and designer Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald …

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Things to do this week: March 2-8: ‘La La Land,’ Environmental Law Conference, taming test anxiety, Saturday Market at the Bijou, Color Brave Campus Dialogue

Thursday, March 2: Ducks After Dark: ‘La La Land’ at EMU Redwood Ballroom (1395 University St.), doors at 8:15 p.m, movie at 9 p.m., free for UO students with I.D. If you haven’t seen best picture award winning film (just kidding) “La La Land” yet, now is your time! Ducks …

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‘Moonlight’ wins in surprising upset at a politically charged Oscars

Donald Trump was the subject of many jokes and speeches in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, hosting the high-profile ceremony for the first time, frequently prodded the president for his politically controversial statements and stances. “Remember when just the Oscars were …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, it’s the second episode of Stacy Versus. This time, it’s Stacy Versus “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Emerald illustrator and designer Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald podcast producer Emerson Malone to discuss the Harry Potter franchise, how the 2016 …

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Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ combines racial commentary with predictable horror

“Key & Peele” was one of the most widely successful and acclaimed sketch comedy series in recent memory. Written largely by Jordan Peele and performed by Peele and his cohort Keegan-Michael Key, the show was celebrated for tackling issues of inequality and race relations while still generating enough laughs to …

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‘Wayne’s World’ celebrates its 25th anniversary

On this day in 1992, Saturday Night Live’s iconic film Wayne’s World first appeared in theaters across the U.S. Based on the long-time SNL sketch hosted by cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, the film captured the post-rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia that many young adults felt in the early …

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How to properly celebrate Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a fictional holiday turned real-life celebration of female friendship. Created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, it has turned into a cultural phenomenon that women celebrate together the day before Valentine’s Day.  In Parks and Rec, Knope celebrates Galentine’s Day by bringing …

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Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ doubles down on over-the-top action

When John Wick was released in 2014, it was a welcome surprise. In a cinematic era dominated by over-cut, poorly conceived blockbusters, Wick delivered slick, beautifully choreographed action sequences that took critics and the independent film world by storm. Keanu Reeves starred as the titular retired hitman, a welcome return …

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Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ delivers laughs that both kids and adults will love

“Black. All important movies begin with a black screen.” This line, grumbled by Batman (Will Arnett, doing his best Christian Bale impression) over an appropriately black frame, encapsulates The LEGO Batman Movie: jokes regularly smash through the fourth wall between moments of madcap, overly-caffeinated silliness. Coupled with absolutely gorgeous animation and …

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Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ turns a suburban mom into a flesh-eating zombie

A Netflix original series came out this week with an unusual premise: A suburban mom living with her family in Southern California suddenly becomes a zombie who feeds on human flesh. Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, the horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet is 10 episodes of witty banter, corny jokes and a …

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Have complex narratives returned to network TV with ‘The Good Place’?

  The Good Place, a new series from Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur, is full of dialogue concerning morality and ethics. It makes sense, given the show’s concept. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) was an Arizonan saleswoman who cared only for herself — at least, that was true when she …

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Review: ‘20th Century Women’ balances heartfelt honesty with genuine laughs

In Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, doubt casts a long shadow. Each of the four main characters struggle to overcome insecurities over the film’s two hours. What is remarkable about Mills’ writing and directing is its ability to connect these inner demons to a time and place. The 15-year-old Jamie …

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Podcast: A Very Formal Discussion about Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Emerald writers Sararosa Davies, editor Carleigh Oeth and podcast producer Emerson Malone discuss the new Netflix series adaptation, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Spoilers for all episodes, as well as the books, ahead! This episode was produced by Emerson Malone.

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Oscar nominations: snubs and surprises

The Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, narrowing down the list of potential winners for the season’s most-watched award show.  This year, the Academy distanced itself from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and nominated a diverse list of creators and actors in the film industry. In fact, with nominations for …

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Review: Martin Scorsese brings his passion project to life with the profound and deeply religious ‘Silence’

Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s controversial 1966 novel of the same name, deals directly with the contradictions of devout religious belief. The story follows a pair of Portuguese Jesuit missionaries, Sebastiao Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garrupe (Adam Driver) who travel to Japan in the 17th century. They have …

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Podcast: The state of television in 2017

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, writers Sararosa Davies, Patience Greene and Emerson Malone discuss the state of television in 2017, namely Transparent (Amazon), Atlanta (FX), Broad City (Comedy Central), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) and many more. This episode was produced by Emerson …

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Alston: Why don’t movies capture the struggles of travel?

Winter break is something every student looks forward to experiencing. But those who left Eugene in December quickly found out that getting back to school in the snow is a special kind of hell. Most of Oregon reached sub-freezing temperatures and snow caused crippling traffic issues throughout Portland. Snow covered Eugene and …

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‘Fences’ and ‘Angels in America’ make the case for stage-to-screen adaptations

Theatre is an art form that has been around for thousands of years with its origins in Ancient Greece. The theatre’s counterpart, film, has had a relatively short history with the first movies being made in the late 1800s. Filmmakers and TV producers have been adapting theatrical works like plays …

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Review: ‘Jackie’ wastes genuine talent on a toothless biopic

Pablo Larraín’s Jackie wants its audiences to think it has a lot on its mind. Featuring striking imagery and a series of adept performances, the story, which follows the titular Kennedy matriarch in the days immediately before and after the JFK assassination, takes a contemplative approach to the traditional biopic …

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Emerald Recommends: The best movies of 2016

The Emerald Recommends the best movies released in 2016. From low-brow comedies to hard hitting dramas, 2016 provided a wide-array of films. We have selected our favorites of the year — one list of solely superhero films included. A&C film critic Dana Alston’s top movies: 5. Hell Or High Water Chris Pine and …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2016

Before the Emerald releases its best of 2016 lists of films, books, concerts, songs and albums, we felt it was important to balance praising the year’s best works of art with pointing out which let us down. These are not the worst pieces of the year; these are works that showed great potential and fell …

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Quadruple Take: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

With the release of a new Star Wars film, the Emerald has enlisted four writers to offer their views on the film. The response from critics so far has been mixed, so we decided to offer a multi-take review for the first Star Wars side story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Mathew Brock, associate arts and …

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Emerald Recommends: Our 12 essential holiday movies

To celebrate the home-run stretch before Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season as a whole, the Emerald has enlisted every writer on the arts and culture desk to recommend his or her favorite holiday movie. With classic cartoons, comedies and a few oddball selections, these are the films Emerald staffers will be watching during winter …

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Alston: The 2016 Oscar shortlist

It’s Academy Awards season yet again, and that means there are plenty of fine films competing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ attention. Several of the front-runners have already made their way to theaters; many more will be released over the next month. With winter break now …

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Award-winning film ‘HAZE’ dissects the Greek tragedy of hazing

“Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” “Not Zach Green!” In the fictional film HAZE, this knock-knock joke was caught on tape as an insensitive jab at student Zach Green, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning during a severe fraternity hazing ritual. The gravity of Green’s death sets the solemn undertones of the film …

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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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