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Review: Girls just wanna have funds in star-studded heist-comedy ‘Ocean’s 8’

Remember comedian John Mulaney’s now infamous quip that an all-woman “Ocean’s” reboot wouldn’t work because two women would sneak off to smack talk the others? Well, the A-list all-woman cast of “Ocean’s 8” just stomped eight glitzy, razor-sharp stiletto heels into that tired joke’s neck. And then they sped off …

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Review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary reveals her life outside the Supreme Court

How does a U.S. Supreme Court justice become a pop culture icon in her 80s? She writes impressively lyrical, liberal-leaning dissenting opinions of the Court’s conservative decisions. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has her face printed on t-shirts, socks, coffee mugs and bumper stickers. Some people have even gotten tattoos of …

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Review: Visiting filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s newest film ‘The Rider’ is a compelling force of nature

The land near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation is grandiose and majestic, but it’s also cruel. Violent storms kick up dust around cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who gazes out at the scenery as he struggles to come to terms with a life-changing injury that may end his rodeo …

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Review: Charlize Theron grapples with the harsh realities of motherhood in ‘Tully’

“Tully” comes off as a combination of screenwriter Diablo Cody’s past works, “Juno” (2007) and “Young Adult” (2011), but with a magical realist twist. The shaky camera style and subdued performance by Charlize Theron make the story feel more intimate, more tangible, as Cody and director Jason Reitman themselves have …

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Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sacrifices substance for the good of the MCU

Comic book fans will love “Avengers: Infinity War.” That’s worth mentioning immediately, because the film is essentially a six-issue story distilled down to 156 minutes. There are huge set pieces, funny moments and character interactions that will make audiences giddy. It’s a lot to juggle at once, and dizzying for …

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Opening of MoPOP exhibit ‘Marvel: Universe of Superheroes’ marks a new era for Marvel comics

Throughout the last decade, Marvel Studios has produced 18 feature-length films, six Netflix television series and three ABC television series. With characters such as Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Panther as its guides, Marvel has revolutionized the media industry, according to University of Oregon professor of English and Comic Studies, …

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Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ mixes family drama with high-concept horror

The biggest success of John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” comes from its willingness to live up to its title. The film, which tracks the Abbott family living on a farm in a post-apocalyptic landscape, opens with silence. A series of opening shots display the remnants of a small town. Empty …

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Jeremy Wade talks river pollution, ‘River Monsters’ success ahead of his new show ‘Mighty Rivers’

Jeremy Wade, expert fisherman and biologist, has turned over nearly every stone when it comes to freshwater fishing. Known best for his legendary catches on the Animal Planet show, “River Monsters,” which concluded its ninth and final season last year, Wade has traversed the world’s rivers for nearly 35 years …

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John Krasinski talks about directing his new horror film, ‘A Quiet Place’

“A Quiet Place” looks like the creation of an experienced horror director. The film tracks a family in a post-apocalyptic New York, ravaged by an unexplained event. Monsters hunt human survivors through sound, turning any remaining human civilizations into widespread cat-and-mouse games. Silence is the only lasting defense for Lee …

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Review: Wes Anderson’s stop-motion ‘Isle of Dogs’ is aesthetically stylish yet emotionally hollow

With his latest film “Isle of Dogs,” the famously meticulous Wes Anderson has presented himself with a challenge: Is it possible to make a derelict island full of rancid garbage and mangy mutts beautiful? Using muted tones, intricate sets, and a gorgeous mixture of hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, Anderson has …

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‘Hitler vs Picasso and The Others’ at the Broadway Metro theater reveals the Nazis’ use of art to propagandize

Art doesn’t always serve to expand one’s mind or represent complex ideas or culture. The context in which people present art influences how viewers perceive it. Picasso said painting “is an instrument of war, an offensive and defensive weapon against an enemy.” Sometimes art can be used maliciously, as the …

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Review: Documentary ‘Acts and Intermissions’ explores life of anarchist Emma Goldman

The documentary “Acts and Intermissions” by filmmaker Abigail Child isn’t really a documentary. It’s more of a biographical poem about a woman whose biographers have called “The Most Dangerous Woman in America.” The film is an erratic montage through the life of anarchist Emma Goldman. On March 14, the Jordan …

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Review: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ may be flawed, but it’s empowering for its target audience of young girls

Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle In Time” is the first ever live-action film directed by a woman of color to have a budget over $100 million. Considering that just 4% of top-grossing directors from 2007 – 2016 were women, and just seven were women of color, the film undeniably breaks exciting …

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Oscars round-up: The 90th annual Academy Awards’s best moments, tweets and style

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 90th annual Oscars on Sunday night, March 4. In his opening monologue, he offered guests a jet ski as a reward for the shortest speech, acknowledged the #metoo and #timesup movements and won over the audience with witty remarks about Harvey Weinstein. In case you missed …

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‘The Shape of Water’ wins big at a semi-predictable 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday, capping off a largely predictable awards season in semi-surprising fashion. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway earned redemption from last year’s “Envelopegate” when they correctly presented the Best Picture award to “The Shape of Water.” …

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UO Women and Film provides a safe space for women to gather and further their education together

As women trickled into the fourth meeting of UO Women and Film, founder and President Danielle LeBlanc mingled with club members and made sure all the materials were prepped and ready to go. The room was buzzing as women introduced themselves to those they hadn’t met and embraced others they …

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UO alum James Ivory wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Call Me By Your Name’

University of Oregon alum James Ivory won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novella “Call Me By Your Name” at the 90th Academy Awards. At 89, Ivory is also the oldest person to win an Oscar. Ivory, an acclaimed filmmaker, graduated from UO in 1951 with …

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Review: “Annihilation” ingeniously mutates the traditional sci-fi genre

“Annihilation” will stimulate your right brain and frustrate your left brain. It’s a simultaneously beautiful and horrifying visual spectacle that thrills in the moment but perplexes once you try to analyze and dissect its meaning. The film stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist who volunteers for a dangerous expedition …

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Review: ‘Black Panther’ is a milestone for superhero films, despite minor technical flaws

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an undeniable juggernaut in cinema at the moment, which makes the studio’s consistent level of quality shocking. It’s been 10 years, 18 films and $14 billion after “Iron Man” catapulted superhero movies into “guaranteed profit” territory. Disney has yet to see a Marvel film critically …

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Review: Oscar-nominated documentary shorts tackle issues of race, gender, mental health, opioids and the justice system

The 90th annual Oscars takes place on Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. (PST). The documentary (short subject) category serves as a gratifying break from the movie star-driven, high budget films that dominate other categories. These films are the highly artistic products of pure passion from the directors and producers …

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Review: “Fifty Shades Freed” is exactly what it aims to be: a ridiculously fun hot mess

The “Fifty Shades” film saga was never intended to be “good.” You can’t take source material that’s based off of “Twilight” fanfiction and make it Oscar-worthy. These movies are purposefully designed to guarantee an absolutely ridiculous (yet surprisingly entertaining) girls night out at the theater. They’re impossible to take seriously. …

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Emerald Recommends: 5 Rom-Coms to Binge on Valentines Day

It’s here: February 14th has made its dreaded return. Couples are sprouting like flowers in the Spring, and girls everywhere are preparing to DTR (define the relationship) with their significant other—most of whom are blissfully unaware that they are about to be hit with this fateful discussion. All the singles …

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ screenwriter James Ivory returns to UO for screening and Q&A

Director, screenwriter and University of Oregon alum James Ivory visited campus Sunday evening to answer questions about “Call Me By Your Name.” Ivory produced the film and wrote the Academy Award-nominated script adapted from André Aciman novel of the same name. The event began with a screening of “Call Me …

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Egener: ‘Planet Earth II’ ‘Cities’ episode shows human impact the way nature docs never have

The sky is clear, and an alpha male langur monkey sits relaxed in the shade on a beige, residential rooftop in Jodhpur, India among several female langurs. But the day doesn’t remain peaceful for this particular alpha langur, as a gang of hostile male langurs approaches. The alpha langur leaps …

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Review: ‘Paddington 2’ is a delightful romp for all ages

Sequels that outshine the originals are exceedingly rare, but “Paddington 2” pulls this lofty feat off with aplomb. The film has officially broken Rotten Tomatoes’ record for the best-reviewed film, previously set by last year’s “Lady Bird.” Though the “Paddington” films have been huge box office hits in their native …

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Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ bids farewell to Daniel Day-Lewis

Paul Thomas Anderson deals in intangibles. The San Fernando wunderkind — the greatest filmmaker of his generation — has spent a career removing himself from the conventions of filmmaking. Context is largely absent from his work, at least the kind that can be audibly explained. This can make watching Anderson’s …

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Review: ‘The Post’ should earn a spot among award-winning movies about newspapers

Movies about the watchdog element in news media are now more important than ever. And because of President Trump’s frequent bashing and undermining of the press, “The Post’s” timing couldn’t be more perfect. That historical context is what makes movies like this one special. “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg, …

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Review: ‘I, Tonya’ and the latest take on a classic Oregon story

For those who don’t want it, and sometimes even for those who do, fame can destroy careers and make life after those careers unbearable for people. Add a criminal investigation into the mix, and the chances of that scenario occurring skyrocket. The new film “I, Tonya” forces viewers to examine …

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Emerald Recommends: The best movies of 2017

It was a bit of a strange year for Hollywood. Blockbusters continued to dominate the box office and frustrate critics. The industry faced months of moral reckoning via horrific sexual assault allegations. Disney casually dropped $50 billion to buy every superhero you love. Studios gave women their time to shine …

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Emerald Recommends: Best TV episodes of 2017

This year brought a slew of new and exciting TV shows to TVs and phone screens across the country. Many addressed the current political climate. Some chose to ignore it and focus on other concepts such as mortality. Other series returned to the humor that brought audiences to them in the …

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