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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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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 ‘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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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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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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Review: That time Beyoncé stole the Super Bowl Halftime show

The halftime show for Super Bowl 50 included a high energy mash-up of three varying artists: Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. The show included an attempt at a tribute to past halftime performers. As much as Coldplay tried to be the star of what was supposed to be its big show, …

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Louis C.K. stays busy with ‘Baskets’ and ‘Horace and Pete’

In 2011, standup comedian Louis C.K. released his Live at the Beacon Theater comedy special for $5 through his website. Since then, all of his specials have been released in the same manner due to its success. Lately, his main project has been the FX show Louie, arguably one of …

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Double Take: The slow burn of Charlie Kaufman’s newest film, ‘Anomalisa’

Anomalisa is writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s seventh feature film after a string of heady movies like Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). The 90-minute, stop-motion animation film, which Kaufman shares the directorial helm with Duke Johnson, features puppets in the starring roles and …

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Review: The People vs O.J. Simpson is every bit as unbelievable as the truth.

In many ways, the trial of O.J. Simpson spurred the modern concept of reality TV. It brought Americans to their television sets in unprecedented numbers, watching a plot unfold that couldn’t have been constructed in any writers’ room. As a result, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story feels like …

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Podcast: The 2015 Oscar nominations are, indeed, #sowhite

The general consensus of what reigned supreme in 2015 cinema was declared on Jan. 15 with the 88th annual Academy Award nominations. That same week, a few of us at the Emerald discussed what surprises (or lack thereof) and diversity (or lack thereof) was boasted throughout the Oscar nominations. The …

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UO grads curate first-ever Portland’s Young Filmmakers Showcase

Amateur filmmakers and seasoned professionals alike will come together for a night of short film screenings at the Portland’s Young Filmmaker Showcase, an event created by two University of Oregon graduates – Will Cuddy and Zach Feiner. The Feb. 25 showcase will include a screening of Cuddy and Feiner’s latest short film …

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‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Is Back For Season 11

Television’s darkest comedy and most narcissistic gang of underachievers is back for season 11 on FX. The season premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gave fans exactly what they were hoping for from executive producers and lead actors Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, as well as the brilliant Danny …

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Get to know the duo behind the score to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s’s new film ‘The Revenant’

Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto will likely receive substantial stateside exposure following their ‘Revenant’ soundtrack, but they’ve released a wealth of material together on their own.

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Double Takes: Despite its Golden Globes, ‘The Revenant’ is a polarizing film

In our Double Takes series The Emerald provides two reporter’s contrasting opinions about Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Golden Globe-winning The Revenant, his first film since winning the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2014 for Birdman. Craig Wright was not impressed by the camerawork, while Meerah Powell says it is an immersive film. The film …

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Emerald Recommends the best movies of 2015

The Big Short, Room, Mad Max, and more top our lists of the best releases from 2015.

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Emerald Recommends the Best TV of 2015

Emerald staffers pick their favorite TV shows from last year, which featured many great shows, from the conclusion of ‘Mad Men’ and the introduction of ‘Better Call Saul’ on AMC, to Netflix originals ‘Master of None’ and ‘Jessica Jones.’

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‘Point Break’ maintains the spirit of the original cult classic

The remake of the 1991 cult classic Point Break is better than expected, just don’t expect much more than an entertaining movie.

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Berg: A comprehensive defense of ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’

Search your heart, you know it’s true – Home Alone 1 isn’t as good as 2.

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Star Wars: What are the fans saying?

Fans have plenty to say about the new Star Wars film. Here are some of the most common sentiments.

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Does ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ live up to the monumental hype?

For a blockbuster as massive as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ the Emerald enlisted three reviewers to compare opinions. One could not find tickets at any theater, so we are left with a double review from a ‘Star Wars’ fanatic and a casual fan. All reviews are spoiler-free.

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Review: ‘Doctor Who’ concludes Season 9 on an emotional high note

The last episode of season 9 of Doctor Who, “Hell Bent,” was meaningful in every sense of the word.

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‘The Night Before’ and ‘Krampus’: the search for a new Christmas classic

This season gives us two unconventional yuletide flicks from Seth Rogen and Michael Dougherty. But will they hold up for annual viewing?

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Berg: ‘Creed’ sets a new standard for retro revivals

It’s the oldest story around, but Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed’ finds a way to make it feel new and refreshing.

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Guest Review: ‘Suffragette’ and the problem with period films

Period films dealing with social justice cut both ways: on the one hand, 12 Years a Slave reminds us of the cruelties of antebellum America and why people should never regress to living in such a way. On the other, it allows us the breath with which to sigh, “Whew, …

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