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Netflix’s Newest Fantasy Series ‘Castlevania’ Has Bite, But Only a Nibble

Netflix's "Castlevania" series has the distinction of being the very first video game adaptation to be just okay.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Carries the DC Universe Forward

Seeing the Wonder Woman character kick ass as her incredible theme song builds up around her is more than worth the ticket price, and anyone who isn’t giddy for at least a minute as she charges towa...
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Actress of ‘Tangerine’ Brings New Perspective to Trans Media

So, should “Tangerine” be only recognized for shooting on an iPhone 5S? Hell no.
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‘Dead Men’ Could Have Told A Better Tale Than This

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” thinks you are very, very stupid. It believes you are not capable of deducing why characters might want to accomplish their goals.
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‘Master of None’ Makes a Triumphant Return

To my own and others’ rejoice, Ansari reprised his role as Dev in Season 2 of “Master of None.” The long-awaited second season once again wowed viewers with new expositions, social commentary, a...
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Beloved Cartoon ‘Samurai Jack’ Comes and Goes

The show made its long-awaited return in March. But the show’s return is also indicative of a current trend in the television landscape: the appeal to nostalgia.
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‘Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is Good But Obvious

Long story short: “Guardians of the Galaxy” was alright. While I commend Marvel’s efforts to introduce unknown superheroes to a wider audience, the film still fell into the standard, stale Marve...
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‘VEEP’ Provides Humorous, Fresh Take on Politics

Overall, while those at “VEEP” may work to keep their real-world critiques absent from the show, in order to maintain an undivided audience, the real world political landscape is almost inevitably...
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‘Raging Bull’ Takes on Violence with Movie Magic

Ultimately, it is the makeup that not only shows the brutal effect of the violence on screen but also traces LaMotta’s life through the 23 years used to account his rise and fall.
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‘Edge of Seventeen’ Showcases Realistic Teen Angst

With her character’s personal problems well established, Steinfeld is able to convey the struggles experienced by average high school students, showing passionate emotions on screen.
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The Ghost in the Hollow Shell of a Movie

“Ghost in the Shell” also tries to distract you from the shortcomings of its plot by shoving enough holograms in your face to make you see binary code.
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UCSB Filmmakers Join Forces with Jack Johnson

Set to a soundtrack by alumnus Jack Johnson, the film will cover four unique students and have their interconnected stories unfold in Isla Vista over the course of their last day of Spring Quarter.
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‘Logan’ is a Movie for the Comic Books

Even though “Logan” faltered in its second half, it is still one of the more enthralling comic book movies to come out recently, as the first half alone transcends the comic book genre.
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‘Get Out’ Conveys a Message Within Horror

The film always maintains a lighthearted and entertaining demeanor, but its acknowledgement of the issue of racial microaggression and even the principle of eugenics is something to stop and think abo...
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Five Directors Honored at SBIFF

The Outstanding Directors Award ceremony was held on Feb. 7, with the Arlington Theatre playing host to such acclaimed filmmakers as Damien Chazelle, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and ...
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