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‘Black Adam’ puts the power back into the DCEU

By Ben Konuch "You like to split the world into just good and evil, but it's easy for you when you're the one drawing the line." My relationship with the DCEU has been shaky, to say the least. I’m a huge fan of DC’s characters, with Batman and his extended lore of sidekicks and villains being a big percentage of my favorite comic book characters. When it comes to DC’s modern film adaptations of these characters, though, the first few years of the DC Extended Universe have been ...

‘The Premonition at Wither Farm’ is a chilling fall read

By Ella Smith As the season of pumpkin spice lattes, flannel and leaves arrived, so did the season of chilling reads. Jaime Jo Wright has been one of my favorite authors for a while now, partially due to her ability to write chilling scenes that remain in your memory long after the last chapter.  Her latest book “The Premonition as Withers Farm” does not disappoint with a plethora of haunting descriptions. The book has dueling timelines - one in the early nineteen hundreds and ...

‘Ticket To Paradise’ is a blissful getaway

By Samuel M Acosta When I originally saw the trailer for “Ticket to Paradise”, it just seemed to be like every other low-quality rom-com that has come out in recent years. I went into the theater with few expectations, really only seeing it because I was going with friends. Over the next couple of hours, however, I ended up having so much fun that I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. This movie does not beat the audience over the head with overused tropes, but rather brings a fresh ...

Is ‘Wendell and Wild’ a spooky Halloween treat or a messy trick?

By Janie Walenda  In many ways, “Wendell and Wild” is my ideal movie. That’s what I thought when I first watched the trailer. Stop-motion animation, strong visual flair and Key and Peele are about everything I could ask for. The one aspect that made me hesitate about the film was its iffy mythology. Having now seen the film, all my original reactions were correct. It’s plain to see how much stop-motion animation has evolved since director and writer Henry Selick’s other ...

Movie review: ‘Paul’s Promise’

Faith-based film to be shown on Cedarville campus By Paul Miller with Prof. Sean O’Connor Over the past few years, movies that examine social justice issues are on the rise. Most are centered around race. In 2022, notable releases included “Nope,” “The Woman King, and “Till.” Less often, however, do these films tackle these issues with a Christian worldview, unfortunately. But, on October 21, a lesser-known faith-based film was released in theaters nationwide with the ...

‘The School for Good and Evil’ is dangerously shallow

By Katlynn Rossignol Sofia and Agatha of Galvador are whisked away from their small medieval town and enrolled in the School for Good and Evil, where the descendants of fairy tale characters are trained in magic. But upon arrival, the girls believe they are put in the wrong schools and must find a way to switch before it’s too late.  Positives: “The School for Good and Evil” is a visual spectacle, filled with plenty of fun visual effects. The ‘blood-magic’ is especially ...

‘Rings of Power’ Finale Attempts Ties to Tolkien’s Lore

By Janie Walenda This review contains spoilers for the whole of “Rings of Power” season one I’m not sure how I feel about the season finale of “Rings of Power.”  That’s not a great first sentence for a review, but that has been the overwhelming feeling that has stuck with me. On one hand, the finale delivers its twists with its usual style and a surprising amount of complexity. However, the developments in this episode do nothing to lessen my concerns about how “Rings ...

‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ Finale Falls Flat

By Samuel M Acosta This past week we finally saw the ending of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” and it is definitely something different than we have ever seen before from Marvel.  Not only does it lean into the fourth-wall-breaking nature of the character, but it does away with the typical big fight sequence at the end. Yet, I can’t help but feel unsatisfied with the show's ending, especially in light of how amazing the episode before this was. It all just feels rushed and underdev...

‘Werewolf By Night’ is a Fresh and Violent New Chapter of the MCU

By Ben Konuch “So many death dealers in one room…” Phase 4 of the MCU has been full of bizarre hits and misses. It’s been a phase of experimenting, with unconventional and unique entries like “WandaVision” and “Eternals” attempting to break the mold of the Marvel formula. For all of its experimenting, Marvel has failed as many times as it succeeded. Some titles like “Moon Knight” and “Loki” have been received favorably, while entries like “Eternals” and ...

‘Andor’ Episodes 4-6 Raise the Bar for Star Wars Television

By Ben Konuch “Of course I’m afraid! But there’s a difference between fear and losing your nerve. You want out of this? Make a choice. Don’t use me as an excuse.” “Andor” has quickly shot up the ranks of my favorite pieces of Star Wars storytelling. Fresh off the high note of episode three's action-packed conclusion of the first story arc, “Andor's” next two episodes are again slow-burn world-building that culminate into a visually stunning and narratively satisfying ...