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“Enola Holmes” Review: “Stranger Things” Star Shines as Sherlock’s Little Sister

by Hunter Johnson Over the last century, nearly a hundred actors have portrayed Sherlock Holmes in film and television. Whether it be the classic Basil Rathbone films from the 40s or Vasily Livanov’s well-received series from the 80s, Sherlock has long been an international staple of mystery storytelling. In recent years, the Sherlock mythos has entered a new phase that I like to call the “superhero phase.” He’s been played by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict ...

“Mulan” Review: Visually Stunning Remake Aims to be a Modern Myth, with Mixed Results

by Ben Hiett The first thing I did after seeing Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” was go to the source of all useful knowledge, Wikipedia, and look up the Chinese folk ballad on which both this movie and its animated counterpart are based.  I did this because the whole time I was watching this movie, I felt as though I was watching an ancient legend unfold before my eyes. With its sweeping scope, picturesque visuals, and archetypal characters, “Mulan” seeks to tell an ...

“Togo” Review

By Hunter Johnson Most everyone has heard of Balto, the heroic sled-dog who led the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, saving dozens of lives as a result. But most people haven’t heard the full story. “Togo” tells the real-life tale of the dog who led the eighteenth team of dog sleds across Alaska. It shows that Balto did not actually run the entire serum run, but was only the twentieth and final team. However, Balto still received all the attention in the aftermath. Director of ...

Top 5 Movies of 2019

By Hunter Johnson 5. 'Ad Astra' “Ad Astra” is not like most space travel epics. It’s not about big stories or loud action set pieces or overly-relatable protagonists. It’s about holding onto hope in the midst of deep and despairing abandonment. “Ad Astra” is about an introverted astronaut named Roy (played by Brad Pitt), who’s sent on a mission to retrieve his longlost father from space. This film is brought to life by three bigname stars. In this film, Brad Pitt ...

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” Review

By Hunter Johnson In “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” writers and directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz turn what could’ve been a standard retelling of the Huckleberry Finn story into a modern tale of discovery between a redneck fisherman and a runaway person with Down Syndrome.  Zak (played by Zack Gottsagen) is in his early twenties and has been treated differently his whole life because he has Down Syndrome.  Having no family to look after him, he lives in a retirement home, ...

Book Review: ‘The City Beyond the Glass’

By Sarah Pennington Gemma Caloprini is trapped. She’s trapped by her father’s rules, which keep her and her two sisters locked within their family’s home. She’s trapped by society’s expectation that she either marry or live out her days in a convent. And she’s trapped by the Glass Doge, who rules the Glass City beyond the mirrors where she and her sisters secretly escape every night to dance and forget their troubles. Then, a fatal misstep on her part destroys both her family’s ...

Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’

by Hunter Johnson Steven Spielberg says that the three movies that were most difficult to make were: “Jaws,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Ready Player One.” “Ready Player One” is the 33rd movie to be directed by Steven Spielberg and is written by Zak Penn and Earnest Cline, the author of the 2011 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a future where virtual reality has become part of everyone’s world. Wade Watts must complete the VR game in order to stop a large ...

Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

by Hunter Johnson Over the last several years, Disney has changed the game of filmmaking. Along with their releases of many Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars films, Disney has also been releasing a steady amount of their own films under the Walt Disney Pictures banner, like “The Jungle Book,” “Pete’s Dragon,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Now, Walt Disney Pictures has released their first film of 2018, “A Wrinkle in Time,” based off the 1962 novel of the same name. “A ...

Movie Review: ‘Justice League’

by Ian Sarmiento With the recent premiere of the latest DC movie “Justice League” the producers have finally answered some of the most important questions in the history of the DC Universe: “What is brunch?” In the new film “Justice League,” directed by Zack Snyder, we take a first look into the lives of the super-powered misfits as they band together and save the world. First, what everyone wants to know: is it better than “Batman v Superman”? To put it simply: Yes, but it ...

Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

by Ian Sarmiento Spider-Man has swung his way back into theaters and has become a must-see for all audiences. In the new film “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, audiences get a new look on Peter Parker’s life as he juggles high school, friends, and being a web-slinging superhero. The story follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland), also known as Spider-Man, directly after his time fighting with and against the Avengers in “Captain America: Civil War.” He makes his return to ...