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The “Guardians of the Galaxy” return for more out-of-this-world fun in “Vol. 2”

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Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

The thing that sets the "Guardians of the Galaxy" apart from the "Avengers" team is the fact that the Guardians feel like an actual family. They argue, like any other family, but there are moments of affection and tenderness between them to balance that out, something the "Avengers" films lack. The Avengers...

“Free Fire” aims for bloody fun and hits the bullseye

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

May 1, 2017

The best thing about director Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire", currently the best film I've seen in 2017, is that it isn't trying to be anything deep or profound. At a crisp 90 minutes, it is simply actors you recognize shooting guns at each other in one place the whole time. It's a plot that could easily...

The price of creativity: the lasting power of “The Social Network”

The price of creativity: the lasting power of

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

April 24, 2017

When David Fincher's "The Social Network" came out way back in 2010, I was a mere 11 years old. As a result, I had neither the attention span necessary to watch it nor the life experience needed to understand what it was trying to say. I knew that it was about the creation of Facebook and that was pretty...

“Land of Mine”: Danish Oscar nominee tells forgotten World War II story

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

April 19, 2017

"Land of Mine", the Danish nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards, is a tough, intense and stark movie. It is also incredibly touching and moving. It is the story of the end of World War II as seen through the eyes of a small group of German POWs, all just boys maybe between...

“Beauty and the Beast”: the tale as old as time is new again

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

March 31, 2017

I was never going to completely hate the live-action remake of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast". The original 1991 animated film is my favorite Disney film and any form of its story was going to be entertaining. This remake certainly was entertaining, even if I didn't completely fall in love with it. The...

Oscars 2017: so what just happened?

Oscars 2017: so what just happened?

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017

At least no one can say that the Academy Awards ceremony was boring this year. Ending with a twist that not even M. Night Shyamalan at his craziest could come up with, this year's Oscars were full of surprises and satisfying wins. Here are the most notable wins and moments from the evening. "Moonlight" takes h...