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    My All American Movie Review

    By Ceci Creissen My All American is a biographical drama based off of the football career of Colorado born, Freddie Joe Steinmark who played for the University of Texas in the late 1960s. Despite his small size, he is given a full-scholarship for football. The trials and tribulations that Steinmark endures give the sport more dignity. His hard work in school and his audacity on the field shed light on a player far from the stereotypical unemotional football player whose main talent is tackling. The lead actor, Finn Wittrock, captures the skill and kindness that made Steinmark so remarkable and sought out by the University of Texas coach Darrell Royal…

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    Visual flair can’t save Crimson Peak from thematic emptiness

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich In 2006, Guillermo del Toro demonstrated his skill in the fantasy-horror genre with his critically acclaimed film “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Sadly, despite having a similar genre, del Toro’s latest film, “Crimson Peak,” ultimately fails to recapture any of the magic that made “Pan’s Labyrinth” a success. In the first act of “Crimson Peak,” the shy Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) falls for the mysterious Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) in Buffalo, N.Y. around the turn of the 20th Century. After Edith’s father is brutally murdered, she marries Thomas and goes with him and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), to their crumbling mansion in England. From the second they arrive at…

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    Sicario: A dark and restrained portrait of America

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Director Denis Villeneuve has always been praised for his sharp and bitter portrayal of reality, and that praise has continued to come his way after the release of his latest film “Sicario.” This film uses its setting of the current drug war in Mexico to draw a disturbing portrait of the evil that lives in today’s world, especially within US borders. “Sicario” tells the story of F.B.I. agent Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) who joins a government task force lead by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) that is trying to take out a Mexican drug lord with the help of trained killer Alejandro, (Benicio Del Toro). This sounds…

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    Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Review

    By Cecilia Creissen 3/4 Stars The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the Maze Runner, comes off as another teen drama with its diverse cast led by heartthrob Dylan O’brien. It has the typical apocalyptic, sci-fi, and romance combo. Zombies who are actually humans infected by a widespread disease pop up incessantly and there are romance scenes strewn throughout.  Director Wes Ball, however, fails to develop the plot into something more. In a nutshell, it’s moral teens against corrupt adults. The main character, Thomas (Dylan O’brien), and his buddies who survived the maze from the first movie are all intelligent and determined teenagers. After surviving the maze they end up…

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    Straight Outta Compton: A Biopic I can Get Behind

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Not everyone will want to download gangster rap after watching “Straight Outta Compton,” but everyone will walk away from this film respecting the members of N.W.A, an impressive feat considering many people might have seen their music as offensive before watching the film. “Straight Outta Compton” chronicles the rise and fall on the iconic Compton based hip-hop group N.W.A, who brought their knowledge of life in the hood to creating one of the most influential music groups of the late 80s and early 90s. The group was comprised of members, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. The film is centered on Eazy-E,…