“Manhattan Murder Mystery” (1993)

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer Everyone enjoys the delight of acting as a private investigator, deciphering clues as the film proceeds, and when it is a Woody Allen film, hilarity ensues along the ride. “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” which reunites Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, follows an aging married couple, Larry (Allen) and Carol (Keaton), when…

Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” Stays True To Its Name

By Dakshayani Shankar, Contributing Writer Tom Ford’s new film “Nocturnal Animals” touches on the darker aspects of the human emotion, predominantly heartbreak, grief and pain in a stylistic way that leaves audiences captivated by the character contrasts but also reeling for more. The film is structured around three different storylines that Ford manages to weave…

‘Red Turtle’ is a Winner

By Tye Musante, Staff Writer The minute the newest Studio Ghibli film “The Red Turtle” begins, it is immediately noticeable how striking and rich the sound production is in the film. Lush soundscapes include crashing waves, chirping birds and wild storms take the place of dialogue. The opening finds viewers following an unfortunate traveler who…

‘Illinois Parables’ is Beautiful, Telling and Needed

By Zuzia Czemier-Wolonciej, Staff Writer Deborah Stratman’s “Illinois Parables” is a story told in celluloid verse — a cinematic poem. Placing this film within a genre will yield no helpful result, for it gathers strength from its free-from and lack of pretense to present any one objective. Instead, the film enthralls its audience with a…

‘Asperger’s Are Us’ Deals with More Than Autism

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer “Asperger’s Are Us,” the new documentary from the comedy troupe of the same name, gives a frank but empathetic look at its autistic protagonists. Troupe members Noah, “New Michael,” Jack and Ethan are all on the autism spectrum. For them, humor is a universal language appreciated by anyone regardless of the…

The Untapped Market for Disney Comics

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer What do you don’t feel like talking about superheroes, are low on  topics and saw Disney’s “Moana” early? Figure out a way to talk about Disney! In 1994, The Return of Jafar was created from the first five episodes of the planned Aladdin television series, making Disney’s first straight to video…

‘Love Witch’ Is a Throwback Worth Celebrating

By Thomas Price, Staff Writer Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” is by all accounts an instant classic. There is something so gorgeously magical about a film like this. It is a beautiful send-off of the vintage ‘60s technicolor melodramas that once filled screens in a time long since past. The film follows Elaine (Samantha Robinson),…

“Husbands and Wives” (1992)

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer As Woody Allen continued to make films, it seems that New York acted as more and more of a sanctuary in the midst of increasingly darker characters and storylines. “Husbands and Wives” is such a case. In a story about divorce, it’s difficult not to descend into melancholy, but with…

Doctor Strange as the Future of Marvel Films

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer The epiphany I had while watching Marvel Studios latest film was that each film’s consistent quality makes discussing them somewhat frustrating. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven once again to be a perpetual motion machine; they’ve never faced a dud or a particular critical failure, and with three films this coming…

“Dreamland” is an Ethereal Affair

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer Dim lights, the ivory keys of a ravishing grand piano and a full house. Unfortunately, this is only a dream for Monty Fagan (Johnny Simmons). In reality, he’s sitting next to a 10-year-old boy teaching him to play scales and “Chopsticks” for $25 an hour. How did he end up…

“Circle of Poison” Brings Awareness to Pesticide Industry

By Natalie Whalen, Staff Writer “Circle of Poison” raises awareness to the troubling reality of the pesticide industry in the United States. The documentary, made by Nick Capezzera, Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post, premiered at the DOC NYC festival in 2015. The film opens with a run-down of what the “circle of poison” is. David…

“Bleed For This” Puts Up a Good Fight

By Bradley Alsop, Staff Writer The boxing movie, a cinematic trope that has been replicated, inverted and adapted countless times since the likes of “Raging Bull” and the “Rocky” franchise, remains through to today because of the sheer physical and emotional toll such an isolating sport like boxing can take on its athletes. Boxers have…