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Staff Picks | Summertime Flicks

By The Pitt News Staff April 20, 2022
It snows one day and then it's 80 degrees the next, but the impending doom of climate change aside, it is supposed to be spring, and then summer. What better way to encourage the warm weather than to indulge in a “summertime flick?”
A speaker introduces a showing during the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.

CMU International Film Festival unveils the ‘faces behind the masks’

By Patrick Swain, Staff Writer April 6, 2022
Jolanta Lion, assistant director of Carnegie Mellon’s Humanities Center and part-time Polish instructor at Pitt, recalls asking pedestrians about the significance of masks in their lives leading up to the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.
Poster for “The Batman.”

Review | ‘The Batman’ is the best take on the character yet

By Mera D'Aquila, Staff Writer March 14, 2022
Staff writer Mera D’Aquila argues that “The Batman” is the best iteration of the iconic comic book character to take the screen, with fantastic characterization and stunning cinematography.
Benjamin Asciutto, junior film and business major.

Student filmmaker Ben Asciutto highlights his hometown in documentary film “Next Stop”

By Patrick Swain, Staff Writer February 24, 2022
Ben Asciutto, a junior film and business major, grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, an idyllic suburb of 9,000 people – and when the pandemic hit he immediately knew he wanted to make a documentary about its effects.
Four glasses of wine.

Staff Picks | Wine night movies

By The Pitt News Staff February 23, 2022
What’s better than date night? Sitting in a blanket fort with your friends, passing a bottle of wine back and forth while you sob or cheer over a late-night movie. Here are some recommendations from our staff:
Tom Holland playing Nathan Drake, left, and Sophia Taylor Ali playing Chloe Frazer, right, in “Uncharted.”

Review | ‘Uncharted’ fails to sell adventure, misses mark set by video games

By Brandon Raglow, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Staff writer Brandon Raglow argues that “Uncharted” tries and fails to make a classic adventure movie, falling short in its character development and faithfulness to the source material.
Jennifer Lopez playing Kat Valdez, left, and Owen Wilson playing Charlie Gilbert in “Marry Me.”

Review | ‘Marry Me’ relies too much on Instagram, not enough on romance

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor February 14, 2022
Culture editor Diana Velasquez argues that the new romantic comedy “Marry Me” relies too much on modern-day social media and not enough on the actual love interests.
Actress Jurnee Smollett speaks to a crowd of Pitt students at “An Evening with Jurnee Smollett” hosted by the Black Action Society and Pitt Program Council at the William Pitt Union Wednesday night.

‘Good representation is essential’: Jurnee Smollett talks Black voices at PPC event

By Maria Scanga, Senior Staff Writer February 4, 2022
In partnership with Pitt’s Black Action Society, the Pitt Program Council hosted “An Evening with Jurnee Smollett” at the William Pitt Union Wednesday night.
Screenshot of Miguel A. Sarduys Innocence

Film festival broadens horizons with European cinema

By Patrick Swain, Staff Writer January 30, 2022
The EU Film Festival is giving Pittsburgh a glimpse of cinema across the pond, bringing a selection of European films to the Harris Theater.
Zendaya, left, playing Michelle “MJ” Jones, jumps with Tom Holland, right, playing Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Review | ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is nostalgia at its best

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor January 10, 2022
Culture Editor, Diana Velasquez argues that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” offers a satisfying conclusion to Tom Holland’s run as Spider-Man, and offers redemption to past interactions of the character.
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