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HBO Max released “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on March 18.

Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ speaks to director’s personal style

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer March 31, 2021
"Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is a completely self-indulgent film, filled to the brim with Snyder’s directorial quirks.
Bob Odenkirk’s new movie, “Nobody,” opens in theaters Friday.

Review: Bob Odenkirk plays against type in action-packed ‘Nobody’

By Matthew Monroy, Senior Staff Writer March 24, 2021
Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, whose nine-to-five life is disrupted after a home break-in forces him to reconsider his role as a father.
Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group co-sponsored a panel with the Department of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University and the Department of Arts at Northumbria University Thursday via Zoom. Entitled “Summoning Candyman: A Panel Discussion of the Cinematic Urban Legend” and hosted by the Society for Film and Media Studies’ Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group, the panel focused on the classic 1992 Black horror film “Candyman.”

‘Black history is Black horror’: Panel discusses legacy of Black slasher film ‘Candyman’

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer March 19, 2021
The panelists discussed the ways that the film was foundational to Black horror, its shortcomings and the upcoming sequel.
Soleil Moon Frye’s documentary, “Kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.

Review: ‘Kid 90’ is the all too familiar life of a Hollywood child star

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer March 12, 2021
Soleil Moon Frye's documentary, “kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.
In the short film “Thanks to Her,” Millie and Andy are two teens forced to spend time together after being sent to the principal’s office for getting into a fight after Millie’s friend insults Andy for being a lesbian. The film was written and co-directed by Pitt alum Sam Orlowski.

‘I want to see that representation’: Pitt grads develop LGBTQ+ coming-of-age film

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer March 3, 2021
“Thanks To Her” is a recently released short film written and co-directed by Sam Orlowski, a film studies major who graduated from Pitt in 2019.
“Tazzeka” is available for streaming through Feb. 28 via the Harris Theater @ Home program.

Review: ‘Tazzeka’ features journey of food and family

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer February 22, 2021
Portraying the journey of becoming an adult and pursuing what one loves through trials of death and heartbreak, “Tazzeka” is consistently fresh and captivating.
Sia’s movie “Music” stars Maddie Ziegler (left), a non-autistic dancer and actress, playing a character with autism and Kate Hudson (right).

Review: Sia’s movie “Music” is a disgrace

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Columnist February 22, 2021
In just the first 10 minutes of this movie, I was already in shock at the caricature-like portrayal of autism.
Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.”

‘To All The Boys: Always And Forever’ makes predictable, if sweet, series conclusion

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer February 15, 2021
Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), when we see them for the third time, are still the “it” couple of their Portland high school.
“George Romero & Pittsburgh: The Early Years,” a 45-minute documentary produced by Pitt students as part of their “Making the Documentary” course, screened in a Zoom event Thursday night. The film focused on Romero’s beginning, from his birth in Brooklyn to his move to Pittsburgh, where he found the group that would go on to be his main collaborators for his early films.

Student documentary explores George Romero’s early years

By Matthew Monroy, Senior Staff Writer February 5, 2021
For the students of last year’s “Making the Documentary” course, constructing a film can be just as valuable a form of academic research as experiments done in a lab.
“The Honest Struggle,” a 2017 documentary currently available on Amazon Prime, chronicles Sadiq Davis’ experiences as a formerly incarcerated person and his reassimilation into society. The Pitt jazz studies program will present a two-day event Thursday and Friday centered on the film and its themes.

Pitt Jazz Studies to honor Black History Month with screening ‘The Honest Struggle’

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
The Pitt jazz studies department features jazz artists every year for Black History Month to celebrate the roots of jazz in African American culture.
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