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Review: Like a bad clown, cheap tricks are all ‘It Chapter 2’ can muster

Review: Like a bad clown, cheap tricks are all ‘It Chapter 2’ can muster

By Thomas Wick, Senior Staf Writer

September 9, 2019

Two years ago we received a fantastic adaptation of “It,” with great writing, wonderful child actors and good direction. But no amount of quality could save the sequel, “It Chapter 2,” from being a sloppy, drawn out, jump-scare-infested step down.

Satire | Movies to watch on a first date

Satire | Movies to watch on a first date

By Genna Edwards, For The Pitt News

September 5, 2019

I’ve compiled a selection of films that will clue you in to whether or not your date is a misogynist. He may not think you deserve the right to vote, but how can you figure that out without asking him outright?

Movie Blog: Can Netflix save the romantic comedy?

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 9, 2019

Ten out of the 20 highest-grossing movies of 2018 were sequels; eight out of 20 were superhero movies; 18 were based on existing properties. In an age where movie studios are all about the blockbuster, that’s become the story of the box office.

Movie Blog: Ode to Fox’s ‘X-Men’

Movie Blog: Ode to Fox’s ‘X-Men’

By Melanie Pantano & Thomas Wick, Staff Writers

June 26, 2019

When most people think of superhero movies, they think of Marvel Studios. When most people think of Marvel Studios, they think of the Avengers — the superhero squad consisting of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow — and their string of box office-topping and family-friendly action films. Though this team mastered the art of the comic book-to-movie adaptation, they by no means invented the art itself.

‘Toy Story 4’ entertains young and young at heart

‘Toy Story 4’ entertains young and young at heart

By Sara Nuss, Staff Writer

June 25, 2019

“Toy Story” has filled the imagination of children with the fantasy of toys coming to life with the famous Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang since 1995.

Movie blog: Curse of the video game adaptation

Movie blog: Curse of the video game adaptation

By Thomas Wick, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

Once upon a time in the year 1993, an abomination crawled out from the darkest depths of the underworld and into the light of our Earth: the first film adaptation of a video game. The movie, “Super Mario Bros.,” turned the villain of the video game series it was based on, Bowser, from a vicious fire-...

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have likely heard the name Dr. Thomas Starzl at least once in passing or happened across the statue of him relaxing on a bench behind the Cathedral.

Top five Brad Pitt sports roles

Top five Brad Pitt sports roles

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 1, 2019

Whether flashing his sword skills or brazenly managing a baseball franchise, Pitt has carved out a respectable niche for himself in the fictional athletic industry.

Staff picks: Halloween movies

Staff picks: Halloween movies

By TPN Staff

October 23, 2017

With hundreds of thousands of Halloween titles to rifle through online, the thought of missing out on the spookiest movies can be frightening. And with Halloween in about a week, there isn’t a better time to sit back with friends, snack on overpriced candy from Rite Aid and nervously laugh at scary m...

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

September 28, 2017

Hollywood has a complicated relationship with racial injustice in America, and for good reason — minority actors still struggle for representation in the industry. But when I heard controversy brewing about whitewashing yet again, I couldn’t believe that our nation hasn’t made more progress. ...

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

August 21, 2017

Chain theaters and popular franchises are fatiguing after a while — remakes, reboots and sequels, oh my — so why not attend a classic film marathon in a single screen theater to refresh your cinematic palette. Here’s a short list of local, independent theaters that offer both mainstream releases,...

The A&E Staff picks their favorite baseball flicks

The A&E Staff picks their favorite baseball flicks

By A&E Staff / The Pitt News

April 2, 2014

With baseball season upon us, the A&E Staff celebrated the occasion by compiling a sample of our all-time favorite baseball films.“Major League” (1989)Simultaneously a satire of every underdog sports story ever told and one of the most entertaining underdog sports films of all time, “Major League” is a different ...

Hollywood’s newest trend? Young-adult novel adaptations

Hollywood’s newest trend? Young-adult novel adaptations

By Britnee Meiser / For The Pitt News

February 10, 2014

The young-adult film “Vampire Academy” was released in theaters just last week, but hype surrounding the project has been circulating pop culture forums and social media websites since production began. Anticipation for the potential blockbuster, however, had little to do with the premise of the p...

‘Lego Movie’ a stop-motion success

‘Lego Movie’ a stop-motion success

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

February 5, 2014

"The Lego Movie"Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher MillerStarring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth BanksFrom afar, “The Lego Movie” may seem like a shameless cash-in on a recognizable toy brand in the vein of the recent G.I. Joe movies or “Battleship,” but upon proper examination, the f...

‘The Wolf of Wall Street:’ Scorsese’s dumbed down ode to stock market’s criminal element

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

December 21, 2013

         “The Wolf of Wall Street”Directed by: Martin ScorseseStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot RobbieGrade: B-It wasn’t more than a year ago that audiences found Leonardo DiCaprio taking a high-profile step away from his now-ubiquitous heartthrob persona to play the disturbin...

‘The Counselor’ a well-acted, confused mess of a film

‘The Counselor’ a well-acted, confused mess of a film

By Ian Flanagan / For The Pitt News

November 4, 2013

Armed with an excellent cast, an experienced director, and a celebrated writer, “The Counselor” appeared to have enough resources to be a compelling adult drama, but the underused and misdirected talent led a disappointing and baffling clutter of colorful confusion.The visual panache and impressiv...

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