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“Five Nights at Freddy’s” has been in production for eight years.

Unpacking the “Five Nights At Freddy’s” Adaptation

CALLEE FAIR, Staff Writer Nov 1, 2023

After eight years of production halts and questions of whether this project was still in motion, “Five Nights At Freddy’s” finally hit the theaters on October 27th and on Peacock the day prior. ...

According to the Northern Iowan’s film critic Callie Fair, fall weather and “Harry
Potter” are an autumn staple.

Return to the Wizarding world

CALLIE FAIR, Staff Writer Oct 11, 2023

I solemnly swear that it’s been 12 years since the final movie dropped, and people are still entranced by the magic of Harry Potter.  The “Harry Potter” series wrapped up at the Marcus Theatres...

Barbarian was released Sept. 9, 2022. It is expected to be on Hulu and HBO Max on Oct. 4, 2022.

Horror film “Barbarian” brings terror to theaters

BEN NEESEN, Guest Columnist Sep 28, 2022

When was the last time you went into a movie theater completely blind about what you’re about to see? Seriously, think about it. Nowadays by the time you’re in your seat, most movies have already...

The new film starring pop icon Harry Styles hit the theaters on Sept. 23, but the drama that preceded its release garnered just as much-if not, more-attention.

The drama of “Don’t Worry Darling”

THEO ALDER, Staff Writer Sep 25, 2022

“Don’t Worry Darling” is a film that premiered in theaters on Sept. 23, 2022. Directed by Olivia Wilde, “Don’t Worry Darling” follows a life in a 1950s perfect suburbia that twisted around...

“Bullet Train” movie review

THEO ALDER, Staff Writer Sep 21, 2022

Are you trying to decide on a movie to watch on Student Tuesday or Thursday at Marcus Theatres? Look no further than spending only six bucks on “Bullet Train.”  This film is reminiscent of the early...

Film critic Hunter Friesen says that The Northman is a brave and bold revenge tale and gave it a 3.5/5.

Eggers’ epic “The Northman” tells a tale of bloody revenge


For the majority of filmmakers across the history of cinema, there’s an inverse relationship between the control they have over the final product and how much financial backing they have. Independent...

Film critic Hunter Friesen says, Its going to take a whole lot of magic to get this beat to be fantastic again, with a 2.5 rating.

A muddled story of wizards and muggles in “Secrets of Dumbledore”


The “Fantastic Beasts” series has hardly lived up to its description.  The first entry assured us that the franchise wouldn’t be fantastic. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” assured us that the franchise...

Film critic Hunter Friesen gives the newly released film Ambulance a 3 out of 5 review.

“Ambulance” is a Bayhem at its best


A funny thing happened before my screening for Michael Bay’s newest film, “Ambulance.” During the pre-trailer commercials, a TV spot for “Ambulance” came on the screen, claiming that it has the...

Film Critic Hunter Friesen gives Marvels latest movie Morbius a 1/5 rating and says, From the bottom of my heart, I implore you not to watch Morbius

I’d rather sell my soul than watch “Morbius” again


I have made a deal with the devil.  The trailer for “Morbius” has been stalking me ever since it first appeared in January 2020. It didn’t matter what YouTube video or movie I was watching in the...

Film critic Hunter Friesen calls the Oscars an event that was no longer a celebration of cinema.

Sans smith slap, another tiring Oscars


The Oscars have been desperate to recapture the social zeitgeist that they have been rapidly losing over the past few years. Viewership has steadily declined since the glory days when 55.2 million people...

Film critic Hunter Friesen lists his Academy Award predictions

94th Academy Award prediction


Another year, another overly long awards season. Thankfully, everything is coming to a close as we reach the finish line of the 94th Academy Awards. With the votes tallied up and the winners being announced...

Film Critic Hunter Friesen gives The Batman a 4/5 and says Im excited to see where this story goes next.

“The Batman” finds beauty in the darkness


It can be quite difficult these days to parse through the DC Cinematic Universe. While Marvel has been steady as she goes for nearly a decade and a half, DC has puttered along, shooting misfire after misfire....

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