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Margueite de Carrouges played by Jodie Comer is seen in recent movie The Last Duel.

“The Last Duel”: A modern medieval epic

HUNTER FRIESEN October 18, 2021

At 83-years-old, Ridley Scott is quite the inspiration. With a directorial career that spans nearly 2,500 commercials and countless films – such as “Alien,” the Best Picture-winning “Gladiator”...

El critico de cine Hunter Friesen da por la ultima pelicula de James Bond que hara Craig. Esta es la quinta pelicula de Bond de Craig.

Despedida de Bond

MARIO MENDEZ, Spanish Editor October 11, 2021

Desde su primera aparición cinematográfica en 1962, James Bond ha hecho muchas cosas. Se ha reencarnado cinco veces, ha viajado por todo el mundo (incluido el espacio) y ha salvado el mundo más veces...

Film Critic Hunter Friesen roasts Venom: Let There Be Carnage in a scathing review.

Venom: A Carnage of Quality

HUNTER FRIESEN October 4, 2021

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is an insult. It’s an insult to the pieces of paper that were mutilated to make the script. It’s an insult to the film stock. It’s an insult to the millions of dollars...

Film critic Hunter Friesen says Dear Evan Hansen is misguided but not without its merits.

“Dear Evan Hansen” can not recapture stage magic

HUNTER FRIESEN September 23, 2021

Besides the expected superhero films, the genre that seems to be all the rage in 2021 is musicals. This year sees several different variations of the movie musical, featuring original concepts (“Annette”),...

The Power of the Dog earned the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Fall film festival ushers Oscar season

HUNTER FRIESEN September 16, 2021

The month of September often signifies the start of a new football season. At both the professional and collegiate levels, teams start a grueling months-long campaign in the hopes of winning a national...

The film Malignant is available in theaters and on HBO MAX until Oct. 10.

“Malignant” is a matter over mind

HUNTER FRIESEN September 13, 2021

When talking about the most popular and influential horror films of this century, James Wan’s name pops up on more than one occasion. Spawning the “Saw” franchise in 2004, Wan illustrated his knack...

Starring Simu Lui, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel film with an Asian protagonist and predominantly Asian cast.

“Shang-Chi” brings balance to the MCU

HUNTER FRIESEN September 9, 2021

For nearly ten years after its inception, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was dominated by the adventures of white men. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow had to fight to get her own film this year, while...

Dream with ME was produced at UNI by Jim Bray and Gretta Berghammer.

“Dream with ME” premieres its first screening

Theo Loeckle, Film Critic August 30, 2021

Many words can be said about the events of last year. From racial protests storming across the nation, fighting for a better change and a pandemic that has changed the world forever. All of the events...

Hunter Friesen, Northern Iowan film critic, at the Cannes Film Festival.

UNI student offers review of Cannes Film Festival

HUNTER FRIESEN August 30, 2021

This past summer, I was able to live out one of my dreams by attending the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, located on the glamorous French Riviera. As the festival is invite-only, this adventure was...

Summer 2021 Blockbuster Film Reviews

HUNTER FRIESEN August 26, 2021

After the world being upside down for over a year, this past summer saw a slight return to normalcy. Instead of being hunkered down in our houses, we were able to venture outside and socialize (with a...

Film Critic Hunter Friesen gives his thoughts on the. 2021 Academy Awards.

An Oscars to remember for the wrong reasons

HUNTER FRIESEN April 29, 2021

Fitting for the year 2020, the 93rd Academy Awards was something that had never been seen before. Instead of taking place in the usual Dolby Theatre, the in-person and maskless event was hosted by Los...

Film Critic Hunter Friesen predicts who will win big at the upcoming Academy Awards.

2021 Academy Award predictions

HUNTER FRIESEN April 22, 2021

After being delayed months due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards are finally upon us, signaling the end of the longest awards season in recent history. With the votes tallied up and the winners...

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