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The films to come during winter break

Film Critic Hunter Friesen previews multiple films releasing during the winter break.
November 12, 2020

While there hasn’t been much to look forward to within 2020, we can at least count ourselves lucky that we live in an age where escapism is easy to come by. The winter months of November through January...

‘Borat 2’ is a funny retread

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new film
November 5, 2020

Back in 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen shocked the world with his hilarious mockumentary called “Borat.” Playing the titular fake news reporter from Kazakhstan, Cohen toured America interviewing people from...

‘The Witches’ casts weak spells

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new film adaptations of the classic Roald Dahl novel
October 29, 2020

From 1984 to 2000, Robert Zumeckis was an A-level director who could seamlessly blend visual wizardry with fantastical stories. His output during that time consisted of the “Back to the Future” trilogy,...

“Chicago 7” is a timely court drama

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new Netflix film
October 26, 2020

“The whole world is watching!” Those words have just as much relevance today as they did back in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention. It is not a coincidence that the problems we dealt with...

Sandler’s ‘Hubie Halloween’ could be worse

Film critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new Adam Sandler film
October 15, 2020

Last year, Adam Sandler said that if he did not win an Oscar for his role as Howard Ratner in the Safdie brother’s film “Uncut Gems,” he would then make the worst movie of his career on purpose....

Film Review: stars shine in “Boys in the Band”

Film critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new Netflix film,
October 5, 2020

Back in 1968, playwright Matt Crowley shocked the world by penning a stage production solely comprised of gay men and their repressed feelings. The spiteful language and harsh authentic look at gay life...

Netflix movie ‘Enola Holmes’ is clever fun

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new Netflix film,
October 1, 2020

Over the years, we’ve heard a lot of stories about the famed detective Sherlock Holmes. In fact, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s deerstalker wearing sleuth holds the record for the most portrayals of a literary...

Sin and sweat in ‘The Devil All The Time’

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new Netflix film,
September 24, 2020

What do you get when you combine two orphans by parental suicide, a serial-killing couple, a pedophile preacher, a corrupt sheriff and a town full of zealots? You get the darkest and most disturbing movie...

‘Mulan’ review: more realistic, less fun

'Mulan' review: more realistic, less fun
September 14, 2020

For over a decade now, Disney has been mining their animated catalog of magical stories and remaking them into live-action movies. This trend has had its ups (the visual spectacle found within “The Jungle...

“Tenet”: an incomprehensible spectacle

Film critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new film,
September 3, 2020

Spell it backward or forward, it spells the same. From Christopher Nolan - the virtuoso behind “The Dark Knight” Trilogy, “Inception”, and “Dunkirk” - comes “Tenet”, an action blockbuster...

“New Mutants” offers nothing new

Film Critic Hunter Friesen reviews the new film,
August 31, 2020

Fimed way back in the bygone time of 2017, “The New Mutants” - the newest entry into the now-scrapped X-Men Cinematic Universe - has had its fair share of trouble getting to theaters. Originally set...

Top 5 movies released during quarantine

Top 5 movies released during quarantine
August 20, 2020

I know, I know. You just read the headline and thought to yourself, “What movies have come out over these past few months?” If you’re going by the usual distribution system of movies playing in cinemas,...

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