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The Blue & Gray Press | March 20, 2018

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SAE implements new umbrella system for programming clubs

March 19, 2015 |


In the most recent in a series of changes to be implemented during the 2015-16 academic year, the Office of Student Activities and Engagement at the University of Mary Washington is implementing a new “umbrella system” with the goal of more easily organizing the funding of specific programming clubs.Read More

An American Family: meet the Millers

November 21, 2013 |

Laughter filled Monroe 116 this weekend when Cheap Seats played “We’re the Millers.” Read More

‘The Conjuring’ tells supposed true tale, terrifies viewers

November 6, 2013 |

“The Conjuring” was released in theaters this previous summer, scaring and delighting audiences. Directed by James Wan, (“Saw;” “Insidious”), the film follows the supposed true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga).Read More

‘R.I.P.D’ recycles ideas badly

October 23, 2013 |

A unique buddy-cop movie that seems too much like something we have seen before, this summer’s “R.I.P.D.” came to the University of Mary Washington Cheap Seats last weekend and underwhelmed the audience. Read More

‘Despicable Me 2’ charms

October 2, 2013 |

Last weekend, University of Mary Washington’s Cheap Seats featured “Despicable Me 2,” which was released in theaters on July 13. Read More

‘The Shining’ Still a Horror Classic

October 31, 2012 |



Last weekend, students at the University of Mary Washington had the chance to revisit “The Shining” at Cheap Seats. Considered a classic of the horror genre, it features a tour-de-force performance from Jack Nicholson, beautiful … Read More

Men in Black 3 Playing at Cheap Seats

September 5, 2012 |


The recent premiere of “Men in Black 3” at Cheap Seats Cinema does not disappoint.

Although director Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black” trilogy is a childhood favorite for some, there was some apprehension toward the new … Read More

When Will Hollywood Do Female Leads Right?

April 11, 2012 |

When the annals of time are written at the end of days, one of the things Hollywood will have to answer for is its surprising inability to construct reliable female leads in movies.

This week at Cheap Seats both … Read More

"Tower Heist" is Good For a Laugh

February 1, 2012 |


If you are into comical caper films, you should take advantage of this weekend’s Cheap Seats showing of “Tower Heist.”

Composed of an unconventional cast, “Tower Heist” brings together big names such as Eddie Murphy, Ben … Read More

Odds Are You'll Enjoy "50/50"

January 25, 2012 |


This weekend Cheap Seats will be offering two movies for your viewing pleasure: “Footloose” and “50/50.” If you can only choose one to go to, choose “50/50.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an incredible performance as Adam Lerner, … Read More

‘Green Lantern’ Will Leave You Blue

September 28, 2011 |


There were a lot of good superhero movies released over the summer, and DC’s “Green Lantern” was not one of them.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, the movie is a typical superhero movie: there are some ancient intergalactic … Read More

‘The Hangover: Part II’ is More of the Same

September 7, 2011 |


Witty, original, hilarious, and suspenseful are all perfect adjectives to describe the ingeniously funny movie, “The Hangover.” However its sequel, aptly titled “The Hangover: Part II,” fails to recreate the charm and flair of the original.

The … Read More

From the Academy Awards to Cheap Seats: Best Picture 'The King's Speech' Just $1

April 7, 2011 |


The Academy Award winning Best Picture, “The King’s Speech,” is coming to Cheap Seats.

The film, a British period piece, is based on the true story of Albert Frederick Arthur George, the Duke of York, who, unless … Read More

CHEAP SEATS: Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg Give Stunning Performances in 'The Fighter'

March 16, 2011 |

“The Fighter” tells the story of the now-famous boxer “Irish” Micky Ward as he perseveres through various personal and professional hardships to make it to the top of the boxing world.

But make no mistake, “The Fighter” isn’t a movie … Read More

CHEAP SEATS: Hailee Steinfeld Proves She Has ‘True Grit’ in Coen Brothers’ Remake

March 16, 2011 |

It’s hard to recreate a movie that’s widely considered to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time; one that garnered mass critical praise and an Oscar for John Wayne. In fact, it’s damn near impossible.

This makes the … Read More

CHEAP SEATS: After a Stellar First Hour, ‘Deathly Hallows’ Reverts Back to Same Old ‘Potter’ Garbage

March 9, 2011 |

I have an active hatred for the first six “Potter” movies, so when people told me that “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is leagues beyond the other movies, I was pretty skeptical. And rightly so.

Those first six movies are awful. … Read More

CHEAP SEATS: 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' is Pinnacle of 'Potter' Film Series

March 9, 2011 |


Cheap Seats is showing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” this week and quite frankly, you should not miss it.

The latest “HP” movie features an abundance of amazing cinematography that sheds light on its … Read More

Cheap Seats: 'The Next Three Days' tries too hard and falls flat

February 2, 2011 |


Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks star in “The Next Three Days,” a thriller that is anything but thrilling.

The writer and director, Paul Haggis, clearly has it in him to create fantastic films, having “Million Dollar Baby,” … Read More

Cheap Seats: 'Due Date' deserves due diligence; worth $1

February 2, 2011 |


Who doesn’t love Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the billionaire playboy behind the mask of Iron Man?

Who doesn’t love Alan Garner, Zach Galifianakis’ hairy, idiotic man-child from “The Hangover”?

Who doesn’t love a story wherein … Read More

‘Jackass 3’: charging bulls, beehive tetherball, and snakes

January 27, 2011 |


If you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and their crew of brave misfits return for a third round of cringe-worthy stunts in “Jackass 3.”

The version showing at Cheap Seats … Read More

‘RED’: kind of bloody, kind of adorable, kind of hilarious, but consistently entertaining

January 27, 2011 |


You wouldn’t expect an action movie to be adorable, but “RED” manages to match stylized violence and deadly situations with quirky humor and lovable characters.

Bruce Willis plays the hero of this film, Frank Moses, a retired … Read More

It's Worth the Long Flight to 'Eat Pray Love'

November 17, 2010 |


If you would like to take a journey to Italy, India and Indonesia, this could be your ticket and with it playing in Cheap Seats this week, it will only cost you a buck!

“Eat Pray Love” … Read More

Don’t Bother ‘Going the Distance’ For This Mess

November 17, 2010 |


Don’t go the distance to see “Going the Distance” in Cheap Seats this week unless you want to be unimpressed and waste your money.

“Going the Distance” stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, but even though the … Read More

‘Inception’ Plants the Idea That Director Christopher Nolan Can Do No Wrong

November 3, 2010 |


“Inception” isn’t a film you can passively zone out to; it’s a film that rises above to create an experience of its own.

It will have you on the edge of your seat, heart racing with excitement. … Read More

'The Other Guys' is a Great Flick for Ferrell Fanatics

November 3, 2010 |


What makes Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg any different than Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker or Mel Gibson and Danny Glover? Aside from the lack of racial tension, nothing. But that doesn’t mean that “The Other Guys” … Read More

‘The Lovely Bones’ a Strange Mix of Smart Drama and Effects

March 31, 2010 |


The Oscar nominated film “The Lovely Bones” contains two stunning worlds that mix strangely, the world of acting and the world of CGI.

Peter Jackson’s cinematic rendition of the Alice Sebold novel provides an entertaining plot with … Read More

‘The Blind Side’ Hits Cheap Seats Hard

March 17, 2010 |

by Erin Dwyer

Sometimes, the movie going public does not need to think about their cinematic experience.  Instead, craving an emotional release, they want to laugh, cry, and root for the underdog team, which sums up “The Blind Side”, showing … Read More

'Men Who Stare At Goats' This Weekend at Cheap Seats

February 4, 2010 |

by Isaac Whalen

In only his fourth venture into directing, actor-producer Grant Heslov’s “The Men Who Stare at Goats” combines social commentary, male bonding and comedy to create an overall enjoyable film.

What makes the film work is that none … Read More

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Better in Book Form

November 4, 2009 |


It always amazes me when people think they know more about plot and story than award-winning novelists. Why take 20 minutes out of a film to put in a screenwriter’s half-baked ideas when you have the … Read More

'The Ugly Truth' Not So Ugly

October 21, 2009 |


Bad boy, uptight girl. This is the formula for at least half of the romantic comedies that have come out in the past two years. Think of anything Matthew McConaughey has been in recently. The formula … Read More