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The Blue & Gray Press | April 21, 2018

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“Black Panther” introduces complex themes to Marvel Universe

February 22, 2018 |


Senior Writer

In 2016, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” gave us many things. On top of bringing back several previously established characters and having them take each other on in an all-out brawl, it also introduced two heroes who had previously not been featured in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The first of these characters was the much-beloved Spider-Man, who received his own solo film only a year later in the form of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The second character was Black Panther, a lesser-known character from the comics who was instantly turned into a fan favorite thanks to the success of “Civil War.” Now, just like Spider-Man, Black Panther is getting his own time in the spotlight with 2018’s first big super hero hit, “Black Panther.”Read More

Hail to the king, “Kong: Skull Island” movie review

March 29, 2017 |


The one and only King Kong has made a glorious return to cinema in the new film “Kong: Skull Island.” Rather than being a remake of the original 1933 “King Kong,” this new epic seeks to bring Kong into the universe of the 2014 “Godzilla” film. For now, “Skull Island” is being met with a pretty warm reception.Read More

LEGO Batman serves as worthy followup to 2014 classic

March 3, 2017 |


When I watched the LEGO Movie for the first time two years ago glued to the couch in my living room during summer break, my interest grew from simply ‘interested’ to ‘emotionally invested’ rapidly. The witty comedy, … Read More

“The Congressman” defines what it means to be patriotic

September 8, 2016 |


With this year’s intense presidential election and the general social atmosphere in our American society today, it is clear that the definition of patriotism is changing. This is especially apparent in the actions of American athletes Gabby Douglas and Colin Kaepernick.Read More

Gone Girl thrills audience with psychological twists

October 22, 2014 |


On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, New Yorker Nick Dunne arrived home to find his wife, Amy, was missing. Surrounded by a media frenzy and suspicion from the police force in his small hometown in Missouri, Nick’s stories and behavior in front of the cameras leave him looking less than innocent.Read More

Elegant ‘Skyfall’ Does Not Disappoint

December 5, 2012 |

The name “Bond” carries a heavy weight of expectation. For 50 years, the tuxedo-wearing, Walther PPK toting, cool-but-sexy secret agent has enamored the world.Read More

‘Three Musketeers’ is Easy to Like, But Far From Original

October 26, 2011 |


I know what you’re thinking, “Another Three Musketeers film? But there are already so many!” I thought the same. But, the newest rendition managed to combine two of my favorite things: Matthew Macfadyen and flamethrowers.

Before … Read More

Leonardo and Martin Do It Again

March 10, 2010 |

by David Tindell

Who knew two men could produce so well?

Hate them or love them, Scorsese and DiCaprio are the hottest Hollywood couple. Since the release of “Gangs of New York” (love) in 2002, Leo has been the lead … 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

Summer Blockbusters Return: "Drag Me to Hell" Worth Being Dragged to See

September 9, 2009 |

For every great film like “Army of Darkness” that Sam Raimi delivers, he always manages to churn out atrocities like “Spider-Man 3” to keep his fans wary. With this caveat in mind, Raimi’s newest horror flick, “Drag Me to Hell,” … Read More

Summer Blockbusters Return: Johnny Depp Not up to Par in "Public Enemies"

September 9, 2009 |


It is always fascinating to see a real person you know almost nothing about depicted on the silver screen. It’s even more fascinating when that person led a life largely consisting of crime, violence and great … Read More

Top Five Worst Horror Films Ever

October 25, 2007 |


1. “Wrong Turn” (2003)

“Wrong Turn” is a by-the-book horror flick that tells the story of six young, unsurprisingly attractive city slickers whose road trips converge when one of them takes a wrong turn down a rural … Read More

‘Darjeeling Limited’ Follows Anderson Form

October 25, 2007 |


You’re in an Indian marketplace, a sea of color and chaos, where taxis wail through crowds and jam-packed side streets and the air is nearly electric with chaos. Reds, oranges, blues and yellows swirl around you as you … Read More

Double Feature: A Comparison of New and Old ‘Beatle Mania’ Box-Office Shows

October 11, 2007 |

SERENA EPSTEIN ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (2007) The official website for “Across the Universe” proclaims in proper Beatles fashion that “all you need is love.” All this film needs is a more cohesive plot, proper character development, and greater depth. Oh, … Read More

Kelly Almigh-KEY

October 4, 2007 |


For sophomore Kelly Key, the latest Cheap Seats movie “Evan Almighty” was not simply a dollar’s worth of entertainment; instead it was her campus-wide movie debut. During the summer of 2006, Kelly Key and her father read in … Read More