A good film requires strong Focus

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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4/5 stars Focus. Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro. Kramer and Sigman Films. 104 min. 14A. Comedy/Crime/Drama. Focus is a smooth crime film, with strong leads and meticulous attention to pace. Its strengths don’t come from pushing the narrative envelope or venturing into new cinematic ground; it sticks to the basics. But, it does […]

 

Author Eden Robinson to visit St. John’s

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Award winning Aboriginal author and activist Eden Robinson is coming to St. John’s later this month as the final stop of a series of workshops held all over the province.  Robinson is visiting St. John’s as well as other parts of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the Come From Away series, put on by […]

 

Upcoming events: March 20-26

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Taking in Strangers- Quebec and Newfoundland Stories        LSPU Hall, March 17-21, 8pm Louise Moyes has been creating “docudances” – one-woman shows tackling themes from the fisheries’ collapse to walking the dog– for over 20 years, and performed at festivals and conferences around the world. For tickets, call the Hall at 753-4531 or book online at […]

 

Cinderella tells an old story like new

Friday, March 20th, 2015
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Revamp stays traditional—but perhaps too much Cinderella. Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter. Walt Disney Pictures. 112 mins. Rated PG. Adventure/Drama/Family. 3/5 stars After all of the live action Cinderella stories told with a twist that have come out over the years, (Ella Enchanted, Ever After, A Cinderella Story, shall […]

 

Folklore department launches new book, Hoist Your Sails and Run

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Living in modern Newfoundland, it’s easy to forget the province’s humble beginnings. But folklore students are trying to keep these beginnings in the public eye to preserve our cultural heritage. Memorial’s Folklore Department, in partnership with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, has launched Hoist Your Sails and Run, a project centred on the […]

 

Chappie: A movie with as much heart as the robot for which it is named

Friday, March 13th, 2015
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4 out of 5 stars Chappie. Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Hugh Jackman, and Sigourney Weaver. Columbia Pictures. 120 mins. Rated R. Action/Sci-fi/Thriller. The story of a robot finding his own humanity is not new to Hollywood, as films like I Robot and Terminator 2 have created high standards […]

 

The movie industry is caught in a bad romance

Monday, March 9th, 2015
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On the oversaturation of poorly written love plots I should start this by saying that I do not hate the idea of having romance in stories.  Love, compassion, sex, and intimacy are some of the most powerful and meaningful experiences a person can have. My problem is when a romance is shoehorned into a movie […]

 

Kerri’s RPM Favorites

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
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Our features editor, Kerri Neil, picks some of her favourite albums  from this year’s RPM challenge. Best album art: Kretek  Listening to the RPMs, they tend to blur together. “Indie folk rock dreamy electronic” just about sums up this year, but here were a few that stood out.  Elling Lien, “Live Ninety Seven Five” – […]

 

Horrible Bosses 2: A beautiful cliché

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Horrible Bosses 2. Starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, and Jennifer Aniston. 108 mins. Rated R. New Line Cinema. Action/Comedy 3 out of 5 stars When I went to watch Horrible Bosses 2, I had high expectations. The first movie of the series was a hilarious box office […]

 

Rate My Prof: The Musical

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A review of the “Faculty Gala Concert”   Have you ever wondered what it might be like to take the professors in your faculty and put them on a season of Survivor? I mean, just imagine! All that pent up bitterness you acquired toiling through their overly long assignments would finally be put at ease […]