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The film poster for the Japanese animated film “Inu-Oh displayed on the screen of the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre. As part of its fall showings, the film screening was held on Nov 17. CHRISTINA MARIE MARIANI/THE STATESMAN

The Wang Center screens animated film “Inu-Oh,” blending rock and 14th-century Japanese culture

Christina Marie Mariani December 7, 2023
Director Masaaki Yuasa fuses rock and roll with 14th-century Japanese culture in his animated film “Inu-Oh,” which was screened on Nov. 17 as part of the Charles B. Wang Center’s fall film showings. The film is based on the Japanese novel “Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh” by Hideo Furukawa.
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The official movie poster for Hulus new film Quiz Lady. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Quiz Lady” redefines star personas with heartfelt comedy

Patrick Larkin December 3, 2023
Director Jessica Yu’s 2023 film “Quiz Lady” achieves national success by subverting the established personas of its stars, allowing them to redefine their images in this heartfelt comedy.
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“The Marvels” delivers a fulfilling storyline that shapes the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sarah Chaudhry November 21, 2023
Nia DaCosta’s latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “The Marvels,” debuted on Nov. 10 and frankly, I would rate this movie a four and a half out of five stars. The film does not intend to be the next big MCU project; rather, it is simply an enjoyable, satisfying movie.
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A graphic showing the official film poster of The Holdovers in a public setting. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“The Holdovers” is a cute, innocent film that overly fetishizes a vintage outlook of the past

Joshua Lee November 21, 2023
Throughout his career, director Alexander Payne has examined broken and morally reprehensible people with a thick coat of dry-wit humor Payne’s latest effort, “The Holdovers,” is no exception to this. And even if it’s not a perfect film, it might be the best we’ve seen from the 62-year-old director.
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A graphic showing the different eras of pop artist Taylor Swifts albums. ILLUSTRATED BY ANGELINA LIVIGNI/THE STATESMAN

A day of song, dance and nostalgia at “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour”

Sudhiksha Krishna Kumar November 21, 2023
“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” graced screens on Oct. 13, 2023 and earned more than $200 million at box offices around the world. Taylor Swift, in all her greatness, did not disappoint in this musical documentary.
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The soaring popularity of sci-fi in modern culture

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor November 19, 2023
Due to renewed interest in cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and increased Internet accessibility — which generates climate change awareness — the desire for escapism has impacted the rise of the science fiction (sci-fi) genre.
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Artificial intelligence makes its way into the music and film industries

Patrick Larkin November 19, 2023
This year, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the internet by storm and is now infiltrating the music and film industries. The sensational technology began with picture generators such as DALL-E mini.
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The official TV show poster for Loki season two on Disney+. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Loki” season two redefines the marvel cinematic universe superhero genre

Sarah Chaudhry November 14, 2023
“Loki” season two knocks season one out of the park in every way: character development, plot, cinematography and acting. Since its initial premiere in 2021, the superhero series “Loki” continues to be produced as a standalone franchise.
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A graphic displaying the official movie post for Killers of the Flower Moon on a billboard. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

Dissecting the Osage Indian murders in Martin Scorsese’s latest film “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Patrick Larkin November 12, 2023
Four years after “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese has returned with another sprawling three-and-a-half-hour true crime epic. Based on the historical novel of the same name, his new venture, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” tells the story of the Osage Indian murders.
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The official film poster for “New Gods: Yang Jian” projected across the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre screen. The center held the film screening on Oct. 27. CHRISTINA MARIE MARIANI/THE STATESMAN

The Wang Center’s film screening of “New Gods: Yang Jian” presents a notable blend of futuristic elements and Chinese folklore

Christina Marie Mariani November 3, 2023
The Charles B. Wang Center featured the Chinese animated blockbuster “New Gods: Yang Jian” for its second film screening of the semester on Oct. 27. This film is the second in the franchise from Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation and is directed by Ji Zhao, who is most known for “White Snake” and “New Gods: Nezha Reborn.” 
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The official movie posters for Priscilla (left) and All of Us Strangers (right). ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

The best film masterpiece of the year and one of the most frustrating: New York Film Festival screenings review

Joshua Lee November 3, 2023
These films were screened at the 61st New York Film Festival. “All of Us Strangers” will have a theatrical release on Dec. 22, 2023, while “Priscilla” will have a limited release on Oct. 27, 2023 before theatrically expanding nationally on Nov. 3, 2023.
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A graphic of the film The Creator on movie theater screen. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB

The flaws and promises of “The Creator”: Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia and IP

Joshua Lee October 16, 2023
While everyone can use some nostalgia, Hollywood’s recent obsession with established I.P. leaves little room for original stories, especially at the blockbuster level. This brings us to Gareth Edwards and “The Creator,” with its attempt to stray away from Hollywood’s unrelenting pattern of adaptations, remakes and sequels.
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