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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury on the poster for Bohemian Rhapsody released on Friday, Nov. 2. Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Malek stole the show in the musical biopic.PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: Story of the killer “Queen”

Melissa Azofeifa and Anna Correa December 2, 2018
Musical biopic film “Bohemian Rhapsody” brings Queen to a new generation while still staying true to original fans. The film grossed over $500 million worldwide since its Nov. 2 release date, with domestic sales grossing over $375 million, and it is now the highest grossing musical biopic film ever made, topping the 2015 film “Straight Outta Compton,” which grossed $201.6 million.
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The official poster for The Crimes of Grindelwald. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is incriminatingly good

Melissa Azofeifa November 25, 2018
Audiences are immersed in the Harry Potter universe, where viewers are even treated to a visit to the majestic Hogwarts campus.
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Official poster for A Star Is Born. The movie premiered on Oct. 5 and is the first film Bradley Cooper has directed. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Review: Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut astounds in “A Star Is Born”

Nick Zararis October 10, 2018
Every so often, a movie about the behind-the-scenes of a particular lifestyle captures a moment in time perfectly.
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People of different ages, gender, and race holding hands. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Of course diversity matters

Genie Ruzicka May 4, 2018
It is not realistic to have a New York City filled with only white people or to go to work and only interact with straight, cis people.
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Steven Spielberg, Ernest Cline, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller and Ben Mendelsohn speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for Ready Player One. The movie is based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel of the same name. GAGE SKIDMORE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Review: “Ready Player One” struggles to deliver its message

Matthew Rainis April 10, 2018
While the film frames this struggle as an “everyone vs. big corporation” story, it fails to recognize that the whole film itself exists to shout out the creations of other corporate entities.
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Three Korean comfort women photographed in 1944 while being interrogated. The Charles B. Wang center screened I Can Speak, a film exploring the lives of comfort women in Korea under Japanese occupation. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Center for Korean Studies shows Korean film “I Can Speak”

Claudia Motley March 25, 2018
Stony Brook’s Center for Korean Studies at the beginning of the month, released in 2017, the Korean comedy-drama “I Can Speak.”
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Kenneth Branagh, directs and stars as the lead character, in the fourth movie remake of this Agatha Christie novel.

Review: Remake of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”

Zoya Naqvi November 12, 2017
Director Kenneth Branagh attempts to reintroduce famed 20th century English mystery writer Agatha Christie’s best-selling 1934 mystery novel, “Murder on the Orient Express,” but his stubbornness to cling onto the last speck of cinematic nostalgia hurts the film in the long run.
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Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of Doctor Strange in Nov. 2015. PRISHANK THAPA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY 2.0

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

David Pepa November 7, 2016
The latest Marvel movie, "Doctor Strange," took the heroic sorcerer out of the comics and onto the big screen, and the results did him justice.
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A scene from Jurassic World. (Universal Pictures/TNS)

“Jurassic World” takes a bite out of the classic with a modern spin

Krysten Massa June 19, 2015
“Jurassic World” had a record-breaking opening weekend. So what does the new movie have that the classic 1993, 1997 and 2001 “Jurassic Park” movies did not?
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According to Fifty Shades of Grey made $80 million opening weekend. It is based on E.L James book of the same name and debuted during Valentines Day weekend. UNIVERSAL PICTURES / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is more like fifty shades of bad

Brandon Benarba February 16, 2015
As a film, “Fifty Shades” works as a strong examination of cultural and cinema as a medium, but it is a shame the movie itself is terrible.
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“Jupiter Ascending” stuns audiences with visual effects, intense action

David Pepa February 11, 2015
“Jupiter Ascending,” directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, is a sci-fi action film that targets adults, adolescents and lovers of action movies.
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Dracula Untold is director Gary Shores, above, first feature film. The movie made about $4 million in its opening weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: STEFAN POPE)

Gary Shore’s telling of Dracula’s backstory is one better left untold

Brandon Benarba October 13, 2014
Vampires have become one of the most frequently adapted monsters of all time, so it is odd that the main marketing point of “Dracula Untold” is that the film tells the untold story of Dracula.
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