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Review: Songs My Brother Taught Me

There’s a lot of fire in Songs My Brothers Taught Me, a 2015 film directed by Chloe Zhao. The film opens with a fire that causes the death of the protagonist’s father, and there’s a haunting climax where dreams literally go up in smoke. But there are also warm, hopeful scenes of Powwows around enormous…

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Spectre: One for the loyal

“There were so many plot holes!” one of my friends exclaimed as we walked out of the movie theater, to which another responded, “It’s classic James Bond, what do you expect?” This short conversation perfectly encapsulates James Bond’s twenty-fourth official installment, Spectre. This film lacks the intelligence, intensity and innovation of its predecessor, Skyfall (2012)….

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Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Film: Steve Jobs Director: Danny Boyle Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin Lead Actors: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels Composed of just three scenes and set backstage three product launches, Steve Jobs is an excellent biopic that exceeds expectations and completely outshines its predecessor, Jobs (2013). Based on the book by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs…

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Movie Review: The Martian

After a fierce windstorm sweeps through Mars, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead. The rest of this six-member crew from NASA’s Mars mission makes an emergency departure, leaving Mark alone on Mars, with limited food and water. Inspired by the book by scientist Andy Weir, The Martian is a human survival story that avoids…

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Netflix // How to Survive a Plague

A death sentence. That’s what an HIV diagnosis used to be in this country. “How to Survive a Plague” documents the worst years of the epidemic, years in which people were dying apparently without end. The documentary provides a window into an activist group called ACT UP fighting to secure testing and implementation of treatments…

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Swen’s N’ Dobs // The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

This week we looked to our inner musicians and watched Whiplash. Whiplash, a film by Damien Chazelle, stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Divergent, and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot) and J.K. Simmons (Juno; I Love You, Man) as an aspiring drummer and brutal conductor, respectively. At the heart of the story is Simmons’ goal…

Swens N’ Dobs // The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
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Swens N’ Dobs // The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

“Birdman” stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor once famous for playing an iconic superhero. The film also features Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zack Galifinakas, and was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel,” “Biutiful”). It is currently in theaters at Grandview and Rosedale, in addition to other locations throughout the Twin Cities….

Swens N’ Dobs // The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
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Swens N’ Dobs // The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

This week we review “Can’t Buy Me Love,” an 80s film about a high school senior who spends $1,000 to fake date the most popular girl in school for a month. This film is directed by Steve Rash (“Zenon: Z3” and “Bring It On: All or Nothing”) and stars Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Amanda…

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Dear White People // Review

For many, college is the chance to have a transformative experience of finding yourself. However, when you’re a student of color, you quickly learn (if you haven’t already) that you aren’t in complete control of your identity. There are massive institutions in place that control your representation. [Insert prayer emoji, raise the roof emoji, any…

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Swens N’ Dobs // 2 Fast 2 Furious

This week we review Blackfish, a documentary focused on the treatment of orcas in institutions such as SeaWorld. This documentary is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. This film is currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly. Dobscha: Blackfish has almost successfully disguised itself as a nature documentary. The movie is filled with animal lover interviews, occasionally gorgeous…

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