Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 5:01pm

The future of movie theaters is uncertain. For the most part, theaters have been closed since March, and when they were open again for a short period of time, very few people were willing to risk contracting COVID-19 in exchange for two hours in a movie theater.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 3:53pm

Directed by Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”), “Hillbilly Elegy” is an adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir of the same name. It tells the story of a young Vance (Gabriel Basso, “Super 8”) returning home from Yale Law School to take care of his mother (Amy Adams, “Enchanted”), who struggles with drug addiction. The film relies heavily on flashbacks that reveal Vance’s close relationship with his grandmother (Glenn Close, “Fatal Attraction”) and the difficult childhood he faced.

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:36pm

We don’t talk about it, but hot people destroy lives. Every time a pretty person touches my arm, or even talks to me, it really does feel like being stomped out by a moose. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is one of my favorite films of all time because it just gets that. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 4:50pm

Once again, Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”) has saved the world. McCarthy plays Carol Peters alongside Bobby Cannavale’s (“The Irishman”) George in “Superintelligence,” a farfetched and lighthearted sci-fi comedy from HBO with aggressive product placement and a very sweet ending. The film reboots a tired tale; sentient machines decide to rise up against humanity. The robot vs. the world story itself is not particularly unique, but it is told in a sweet and goofy enough manner to warrant a watch.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 2:47pm

We all know that Thanksgiving is a sham and that it was really fucked up that our kindergarten teachers had us make feather hats and pick out our spirit animals. As an education major, I worry about how I might deal with Thanksgiving if I’m placed in a school district that isn’t super cool with telling kids about genocide.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 2:39pm

Based on a short story by Peter Stamm, “What We Wanted” lends a peek into the lives of Niklas (Elyas M’Barek, “Who Am I”) and Alice (Lavinia Wilson, “Hey Bunny”), a young Viennese couple who are having trouble conceiving. After the fourth failed cycle of in vitro fertilization, the pair decides to take a short vacation in Sardinia, seeking a few days in the sun to recharge and reconnect. They arrive at the resort and move into a villa with a back garden looking out over the Mediterranean Sea.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 2:37pm

I’ve watched a lot of movies in my lifetime. A lot. And yet my film knowledge is severely lacking in one particular area. I haven’t watched a number of “big-name” films: the movies that people praise all the time, the movies that are all over “movies you have to watch before you die” lists, the movies that everyone knows by name ... They’re all movies that I definitely should have watched by now, so I’ve decided to take the time and document my “First Impressions” of this category of film.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:39am

Welcome back to the Film Beat’s series on Disney Channel Original Movies, or DCOMs for short. This week, we’re finishing up talking about some of the more obscure DCOMs, the ones that slipped out of the public eye.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 3:38pm

“Operation Christmas Drop” is basically Pete Buttigieg’s wet dream and Dick Cheney’s marketing campaign, placing somewhere between “Cadet Kelly” and “Captain Marvel” on the ostentatious pro-military-industrial-complex scale. It’s so tone-deaf it might rival Gal Gadot singing “Imagine” a week into the national quarantine. The writers really had no idea how to read the room. They probably couldn’t even guess based on the pictures. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 1:18pm

To say that this past week was stressful is an understatement. I found it difficult to focus on anything, whether it was homework or watching a lecture for more than 30 minutes. But recently I’ve rediscovered something very special: the Charlie Brown holiday specials. I know these are important parts of the holidays, but for whatever reason I had completely forgotten about them — until now.