'The Network'

That feeling of intense, unnerving, endless vertigo is an inevitable part of watching “Network,” a movie that stretches and twists its depraved fantasy until it resembles reality.


“Tall Girl” embodies the phrase “‘what you see is what you get.’” There are no major shockers, and no defining moments, but there is development.


And yet, despite the juiciness of the conceit and the caliber of the actors anchoring the piece, absolutely nothing in this film captures the attention or imagination of the audience.

'One Child Nation'

Isn’t history too complex to arrange into simple categories of good and evil?


“Casablanca” has stood and will continue to stand the test of time, to serve as a testament to what we valued, how we loved and the things we were willing to do for each other.


What really makes this film work is that every single actor brings their A-game.


As much I can appreciate the film’s foray into realm of Tim Burton, there’s a point where zany just isn’t scary. Sure, there were shudders, jolts and occasional yelps in the audience, but there was mocking laughter equally present in the film’s gravest moments.


In the spirit of Welcome Week, Festifall and all things post-Labor-Day, The Michigan Daily Film section has written a collection of blurbs celebrating our favorite “Openings” to movies. Here’s to another year of learning, changing, trying, failing, crying, smiling, passing, movie-watching and (most importantly) a-best-picture-awarded-to-a-film-that-surpasses-the-low-bar-of-not-being-problematic-at-best-and-severly-discouraging-as-to-the-current-state-of-the-conversation-on-racial-equality-in-America-at-worst.

"Blinded by the Light"

No matter the extent of your own cynicism regarding the future of representation in Western media, “Blinded by the Light” still registers as a product of this regime, so it fails to reinvigorate a genre, merely propping up a new story with the old tricks.

Cate Blanchett in 'Where'd You Go Bernadette'

“Where’d You Go Bernadette?” serves as a reminder that not all books need to be turned into movies.