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“It Chapter 2” a comprehensive review: Even perfect casting can’t fix this carnival of mismatched genres

“It Chapter 2” a comprehensive review:  Even perfect casting can’t  fix this carnival of mismatched genres

Jacob Ford, Reporter

September 10, 2019

Andy Muschietti’s revamp of “It” surprised audiences around the world with its quality. Muschietti made the brilliant choice of crafting the film more like an adventure than a horror flick. The result is an exciting horror-epic, a genre combo that is hard to come by but works wonderfully. Its e...

South Dakota filmmaker catches critics attention with movie “Tater Tot and Patton”

South Dakota filmmaker catches critics attention with movie “Tater Tot and Patton”

Jacob Ford, Movie Critic

February 28, 2019

South Dakota Native Andrew Kightlinger wrote and directed "Tater Tot and Patton," a South Dakota-set drama from the producer of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder. It's about how a wayward millennial escapes to her uncle's South Dakota ranch, unhinging his placid boozer life. "...

Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ film falls short from 2011 remake

Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ film falls short from 2011 remake

Jacob Ford, Movie Reviewer

February 13, 2019

Score: 4.7/10 Gina Rodriguez’s action movie debut “Miss Bala” leaves viewers spying for a different flick. The 2011 Mexican remake didn’t live up to its expectations even with the help from Rodriguez and the “Miss Bala” is a direct remake of the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, and i...

10 movies to look forward to this fall

10 movies to look forward to this fall

Ian Lack

September 12, 2018

The Predator - Sep. 14 Another reboot, another 80s callback. Director Shane Black brings back the “Predator” sci-fi with an adrenaline-fueled cast. Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn all spar with the intergalactic sport hunter. A Star is Born - Oct. 5 Lady Gaga makes he...

Superheroes, spies and mothers: top 10 movies of the summer

Superheroes, spies and mothers: top 10 movies of the summer

Ian Lack

August 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: This list was made subjectively and was done by the reporter who viewed these films in the time available to them. Not every film from the summer was seen, including those that received a more limited release in select cities. 10. BlacKkKlansman Director Spike Lee’s movies are often called “joints,” and if ...

‘I Feel Pretty’: subtle yet relevant, uproarious comedy

‘I Feel Pretty’: subtle yet relevant, uproarious comedy

Ian Lack

April 25, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: B Amy Schumer has an “image problem.” Perhaps it was her outspoken views in the 2016 presidential election/gun control debate. Perhaps it was an accusation made against her for stea...

‘Rampage’ absurd monster flick, all scream, no bite

‘Rampage’ absurd monster flick, all scream, no bite

Ian Lack

April 18, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: C- Hollywood is convinced video game movies will catch on. You would think after video game adaptations like “Warcraft,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “Tomb Raider,” the industry suits wou...

‘Ready Player One’: a fast-paced nostalgic joy ride

‘Ready Player One’: a fast-paced nostalgic joy ride

Ian Lack

April 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: A- A lot of people, myself included, credit director Steven Spielberg as the creator of the modern renaissance of movie franchises and genre films. These are movies that made movie-going far m...

Believe the hype: ‘A Quiet Place’ is a nail biter

Believe the hype: ‘A Quiet Place’ is a nail biter

Ian Lack

April 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: A “A Quiet Place” opens in a small Midwestern-esque town in dead silence. No one’s been here for months. True to its title, this is a quiet place. A family of five then fills the screen...

‘Love, Simon:’ campy, yet endearing coming out story

‘Love, Simon:’ campy, yet endearing coming out story

Ian Lack

March 21, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: B I’ve been asked how I grade movies a couple times, and I always thought it was interesting, because I think the question people should be asking is “for whom do I grade movies?” ...

‘Game Night’: impossible to hate, dark, witty comedy

‘Game Night’: impossible to hate, dark, witty comedy

Ian Lack

February 28, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: B+ I’ve never been a board game kind of person. Don’t get me wrong, I can get competitive when it comes to games like Monopoly or Scrabble; but a board game isn’t the first thing I...

‘Black Panther’: groundbreaking superhero tale of black power, leadership

‘Black Panther’: groundbreaking superhero tale of black power, leadership

Ian Lack

February 20, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: A Well, after the success of “Wonder Woman” and now “Black Panther,” Hollywood is finally starting to pick up on something we’ve known all along: people will pay to see women and pe...