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Sanzo: Inability to win close games has hurt UMass baseball -

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Hannah Murphy scores 100th career goal in UMass women’s lacrosse 16-9 win over Harvard -

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Old age does no harm to indie rock legends The Feelies -

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A track-by-track breakdown of Drake’s new project -

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When a president lies -

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Let them eat steak, and other gender norms I hate -

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Dissecting Science: Episode Two -

March 22, 2017

Holy Cross 10-run eighth inning sinks UMass baseball -

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UMass students react to Spring Concert lineup -

March 22, 2017

Letter: Vote yes for Amherst -

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You don’t have to walk alone -

March 22, 2017

Tyler Bogart and D.J. Smith lead UMass men’s lacrosse during three game win streak -

March 22, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse emphasizes defense in approaching games as its key to gaining momentum for conference play -

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Not much is new in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ though it might not be a bad thing -

March 22, 2017

‘Get Out’ is a satirical horror for the post-Obama generation -

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March 21, 2017

I must disagree with Shayna, it happens

Shayna Murphy reviewed Danny Boyle’s new film “Slumdog Millionaire” earlier this week. And I must disagree with her “B” rating. Now I know our rating system is flawed (which one isn’t?) and it is completely subjective. But I must give Boyle’s new film an “A” on our rector scale. The film breaks so many conventions of the common love story. Yes, all the cliches are there. But what Boyle does with them is what separates this film apart from others in recent years. He uses the conventions as a back-drop for the slums of India and the story of a…

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Weekend DVD Rental

The underbelly of cities has been told many times before. Whether it is in Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown,” or Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting,” the underworlds of society have been explored, opened to the public eye and seen in almost perfect lights. So what could “City of God” bring new to the table? The movie is based on the novel by Paulo Lins. It is not a direct account of his life, but a fictionalization of his life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The movie takes on the life decisions that must be made by a young boy in…

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Boston Theatres This Weekend…Coming to Amherst

Ty Burr and Wesley Morris rarely disagree like they do here about the new Danny Boyle Film “Slumdog Millionaire.” It is getting rave reviews across the country and talk of Oscars is heavy. Here is there weekly “Take 2” on the film:This Thanksgiving “Milk” is opening and that is being called a “masterpiece” across the board. Here is what Morris has to say about it. A.O Scott of the New York Times says this about Milk. This is Ebert’s take. And finally good ol’ Mick LaSalle of San Francisco who has a unique take on films, and an honest approach…

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The Wrestler Trailer Finally Online

Variety has posted the trailer for the new Darren Aronofsky film “The Wrestler.”Mickey Rourke is getting praise from almost every critic and won over a lot of hearts at some major festivals. Check it out:

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Classic Halloween Thrillers

Halloween This 1978 John Carpenter classic is the granddaddy to the modern horror film. Michael Myers remains one of the scariest and most recognizable movie killers. This film features a young Jamie Lee Curtis as the virginal babysitter Laurie Strode. On Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from the mental ward and comes after his little sister Laurie while brutally attacking and murdering those in his way. Hot on his trail is Dr. Loomis, who has studied Michael since he was a child. This movie is the first to use the horror movie “rules” that have become commonplace in almost all…

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Weekend Movie Rental

Another weekend, another movie rental suggestion (just a day late). “The Visitor” played at Amherst cinema last spring. I got to go to a press screening, but never got to run the review in the paper because we ran out of time. So this is as good of a time as any to recommend this beautiful film. Let’s start it off by saying the movie is a roller-coaster of high and low emotional peaks. It tackles subject matter that is very relevant (illegal immigration) and touches on the connection that human beings can make when they get to know one…

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DVD Pick of the Week

This weekend in Northampton there is a festival dedicated to Robert Altman. So this weekend for my DVD I figured I’d pick a movie that feels like an Altman film, but was a first for one of the new-era of American directors. P.T. Anderson’s first film “Boogie Night’s” was a breathe of fresh air in Hollywood when it came out. It was also a major role for Mark Wahlberg. The movie is about the porn industry to say the least. Burt Reynolds is classy as the head honcho, and has the porn star look down pat. Along with the rest…

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Weekend at Home With Movies!

This is going to be the second piece to the weekly column I will be writing for Friday’s paper about the upcoming movies. This blog post will however be a DVD recommendation for the weekend, maybe 2 if it’s a rainy one, that people should check out. This week I will begin with a Norwegian film that I rented a few weeks ago, “Reprise.” The movie is about two friends whoa re aspiring writers. One with all the talent, and one with the ambition. They both attempt to get published, one does, and the other doesn’t. Then the talented writer…

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Pedovan in Boston

Newest Judd Apatow Joint Secretly Filmed in Boston The newest Judd Apatow movie, producer of such wildly popular films as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and Superbad, just wrapped up filming last month in Boston reported Boston’s Weekly Dig. It’s so new, that it’s still for the most part un-known. What is most surprising is that this project, Pedovan, has already finished filming, yet it’s not even know about on the world’s favorite internet movie resource, IMDB.com . IMDB.com usually lists even rumored movies, but when a film is in production it’s usually listed on there….

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Hellboy II Excedes This Movie Snobs Expectations

I must admit:Hellboy II was near the bottom of my Summer Blockbuster List. But I was moved to go see it, with the temptation of Chinese food being snuck into the theater (General Goa’s Chicken, Low Mein and White Rice, yum). I was mistaken when I wrote the preview for the movie in our Summer Guide . It was the only preview I would have the time to write (the other writers spent 4 or so hours, probably more, in the Daily Collegian office, in a basement with no windows, it’s a basement, on a beautiful spring afternoon at Umass)….

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Iron Man!

Skip your classes and make haste to Cinemark: “Iron Man” is the most fun of any superhero movie released in the past year. Robert Downey, Jr. stars as Tony Stark, a hotshot weapons dealer. Taken captive by a local terrorist group during a visit to the Middle East, they demand Stark reconstruct for them his latest design, the Jericho. Instead, he builds an impenetrable iron suit, and proceeds to lay the smack down. Most superhero types seem like creeps outside their personas. Downey, Jr.’s Stark is the rare exception to the rule, a character who continues to be more interesting…

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Neil Patrick Harris & The Second Life of Celebrities

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the second in the film franchise, contains ten minutes of epic cinema gold. While stranded in the wilderness the perpetually daft duo attempt to hitchhike only to be picked up by none other than Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD). What follows is Neil Patrick Harris acting as Neil Patrick Harris. As in the characters in the movie are aware that he is a person from real life with acting experience, when in fact he is playing an exaggerated version of himself on film. One that quite hilariously is prone to boozing, tripping,…

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Cannes Film Festival list has been Announced

The Guardian’s film blog has posted the list of film playing at this years Cannes Film Festival. The list includes the 4 hour (2 movies running together) Che movie by Steven Soderbergh (starring Benicio Del Toro). The two films are set to be released in 2008 . This is an epic project from a director who has been holding off on some serious films for a while (making the “Ocean” films the last few years and some small budget, unheard of films). (Soderbergh won the Best Director Oscar for “Traffic,” which is an unappreciated film) Other notable filmmakers are Clint…

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So Long Charlton Heston

It’s a sad, sad day in H-town. Screen legend Charlton Heston passed away last night, at the age of 84. The actor, who in 2002 revealed an ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, leaves behind his wife of sixty-four years, Lydia. Best known for roles in “Planet of The Apes”, “The 10 Commandments”, and “Ben-Hur”, Heston also became well known in the public sphere for his political activism. In 1963, the actor campaigned alongside Martin Luther King Jr. to bring an end to racial segregation in the South. Later, in the 1970s and 1980s, he advocated increased gun control and anti-abortion…

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The Downfall of the Thumb

His thumb used to decide the fate of movies, careers and decide for millions what they thought was a good or bad movie. But ask yourself how long has it been since you’ve heard a movie getting ‘two thumbs up’? In his old age, Roger Ebert’s health is failing. He is seeing less movies, and I am really bummed out. Upon visiting his website, you can see that recently Ebert has only reviewed one new movie, and has not passed his judgement on any of the current Hollywood productions in theaters. Not only that, but Ebert has had the recent…

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Chicago 10

I went to Amherst Cinema today at 2:30 in hopes of seeing a peaceful, empty theater and see “Chicago 10” well I was greeted with a not so peaceful environment. It was the baby-friendly showing and I was scared to enter for fear of whining and crying children. Well there was only one child and she only cried a few times. The movie was an experience though. If the protesters of UMass think they are rebels or creating a raucous, they aren’t. The people who ended up rioting after a peaceful protest in Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National…

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If you have read the Collegian then you know something about…

the stars of “Stop-Loss,” and maybe a little about the writer/director Kimberly Peirce.But the Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris conducted a great interview with her recently that was featured in the Sunday Globe. It is a must read to what surely looks like an intriguing movie with some serious punch in this lull of serious and seriously good movies. Comedies are good when they aren’t all that is out. If the corporations only gave a damn about the moviegoers we’d have a good mix of serious Oscar contenders and good comedies all year round not just one or the other in…

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Enchanted

I just rented “Enchanted” with my girlfriend because Wesley Morris and Ty Burr of the Boston Globe rave about Amy Adams performance. Well let’s just say it was well worth the free redbox rental. Adams is very enchanting (oh yes I did it) as the princess from a magical world banished by her prince charming s step-mother to New York City. The movie moves through each and every Disney princess movie creations from times past (“Snow White” “Cinderella” “Little Mermaid” and others) to make fun of all the movies and their cliches. It ends up working int he end even…

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A. O. Scott Speaks about Michael Haneke’s Films

With the English version of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” coming out last weekend I looked around for some interesting stuff on the an who loves to punish those who go and see his movies. A funny concept but one that works and one that makes you self-conscious when you leave the theater. A.O. Scott is one of the best movie reviewers in the country and is the top-dawg over at The New York Times. He knows his movies but isn’t always as enjoyable to read as the Collegian’s own Shanya Murphy or the Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris but he knows…

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Amherst Cinema is Bringing Shorts to the Valley

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS ANIMATIONat Amherst CinemaFriday 3/14 through Thursday 3/20 4:15, 9:00Not rated.Total running time 137 minutesAT NIGHTThree young women share their problems while spending the holidays ina hospital cancer ward.Denmark, Oscar Nominees: Christian E.Christiansen & Louise Vesth. Drama, 40 minutes, Danish w/ Englishsubtitles. IL SUPPLENTE (THE SUBSTITUTE)The arrival of an unusual newcomer galvanizes the students in a highschool classroom. Italy, Oscar Nominee: Andrea Jublin. Comedy, 17minutes, Italian w/ English subtitles LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS)Winner of Academy Award!A pair of unlucky thieves find their fortunes have changed when theytake in a deaf…

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