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June 24, 2017

Man who threatened to bomb Coolidge Hall taken into ICE custody -

June 24, 2017

Cale Makar drafted by Colorado Avalanche in first round of 2017 NHL Entry Draft -

June 24, 2017

Conservatives: The Trump experiment is over -

June 17, 2017

UMass basketball lands transfer Kieran Hayward from LSU -

May 18, 2017

UMass basketball’s Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina -

May 17, 2017

Report: Keon Clergeot transfers to UMass basketball program -

May 15, 2017

Despite title-game loss, Meg Colleran’s brilliance in circle was an incredible feat -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball loses in heartbreaker in A-10 title game -

May 14, 2017

Navy sinks UMass women’s lacrosse 23-11 in NCAA tournament second round, ending Minutewomen’s season -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball advances to A-10 Championship game -

May 13, 2017

UMass basketball adds Rutgers transfer Jonathan Laurent -

May 13, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse gets revenge on Colorado, beat Buffs 13-7 in NCAA Tournament First Round -

May 13, 2017

Meg Colleran dominates as UMass softball tops Saint Joseph’s, advances in A-10 tournament -

May 12, 2017

Rain keeps UMass softball from opening tournament play; Minutewomen earn A-10 honors -

May 11, 2017

Former UMass football wide receiver Tajae Sharpe accused of assault in lawsuit -

May 10, 2017

Justice Gorsuch can save the UMass GEO -

May 10, 2017

Minutemen third, Minutewomen finish fifth in Atlantic 10 Championships for UMass track and field -

May 8, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse wins A-10 title for ninth straight season -

May 8, 2017

Dayton takes two from UMass softball in weekend series -

May 8, 2017

A Revolution in Acting

After Kate Winslets recent victories at the Golden globes (best supporting actress for “The Reader” and best actress for “Revolutionary Road”) I thought I should write up a short review of “Revolutionary Road.” Let me start off by saying this: the movie is all about the acting. The acting is pitch-perfect (I love that term). DiCaprio and Winslet show what they’re made of. Winslet uses her internal struggles, her eyes and her body language like no other actress has in a film so deeply routed in an era when that was how a woman spoke. While DiCaprio is more forward,…

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The Curious Case

To say “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is the year’s best film is too high of a compliment (it is getting a few of those), but the film is surely one of the best of the year. With David Fincher’s direction the film moves through one man’s story with ease, grace and a much needed omnipresent feel. The audience is allowed a once in a lifetime opportunity to read from Mr. Button’s very own journal and life-story through the voice of a dying woman’s daughter’s voice. Katrina thumps outside the window, always on the edge of land and the…

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The kids of Journalism 393F have taken over…

Some films must be seen – they’re almost too unbelievable to disregard or to ignore. Some, like those of the “Showgirls” variety, are mere flashes in the poor taste pan. Poor, yes, but they’re the stuff of laughs, not of legend. Such films may air in perpetuity on cable, softened up for public consumption by network executives leery of their content, but tempted to show them, nonetheless. Other poor taste films cannot be softened. They straddle the line between camp and smut, and sometimes, these films don’t just shock. They push the barrier of what is acceptable on screen. They…

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Clint Eastwood: As good as they get

With “Gran Torino” opening to some great reviews, Eastwood winning a major acting award for the film already, I thought it was fair to post an interview that the New York Times did with him. He is a true American actor and hero of cinema. Look at his body of work, there is a lot, and ther eare some of the greatest gems in American Cinema to date. Here’s the Article Here is the Film’s trailer in case you were wondering what the movie is about:

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Golden Globe Nominations Announced

Today was the day that the grand ol’ Golden Globe nominations get announced.Another one of those glitz and glamour showcases for the rich to shine. But in all fairness we watch the rich, pay for them to be rich, to entertain and then be rewarded for entertaining us. It is something for actors, writers, directors and everyone else involved in a moie to strive for: an awrd for their hard work. With that let’s toss out the nominations. Best Motion Picture – Drama:“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”“Frost/Nixon”“The Reader”“Revolutionary Road”“Slumdog Millionaire” Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture…

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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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