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Crazy Rich Light-Skin Asians

Poster for Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians has undoubtedly been one of the biggest Hollywood hits of the year. The film, starring Constance Wu as an economics professor travelling to Singapore to meet her crazy rich boyfriend’s crazy rich family, has received immense critical and commercial success.   It’s been highly celebrated for its all-Asian team of actors, writers, and director–the first major Hollywood film to do this since 1993’s The…

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Finning a Dalhousie Connection: Sharkwater Extinction premieres at FIN 

Seats at Park Lane Theatre filled up on Sept. 19 for the premiere of Sharkwater Extinction. The documentary dives into the shady world of shark finning, and shark-products consumers unknowingly use every day. Rob Stewart, the Torontonian filmmaker and conservationist behind it, died tragically during its filming in 2017. His family completed the film. “Rob loved Halifax,” said Rob’s mother, Sandra Campbell alongside husband Brian Stewart, to the audience on Wednesday. Campbell and Stewart gave special thanks to marine biologist, Boris Worm, and veterinarian…

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Call Me By Your Name has a chance at love and an Oscar

With the Oscars airing tonight, it’s time to look at this year’s box-office successes. This year many of the nominated films will reduce their viewers to tears, or like Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, ignite within us a flame fuelled with passion and sheer appreciation for its brilliance. Call Me by Your Name…

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Something gold and shiny for Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird could reach new heights at the Academy Awards tonight, where it is nominated for five Oscar Awards. It’s the year for Lady Bird, it’s the year for Gerwig and it’s the year for the woman. Lady Bird’s nominations include Best Picture, Best Actress for Saorise Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Laurie…

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Movies mimicking society

The Shape of Water is not your usual Hollywood love story.   For starters, its female lead Elisa is deaf and played by an actress over the age of 25. Her best friends are also not quirky sidekicks, but an older gay artist and a black co-worker with their own struggles and desires.   And of course,…

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Fuller House not so fulfilling

Netflix’s second season of Fuller House just might make a person miss the 90s hair and humour. People love to reminisce about their childhood. But Fuller House is proving that some things need to be left in the past. If Fuller House replicated the humour Full House had, it would potentially be on the same…

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The creative minds behind Dunkirk make it come to life

Dunkirk opens in the middle of German dive-bomb attacks on thousands of British troops awaiting evacuation like sitting ducks on the beach of Dunkirk. A young man crouches on the ground beneath the flight path of a dive bomber as the audience watch explosions decimate the beach next to him. The jarring start immediately sets…

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Blade Runner 2049 is a futuristic odyssey

Few directors can create a world within their film that causes the viewer to lose their sense of relation to their own world. Denis Villeneuve, a Canadian director from Quebec, uses lighting, near-deafening sounds, and a transcendence from average film editing that emancipates the story from being stuck in Hollywood to feeling like one’s own…

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Horror movie-but-not: Mother!

Whispers of “what did I just watch?” escape the mouths of viewers leaving and commenting on Darren Aronofsky’s newest film Mother!.  This isn’t to say the film is deemed “bad” by its viewership, but rather that Mother! screams for deeper attention than your average thriller. Throughout the film you find yourself asking so many questions…

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