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Director Martin Scorsese delivers his usual elegance within his newest cinematic experience. His passion for the harrowing history is palpable and complements the stunning performances of the cast. However, while the technical aspects are undoubtedly top-notch, the film is held back by a lengthy narrative that stretches the experience too thin. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon”: An eye-opening, educating, exhaustive experience

By Rylan Ammerman November 15, 2023

With 25 feature films at 80, director Martin Scorsese has every reason to hit the brakes and admire his stamp on the world. However, in the twilight of his career, Scorsese’s 26th film, “Killers...

These are “stories,” first and foremost, and each film provides necessary context about their origins. Anderson is adapting stories that are primarily light, fun and intended for children, but he treats each text with the utmost respect. 

Wes Anderson’s Roald Dahl roundup: Pushing the boundaries of story adaptations

By Henry Dupree October 19, 2023

Ever since he spearheaded 2009’s inventive cinematic portrayal of “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson has made clear his love of classic British children’s author Roald Dahl. Now, in 2023, Anderson...

Maddie Lee Belanoff

Maddie Belanoff leaps from stage to screen

By Manuela Montoya September 8, 2023

Five years ago, senior Maddie Belanoff couldn’t have imagined herself be acting out a script in front of a high-definition camera, breaking in the make-up trailer or following suggestions from the person...

Alexander Skarsgård in The Northman

“The Northman” on Prime: epic but empty

By Jacob Cowan June 29, 2023

    Historical movies can be extremely hard to pull off, and “The Northman” is no exception. Director Robert Eggers’ task wasn’t simple — finding a balance between historical accuracy...

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse manages to succeed as a Spider-Man film while feeling refreshingly original and never overly derivative.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”: An exhilarating thrill-ride of the web-slinger’s best

By Henry Dupree June 6, 2023

Arriving five years after 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony’s newest animated Spider-Man film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” swings onto screens with the same confidence...

The opening of Ari Aster’s latest film, “Beau is Afraid” lasts only a couple minutes, but manages to be startling, uncomfortable, funny and inexplicable — indicative of the entire 3-hour experience.

“Beau is Afraid”: A delightful, anxiety-fueled endurance test of epic proportions

By Henry Dupree May 1, 2023

A black void fills the screen. Silence persists until scrambled noises periodically fill the theater. A blinding flash reveals bright lights and blurred images of doctors. As the crying of a newborn intensifies,...

“The Hunt,” a 2020 horror and political satire film, uniquely illustrates the extent of America’s ideological divisions.

Why political satire like “The Hunt” is more relevant now than ever

By Jacob Palo March 29, 2023

Political satires aren’t new. For the past century, they have dominated pop culture and media in the form of classic written works like “Animal Farm” to sketches on “Saturday Night Live.” Modern...

Despite the disappointing season, a packed fall-winter film season is rapidly approaching.

The Black & White’s top 5 movies to see before 2023

By Ben Lammers November 22, 2022

This year has been turbulent for film. However, 2022 started with a bang, with box office successes “Top Gun: Maverick” and “The Batman,” followed by indie darlings like “On the Count of Three.”...

The fascinating take on modern media depicts child stars who go to extreme lengths to stay relevant in today’s online mecca and exposes the darker side of Hollywood that lends itself to the poor treatment of faded stars.

Movie Review: “Nope” shines a spotlight on the dark side of Hollywood

By Jacob Palo November 19, 2022

“Nope” is the latest film to emerge from director Jordan Peele’s creatively dark mind following his directorial debut in 2017 with “Get Out.” The movie further reinforces his abilities as a horror...

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a chaotically entertaining film and the directors’ courage to be boldly absurd pays off immensely.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”: weird in all the right ways

By Jacob Cowan June 14, 2022

On paper, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a terrible idea for a movie: a low-budget absurdist film that attempts to tackle the multiverse with slapstick humor. Toss in aggressive visuals, convoluted...

A Discussion on Foreign Films I The B&W Movie Podcast

By Alvar Wetzel and Alex Schupak April 1, 2022

News writer Alvar Wetzel is joined by senior staff member Alex Schupak to discuss in-depth a myriad of international films. Link here to listen.

The Best Movies of 2021 I The B&W Movie Podcast

By Alvar Wetzel and Alex Spencer January 23, 2022

Welcome to the B&W Movie Podcast! On its inaugural episode, host and B&W staff writer Alvar Wetzel is joined by Whitman senior Alex Spencer to discuss their favorite movies of 2021.

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