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Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad Take Over the Courtroom in ‘Marshall’

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(2017—Director: Reginald Hudlin) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “The only way to get through a bigot’s door is to break it down.” — Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) Potential spoilers below From Anatomy of a Murder (1959) to FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016), from Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) to A …

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Directing ‘The Merchant of Venice’ – Summer Acting Project

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– By Hannah Dorss – From the time we began studying acting at JPCatholic, Katelyn Slater and I have been developing our sense of truth and our love for experiencing life through the medium of art. Katelyn wrote and starred in a one-woman show called Juliet; the hour-long, one-woman show was based on Romeo and Juliet, telling the story of Juliet’s …

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Local Non-profit Helps Victims of Human Trafficking

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–By Hannah Dorss – In 2013, Grace Williams, a graduate of JPCatholic’s Certificates in Philosophy and Theology, founded Children of the Immaculate Heart, a nonprofit organization serving victims of human trafficking. Children of the Immaculate Heart’s apostolate is small but growing steadily. At this time, Grace and some fellow JPCatholic alumni run the house. Jenna Christakis, a newly graduated business …

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‘American Made’: Doug Liman’s Second Halfway-Decent 2017 Release

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(2017—Director: Doug Liman) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “All this is legal?” “If you’re working for the good guys, yeah. Just don’t get caught.” — Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) and Agent Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) Potential spoilers below Director Doug Liman is one 21st-century director whose reputation tends to fall under the radar with even the slightest disappointment. His …

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Both Feet in the Door: Internship Reflection

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— By Matthew Sawczyn — The highway dark gives way to the glowing headlights, and floral scents drift through the window on the cool, crisp air. The digital numbers on the dashboard read “5:36 am”. I already know I’m cutting it close. And I’m not the only one. By 7:00 am, traffic has halted to a standstill, as the sea …

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‘Shameless’ Is Why We Still Believe

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— By Carly Twehous — Here’s the pitch: South-side Chicago. Six Irish-Catholic kids, raised by the oldest sister, Fiona Gallagher, from the time she was eleven years old. Their father, Frank, is a drug addict and alcoholic con-man, who has frequent flyer miles at the local ER because sometimes overdosing is the only way he’ll get a decent bed. Their …

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‘Gotham’ Is Not the Show We Deserve

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— By Carly Twehous — I think it’s fair to say—although I may get burned at the stake for this one—that Batman is a little… overhyped. I mean, come on! How many Batman movies are there now? And that’s not including the successive animated television shows and movies or the comic book source material that predates the amazing and ineffable …

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Pop Song-Saturated Spy Shenanigans in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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(2017—Director: Matthew Vaughn) Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Manners…maketh…man. Let me translate that for you.” — Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) to some Kentucky bar thugs Spoilers below When writer-producer-director Matthew Vaughn released Kingsman: The Secret Service in 2015, audiences loved it for its stylized action sequences, charismatic characters, and slick aesthetics. Critics gave Kingsman positive notices as well, although …

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Star Trek: The Show that Shaped the Century

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— By Carly Twehous — I say, “Star Trek”, and what’s your first thought? Maybe it’s, “Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock”, and the classic, split-finger hand-gesture. Maybe you think of those few reruns you saw in the 70’s-80’s-90’s, and get this odd zing of nostalgia for a time when there will still reruns on television. Or perhaps you’re fresh …

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‘Mother!’: Darren Aronofsky’s Allegorical Wail for Humanity

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(2017—Director: Darren Aronofsky) High ★★★½ (with strong moral reservations) (out of 5 stars) “Why does the sun go on shining? / Why does the sea rush to shore? / Don’t they know it’s the end of the world / If you don’t love me anymore?” — “The End of the World” by Arthur Kent & Sylvia Dee, performed by Skeeter …