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With Great Power: ‘Daredevil’ Season One Review

–By Carly Twehous– “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father,” Matt Murdock intones in the dark confessional. “I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do.” Such a statement carries a profound desire to do what is right, coupled with a bleak acknowledgement of a world that perverts even the most noble intentions. Matt Murdock is a blind …

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Freedom Lies Beyond the Zoo: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review

(2017—Director: Niki Caro) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) The Holocaust film is an example of a subgenre whose towering signature work arguably set an insurmountable bar for future similar works. Say “Holocaust film” and nine out of ten people will immediately think of the 1993 Best Picture-Oscar winning drama Schindler’s List, which many would argue no later Holocaust film has matched. …

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Ever Just the Same, Barely a Surprise: ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Review

(2017- Director: Bill Condon) ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) Reviewing films like this remake of Disney’s 1991 animated classic tends to frustrate me as a film critic who desires for films to stand as apart as possible while also cementing a unique footprint within all of cinema. That’s a tough outlook, especially since the success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and …

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Movie Review: On the Dark and Light in Star Wars

The grittiness of “Rogue One” doesn’t place the story outside the Star Wars moral universe—it shows the contours of that universe in even greater relief. By Dr. Thomas P. Harmon The newest Star Wars movie is different. That is not a controversial observation. Many of the features that shout “Star Wars!” have been deliberately removed: the opening crawl, the John …

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How to Succeed as a Writer in Hollywood: Advice from WGA Executive

The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of top executives and professionals in all sectors of the film industry in Los Angeles. MBA graduate Tyler Carlos shares the lessons he learned …

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‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman’s Send-Off as Wolverine

(2017- Director: James Mangold) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Many have credited 2000’s X-Men for spearheading the second generation of comic book cinema that has largely taken over the entertainment industry today. Moviegoers acquainted themselves with other comic book properties arriving on the big screen while also making successful the eight succeeding X-Men installments. Then, when stars Hugh Jackman …

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Power of Story Essay Contest Winner: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

John Paul the Great Catholic University believes in the power of story to impact us in profound ways. The “Power of Story Essay Contest” asks prospective students (juniors or seniors in high school) to write an essay reflecting on a story they have experienced (novel, short story, play, video game, or film) that was particularly effective in drawing its audience …

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Movie Review: Christian Themes in “The Shack”

–By Renard Bansale– (Diretor: Stuart Hazeldine, 2017) In 2007, William P. Young’s novel The Shack surprised readers throughout America, becoming a New York Times bestseller, so Hollywood producers quickly sought to adapt it for the big screen. I approached this film with some apprehension due to its overt Christian nature, since most of the heavy Christian films that I’ve seen …

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The Future of the TV Industry

Kevin Culbertson discusses trends within the television industry and gives you an inside look at what the future of the television industry could look like. Together, Josh and Kevin discuss topics such as streaming content, traditional TV viewing, advertising, branded entertainment, and much more.