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“Contagion” brings the fear

by Andrew Younger

September 20, 2011

Against a black screen, director Steven Soderbergh's pandemic disaster film “Contagion” begins with a single cough. A phone call from Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) reveals that she had a layover in Chicago after attending...

‘Drive’ captivates via full throttle action

by David Dixon

September 19, 2011

As the masterful opening sequences indicate, “Drive” is not meant to be a standard crime caper. It is a tense, passionate journey about a man who has one true talent in life. When the protagonist Driver (Ryan Gosling) first...

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ disturbs

by David Dixon

August 28, 2011

It takes a lot of creativity to make fantasy creatures truly scary. For every Orc in “The Lord of the Rings” there is a subpar, dull menace in another movie. Remember Mr. Hyde from “Van Helsing”? The good news is the co...

‘30 Minutes’ is endless fun

by Allie Daugherty

August 22, 2011

Sony’s latest movie “30 Minutes or Less” is a flick that doesn’t quite fit a genre. It’s an action movie, but the action is dull compared to others such as “Die Hard.” It’s a bank-robbing movie, but the bank robbery is such ...

Latest Marvel film leads the superhero pack

by Morgan Denno

August 7, 2011

Out of the many comic book superheroes, men seem to have a partiality to Captain America. But after viewing the newest comic book-to-action movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the reasoning seems obvious. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) isn’t a standard guy — he...

‘Cowboys’ avoids sci-fi genre, brings action

by Morgan Denno

August 7, 2011

“Cowboys & Aliens” is a western movie — that just happens to have alien antagonists. All the cliché props are present such as spurs, shoot-outs and saloons, but stale cowboy storylines aren’t reused in this Jon Favreau-directed...

Saying A final goodbye to the boy who lived

by Ruthie Kelly

July 19, 2011

Previewing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is like trying to describe my senior year of high school — almost impossible to do in 500 words or less — so I’ll begin with the simple observation that people w...

‘Lantern’ doesn’t shine

by Allie Daugherty

June 26, 2011

Superheroes have been no strangers to the silver screen, and it seems each new installment of a comic book-turned-movie has higher standards to live up to. While this summer’s “Green Lantern” has had to compete with both “X-Men: First Class”...

J.J. Abrams describes his vision for ‘Super 8’

by Andrew Scoggins

June 12, 2011

The Daily Aztec: At a time where it feels like every movie is a sequel or based on something that came before it, can you discuss how difficult it might be to really produce, create and develop a project that has no prior properties, that’s completely unique to you? ...

DJ Benny Benassi brings the house down

by Chris Pocock

May 12, 2011

The Daily Aztec: In the title track of your upcoming album “Electroman,” you feature T- Pain. What was it like working with T-Pain, and what did he bring to the table? Benny Benassi: To be honest, we worked over the Internet and never me...

Werner Herzog shows a primitive ‘Dream’ in 3-D

by Andrew Younger

May 12, 2011

Deep within the most inaccessible regions of Southern France lies the earliest record of human culture. Sealed after a landslide some 20,000 years ago, the prehistoric artwork adorning the walls of the Chauvet- Pont-d’Arc Cave...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays perfect antihero in ‘Hesher’

by Morgan Denno

May 11, 2011

Hesher likes loud music. Hesher likes bad tattoos. Hesher likes explosives and careless acts of violence. Hesher really doesn’t like wearing a shirt. The most surprising thing about “Hesher” is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the role brilliantly. The same Gordon-Le...