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Roadrunner Films: ‘Glory’

Illustration by Max Aguirre

Santiago Elizondo, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2020

“Glory” is a historical war film about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the second African regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher and Jihmi Kennedy as fictional ...

I dare you

Illustration by Triston Simpson

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

Dear Racists, I dare you to watch “If Beale Street Could Talk.” I dare you to watch the Black characters in this film compare the white man to the devil. I dare you to watch the Black men in this film, who are adorned with respect and honor. I dare you to watch the Black women in this film, w...

Film Review: ‘Selma’

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

On March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the steps of the Alabama state capitol of Montgomery. They marched for four days all the way from Selma, Alabama — a 54-mile hike — to protest racial voting inequality. It was their third attempt to do so after being thwarted violent...

Film Review: ‘A Ghost Story’

Illustration by Robyn Castro

Mason Hickok, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

“A Ghost Story” is a metaphysical study of loss, grief and the passing of time. Written and directed by David Lowery, the film chronicles a white-sheeted ghost’s journey back home in an attempt to reconnect with his grieving wife. This hidden gem, an A24 production released in 2017, is a slow, su...

Movie Review: ‘Across The Universe’

Movie Review: 'Across The Universe'

Robyn Castro, Assistant Photo Editor

March 20, 2020

“Across the Universe” is a film about love, anti-war activism, self-discovery, psychedelic drug culture, free speech, sexuality and the civil rights movement, themes which are all beautifully choreographed into a Beatles musical. Director Julie Taymor knew that creating a musical based off songs solel...

Movie Review: ‘Parasite’

Movie Review: 'Parasite'

Tali Duarte, Assistant Magazine Editor

February 25, 2020

*Spoiler Alert* “Parasite,” directed by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, is a cinematic masterpiece that has paved the path for foreign films in American theaters. After winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Bong accepted his award by stating, “Once you overcome...

Anyone can wear the mask

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Kirkland Luther

January 23, 2019

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” is the latest installment in the Spider-Man movie franchise and has already solidified its place in superhero and cinema history with its aesthetically pleasing comic book – animation style, relatable story and inspiring messages. The Sony Animation film was release...


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Kaylee Boggan

September 19, 2018

Lorena Claeys, executive director and research associate for the college of education and human development academy for teacher excellence, created a film called “Con Ganas” that highlights five inspirational male educators of color (Latino/Mexican-American, Puerto Rican and African). “Ganas”...

‘Iron Jawed Angels’ inspires class

Suffragists during the early 19th century.
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Emily Hubbard

March 28, 2018

A few weeks ago my history professor, Jennifer Dilley, assigned her class to watch “Iron Jawed Angels” to tie in with our study of the suffrage movement. After watching the film I felt that as a woman I had a responsibility to share the works of these women and continue their fight for equal tre...

Videos-on-Demand vs. Movie Theaters

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Jeremiah Hobbs

April 12, 2017

In the 1990s, a group of filmmakers calling themselves Dogme 95 challenged film by shooting on video instead. Videotapes were cheaper than film and they could shoot more takes without wasting much money. In time, Dogme 95 influenced a range of filmmakers and changed how cinema is made. Videotapes were ...

Spring 2017 BFA exhibitions showcase UTSA’s artists

“Seventy-six” by Marcela Ornelas-Mondragón, At the 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Leah Feneley

March 28, 2017

Marcela Ornelas- Mondragón focuses her paintings and sculptures on different aspects of the human body. “My work focuses on the involuntary and voluntary changes that a body is able to withstand and go through, as well as the appreciation and celebration of the body,” said Orn...

‘Anomalisa’ feels lifeless

Aidan Watson-Morris

March 22, 2016

The style hallmarks of auteur Charlie Kaufman, writer and director of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Synecdoche, New York,” are all over his latest film, “Anomalisa,” co-directed with Duke Johnson. Self-conscious and ecentric, “Anomalisa” is...