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NOTE: Article may contain spoilers On what would have been Donald Barthelme’s 86th birthday, Catastrophic Theater played host to the world premiere of his novella “Snow White’s” adaptation to the stage. Director Greg Dean said that this was a passion project of his. Not only did he finish the script that Barthelme...

NOTE: Article may contain spoilers George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is not one of those stories you easily forget. I read it back in 8th grade and it still makes me uncomfortable. That being said, I had high expectations for the School of Theatre and Dance’s production at the Wortham Theatre. Though the play did have its...

Director Rupert Sanders’ latest film, “Ghost in the Shell,” is a science fiction crime drama film based on the Japanese manga of the same name. “Ghost in the Shell” tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson) who is a cybernetic individual with an entirely human brain. Along with her team, Major commands task force...

Director James Mangold’s latest film, “Logan,” is a drama superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. “Logan” tells the final chapter of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. In the distant future, an exhausted Logan tends to an ailing Professor X in a rusty sanctuary on the Mexican border. But Logan’s...

In a production that saw the title character change sex, the UH School of Theatre and Dance put on an impressive production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” “Thou shalt see me at Philipi.” These are the fateful words spoken by the ghost of Caesar to Brutus before he and his fellow conspirators meet their doom....

The 89th Academy Awards are held this Sunday night where the Best Picture award will be given to one film’s lucky cast and crew. Here are the top 5 choices on who will win the prestigious award.  “LA LA LAND” “La La Land” features dazzling visuals, rich colors and concise direction from Chazelle. Furthermore, while the...

NOTE: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Let The Right One In had a lot of expectations when it was adapted for the stage in 2013. With a bestselling novel and a critically acclaimed film already produced, the Jack-Thorne-adapted play had little room for error. But four years later and the story by John Ajvide Lindqvist has...

Director Zhang Yimou’s latest film is a monster film set in China during the Song dynasty “The Great Wall” tells the story of a warrior (Matt Damon) who is confined within the legendary Great Wall. While being held captive, Damon’s character learns the secrecy that lies behind one of the biggest spectacles of the...

Director Chad Stahelski’s latest film is a neo-noir action-thriller sequel to 2014’s “John Wick.” “John Wick: Chapter 2” continues the story of the legendary assassin. In this installment, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is required to leave retirement and return to his hitman lifestyle by a previous acquaintance. This former...

Director Theodore Melfi’s latest film is a biographical drama that stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as three women who acted as the brains behind one of the greatest jobs in NASA history. “Hidden Figures” tells the remarkable true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary...