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Good acting saves sparse tale of grief

By | Feb 23, 2011

The journey down this “Rabbit Hole” is a difficult one, but the skill of the players makes it worthwhile.

Finding focus

By | Feb 2, 2011

At 8 a.m. on the Ithaca College campus, the day is just beginning, and nothing but snow and quiet fill the air. Inside Muller Chapel there is an equal stillness. But the silence is calm, not anxious for the day to come. As the crisp clang of a bell splits the air, the gathered people…

Quirky characters create ‘funny story’

By | Oct 20, 2010

The mental patients at the center of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” are treated with surprising humor and sanity in both the mundane routine of everyday life and the fantasy sequences of its protagonist. The result is a film that charms, in spite of inconsistent pacing, because of its relatable characters grounded in realistic…

Writer Aaron Sorkin reveals Zuckerberg’s ‘Network’

By | Oct 6, 2010

“The Social Network” explores the personal drama behind the creation of Facebook. What could have been a tedious story of corporate jargon is instead a superbly crafted drama that mirrors the site itself by detailing multiple characters’ perceptions of others and the events that surround them. It is all a matter of perception, and no…

Romcom travels beyond the distance

By | Sep 15, 2010

“Going the Distance” — the new cross-country romantic comedy starring on-again-off-again couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long — is a bit like a long-distance relationship. The movie is full of chemistry and snappy, laugh-out-loud humor, which more than make up for the occasional bump in the road. Add in just the right amount of raunchiness…

Indie flick’s superb tale chills and thrills

By | Sep 9, 2010

Viewers will be hard pressed to find a recent film as mesmerizing as “Winter’s Bone.” Just as plucky, practical protagonist Ree cannot help getting drawn into the sordid events surrounding her father’s disappearance, the viewer is inexplicably drawn into this heartrending and wholly realistic film.

‘Repo Men’ script fails to make the cut

By | Apr 1, 2010

“Repo Men” is a film with an identity crisis. It is part hard-core gore extravaganza, part cerebral “the fates have turned” thriller and all confusion, with too many fallacies for the few working elements to shine.

Hillel service project trades locks for money

By | Nov 12, 2009

In a matter of seconds, several of senior Katherine Fields’ years were snipped away. She knows the cut was for a wonderful cause, and after all, it is only hair. For the many people who participate in Hillel’s annual Shoshana Rudnick Inch-a-Thon, getting a new haircut is uplifting and inspiring. Originally, the traditional hair donations…

Resident ducks make a splash

By | Sep 18, 2009

Frank and Whiskey spend most of their mornings making their way from the Public Safety pond to the Roy H. Park School of Communications among groups of students and faculty. The journey is long for their little, webbed feet, but the rewards are plentiful as the bold pair approaches people, begging for breakfast. With their…

A Broadway perspective

By | Oct 31, 2008

Bess Fifer, a casting associate with the Telsey and Company agency in New York City, has cast films such as “Sex and the City: The Movie” and the upcoming “I Love You Phillip Morris,” starring Jim Carrey. She has also cast Broadway shows, such as “Rent” and “In the Heights.” This weekend she will be…

A Childhood Treasure

By | Sep 18, 2008

Indiana Jones hangs on to a speeding truck for dear life, a cloud of dust rising around him. The musical score swells, as if encouraging Indy to hold on. The hero works his way back into the vehicle, forcing out the driver while flashing his characteristic grin as he navigates through the rough terrain. The…