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Column: In defense of Nicolas Cage

I think everyone will agree with me when I say that the Internet really loves to hate on Nicolas Cage. There is the array of memes of his bizarre facial expressions that have arisen, the videos of his weird acting moments, and the plethora of photos with his face on the bodies of cats.

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Django unshelved: Toymaker NECA halts production after concerns of racism

The Weinstein Company has asked the toy manufacturer NECA to cease distribution on a series of collectible dolls based on the characters from Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained.”

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Column: Ben is back

Argo is a movie about three things. Argo is a movie about why we love movies. Argo is a movie about what movies are supposed to be. Argo is, lastly, a movie about the redemption of Ben Affleck.

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Zero Dark Thirty and the torture controversy

Delivering on its promise as “the greatest manhunt in history,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty avoids being the type of sloppy action flick made by blockbuster sentimentalists like Spielberg, Cameron or Bay.

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Column: Disney buyout should benefit Star Wars films

This week unquestionably saw the biggest entertainment news of the year with the announcement that Disney bought Lucasfilm for the blockbuster-worthy sum of $4.05 billion. The deal has plenty of long-lasting, far-reaching implications, but the vast majority of them have to do with one simple fact: From this day forward, the Mouse owns Star Wars.

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Column: Pixar’s folly

Remember the Pixar films of yore? Those sweet, innocent, simple productions free of convoluted plots and overly elaborate settings? Those feel-good movies you could watch again and again and again? Those movies made first and foremost for kids and their imagination?

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Ready, set, Argo: An interview with Ben Affleck

If there were ever any reason to be nervous about Ben Affleck directing a film not set in Boston, all of those feelings vanished upon leaving the theatre after Argo, his latest film about the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979.

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Controversial documentary sees record sales

In a documentary arguing that President Barack Obama’s policies are the result of strong anti-colonialist sentiments, former Dartmouth Review Editor-in-Chief and conservative political commentator Dinesh D’Souza has transitioned into the film world with his release of the controversial “2016: Obama’s America,” which has become the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time.

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Five adrenaline-fueled summer blockbusters sure to please

If you’re like me, you’re trading a semester spent in a classroom for a summer spent in a movie theater. Summer is the time when studios release their biggest and often best films of the year.

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