Let's take a trip back to 1999. Every month, a new Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) premiered and instantly became a classic tale for elementary school students. While these movies were the talk of the playground, in recent years they have become hard to find.
Luckily for UNO students, classics like "Smart House," "The Color of Friendship" and "Brink!" are coming to campus, thanks to Maverick Productions.
The student-run organization is looking to provide your DCOM fix with a Disney Channel Movie Series this semester. "Smart House" will kick off the series Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.
When you're given a script which calls for obvious, impending doom and you have a cast that includes Al Pacino and Christopher Walken it's best to just get out of the way and allow the magic to happen. However, in "Stand Up Guys" there's a sense that director Fisher Stevens was overreaching for something too complex and putting too many fingerprints on a canvas better left to the brush of the actors involved.
The story revolves around two friends, Val (Pacino) and Doc (Walken) who at one time decades ago were involved in organized crime. Val is being released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence in connection to a gunfight. Doc greets him outside the prison gate and a trip down memory lane ensues.
After a warm welcome at the Sundance Film Festival in January, "Our Idiot Brother" hit big screens across the country for the first time last Friday. But be warned, this is not your usual Paul Rudd comedy.
Taking place over a span of three days, "Safe House" stars Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost, a rogue CIA agent who has been off the grid for almost 10 years. In Cape Town, South Africa he walks into the American consulate and turns himself in. He's transported to a safe house run by young CIA agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), desperate to get a new, more exciting post. Frost is considered one of the most dangerous men in the world and is now Weston's "house guest."
The last scene in "Django Unchained" (no spoilers, I promise) felt tone-deaf to me; it threw away any semblance of a point the movie had been trying to make. I wondered if Quentin Tarantino had begun parodying his own movies.
If you've seen it, you know what I mean.
The history department's World Civilizations Film Series kicked off its second year on Friday, Feb. 24, with a screening of the 1947 film, "Crossfire." The series is the brain child of a group of World Civilization instructors, said organizer Jo Behrens.
One of the most anticipated films of 2011, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1," premiered over the Nov. 18 weekend, breaking opening day box-office records. The film is the fourth installment in the Twilight Saga.
It's rare to find a movie about battling cancer that's both raw and real with a humorous undertone, but "50/50" does just that.