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‘Dallas International Film Festival’ downsizes but maintains quality programming

‘Dallas International Film Festival’ downsizes but maintains quality programming

Joe Cross, Staff Writer

May 11, 2018

In the four years I’ve attended the Dallas International Film Festival, the 2018 festival was the most crowded it’s ever been. It seemed hard to believe given that the lineup was considerably smaller (in number, not necessarily in quality of the programming) than it has been in previous years, and...

Review: Vance Joy delivers beautiful and intimate harmony

Review: Vance Joy delivers beautiful and intimate harmony

Katie Bardwell, Staff

May 4, 2018

A silhouette of a man appeared behind a black curtain. The curtain rose and the crowd cheered when the silhouette revealed itself as Vance Joy holding a guitar. He smiled, and a spotlight beamed on him as he lifted his hand to strum the first chord. Ever since his release of his EP “God Loves You When You’re ...

Review: ‘The Rider’ is vastly superior to ‘Lean On Pete’ despite similar themes and settings

Review: ‘The Rider’ is vastly superior to ‘Lean On Pete’ despite similar themes and settings

Joe Cross, Staff Writer

May 2, 2018

You won’t see many mentioning the new film “The Rider” without bringing up “Lean on Pete” (also in theaters now) and vice-versa. It’s a fair comparison: both films are portraits of the American west crafted by foreign perspectives (“Rider” director Chloe Zhao hails from Beijing, while ...

Review: Season two of ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ is delightfully bizarre

Review: Season two of ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ is delightfully bizarre

Anna Stockton, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018

After the surprising success of season one, the Netflix original “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is back with its second installment to the tragic tale of the Baudelaire children. Charming and strange as ever, season two is a successful continuation of an already compelling story. The secon...

Review: ‘Infinity War’ resonates deeply with audience

Review: ‘Infinity War’ resonates deeply with audience

Anna Stockton, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018

Ten years. Ten years filled with smash-hit movies, lovable characters, and fun post-credit scenes led to this monumental fight. 10 years filled with whispers of a name–a mysterious being pulling strings and leaving tiny hints of his existence. Now, after all this build-up, “Avengers: Infinity War” fi...

Review: ‘KOD’ disappoints with shallow appeals

Review: ‘KOD’ disappoints with shallow appeals

Noah Van Hooser, Staff Writer

April 27, 2018

Though J. Cole is one of the best-selling rappers of his generation and is as fame-hungry as any major label musician, he’s achieved his commercial success through an attempted rebellion against certain aesthetic cues that have saturated the hip-hop mainstream. In the past decade, Cole has grown...

Superhero showdown

Superhero showdown

Anna Stockton and Sophie Starnes

April 25, 2018

TRL Audio Extra - "Ranking the Marvel movies" Editor's note: In anticipation of “Avengers: Infinity War,” which will release April 27, we thought it would be beneficial to rank all of the movies in the Marvel canon. In defining the criteria for this ranking, we felt that the most important factors to ...

Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ thrills audience despite simplicity

Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ thrills audience despite simplicity

Grant Vogel, Special to The Red Ledger

April 23, 2018

It’s difficult to stay quiet during this suspenseful thriller. John Krasinski has proven himself to be more than just the snarky comedian he has shown in his role on “The Office,” but has transitioned into a very competent director and screenwriter. His latest film, “A Quiet Place,” stars...

Playlist: Springing into song

Playlist: Springing into song

Katie Bardwell, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018

When you step outside and hear the bees buzzing and smell the flowers blooming you want to have some music that goes along with that spring feeling. I have created a playlist that is perfect for this nice 70° weather (and even when it’s 55 or in some cases 90). The music is great for jumping into...

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