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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Zoёs illustration for the neowestern movie column.

“Hell or High Water”: a neo-Western moral reflection

Maya Surrenti, Culture Staff Writer April 16, 2024

I decided to watch a movie with my friends one Sunday night and got hit with a profound meditation on morality. The ambiguous message in “Hell or High Water” questions where or whether one can draw...

“Black Panther” brings black superheroes into the spotlight

Alec Collins, Arts Columnist February 28, 2018

The latest addition to Disney’s sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther,” is the most important superhero blockbuster since “Iron Man” reinvented the genre in 2008. “Black Panther,”...

Call Me By Your Name transports audience

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist January 31, 2018

I am stumbling out of a movie theater, turning a line of dialogue from the film I’ve just seen around in my head, over and over: “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” In the...


‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

April 29, 2016

"The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is entertaining for all the wrong reasons.Despite the $170 million budget, the film is laughably ill-conceived and poorly executed.Even the film’s all-star cast, comprised...


‘Star Wars’ takes a detour

April 21, 2016

If you haven’t been living under a rock and have surfed the web recently, you might’ve watched the trailer for the upcoming film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at least once, or in my case, 20...


‘Cloverfield’ sequel strays from the original

March 30, 2016

After six years, the second film in the “Cloverfield” franchise has hit theaters and is just as anxiety inducing as the first.The sequel, “10 Cloverfield Lane,” is a whirlwind of suspense and apocalyptic...

Marvel’s witty superhero makes it to the big screen

Marvel’s witty superhero makes it to the big screen

March 24, 2016

From lines like, “Time to make the chimi-fucking-changas!” to masturbation references, Deadpool is definitely not a typical superhero movie.  The movie follows Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), an ex-special...

‘Carol’ crosses social barriers but misses nomination

February 17, 2016

Abeautiful and sensual love story between two women is making waves this Academy Award season.Set in 1952 in New York City, “Carol” begins when Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese Belivet (Rooney...

‘Brooklyn’ follows familiar plot

‘Brooklyn’ follows familiar plot

February 10, 2016

A coming-of-age story is something to which we can all relate.Touching and delicately sweet, “Brooklyn” is the story of a young Irish immigrant named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) and her journey to...

Film brings brutal past to bear

Film brings brutal past to bear

February 3, 2016

Shockingly violent and overwhelmingly heart- breaking, “The Revenant” is the most gruesome western to date.Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is the stomach-churning tale of frontiersman...

‘Spotlight’ displays hard journalism at its greatest

Colin Kamphuis December 9, 2015

The new journalist-centric film “Spotlight” deftly handles the stomach-turning story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the Catholic Church’s protection of pedophile-priests. The...

Rock the Kasbah Review

Rock the Kasbah Review

Colin Kamphuis November 19, 2015

Even a predictably funny performance from Bill Murray isn’t enough to save this promising movie from disappointing mediocrity.   Bill Murray plays Richie Lanz, a washed up band manager who...

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