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The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

Ryan Gosling (left) and Emily Blunt in The Fall Guy. Leitch created The Fall Guy to celebrate the stunt industry and bring attention to the work of stunt doubles. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures.

Review: ‘The Fall Guy’ somewhat sticks the landing in its tribute to stunt performers

Daniel Patchen, news correspondent May 13, 2024

Ryan Gosling was just Ken. Now, he’s just the stunt guy. Hollywood’s stunt industry is given its long-overdue spotlight in “The Fall Guy,” an action comedy propelled by charming performances and incredible set pieces but sent to a rocky landing by an uneven plot. Directed...

Kirsten Dunst stars as Lee in Civil War. Though “Civil War” had real potential, it failed to provide interesting critiques. Photo courtesy A24.

Review: ‘Civil War’ has little to say about America

Emily Boyle, news correspondent May 12, 2024

For most Americans, the idea of civil war is one restricted to the confines of a classroom. Vague images of good triumphing over evil resound in United States history. So far removed, it’s challenging to conceive of states in the modern era engaging in serious warfare. Alex...

Olivia Rodrigo sings on stage. She dazzled the crowd with her vocals during songs like teenage dream, traitor and making the bed.

Review: Olivia Rodrigo played TD Garden and fans couldn’t be ‘happier’

Jake Guldin, lifestyle editor April 10, 2024

Ecstatic Livies, the title singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo’s most ardent fans proudly brandish, swarmed TD Garden April 1 with everything from jewel-encrusted cowgirl hats to flowy ribbons atop their heads for the “GUTS World Tour.” Rodrigo, the latest in a long lineage...

Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides in Dune: Part Two. The first film was a critical and commercial success, resulting in lofty expectations for the sequel. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures.

Review: ‘Dune: Part Two’ lives up to its hype, brands itself as an all-time-great sequel

Ian Dartley, news correspondent March 24, 2024

“Dune: Part Two” had an uphill battle to match the great sci-fi sequels. The follow-up to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, “Dune,” has been filled with casting hype, extensive press tours and praise leading up to its release.  Picking...

Stars Ellie Baker and Chase Wolfe stand on a bench, surrounded by the rest of the cast, with their arms outstretched. The musical was based on the 1990 romantic comedy of the same name, Pretty Woman. Photo courtesy Matthew Murphy, Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Review: ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ steals audiences’ hearts — just like its lead actress

Heidi Ho, news staff March 21, 2024

The Emerson Colonial Theatre opened its production of “Pretty Woman: The Musical”  Feb. 27 to the delight of showgoers. Based on the 1990 romantic comedy of the same name starring Richard Gere and an Oscar-nominated Julia Roberts, the musical did a thorough job of translating...

An Apple Vision Pro on display in the Apple store at 815 Boylston St. Officially for sale Feb. 2, the device marked Apple’s first new product category to launch since AirPods in 2016.

Review: I tried the Apple Vision Pro so you don’t have to

Ethan Wayne, news staff March 11, 2024

Mention “virtual reality” at an Apple Store today, and an employee may quickly correct you. Spatial computing is Apple’s newest technological venture, marking its entry into the mixed-reality industry. It is the company’s first product category to launch since Airpods...

Greta Lee stars as Nora Moon, a New York-based playwright, in Past Lives. The film garnered two Oscar nominations: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Photo courtesy A24.

Review: ‘Past Lives’ tells a not-so-average love triangle story

Jake Guldin, lifestyle editor March 10, 2024

Since its premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, critics have lauded Celine Song’s “Past Lives” — and it’s easy to ascertain why.  The film, nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards, tells the story of Nora Moon...

Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo star in Yorgos Lanthimos provocative feminist fairy tale, Poor Things. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Stone, Best Supporting Actor for Ruffalo and Best Picture. Photo courtesy Atsushi Nishijima, Searchlight Pictures.

Review: ‘Poor Things’ explores female empowerment, sexuality with humorous moments

Laura Emde, deputy lifestyle editor March 10, 2024

There are very few movies where actor Mark Ruffalo could get away with calling someone a “cunt,” and “Poor Things” is one of them. The 2023 film, currently up for 11 awards at this year’s Academy Awards, follows Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a pregnant woman in Victorian...

Erika Alexander and Jeffrey Wright star in the satirical dramedy American Fiction. The film, based on the novel Erasure, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Wright. Photo courtesy Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

Review: ‘American Fiction’ is a smart, overstuffed satire on racial equality

Daniel Patchen, news correspondent March 10, 2024

In past years, historically white industries have made sweeping efforts to promote diversity and spotlight Black culture. But writer-director Cord Jefferson is not buying the apparent goodwill of these leaders and companies. In his satirical dramedy “American Fiction,” Jefferson...

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper star as actress Felicia Montealegre and composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein in Maestro. The film endured several controversies before opening to positive reviews last year. Photo courtesy Netflix.

Review: ‘Maestro’ miraculously manages to carry a tune

Jake Guldin, lifestyle editor March 10, 2024

Every awards season, like clockwork, pundits and film fanatics comb through the perceived frontrunners across the major categories for one thing — a villain. Think “Elvis,” “Green Book” or “Bohemian Rhapsody”: decently-reviewed — if somewhat controversial —...

Dominic Sessa, Paul Giamatti and DaVine Joy Randolph (left to right) star in The Holdovers. The film, set at a New England boarding school in the 1970s, was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Photo courtesy Focus Features.

Review: ‘The Holdovers’ provides Christmas warmth year-round

Kristina DaPonte, deputy lifestyle editor March 9, 2024

Nothing sums up “The Holdovers” quite like this Letterboxd review: “A movie that is both hot chocolate for the soul and chicken soup for the lazy eye.” Set at Barton Academy, a fictional Massachusetts boarding school, the film follows Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti), a...

Sandra Hüller stars as a woman accused of murdering her husband in Anatomy of a Fall. The film won the Palme dOr and earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Photo courtesy mk2 Films.

Review: ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ leaves no easy answers in its study of a toxic marriage

Daniel Patchen, news correspondent March 7, 2024

A marriage’s tragic demise is deconstructed in “Anatomy of a Fall,” writer-director Justine Triet’s courtroom thriller that leaves no simplicity in its underlying mystery. “Anatomy of a Fall” centers on Sandra (Sandra Hüller), a German writer who lives in France...