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New movies and shows on Netflix

With midterms over and Spring break starting, students have more time to relax. The most popular way to unwind after a stressful week is to catch up on Netflix. Thankfully, Netflix has added a plethora of shows and movies for the viewer’s enjoyment. The original “Jurassic Park” movies have returned, as well as the grungy mid-90s movie about teen witches, “The Craft.” The popular romantic drama, “Safe Haven,” has come back to the red screen. “Finding Dory” is also new to Netflix this month, as well as Tim Burton’s “Coraline” and Disney’s “The BFG.” Netflix’s original documentary “Five Came...

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FGCU screens ‘Todos Se Van’ at Seidler International Film Festival

On Feb. 24 FGCU held a screening of “Todos Se Van” (Everybody Leaves) as a part of FGCU’s Seidler International Film Festival. The film appeals to the writer, the daydreamer and the lost child in all of us, as the story about a young girl unfolds over the unique backdrop of post-revolutionary Cuba. In the 1950s, a young Fidel Castro working as a lawyer and activist launched an armed revolution against the authoritarian government of former Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista. Armed with militias, Castro overthrew the government and replaced it with a revolutionary socialist state before transforming into the...

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NBC’s ‘This is Us’ will make you wish you were a part of the family

Chances are, if you have had any form of social interaction within the last three or four months, you’ve heard of NBC’s new hit show “This Is Us.” Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have missed out on this, let me fill you in. (Warning: spoilers ahead.) The first episode left some people confused as it followed what seemed to be two separate story lines — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia of “Gilmore Girls”) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore of “A Walk to Remember”) during the delivery of their triplets, and that of three random 30-somethings, Kate,...

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‘David Brent’ character revival boils down to ‘offensive and cringeworthy’

(Reported by Tatum Swann & Allie Taylor) Fans of the British mockumentary series “The Office” shouldn’t get too excited about the revival of Ricky Gervais’ character, David Brent. Gervais, an English comedian, actor, writer and producer (among other titles) began his foray into comedy with his appearance on “The 11 O’Clock Show” between 1998 and 2000. Gervais’ talk show “Meet Ricky Gervais” launched his career in television when he became the mainstream comedy face for BBC’s series “The Office,” followed by the 2005 show “Extras.” “Life on the Road” catches up with Gervais’ character David Brent as he follows his...

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Netflix’s ‘Abstract’ shows unique perspective on creativity

Netflix’s newest original documentary series “Abstract” was released Feb. 10. “Abstract” is an eight-episode series that focuses on the human elements of creativity, including illustrators, shoe designers, architects and many more forms of art. The show follows these visionaries through their creative processes and takes a look at how they unleash the inner-workings of their mind and how they bring them into the tangible world. “Abstract” aims to increase the appreciation people have for the everyday objects around them — showing the viewer the intent behind the objects and the interesting decision-making that goes into the development of the...

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‘Fifty Shades’ sequel stumbles from underdeveloped characters

“Fifty Shades Darker,” the film thousands of women have been waiting for, released just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Fifty Shades Darker” is the sequel to last year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In this film, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) renegotiates his relationship with Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) while revealing his past and showing her his more vulnerable and loving side. Their relationship is tested by women from Grey’s past and unexpected circumstances that keep popping up. “We are expecting it to be more romantic, more sophisticated and more hot,” FGCU student and movie viewer Ariana...

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‘Pelo Malo’ screening explores worldwide homophobic taboos

FGCU’s Seidler International Film Festival had an impressive turnout on Tuesday’s showing of “Pelo Malo,” the first Spanish movie to be featured in this month’s event. Students of varying majors and professors of diverse subjects gathered to view this cinematic display. Pelo Malo, which directly translates to “Bad Hair,” tells the story of Junior, a young boy in Caracas, Venezuela. Junior, who has only known the poverty-stricken area of Caracas, has a keen obsession with two things: singing and trying to straighten his overly coiled hair. His single mother attempts to cure him of his obsessions through doctor’s visits,...

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is franchise’s next film

It should be no surprise that another “Star Wars” movie is in the works, but what’s not so clear is the name. On Monday, Jan. 23, Disney and Lucasfilm finally announced the next chapter in the space-opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, picks up immediately after the events of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which concluded with Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) finding Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), who had been living in seclusion. The film also stars Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and...

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‘La La Land’ ties all-time record with 14 Oscar nominations

The musical “La La Land” dominated the Oscar nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24 by picking up 14 nods to tie the record set by the 1997 release “Titanic” and the 1950 movie “All About Eve.” The film was nominated for Best Picture and Damien Chazelle received a Best Director nod, while both lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were also recognized for their work as big city dreamers in love. The popular musical’s biggest competition is the alien invasion thriller “Arrival” and a drama following the story of a gay man in the inner city called “Moonlight.” Both movies...

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Most anticipated shows of 2017

2016 was arguably one of the best years for TV in recent memory. HBO’s “Westworld” redefined storytelling; Showtime’s “Shameless” had one of its best seasons to date and FX’s Golden Globe-winning “Atlanta” gave viewers something entirely original in a comedy with brilliant political messaging. 2017 will see reboots of longtime fan favorites and will also see beloved shows make returns from a multi-year hiatus. With so many channels and streaming services, the television industry has never been more competitive, and it is sure to give every type of viewer something to enjoy. “American Gods” Set to premiere on Starz...

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