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WUSTL alum and director David Donnelly talks new documentary

He stands alone, preparing for the exertion to come. The noise of the crowd makes its way to the hallway as he walks towards the stage. If not for the tuxedo, Paavo Jarvi could be an athlete in the midst of his pregame ritual. Jarvi is one of the best conductors in the world and the focus in the new documentary “Maestro,” which opens with the above scene.

African Film Festival to include short and feature films, director Q&A

This coming weekend marks the ninth annual African Film Festival on Washington University’s campus, sponsored by the African and African-American studies and film and media studies departments, the African Students Association and the Brown School African Students Association. From March 28-30, films will be screened in Brown 100 starting at 7 p.m.

Jason Bateman talks ‘Bad Words,’ dark humor in conference call

Jason Bateman, who directs and stars in the upcoming movie “Bad Words,” recently participated in a conference call with various college newspaper outlets, including Student Life. For more than 45 minutes, he answered questions ranging from what it is like to curse in front of child actors to the directors who influenced his style.

The Awards Season: Red carpet wrapup 2014

Lupita Nyong’o Screen Actors Guild Awards If it were possible to showcase all of her award looks in one picture, Lupita Nyong’o would be the only focus of this column. Never before has such an undiscovered talent dominated awards season in such stunning fashion (pun intended). She was in the running for best dressed at [...]

Remembering Harold Ramis

An actor, writer and director best known for his work on cult classics such as “Animal House,” “Groundhog Day” and the “Ghostbusters” films, Washington University alumnus and former trustee Harold Ramis died Monday.

First annual Jewish Film Festival to kick off this weekend

Organized by an independent group led by sophomore Ari Allen, this weekend’s Jewish Film Festival is designed to provide cultural programming for Jewish students who are less interested in religious programs.

St. Louis on the silver screen

The best of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Fans across the globe were shocked and dismayed on Sunday afternoon when news broke that Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had passed away at age 46. Hoffman had a long and fruitful career as a film actor, stage actor and director and was known for his roles in movies like “Capote,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “Almost Famous.

‘Catching Fire’ ignites an already fascinating story

It’s hard to critique a movie adaptation of a beloved book objectively. Naturally, we fans want to nitpick over every tiny change and lament how such-and-such character doesn’t look the same way we imagined. In the best-case scenario, though, having read the book will bias our opinion of the movie positively since the film tells the same story that we know and love.

No movie left behind: 25 world cinema gems

As much as we may like to pretend otherwise, no film list is really definitive. No matter how many times Citizen Kane has taken the top spot in “Sight & Sound,” cinema is subjective, and those who call themselves cinephiles have a variety of strongly held opinions on which movie truly deserves the top spot.

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