What to watch this holiday break—and with whom

ooking for something to do this holiday season? When you’re bored in your respective hometowns, heading down to the movies is almost always the popular option, partly because you can feel social while sitting in silence in the dark. And with Oscar season rushing upon us, winter break is usually filled with a wide array of movies for every type of audience member.

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

From the opening scene of the rubble previously known as District 12, to the characteristically cliff-hanger end only two hours later, “Mockingjay—Part 1” grips its audience in intrigued suspense for its entire duration, relenting not for a bathroom run or even a two-second glance at a watch.

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Remembering Robin Williams

The world lost one of its greatest comedic legends with the news of Robin Williams’ passing last week. Cadenza remembers five of Williams’ most impactful films.

How truthful are the movies?

Here’s a quick guide to what your favorite movies have depicted correctly and what should actually be treated as fiction.

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Summer movie preview

On hot, humid summer days, there’s often no better relief than sitting inside a dark, cool movie theater and enjoying the latest blockbusters, indie films and everything in between. Check out what Cadenza thinks you should—or shouldn’t—see this summer! May “X-Men: Days of Future Past” One of the first big summer blockbusters is “X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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