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“Somewhere” a benefit to Sofia Coppola’s burgeoning career

John Michael Simko December 17, 2010

The simplistic subtly showcased in “Somewhere” solidifies Sofia Coppola as a bonafide filmmaker. Rarely does a director rebound so successfully and gracefully from a film like “Marie Antoinette.”...

Kevin Spacey makes “Casino Jack” a movie worth seeing

John Michael Simko December 6, 2010

Very few actors can capture compelling, conniving characters effectively. Yet Kevin Spacey succeeds once more in a memorable performance as Jack Abramoff in “Casino Jack.” Like Humphrey Bogart, Alec...

Final Take: December Movie Releases

John Michael Simko December 6, 2010

Instead of the conventional format, this month’s recommendations look a little different to include the numerous new releases that are coming out in December just in times for the awards season. The...

Final Take: December DVD Releases

John Michael Simko December 6, 2010

12/7/2010 “Inception” Suggested Retail $28.98 DVD/ $35.99 Blu-ray Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” the year’s surprise box office hit, stars preeminent Leonardo DiCaprio and sidekick Joseph...

“Black Swan” delivers a strong movie with few shortcomings

John Michael Simko December 1, 2010

Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” soars as a modern day masterpiece. Aronofsky brilliantly cast charismatic Natalie Portman in the devastating, dark role of ballerina...

The top five: new rules of gym etiquette

John Michael Simko November 28, 2010

Over the weekend, I frequented the gym, ran on the treadmill and discovered something astonishing. I felt really out of place and couldn’t figure out why. I slowed down my tempo and gazed at other gym...

Predictions for the upcoming Hollywood awards season

John Michael Simko November 24, 2010

Talent takes Tinseltown by storm during this time of year. Award season creates Hollywood’s prominence, renown and reputation. The fans, the media and the film industry cherish this juncture. It’s...

International Idol Talent Show competition includes dancing, singing, playing instruments

John Michael Simko November 17, 2010

Among the burgers, burritos and bottled drinks, Pub patrons were treated to a talent show hosted by international students Tuesday afternoon. The International Idol Talent Show captivated...

New TBS show, “Glory Daze,” flunks with its premiere episode

John Michael Simko November 15, 2010

Before NBC’s “Community” captured the hearts of primetime TV, Fox’s acclaimed yet prematurely cancelled “Undeclared” prevailed as a fabulous college show. Therefore, TBS rationalized and risked...

Halftime report gives students a look into the new Student Recreation Center

John Michael Simko November 2, 2010

Under the sultry sun, students gathered on the Matador Bookstore lawn to celebrate the halfway building point of the new Student Recreation Center opening Spring 2012. The University Student Union...

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