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Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Paker Otto February 18, 2020

Going to the theater is a special experience, and the feeling of seeing an engaging story play out on a large screen in the dark with no distractions is paradise. The 2020 spring semester brings several film events to students that they can use to broaden...

Professor presents thoughtful film discussion as part of art exhibition

Jacob Baker February 6, 2020

The NIU Art Museum hosted studio art professor Nina Rizzo who spoke at a thought-provoking film screening of “At Eternity's Gate” that bridged the film to her own work as a painter Jan. 28 at Jack Arends Hall.The film “At Eternity’s Gate,” starring...

“1917” ends 2019 with an epic tale

Jacob Baker January 24, 2020

Acclaimed director Sam Mendes and the modern day great cinematographer Roger Deakins ended 2019 on an epic and emotional note with their ultra realistic World War I film “1917.” Mendes helms the true story based on the events his own grandfather...

Indie Horror Film Festival returns Saturday

Indie Horror Film Festival returns Saturday

Northern Star Staff July 9, 2019

The Indie Horror Film Festival returns to DeKalb 10:30 a.m. July 13 at the Red Roof Inn, 1212 W. Lincoln Highway. This full-day festival will screen a lineup of over 60 independent horror films, both short and feature length, and music videos.The event...

The students of Special Topics in Media Studies cut the voting ballots for this year's selected films for the Reality Bytes Film Festival, starting 9 p.m. April 9. 

NIU kicks off three-night Reality Bytes Film Festival

Northern Star Staff April 9, 2019

The​ ​NIU Department of Communication​ is bringing three nights of student films 9 p.m. April 9 to Cole Hall’s Jameson Auditorium with the Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival. This is the 18th installment of Reality Bytes, and the...

‘Dumplin’’ is the rebellious comedy we needed

Maddie Barrett December 11, 2018

Based on a 2015 young adult book written by Julie Murphy, “Dumplin’” is a look into a small-town Texan teen’s life. Willowdean Dickson, played by Danielle Macdonald, is the daughter of a former beauty queen, Rosie, who is played by Jennifer Aniston.Willowdean...

Tim Burton’s anticipated ‘Dumbo’ teaser trailer releases

Maddie Barrett November 20, 2018

In a heartwarming new trailer, “Dumbo” gets a fresh new look. The story follows the same format as the cartoon version that was created 77 years ago.The teaser for the feature film includes a snippet of Michael Keaton as an evil businessman, Danny...

‘Overlord’ gives war film genre a horror spin

Parker Otto November 14, 2018

“Overlord,” released Nov. 9, creates a fantastic action experience with likeable characters and heart-pounding action.By combining horror and war film genres, “Overlord” is a film unlike any other released this year. It follows a small group of...

Netflix ‘Next Gen’: Robots are our future

Maddie Barrett October 21, 2018

Netflix released an animated movie called “Next Gen” on Sept 7. This movie takes viewers on an adventure about what it’s truly like to live with robots as normal members of society. The film’s underlying theme takes viewers through what future...

Jenkins shines in ‘The Visitor’

Parker Otto October 10, 2018

“The Visitor,” the latest film to be screened as a part of the Richard Jenkins Film Series at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., delivers a beautiful atmosphere and Jenkins at his absolute best.Walter, played by Jenkins, is a lonely college...

‘Venom’ lives up to hype

Parker Otto October 7, 2018

“Venom” may not be a juggernaut like Marvel’s previous films, but it is serviceable and entertaining. The film, released Oct. 5, delivers an interesting lead and fantastic action, but suffers from a bland villain. The film is the first in Sony’s...

‘North Country’ presents empowering message

Parker Otto October 4, 2018

The 2005 film “North Country” delivers strong performances and a relevant narrative in light of the #Me Too and #Time’s Up movements. The film was screened 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., as part of the ongoing Richard...

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