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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 their horizons and experience film with others.T...

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 Willem Dafoe as renowned painter Vincent v...

“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 experienced in World War I. The film’s characters ar...

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 was founded in 2005 and then came back from the...

NIU kicks off three-night Reality Bytes Film Festival

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. 

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 event is free and open to the public.Producer Darry...

‘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 was taught by her idolized aunt t...

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 DeVito as a ringleader, Colin Farrell as a protago...

‘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 paratroopers in World War II, whose mission is t...

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 life can look like. Generations now are blatantly addicted to their phones and to technology; ...

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 professor living in New York City. He befriends musicians...

‘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 Marvel Universe, which is meant to be connecte...

‘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 Jenkins Film Series.The film is based on the true sto...