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The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Yang presents at the 95th Oscar nomination ceremony.

Oscars oust heroes, owe the overlooked honors

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | January 30, 2023

Award show season is in full swing, and the Oscars draw millions of viewers in each year. The 95th Academy Awards will take place at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 12.  ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE There are five nominees for the best Actor In A Leading Role...

Movie cases line up on a dusty shelf in a college apartment. Physical copies have gone ancient due to streaming services taking off.

Modernity has erased the physical concept of art

By Parker Otto | January 24, 2022
Generation Z, in spite of all of their technological toys, has no things.
Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

By Parker Otto | January 7, 2020

After 42 years, the “Skywalker Saga” of episodic “Star Wars” films comes to an end with the recent release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” While the film has flaws, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is a satisfying film that ends...

A Charlie Brown Christmas will come to life in DeKalb

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will come to life in DeKalb

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | December 12, 2019

The classic cartoon plays on popular networks throughout the holiday season, up until Christmas, but this year “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is coming to life  7:30p.m. on Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St. Oftentimes around the holidays,...

‘Hobbs and Shaw’ contains breathtaking action

By Parker Otto | August 6, 2019

“The Fast and The Furious” franchise has come a long way since its first release in 2001 by becoming more over-the-top with higher stakes and bigger action sequences. While most franchises would suffer as a result, “The Fast and The Furious” has...

Serial killer films need to end

By Ashley Hines | February 14, 2019

The past few months have birthed a new wave of series surrounding the personal lives of serial killers. While this trend certainly garners views, its depiction of gruesome criminals as misunderstood victims of society promotes a dangerous narrative empathizing...

Pass/fail: Diverse film series offered, Be cautious when driving

By Shaz Sheikhali | January 28, 2014

PassThe College of Education is offering a diversity film series.It is nice to see the College of Education strive to create a diverse content selection, with movies ranging in topic from ethnicity to sexual orientation.They will be showing an array of...

Green Lens Environmental Film Festival now accepting submissions

By Kia Clair | March 7, 2013

NIU will host the third-annual Green Lens Environmental Film Festival in celebration of Earth Day.

The festival will run from April 20 to 25. The purpose of the event is to spur and encourage interest in environmental sustainable living. This year’s theme is Our Planet in Focus.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film and Audience Choice.

All festival films must be 30 minutes long or less and they must be submitted no later than April 1. A fee is required for submission.

Films can be turned in at Film information and an online press pack must be included. DVDs can be mailed to 307 Lowden Hall.

For more information, contact Melissa Burlingame at or visit

MTV Movie Awards gives your favorite film hope

By Deanna Frances | March 7, 2013

Award shows are a great way to recognize the best actors, directors, musicians, and films of the season. With the Oscars gone, some of you may be happy or disappointed by the results of the awards, but the season isn’t over yet. There is still another...

Egyptian Theatre to present best films of all time screening

By Kevin Bartelt | January 30, 2013

The top 10 movies of all time have been up for debate since Ashton Kutcher decided to play Steve Jobs. If you have ever been interested in seeing some classic films, check out the American Film Institute’s top nine movies of all time at the Egyptian...

Sundance website to offer all access online for film fest

By Beth Schumacher | January 15, 2013

The Sundance Film Festival websites are enough to make your head spin from all the interviews, films, events and performances available. You’ll almost forget you’re not there. No worries if you didn’t have time or money for the trip to Park City,...

Possibility of an Angry Birds movie is ridiculous

July 14, 2011

It's nearly impossible to go to the movie theater, look up at the marquee and see a movie that isn't a sequel, prequel, remake or a movie based off an already existing idea.In light of this recent realization, it should come as no surprise that someone...