Film Review: 'Game Night'


    KYLIE BUNBURY as Michelle, LAMORNE MORRIS as Kevin, BILLY MAGNUSSEN as Ryan, SHARON HORGAN as Sarah, JASON BATEMAN as Max and RACHEL McADAMS as Annie in New Line Cinema’s action comedy GAME NIGHT, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Hitting theaters this weekend is Game Night, co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (members of the writing team behind Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming).

    After falling in love at a local trivia night, Max (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development) and Annie (Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls) host a weekly game night at their house for their crew: Fellow married couple Kevin (Lamorne Morris, New Girl) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury, Pitch) and single “bro” Ryan (Billy Magnussen, Into The Woods) who brings Sarah (Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe), the latest date in his rotating door of game night plus-ones.

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    Film Review: 'Black Panther'

    In director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, the world of Wakanda functions as a character just as much as it does setting. The fictional African nation sets the movie’s tone from the beginning: Wakanda is a place of majesty, a global wonder and secret all its own.

    Black Panther as Coogler’s third directorial work (following 2015’s Creed and 2013’s Fruitvale Station) is arguably one the most anticipated films for 2018, expectations towering over the highest Wakandan skyscraper. And on the surface, Coogler delivers – entertaining from start to finish, dazzling to behold from landscape to costumes – and where it stands out is in the ways it speaks and reflects to the political anxieties of the film’s creators and, in turn, their intended audience.

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    'Annihilation': A Mind-Bending Journey


    (L-R) Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

    Alex Garland’s new film Annihilation (based on the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy) follows five female scientists into what’s termed “The Shimmer,” an ever-expanding quarantine zone where inexplicable things occur. Natalie Portman (Jackie) plays Lena, whose husband (Oscar Isaac, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is the only person to ever return from a mission into “The Shimmer.”

    After being missing for a year, Lena’s husband returns home on the brink of death. Determined to save him, Portman’s character leads a team of scientists, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Tuva Novotny (Eat Pray Love), on a journey with one goal: find the source of “The Shimmer” and figure out what the hell it is and what it wants with humanity.

    As a screenwriter and author whose body of work primarily consists of original stories, including Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Sunshine as well as the widely-popular novel, The Beach, Garland had to balance adaptation with his own creative control for Annihilation. Although the film differs from the book in many ways, Garland said he wanted to stay true to the aspects of the book he most resonated with.

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    David Levithan's Popular Novel 'Every Day' Comes to the Big Screen


    Jacob Batalon and Angourie Rice in Orion Pictures’ Every Day. Photo by Peter Stranks. Courtesy of Orion Pictures.

    Imagine waking up in a different body each morning. That’s what A, the teen entity in Every Day, David Levithan’s hit young adult novel—now a movie from Orion Pictures—faces. A doesn’t know why it happens, or how. The only thing A can count on is that each body will belong to another teenager. And that each new person A occupies won’t live too far away from the last one.

    “I’ve seen the same color blue look 50 different ways with 50 different pairs of eyes,” says A, early in the book. “Every day of my life, I wake up and just try to live that day, for that person. Make no mark, leave no trace.”

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    Alumna’s Labor of Love Leads to Deal With Safeway

    This Valentine’s Day promises to be extra sweet for Bay Area entrepreneur Shirley Ladler-Dennis. Safeway stores (as well as Albertsons and Vons, part of the same conglomerate) around the country are now selling a valentine-themed version of her patented Diva-So-Easy pop-up gift baskets.

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    When Talents Come Together

    Academy schools collaborate to create a float celebrating art and culture for the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade


    An illustrated mock-up of the Academy’s float for this year’s Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. Image courtesy of Bob Toy.

    The cultural landscape of San Francisco has undergone many changes throughout the years, but one event has annually celebrated culture and diversity for 160 years. The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade will once again welcome thousands of people on Saturday, Feb. 24, to San Francisco for one of the largest celebrations of Lunar New Year in the world.

    As a place where people from around the globe come to study art, Academy of Art University is a proud supporter of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. This is the fifth year in a row that the Academy has created an elaborate float that unites students and instructors from across a variety of departments.

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