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1 Mermaids can be Black
Bolumbu--Nkasa (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:23, p.03
11/14/2022 Nkasa Bolumbu writes an opinion piece on her thoughts with Disney's decision to cast a Black actress to play Ariel in the new live action movie. Bolumbu argues that skin color can be interchangeable when the whiteness of a character isn't a big part of their story like in Disney's movie "The Little Mermaid" or "Cinderella". She also adds that the story of Ariel is a fictional fantasy which takes place in a world where race isn't an issue; photo.
2 Horror movies are the worst
Saathoff--Abigail (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:17, p.03
10/24/2022 Abigail Saathoff writes an opinion piece against horror movies except for the few that have good plots/storylines such as "A Quiet Place" or "It".
3 Horror film "Barbarian" brings terror to theaters
Neessen--Ben (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:10, p.05
9/29/2022 Guest columnist and UNI student, Ben Neessen, writes his opinions on the new horror movie "Barbarian". He argues that the great writing, performances, and cinematography all make this movie captivating and fun to watch; photo.
4 The drama of "Don't Worry Darling"
Alder--Theo (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:9, p.05
9/26/2022 Theo Alder reports on the drama that is unfolding around the movie "Don't Worry Darling" and it's cast. The drama (which some speculate is fake) includes some popular stars including Harry Styles, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine; photo.
5 "Bullet Train" movie review
Alder--Theo (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:8, p.05
9/22/2022 Theo Alder writes a review for the new movie, "Bullet Train". Alder states that the movie has a simple but good plot and is filled with a star studded cast; photo.
6 Jordan Peele's Nope makes you think again
Alder--Theo (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:2, p.05
8/29/2022 Theo Alder, NI Film Critic, reviews the movie "Nope" written and directed by Jordan Peele. Alder gives the movie high praises commenting on the fantastic work of the special and visual effects teams, the director, and the actors; photo.
7 2022 Academy award nominations recap
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:33, p.5
2/10/2022 Hunter Friesen lays out all of the above-the-line categories and their nominees for the Academy Awards.
8 2021 Oscar nomination predictions
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:32, p.4
2/7/2022 Hunter Friesen gives his predictions for the 2021 Oscar nominations.
9 Twenty-five movies to get excited about in 2022
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:30, p.5
1/31/2022 Hunter Friesen details 25 movies that he is looking forward to in 2022.
10 Ten best films of 2021
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:28, p.5
1/24/2022 Hunter Friesen gives a list of what he believes to be the ten best movies of the year. He also includes five of the worst films of the year and his best film honorable mentions; photo.
11 Winter break movie reviews
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:28, p.5
1/24/2022 Hunter Friesen reviews the movies they viewed over winter break.
12 Campion's "Power of the Dog" reinvents the western genre
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:27, p.4
12/6/2021 Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" receives a 4 out of 5 rating from Hunter Friesen; photo.
13 We are thankful for films
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:26, p.4
12/2/2021 Hunter Friesen gives thanks to the five movies he watched over Fall Break; photo.
14 'The French Dispatch', Wes Anderson's masterpiece
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:23, p.4
11/15/2021 Hunter Friesen reviews Wes Anderson's new film, "The French Dispatch", rewarding it a 5/5 rating; photo.
15 'Eternals' just another cog in the Marvel machine
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:21, p.4
11/8/2021 Hunter Friesen reviews the newest Marvel film, "Eternals". He rates it 3/5; photo.
16 Dreams turn to disappointment
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:19, p.4
11/1/2021 Hunter Friesen reviews Edgar Wright's new film, "Last Night in Soho", giving it a 3/5 rating; photo.
17 "Dune" is a grand disappointment
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:17, p.4
10/25/2021 Hunter Friesen discusses the new movie adaption of the novel "Dune", which he rated a 3/5; photo.
18 "The Last Duel": A modern medieval epic
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:15, p.4
10/18/2021 Hunter Friesen reviews Ridley Scott's new film, "The Last Duel", starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, and Adam Driver in the three main roles. Friesen rates the movie 4/5, stating that it is one of Scott's finest films; photo.
19 Venom: A Carnage of Quality
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:11, p.4
10/4/2021 Film Critic Hunter Friesen gives a scathing review of the movie, "Venom: Let There Be Carnage", giving it a 1.5/5 rating; photo.
20 Summer 2021 Blockbuster Film Reviews
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 118:1, p.09
8/26/2021 Hunter Friesen gives his reviews of the blockbuster films released during the summer of 2021 including the movies Black Widow, Suicide Squad, and In the Heights; photo.
21 2021 summer movie preview
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:50, p.05
4/15/2021 The author reviews the biggest upcoming movies that will be released throughout the 2021 summer. With more vaccines being administered and movie theaters starting to reopen, the author hopes many of these movies will be seen in the cinema.
22 'Godzilla vs Kong' is exactly what it needs to be
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:47, p.05
4/5/2021 The author reviews the movie 'Godzilla vs Kong'. Despite the author believing the characters weren't given enough time which made them less memorable, he strongly praises the visual effects, sound work, and the amount of action in the movie; photo.
23 'The Father' teaches through tears
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:46, p.09
4/1/2021 The author reviews the movie 'The Father' starring Anthony Hopkins and states it is a superb film about dementia that may hit too close to home; photo.
24 Finally, 'Justice League' is enjoyable
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:44, p.05
3/25/2021 The author reviews the original director, Zack Snyder's, cut of the movie "Justice League". Due to a family tragedy and the Warner Brothers bringing in another director, Snyder's original version of the movie was never brought to theaters. However after many years, due to the fans demands and Snyder's determination, his original version was restored and released to the public; photo.
25 2021 Oscar nominations recap
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:42, p.05
3/18/2021 The author summarizes the 2021 Oscars nominations and gives their own analysis of who was nominated and who wasn't; photo.
26 'Chaos Walking' is just white noise
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:40, p.05
3/11/2021 The author reviews the dystopian fantasy movie 'Chaos Walking' and says that they wish this wasn't the first movie they saw in theatres after they reopened; photo.
27 "Judas" invigorates Fred Hampton's legacy
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:31, p.05
2/8/2021 Hunter Friesen reviews the biopic "Judas and the Black Messiah." Friesen gives the film 4.5/5 paws.
28 The films to come during winter break
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:25, p.05
11/12/2020 Hunter Friesen goes through several films that will be released during the extended break.
29 'Borat 2' is a funny retread
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:23, p.05
11/5/2020 Hunter Friesen gives a lukewarm rating of Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" Friesen gives and overall rating of 3.5/5 paw prints.
30 Where is UNI's international media club?
Montgomery--Tyler (Student--2020)
Northern Iowan 117:17, p.03
10/15/2020 The author expresses his desire for a club that explores foreign media.
31 Film review: stars shine in "Boys in the Band"
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:14, p.5
10/5/2020 "Boys in the Band" is a film staged in New York featuring seven gay friends getting ready for a birthday party. Friesen believes this is an astounding stage-to-screen adaptation that is relevant in today's society and scores a 4 out of 5.
32 Netflix movie 'Enola Holmes' is clever fun.
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:13, p.4
10/1/2020 The author gives their review of the Netflix film 'Enola Holmes'.
33 'Mulan' review: more realistic, less fun
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:8, p.04
9/14/2020 Hunter Friesen reviews the Disney live action version of the story "Mulan". Friesen informs readers of the price point of the film as well as a review, giving it a score of three out of five stars; photo.
34 Finding treasure under the moon
Baur--Nicholas (Student--2020)
Northern Iowan 116:1, p.04
8/20/2020 The 1980s classic film "The Goonies" is the sixth and final installment of the Movies Under the Moon" summer drive-in movie presented by Gallagher Bluedorn, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and Community Main Street.
35 Top 5 movies released during quarantine
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:1, p.09
8/20/2020 Film critic, Hunter Friesen, lists five films to come out since March 17 (the day all cinemas shutdown) he thinks deserve praise and recognition.
36 Pixar's 'Onward' is heartwarming
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:43, p.04
3/12/2020 Hunter Friesen rates 'Onward' 3.5 out of 5 stars stating that the movie is not Pixar's finest work but it is enjoyable for all ages; photo.
37 Friesen: 'The invisible Man' is one to see
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:41, p.04
3/5/2020 Hunter Friesen, Film Critic for the Northern Iowan, gives insight to what to expect watching "The Invisible Man. "The story follows Cecilia, a victim to her abusive boyfriend, Adrian. News breaks that Adrian dies of suicide, much to Cecilia's relief. Friesen critiques parts of the movie into categories, Directing, Writing, Acting, and Overall appeal. Friesen's final rating for this film is 3.5/5 calling it " A breath of fresh air." compared to other movies.
38 'Last Thing' is a confusing mess
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:39, p.04
2/27/2020 The author reviews the Netflix original movie "Last Thing" starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck.
39 'Sonic' can't outrun its problems
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:37, p.05
2/20/2020 Hunter Friesen writes a film review of "Sonic the Hedgehog" detailing the premise of the movie and his lasting opinions. Friesen consistently gives the film a two out of five in all categories including directing, writing, and acting. For an overall score Friesen gives "Sonic the Hedgehog" a two out of five; photo.
40 Winter break film review roundup
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:28, p.04
1/16/2020 Hunter Friesen had a busy holiday break and went to the movie theater and reviewed the films he watched. Each film he reviewed was on a scale from 0 to 5 Paw Prints. "Cats" (2017) was a strange film with 97% of the film sung rather than spoken. It received mixed reviews and feedback from watchers. 2.5/5 Paw Prints. "Star Wars: Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker" was the final film in a disappointing trilogy. The cast was the best part of the film. 3/5 Paw Prints. "Bombshell" was a well written and spiritual sequel to 2015's "The Big Short." The film highlighted the toxic culture within Fox News. 3.5/5 Paw Prints. "1917" is the best film of the year on a purely technical level. The film carried a tone that resonated with the audience as the story of two characters plagued by World War I as they rush to save the Allies. 4/5 Paw Prints. “Little Women" was a gift delivered on Christmas Day. Based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name. Friesen claimed, 'Everything about this film is perfect in its special way. This is the best film of the year and one of the best ever seen." 5/5 Paw Prints.
41 Scorsese crafts crime epic 'Irishman'
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:26, p.04
12/9/2019 Film review of the Netflix film"The Irishman".The critic gave the film an overall rating of 4.5/5 paws.
42 McKellen vs Mirren in 'Good Liar'
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:24, p.04
11/21/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (2019). The movie was about London octogenarian Roy Courtnay, played by Ian McKellen, who is a career con man. One day, while using an online dating scam, he meets Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren. The two hit it off and Courtnay finds out she is worth three million pounds. He then plans to steal her money but a plethora of conflicts make it much harder. Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film overall 3.5/5 paw prints.
43 'Jojo Rabbit' comically attacks Nazis
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:22, p.04
11/14/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (2019). The movie was about Jojo Betzler a young German boy that is very involved in the Hitler Youth. His patriotism runs so high Adolf Hitler himself acts as his imaginary friend. This becomes more complicated when Jojo finds out his mother hid a young Jewish girl named Elsa in their walls. Now Jojo’s conflicted over his national ideas or if he must make new ones. This film is a comedy. Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film overall 4/5 paw prints.
44 'Dark Fate' can't revive tired franchise
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:20, p.04
11/7/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews "Terminator: Dark Fate" (2019). The movie was set in a present where Judgment Day never happened. The film opens in Mexico City where two robots from opposite sides arrive from the future. One will protect the target Dani Ramos, who in the future will lead the human resistance against the robot overlords, and the other will attempt to kill her. Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film overall 2.5/5 paw prints.
45 Streaming wars make for tough decisions
Lien--Taylor (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:20, p.03
11/7/2019 Opinion columnist, Taylor Lien, writes in this editorial piece about the current streaming war that is taking place across our internet. The streaming war Lien references is the current output of streaming channels/services and the libraries they hold that create difficulties for viewers to choose between. Recently, HBO unveiled their plans to launch HBO Max in May 2020. This will cause a stir due to Disney Plus's release on November 12, 2019.
46 'Joker' clowns around with message
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:12, p.04
10/10/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews 'Joker'. Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5 paw prints (in lieu of the typical star usually associated with ratings). Friesen rated the film over all 3/5 paw prints.
47 'Ad Astra' tells human story on cosmic level
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:7, p.05
9/23/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews 'Ad Astra.' Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film overall 4.5/5 paw prints.
48 Scafaria's 'Hustlers' make it rain
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:5, p.05
9/16/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews 'Hustlers' (2019). Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film over all 4/5 paw prints.
49 "It" sequel is too long for too little
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:4, p.04
9/12/2019 Hunter Friesen reviews It: Chapter 2 (2019), a movie based on Stephen King's novel "It." Frieson rates the directing, writing, acting, and the overall film on a scale from 0 to 5. Friesen rated the film overall 3/5 paw prints.
50 'Pet Sematary' is uneven horror experience
Friesen--Hunter (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:48, p.05
4/11/2019 The author gives the second film adaption of Stephen King's novel "Pet Sematary" 3.5 paws.


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