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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ brings familiar, refreshing gameplay to franchise

Noah Levine November 16, 2020

Black Ops is back.  “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is the newest installment in Activision’s long-running first person shooter series. This time around, “Call of Duty”...

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‘Mortal’ takes grounded approach to superhero-esque origin story

Noah Levine November 5, 2020

In the spirit of Amazon’s “The Boys” and James Gunn’s “Brightburn,” “Mortal” is here to make you rethink your superhero fantasies.  “Mortal”...


A creeptastic guide to ensuring your 2020 Halloween is ‘un-boo-lievable’

Noah Levine November 3, 2020

The scariest day of the year isn’t far off, and The Daily Texan is here to help you celebrate. Move your eyes to the rest of this guide to figure out how to send chills down your spine.  The...

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Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot offers mixed bag of mystery

Noah Levine October 21, 2020

Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, Netflix has dropped Volume 2 of their “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot. This installment features another six chilling cold cases ranging from the...


‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ delivers half-baked family thrills

Noah Levine October 19, 2020

Maybe babysitters should just stick to babysitting.  “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” is a film adaptation of the young adult novel series of the same name. Author Joe...


Fantastic Fest 2020: Director of ‘The Stylist’ Jill Gervagizian talks horror influences and pre-production

Noah Levine October 5, 2020

After succeeding as a short on the festival circuit in 2015, Jill Gervargizian’s “The Stylist” has been adapted into a feature film. The stylish slasher premiered at 2020’s Celebration...


Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘The Stylist’ presents gruesome character study

Noah Levine September 28, 2020

Dandruff is the least of these characters’ hair worries.  “The Stylist” is a new horror film from writer-director Jill Gervargizian, based on a 2016 short film of  the same...


Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘Teddy’ brings visual feast to werewolf genre

Noah Levine September 28, 2020

This werewolf film is a visual feast.  Kicking off Fantastic Fest’s virtual 2020 celebration, “Teddy” brings werewolves back onto the big screen. The French film, written and...


‘Antebellum’ fails to leave mark on horror

Noah Levine September 21, 2020

“Antebellum” is a new horror film from directing duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The story follows a successful Black businesswoman named Veronica (Janelle Monáe) who suddenly...

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Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’ presents dark, twisted character study

Noah Levine September 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This review discusses religious and gruesome imagery as well as suicide. If you or somebody you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour...

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‘Get Duked!’ director talks horror, music video influences

Noah Levine August 31, 2020

After a 2019 premiere at South by Southwest, “Get Duked!” (formerly “Boyz in the Wood”) landed on Amazon Prime on Friday. The wild, genre-defying film follows a group of boys who...

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Coming-of-age film ‘Chemical Hearts’ explores love with delicacy, stars Lili Reinhart

Noah Levine August 22, 2020

While high school life is often romanticized in modern media, Amazon Studios’ newest film embraces the dark reality that lies between the lockers. “Chemical Hearts,” based on the novel...

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‘Chemical Hearts’ stars Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, director Richard Tanne discuss new Amazon Prime film

Noah Levine August 22, 2020

Director and writer Richard Tanne’s “Chemical Hearts” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The coming-of-age story, based on the novel “Our Chemical Hearts” by Krystal...

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‘She Dies Tomorrow’ explores unknown with tragic beauty

Noah Levine August 6, 2020

With this new foreboding flick, director Amy Seimetz shines a light on the fragility of life and certainty of death. “She Dies Tomorrow” follows a group of people who encounter a mysterious...

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‘Relic’ cast, director talk horror, female representation

Noah Levine July 10, 2020

The new horror film “Relic” from director Natalie Erika James is now playing at drive-in theaters across the country. The film stars Bella Heathcote and Emily Mortimer as a mother-daughter...

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‘Relic’ portrays familial terror with honesty, grace

Noah Levine July 9, 2020

The suffering of a loved one becomes sinister in this terrifying genre offering.  “Relic” is a chilling horror film from director Natalie Erika James. The twisted tale follows a mother...


The fate of summer 2020’s film slate

Noah Levine May 9, 2020

Hot Film Fan Summer will never be the same.  When COVID-19 forced movie theaters to shut down worldwide, studios quickly adjusted theatrical release dates for upcoming films. The Daily Texan has...

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UT senior gets surprise visit from Steven Spielberg on John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’

Noah Levine May 6, 2020

With days left before his virtual graduation, an aspiring UT screenwriter received personal advice from a Hollywood legend.  After the Twitter account for John Krasinski’s (“The Office,”...

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ shines with strong narrative despite hiding harsher reality

Noah Levine May 5, 2020

Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” seeks to reinterpret the harsh reality of 1940s Dreamland.  Part of a multipicture deal, “Hollywood” is a Ryan Murphy-Netflix collaboration....


Upcoming films, shows starring your favorite ‘Star Wars’ actors

Noah Levine May 4, 2020

As the final entry in “Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” came to a close last winter with “The Rise of Skywalker,” the franchise’s greatest stars are seeking out new opportunities...

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UT alum talks newest short film on HBO, advice during quarantine

Noah Levine April 20, 2020

UT alumnus Eman Esfandi is usually in front of the camera, but after taking a spin in the director’s chair, his work is now streaming on HBO.  Eman Esfandi directed a short film called “Pepito”...


RTF students’ thesis film productions disrupted by COVID-19

Noah Levine April 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Daniel Hurtado de Mendoza was supposed...

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4 shows to watch on new streaming app Quibi

Noah Levine April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story mentions suicide. If you or somebody you know are at resk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255. As attention...

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From the Forty Acres to the big screen: UT alumni movies to watch in quarantine

Noah Levine March 31, 2020

Looking for more movies to add to your ever-expanding watch list? The Texan has compiled a list of films featuring UT alumni that are available to stream from the comfort of your home. “Time Trap”...


‘Blow the Man Down’ deep dives into thrilling small-town mystery

Noah Levine March 21, 2020

Gone Fishing … forever. “Blow The Man Down” is a new Amazon original film, written and directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole. The unsettling thriller follows two sisters as they...


7 films to watch while quarantined

Noah Levine March 20, 2020

With countless hours of TV time seemingly in everyone’s future, the Texan has put together a list of must-watch films that embrace the spirit of being quarantined, each in a unique way. The Shining  In...

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Q&A: Lynn Chen on how SXSW cancellation impacts her film ‘I Will Make You Mine’

Noah Levine March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. “I Will Make You Mine”...

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Silent ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ speaks volumes

Noah Levine March 10, 2020

Young ambitions fly sky high in this colorful Netflix experience. “Sitara: Let Girls Dream” is an animated short film written and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy alongside Pakistan-based...

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‘The Invisible Man’ reinvents classic tale of terror

Noah Levine March 2, 2020

Universal Classic Monsters is back from the grave yet again, this time with horror powerhouse Blumhouse behind the wheel.  “The Invisible Man,” directed by Leigh Whannell (“Upgrade”),...

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‘I Am Not Okay with This’ sprinkles coming-of age-drama with telepathic powers

Noah Levine February 28, 2020

Sophia Lillis is once again drenched in blood, but this time a killer clown is the least of her problems.  “I Am Not Okay With This” is a new Netflix series from director Jonathan Entwistle...

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‘Brahms: The Boy II’ offers generic, enjoyable slice of PG-13 horror

Noah Levine February 24, 2020

"Annabelle” is officially canceled.  “Brahms: The Boy II” is the sequel to 2016’s “The Boy.” The film follows a new family that moves into the guest house...

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‘Wendy’ excels in magical coming of age tale

Noah Levine February 17, 2020

The island of eternal youth is returning to the silver screen in the visionary tale “Wendy.”  “Wendy” is a retelling of the classic “Peter Pan” story through...

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Interview with Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin

Noah Levine February 17, 2020

Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin is back with a new film titled “Wendy.” The film is a loose adaptation of the classic story “Peter Pan,” focusing on young Wendy as she discovers...

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‘Fantasy Island’ leaves viewers in a nightmare

Noah Levine February 17, 2020

Audiences should stay on the plane.  “Fantasy Island” is the newest genre film from horror production company Blumhouse. The film, loosely based on the original TV series from the 1970s,...

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Student journalists chat with Lucy Hale, director Jeff Wadlow about horror, directing

Noah Levine February 13, 2020

“Fantasy Island” is horror production company Blumhouse’s twisted reimagining of the classic show of the same name.  The Daily Texan, along with several other student-run publications,...

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‘Locke & Key’ serves up generic fun along with tonal inconsistencies

Noah Levine February 11, 2020

Maybe opening this locked door was a bad idea. “Locke & Key” is a new Netflix original based on the horror fantasy comic series of the same name by Joe Hill, acclaimed writer Stephen...

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‘Horse Girl’ underwhelms with lackluster handling of subject matter

Noah Levine February 10, 2020

As the credits roll on Jeff Baena’s “Horse Girl,” it becomes very apparent that all the film did was showcase a girl struggling with mental illness and then end her story in a worse state...

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‘Birds of Prey’ is the best kind of insanity

Noah Levine February 7, 2020

In a franchise seemingly dominated by the Joker, Harley Quinn is back to steal the spotlight with twisted pride.  “Birds of Prey” marks the return of Margot Robbie’s iconic Harleen...

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Billie Eilish’s frequent music video editor talks working with Billie, student filmmaking, advice for industry

Noah Levine February 3, 2020

Billie Eilish’s newest music video, “everything i wanted,” released Jan. 23, has already garnered over 29 million views. Music video editor John Paul Horstmann (“everything i wanted,”...

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‘Gretel & Hansel’ director Osgood Perkins dishes on new movie, directing Jordan Peele’s upcoming ‘Twilight Zone’ episode

Noah Levine January 31, 2020

In a reinterpretation of the original Grimm tale, director Osgood Perkins (“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”) has brought fairy tale nightmare “Gretel & Hansel” to cinematic...

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‘Gretel & Hansel’ whips up twisted tale of childhood terror

Noah Levine January 31, 2020

If Jack and Jill tumbling down a hill wasn’t harrowing enough, Gretel and Hansel are here to live among a cannibalistic witch. “Gretel & Hansel” is a twisted fairytale horror film...


Q&A: Matthew McConaughey discusses filmmaking at Hogg Auditorium

Noah Levine January 23, 2020

After facing an onslaught of syllabi on UT’s first day of spring session, some students also received a special screening of “The Gentlemen,” followed by a Q&A from the minister of...

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‘The Wave’ is a time-twisting, visually engaging treat

Noah Levine January 22, 2020

Get lost in a time-bending trip with director Gille Klabin’s “The Wave.” “The Wave,” which premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, revolves around lawyer Frank (Justin...

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Writer, director of ‘The Wave,’ talk screenwriting, casting

Noah Levine January 22, 2020

“The Wave” is a brand new time-twisting comedy from director Gille Klabin and writer and producer Carl Lucas that premiered at Austin’s very own Fantastic Fest. The film follows a lawyer...


Catnip to lightsabers: Guide to films released during winter break

Noah Levine January 21, 2020

As UT closed its doors for the winter session, cinemas were bombarded with new films ­— some box office hits and a few disappointments. The Daily Texan has put together a review recap for some...

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Safdie Brothers talk ‘Uncut Gems,’ directing, student filmmaking and screenwriting

Noah Levine December 2, 2019

Josh and Benny Safdie have slowly paved a way for themselves in Hollywood with critically acclaimed films like “Heaven Knows What” and “Good Time.”  The directing duo is back...

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‘The Irishman’ is another masterfully crafted piece of cinema from Martin Scorsese

Noah Levine December 2, 2019

The legendary trinity of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino finally share the screen in the newest high-stakes, city-set nightmare from Martin Scorsese.  Acclaimed director Scorsese’s...

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“Knives Out” sharply upholds mind-bending script

Noah Levine November 25, 2019

Throw away the Clue board — it’s time for a real mystery.  “Knives Out” is a modern take on the classic whodunit' genre from director Rian Johnson (“Star Wars:...

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“Uncut Gems” treats audience to signature Safdie Brothers thriller

Noah Levine November 25, 2019

If audiences have ever wanted to see Adam Sandler fight against a famous R&B singer in the middle of the VIP room of a club, now is the time.  “Uncut Gems” is another film from...

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Lush musical atmosphere of ‘Frozen II’ falls flat despite initial hype

Noah Levine November 20, 2019

Forget “Let It Go.” It’s time to get “Lost in the Woods” with “Frozen II.” “Frozen II” is the highly anticipated sequel to Disney’s animated...

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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ brings mindless slasher frenzy to small screen

Noah Levine November 15, 2019

The ‘80s are back, and they’ve brought aerobics, short shorts and a blood-splattered sleepaway camp with them.   “American Horror Story” has concluded its ninth season,...

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Q&A: Director of Ao5 Gallery discusses Salvador Dalí exhibition

Noah Levine November 15, 2019

Attendees won’t have to rely on the “Persistence of Memory” if they decide to take home one of these pieces for themselves.  From Nov. 9 to Dec. 10, Austin’s Ao5 Gallery...

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‘Doctor Sleep’ attempts to meld twisted worlds of King, Kubrick

Noah Levine November 7, 2019

The Overlook Hotel has opened its doors once again and two little twin girls are the least of Danny Torrance’s problems. “Doctor Sleep,” directed by Mike Flanagan, is both the film...

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Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio talk “Once Upon a Time” in special livestream interview

Noah Levine November 4, 2019

Once upon a time … the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s newest film were interviewed.  This past weekend, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”...

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‘In Search of Darkness’ director David A. Weiner talks John Carpenter, ‘80s Horror, open-ended future of his 4-hour long documentary

Noah Levine October 31, 2019

“In Search of Darkness” is a documentary that details the rise and impact of 1980s horror films. Over the four-hour run time, director David A. Weiner conducts interviews with a vast array...


‘The VICE Guide to Bigfoot’ provides shallow yet entertaining mockumentary of the creature

Noah Levine October 28, 2019

The only thing scarier than Bigfoot is millennials. “The VICE Guide to Bigfoot” is the feature directorial debut for Zach Lamplugh and stars writer and producer Brian Emond. “VICE...

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‘In Search of Darkness’ deep dives into fascinating history of ‘80s horror

Noah Levine October 24, 2019

While many people fear the darkness, some search for it. “In Search of Darkness” documents and analyzes the history and impact of horror films in the 1980s. Featuring a slew of absurd films...

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Director Ruben Fleischer, Jesse Eisenberg talk ‘Zombieland,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ student filmmaking

Noah Levine October 18, 2019

Audiences stepped foot into “Zombieland” in 2009, and a decade later the original cast and director have returned to the iconic undead stomping ground. To celebrate the release of “Zombieland:...

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back comedic mayhem in signature undead style

Noah Levine October 17, 2019

According to the second survival rule of Zombieland, one must always Double Tap, even if it takes 10 years to do it.  The gang returns in the long-awaited sequel to 2009’s “Zombieland,”...


House of Torment adds to fearsome experience with axe throwing, haunted mazes

Noah Levine October 16, 2019

House of Torment is back from the grave once again for its 2019 haunt season. Eager thrill-seekers will be pleasantly surprised to discover the notorious attraction has brought with it a plethora of...

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‘Joker’ is everything but a laughing matter

Noah Levine October 3, 2019

The highly anticipated and extremely controversial “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”), has arrived, detailing a complex, mesmerizing and terrifying story about...

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“Knives Out” director Rian Johnson takes stab at Texan’s questions

Noah Levine September 30, 2019

At the Fantastic Fest premiere of “Knives Out” on Sept. 25, The Daily Texan spoke to director Rian Johnson from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Looper” about his newest...

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Director of Netflix thriller ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ discusses filmmaking process

Noah Levine September 25, 2019

The Daily Texan sat down at Fantastic Fest with Jim Mickle, director of Netflix thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon,” to discuss the filmmaking process.  The Daily Texan: As a director,...

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Fantastic Fest: The cast of “In the Shadow of the Moon” talk inspirations, acting, Willy Wonka

Noah Levine September 25, 2019

“In the Shadow of the Moon” is a time traveling thriller from Netflix. The Daily Texan discussed various aspects of the filmmaking journey with cast members Michael C. Hall, Boyd Holbrook and...

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Fantastic Fest: The cast, director of “Fractured” talk Hitchock, storytelling, genre

Noah Levine September 25, 2019

“Fractured” is a psychological thriller directed by Brad Anderson that follows the harrowing journey of a man whose wife and daughter disappear from a hospital. The Daily Texan attended the...

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“Jojo Rabbit” miraculously balances heartfelt, hopeful tone amongst bleak setting

Noah Levine September 24, 2019

“Jojo Rabbit” is a WWII dramedy from director Taika Waititi that focuses on a young boy who idolizes Hilter and his reaction to finding out his mother has been hiding a young Jewish girl in...

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‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ expertly navigates a finely-tuned script

Noah Levine September 24, 2019

This is what happens when the moon sees its shadow. “In the Shadow of the Moon” is a time-bending thriller from director Jim Mickle. The film follows a murder investigation in Philadelphia...

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MondoCon: Toymakers discuss inspiration, process of bringing imagination to life

Noah Levine September 17, 2019

At MondoCon, toymakers went back to their roots to discuss their inspirations. On Sept. 14 and 15, Mondo, an art house which produces toys, vinyl records and screen printed shirts and posters, hosted...

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‘Ad Astra’ thrusts viewers into a beautiful space-fueled nightmare

Noah Levine September 16, 2019

With Brad Pitt in space, clearly nothing can go wrong. “Ad Astra” is a space thriller directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt in the leading role of Roy McBride. The film follows an...


After premiering at the Venice Film Festival, “JOKER” reactions are no laughing matter

Noah Levine September 11, 2019

Unlike the character, this film is no joke. On Aug. 31, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” film premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it won the “Golden Lion” award. Critics...


Volunteers ‘Scare for a Cure’ for cancer

Noah Levine September 10, 2019

Behind the remnants of an old Western ghost town in Manor, Texas, something ghoulish resides.  Scare for a Cure is a nonprofit, haunted attraction that donates its net proceeds to cancer research....

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‘IT Chapter Two’ conjures a mesmerizing, twisted circus of entertainment

Noah Levine September 9, 2019

After a two year wait, the sequel to “IT” has finally floated into theaters.  “IT Chapter Two” takes viewers to the small town of Derry, Maine, where the Losers’ Club...

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‘Midsommar Director’s Cut’ amplifies Ari Aster’s sun-soaked nightmare

Noah Levine September 3, 2019

Many people are scared of the dark, but what they should really fear is what lies in broad daylight.  Ari Aster brought his horror chops back to the big screen with his sophomore film, "Midsommar." Recently,...


What is going on with Spider-Man in the MCU?

Noah Levine August 30, 2019

“I don’t feel so good, Mr. Stark” has a whole new meaning. On Aug. 20, film news site Deadline reported that Disney and Sony were unable to reach a financial agreement on the deal...


‘IT’ fans discuss eager anticipation to float with Pennywise again in ‘Chapter Two’

Noah Levine August 28, 2019

On Sept. 6, audiences will truly float “two.” Pennywise has returned from his 27-year slumber and is ready to feast on the children of Derry, Maine, in the highly-anticipated film “IT...


‘Ready or Not’ takes successful stab at original horror

Noah Levine August 26, 2019

Till death do us part has a whole new meaning. “Ready or Not” is a high-stakes horror film surrounding a newlywed bride who marries into the Le Domas family, notorious for taking pleasure...


Top 5 blockbusters of the summer for college students

Noah Levine August 26, 2019

It’s a beautiful summer day, so the only logical thing to do is go to the movies. Summer 2019 was a great one for movies. Fans of every genre — from superhero flicks to shocking horror films,...

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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ successfully resurrects childhood fear

Noah Levine August 13, 2019

The illustrations that haunted ‘90s childhoods are back, more alive than ever.  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a film adaptation of the eponymous collection of short stories...

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ brings back 1960s Hollywood with unique Tarantino flair

Noah Levine July 30, 2019

Mr. Tarantino is back, and he’s brought cowboys, pitbulls, crazy cult members and — of course — more feet.  Acclaimed film director Quentin Tarantino has finished his ninth feature...

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‘Crawl’ swallows audiences with horrid writing, pacing

Noah Levine July 23, 2019

For a film all about alligators, this sure lacks bite. “Crawl” is a horror film directed by Alexandre Aja that follows competitive swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her father (Barry Pepper)...


‘Far From Home’ brings zany superhero fun, yet leaves much to be desired

Noah Levine July 9, 2019

Who would’ve thought that Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing a fishbowl-wearing sorcerer in a Spider-Man movie? Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is back in “Far From Home,” a sequel to...

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‘Child’s Play’ becomes your new best friend with gore-filled fun

Noah Levine June 25, 2019

Alexa, please don’t kill me.  “Child’s Play” is a reimagining of the 1988 horror classic of the same name. The remake, helmed by director Lars Klevberg, revolves around...


‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 mostly satisfies fan craving

Noah Levine June 11, 2019

“Black Mirror” is back in full force with its signature social commentary, but some of the stories aren’t as strong as they could be.  The fifth season of Netflix’s futuristic...


Bundy biopic “Extremely, Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” respectfully addresses source material

Noah Levine May 6, 2019

The new Ted Bundy biopic is wicked, evil and vile in its excruciating visual accuracy, yet it remains respectful of his victims. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” directed by...

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‘Scary Stories’ documentary analyzes frightening book series

Noah Levine April 30, 2019

In a time before “Goosebumps,” another book had the honor of bringing children’s nightmares to life. “Scary Stories” is a 2019 documentary directed, edited and produced...

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is ultimate love letter to Marvel Universe

Noah Levine April 24, 2019

“Endgame” wields a powerful gauntlet of nostalgia, heartbreak and resolution.  “Avengers: Endgame” is the culmination of over 10 years of Marvel storytelling, starting with...

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Writer of “Shazam!,” Henry Gayden, talks about the film’s popularity, writing process

Noah Levine April 17, 2019

DC’s newest film “Shazam!,” directed by David F. Sandberg, is currently in theaters, and The Daily Texan had the pleasure of speaking with the film’s writer (and UT alumnus) Henry...


Horror fans, journalists combat stigmas of the genre

Noah Levine April 11, 2019

The horror genre has frightened moviegoers since the early twentieth century. With recent hits such as “It” and “Us,” the genre shows no signs of receding success. Stigmas toward...

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Thriller ‘Long Lost’ sends viewers down dizzying hole of seduction, suspense

Noah Levine April 3, 2019

Maybe being an only child isn’t so bad.  “Long Lost,” released on March 29, is an erotic thriller from director, writer and editor Erik Bloomquist. This is Bloomquist’s...


UT affiliates analyze evolution, appeal of ‘The Clown Prince of Crime’

Noah Levine March 26, 2019

Two Jokers in a deck of cards? Try six.  The Joker, arguably Batman’s most iconic foe, has graced everything from comics to the world of film and television. Over the last 50 years, the Joker...

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The Daily Texan sits down with the director and cast of ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Noah Levine March 17, 2019

"The Curse of La Llorona" recently premiered at SXSW. The film follows a single mother as she does whatever it takes to protect her children from the evil spirit of La Llorona. The Daily...

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‘Pet Sematary’ digs up a ghoulish time

Noah Levine March 17, 2019

In the famous words of Jud Crandall, sometimes, dead is better. "Pet Sematary" is the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The film, directed by Kevin Kölsch...

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ scares with its recycled horror clichés

Noah Levine March 16, 2019

Move over Bloody Mary — there’s a new child-killing spirit in town. “The Curse of La Llorona” is Michael Chaves’s feature length directorial debut and another entry in...

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‘Get Duked!’ is absolute blast from start to finish

Noah Levine March 16, 2019

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the new title of the film, "Get Duked!" Apparently, farmers are big into hip-hop. “Get Duked!” is the first feature...


‘Snatchers’ disappoints in attempt at throwback horror

Noah Levine March 15, 2019

“Snatchers” is a horror comedy from directors Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman that is adapted from the short film and web series of the same name. The film follows friends Sara and Hayley...

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‘Body at Brighton Rock’ brings dread but doesn’t exactly deliver

Noah Levine March 14, 2019

Dead bodies, maggots, and bears — oh my. “Body at Brighton Rock” is the feature directorial debut for Roxanne Benjamin. The film follows a young park ranger who comes across a corpse...

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‘Teen Spirit’ is an electrifying pop-filled journey that turns down the volume a little too early

Noah Levine March 14, 2019

When music and film are effectively combined, the result is truly special. “Teen Spirit” is a film revolving a small-town girl’s rise to fame directed by Max Minghella. The film follows...

Tales From the Lodge courtesy Hook Pictures

‘Tales from the Lodge’ has cool stories to tell, but that’s about it

Noah Levine March 14, 2019

An anthology film where the anthologies themselves are more interesting than the overall plot. “Tales from the Lodge” is the directorial debut for Abigail Blackmore. The film follows a group...

Villains Courtesy of BRONS Studios

‘Villains’ brings out the best in the bad guys with successful dark humor

Noah Levine March 12, 2019

It turns out the best movies are the ones with no heroes at all. “Villains” is a dark comedy directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen that follows a criminal couple who breaks into a home that...

Little Monsters courtesy of NEON

‘Little Monsters’ shines a heartwarming light on the zombie genre

Noah Levine March 12, 2019

“Little Monsters” is the beacon of undead light in a time where zombie films have been done to death. This is Abe Forsythe’s third feature film and he surely delivers with a heartwarming...

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