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Released on April 23, “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train” has become the highest-grossing Japanese film in history, likely due to its action-packed plot and its gorgeous artwork.

Honed to perfection

MJ Smit, Staff Writer May 15, 2021

This review contains spoilers for “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train.”  “Demon Slayer” is a well known show among the anime community, so it’s no surprise that so many...

Studio Ghibli films often have a bright and fun look to them that fits with adventurous stories and adorable characters.

Review: Five Studio Ghibli movies to take you away from reality

MJ Smit, Staff Reporter February 24, 2021

Studio Ghibli is an amazing Japanese animation film studio and is currently placed in Koganei, Tokyo. It’s well known for its animated movies including some short films, commercials, and one television...

With just enough time for one final holiday movie, viewers can enjoy “The Muppet Christmas Carol” as a grand send off for the Christmas holiday.

“The Muppet Christmas Carol”

December 25, 2020

The few hours we have left of Christmas may not be as scrapbook worthy as the first few hours of the day, but that is no excuse to stop spending time with your family. Right now is the perfect time to...

A mix of holiday cheer and Halloween fright makes The Nightmare Before Christmas a wonderful holiday movie for viewers who still havent quite processed Halloween yet.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

December 25, 2020

If holiday cheer is not quite your thing and you want something ever so slightly darker and more Halloween oriented, the classic Tim Burton movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” could be the Christmas...

A new spin on the classic story A Christmas Carol shows Charles Dickens and his experience writing the classic holiday book.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas”

December 23, 2020

I have to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started watching “The Man Who Invented Christmas”. I was scrolling through Hulu trying to find something that could be good...

The first film in The Chronicles of Narnia series is adventurous, fun, and will give viewers a nearly two hour escape from the real world.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

December 22, 2020

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a beloved book series written by S. C. Lewis in the 1950s that follows the adventures of four siblings who find a magical world in the back of a wardrobe. The first book...

Holiday cheer and lessons of selflessness and appreciation will bring magic and warmth into viewers lives.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas”

December 21, 2020

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” is a holiday film that features three short stories that feature the Mickey Mouse gang and the holiday related lessons that they learn. The first story shows Huey,...

The Frozen films are not only fun but full of adventure and valuable lessons to be reminded of during the pandemic.

“Frozen” and “Frozen II”

December 20, 2020

I’m sure everyone has seen two of Disney’s most popular films “Frozen” and “Frozen II”. The films feature two royal sisters, a living snowman, an ice harvester, and his pet reindeer. Anna and...

Get Santa is a wonderful and funny holiday film for all viewers to enjoy this Christmas season.

“Get Santa”

December 19, 2020

If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of “Get Santa”. This movie wasn’t even on my list of movies I was planning to review, but after giving it half of my attention for 1 hour and 42...

This icy film will bring holiday magic and childlike wonder into viewers lives this winter season

“Rise of the Guardians”

December 18, 2020

“Rise of the Guardians” is a 2012 animated film that features a cast chock full of big name actors such as Chris Pine, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Hugh Jackman. The story surrounds Jack Frost and his...

Twas the Night is filled with crazy antics, a con artist santa claus, and terrible acting for all viewers to enjoy over winter break.

“Twas the Night”

December 17, 2020

“Twas the Night” is a hilariously bad holiday movie that originally aired on Disney Channel in December 2001. Directed by Nick Castle, who has led dozens of other productions including the 1991 classic...

Bright colors, upbeat music, and an exciting plot helps to makeThe Willoughbys unique and exciting for all viewers.

“The Willoughbys”

December 16, 2020

“The Willoughbys” Came out in April of this year and features a very impressive cast, including Alessia Cara, Terry Cruz, and Maya Rudolf to name a few. The production was led by Kris Pearn, who is...

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