Arts & Entertainment

“Cold War” is an artful love story

April 12, 2019

TMN film critic Gordon McPherson gives “Cold War” four out of five hammers and sickles. Spring is finally here. Hallelujah. There hasn’t been a better time to watch “Cold War,” a grim Polish love story […]

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Take time for film festivals

April 4, 2019

I realize we’re all busy this time of the semester. Papers, presentations, tests, etc. — true academic bliss. But are we so busy that we can’t support the first annual Truman State University Film Festival […]

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Movie Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us”

March 29, 2019

TMN film critic Gordon McPherson gives “Us” four out of five white rabbits. Director Jordan Peele’s “Us” is hair-raising, timely, darkly comedic and practically overflowing with ambitious messages. Perhaps Peele’s reach slightly exceeds his grasp, […]

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Movie Review: “Happy as Lazzaro”

February 1, 2019

TMN movie critic Gordon McPherson gives “Happy as Lazzaro” five out of five hearts. The deeply moving Netflix-exclusive “Happy as Lazzaro” is a breathtakingly complex cinematic experience that anyone with a soul would appreciate. Lazzaro, […]

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Movie Review: Aquaman

January 19, 2019

Rating: 3 out of 5 seahorses Director James Wan’s “Aquaman” is a ridiculous film that likely killed many of my brain cells, but I enjoyed its sensory overload nevertheless. This DC Comics film centers around […]

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“The Passage” tells a story of cultural acceptance in America today

November 15, 2018

Without giving too much away, “The Passage” centers around a clumsy, disoriented, burrito-loving man named Phil, played by Philip Burgers, who doesn’t utter a word the entire film. On the run from two plump pursuers, Phil stumbles across a variety of multicultural situations — from a Spanish church service to a Haitian family household — and forges connections despite his, and viewers’, utter confusion. No explanations, subtitles or compromises. All immersive, humane, surreal entertainment that viewers will either enjoy or completely detest. […]