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It Emerges on the Silver Screen

Pennywise the Dancing Clown appears to terrorize a member of The Loser’s Club


When one decides to remake or re-adapt a narrative for the screen, there’s always a question of whether or not the new product will match or surpass the story many hold dear. In the case of Andy Muschietti’s
It (2017), not only is the film a worthy successor to the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of the eponymous Stephen King novel, but it’s an exceptionally good horror film overall. Muschietti, whose only other major film release was 2013’s Mama, manages to distill the primary themes of the first half of Stephen King’s monstrously long narrative on childhood trauma, and present it as a movie which manages to deliver some genuine scares.

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Revamped Film Club Says “Welcome!”

In the last year, have you found yourself at a screening of Pan’s Labyrinth on campus? How about Saving Private Ryan? Pulp Fiction? All of those screenings, along with countless others over the years, have been brought to you by The Film Initiative: Underground. The club has been around since 2011, hosting a wide array of film screenings around campus and promoting student filmmaking through various means such as filmmaking workshops and by orchestrating the FIU Student Film Festival. They are very much the real deal and if you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t heard about them yet, you’ll probably want to start paying attention.

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REVIEW: The Trip to Spain Serves Up Laughs with a Curious Aftertaste

The third installment of Michael Winterbottom’s “Trip” series, The Trip to Spain is pleasant and genuinely funny, with darker undertones than its predecessors.

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Photo by Phill Fisk. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

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A Guide to Fall 2017’s Film Classes

We’re just days away from an exciting new Fall semester. In the event you’ve neglected to pick your classes yet because you’ve been too caught up traveling, hitting up the beach, binging Stranger Things on Netflix, or just straight up sleeping in every day, don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered on what classes you might want to take this semester.  

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Fall Movie Lineup: The Nine Films You Can’t Miss

2017 has proved to be a formidable year in terms of dynamic, entertaining, and action-packed cinema, yet there are still so many movie releases to look forward to in the approaching fall semester. As classes commence once again, students will flock to the theaters for a much-needed rest from the note taking and studying, but the question is: What movies will be worth the time and effort? Whether it’s the long-awaited release of another installment in the Star Wars franchise, the anticipated horror films of October, or the upcoming lineup of epic films during the holiday season, we have prepared a list of films for you to watch out for.

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It’s Here: Popcorn Frights Film Festival Kicks Off A Week Of Horror!

South Florida’s premiere horror film festival has finally arrived! Popcorn Frights Film Festival kicks off their slasher-filled week tomorrow night at O Cinema Wynwood with a 7:00 PM screening of Tragedy Girls, followed by the North American premiere of Jackals at 9:00 PM, and Terrifier at 11:30 PM.

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Local Limelight: Secret Celluloid Society

Cinephiles across South Florida certainly have their fair share of options. Between the major chain theaters with several locations, like AMC and Regal, and the several independent cinemas such as Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, and Miami Beach Cinematheque, just to name a few, there really is no shortage of variety on any given night. When did we get so lucky?

Among the many scheduled screenings at these locations, there has been a noticeable rise in demand for the midnight/after-hour screenings of classic films, especially those in 35mm — something offered by most of the aforementioned theaters in some capacity. While these theaters put together some impressive programs, nobody puts on quite a show like the Secret Celluloid Society.

Nayib Estefan, Secret Celluloid Society’s founder, has a taste for theatrics.

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