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Students hold discussion with director John Singleton on ‘Higher Learning’, on-campus race relations


Students gathered to discuss the current climate of race, class and social structure in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Thursday night with USC alumnus and award-winning director John Singleton. Prior to the discussion, students screened John Singleton’s 1995 film Higher Learning, a movie focused on the personal and social progression of a group of diverse […]

Action films shouldn’t have large box office impact


With President’s Day Weekend behind us and the Academy Awards creeping up in about a week, new releases are sparse this weekend, with a pair of action films lacking in both good marketing and critical acclaim. This week’s new releases, Pompeii and 3 Days to Kill, are both targeted toward the male demographic, a shift […]

Do the Oscars really matter?


My family loves film. It’s integral to who we are. My mom acts. My dad works in box office data. I’ve worked at a movie theater on and off throughout college. To no one’s surprise, we take the Academy Awards very seriously. And the Smith family father-daughter Oscar pool is no exception. With that star-studded, […]

Box office preview: Sparse new releases over Super Bowl weekend


It’s the time of year where new releases are few and far between. Awards season has saturated the box office with Oscar nominees and critically acclaimed films. Movies like Frozen, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street have accumulated large audiences over the past few weeks. In stark contrast to last weekend’s release of […]

Sequels can build on strength of originals


Have a conversation about the state of movies today, and you’ll soon hit the topic of sequels — right after the words “remakes” and “vampire movies.” The proliferation of sequels is often cited as one of the signs of the decay of the movie industry. It’s an example of the money-obsessed nature of movie studios, […]