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January 26, 2015 - 3:10pm
Goenka’s new book offers a glimpse at the largest movie business of the world including its diversity and contemporary trends.

With indie cinema like Lunchbox, Titli and Liar’s Dice entering the Oscars for India this year, the Indian film industry is more than Bollywood. Tula Goenka’s new book, Not Just Bollywood: Indian Directors Speak, offers a rare glimpse of the largest movie business of the world, its sheer diversity and contemporary trends.

Goenka, a filmmaker and professor of film production, goes behind the scenes to paint the scene. She interviews 28 leading Indian directors to talk about films from the filmmaker’s point of view.

September 13, 2013 - 9:21pm
Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno,' which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, uses cannibalism to make a point about the naivete of young people.

In an early scene in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) sarcastically questions activist Alejandro’s (Ariel Levy) ludicrous plan to save Peruvian natives from a construction company. Alejandro calls her insolent.

September 13, 2013 - 9:13pm
Denis Villeneuve's 'Prisoners' changes the meaning of child abduction movies and pushes the detective genre. The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Prisoners is a perfect film for drama-loving masochists. Grief and injustice dominate the plot as a crude reminder that bad things happen to good people, but the film does so in a way where you cannot blink, let alone go to the bathroom, until the end.

The trailer was an unfortunate false advertisement of the film. It gives little justice to the intellectual thriller of fist-clenching tension, which kept the theater jumping at every unexpected turn.

In other words, be prepared to flinch.

October 28, 2011 - 11:18am
The NewsHouse delivers a Halloween treat with this original horror movie set after hours in some of campus' darkest corridors.

Happy Halloween from The NewsHouse

Halloween is upon us, and what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than curled up on the couch with warm apple cider and popcorn to watch some of the greatest Halloween movies and TV shows of all time.

So, we compiled a list of our favorites –- the good, bad and downright corny –- and used them as inspiration to create our own Halloween film.

December 14, 2010 - 1:27am
SU professor Larry Elin led the team of computer animators that brought the original 'TRON' to life -- and spurred a motion picture revolution.

Larry Elin spent most of 1981 holed up in his Elmsford, N.Y., office, staring at a boxy, 8-bit computer that crashed almost as often as it worked.


His fellow employees at MAGI Synthavision, a tiny computer graphics firm, regularly stayed overnight to work on the project. If anyone needed a nap, they curled up under their desks. If the computer went down, they all struggled to fix it.


And after 12 months of work, the team finally had something to show for it: a 22-minute sequence in the 1982 cult classic TRON.

April 27, 2010 - 10:15pm
Three central New York theaters offer a dramatically different movie experience.

It’s Saturday night, and you want to catch a movie.  You could, like the majority of the SU student population, head to Carousel Mall.  There you’ll find big-budget action flicks, romantic comedies, animated children’s movies and the occasional star-studded drama.

December 3, 2009 - 10:25am
'Overcoming the Spectacle' series part of an effort to show edgy films locally.

You’d be hard-pressed to find an art house film buff who thinks Syracuse is a haven for alternative cinema.

There are the three area Regal Cinemas (all located in malls) that offer the general public the top studio releases of the month in less-than-regal atmospheres. Those seeking an alternative to the generic multiplex have to venture 30 minutes by car from Syracuse University's campus to the Manlius Art Cinema, which screens films of a more independent variety in a decrepit environment resembling a grimy tunnel.

November 20, 2009 - 7:00pm
"The Invention of Lying", the new film from comedian Ricky Gervais, sparks debate with its polarizing views on religion.

The Invention of Lying, the new inflammatory (and very funny) comedy from TV mastermind Ricky Gervais, starts off simply enough.

October 31, 2009 - 4:26pm
The Coens' latest film finally comes to Syracuse.

When Murphy’s Law is kicking into high gear and everything in your life that can go wrong is, what then?  Do you find comfort in laughing at the even greater misfortunes of others?  If you do, go see A Serious Man, the new black comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen.

October 30, 2009 - 7:26pm
Gaspar Noe nixes substance for style, in his follow up to Irreversible.

Lars Von Trier. Park Chan-wook. Michael Haneke. Provocative auteurs like these are masters whose works are defined by their distinctive approach to divisive subject matter. France’s Gaspar Noe looked to be one of the tribe with his first feature, Irreversible. Told in a real-time backwards narrative, the film is infamous for an unflinching nine-minute rape sequence featured in the film’s first half. Yet as the film unraveled itself, it presented a dilemma.