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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jack Torpey

Arts and Culture Editor

Jack Torpey '24 (he/him) is an Arts and Culture Editor. He writes film reviews for the Reel Critic column.  

Jack is studying English with a minor in Film and Media Culture. Outside The Campus, he works as a peer writing tutor at the Writing Center and is a member of the Middlebury Consulting Group.

Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “The Fall Guy”

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are ready to put their Barbenheimer rivalry behind them. In “The Fall Guy,” stuntman-turned-director David Leitch’s latest action-comedy extravaganza, the supporting stars of last summer’s two biggest hits join forces to trade in feminist satire and apocalyptic angst ...

Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “Dune: Part Two”

Denis Villeneuve has never been shy about his adoration for “Lawrence of Arabia.” The 56-year-old Canadian filmmaker first saw David Lean’s 1962 epic when he was 19, and the film, which Villeneuve calls “the perfect movie,” has held a grip on his imagination ever since.

Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “The Zone of Interest”

The Hirschfield International Film Series returned to Dana Auditorium on March 7, bringing an audience of Middlebury College students, faculty and community members an exclusive screening of one of 2023’s most celebrated films: “The Zone of Interest.” Written and directed by British filmmaker ...

Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “Maestro"

He is only two films in, but Bradley Cooper seems to have already found his thematic sweet spot as a director. “A Star is Born,” the 49-year-old actor’s 2018 directorial debut, swept audiences away with its music-centric retelling of a classic Hollywood romance, making a movie star out of Lady ...

Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “Ferrari”

Racing movies typically make for a fun time at the theater. Think “Rush,” Ron Howard’s moving 2013 Formula One drama starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, or “Ford v Ferrari,” the energetic 2019 blockbuster from James Mangold led by Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Those films follow sympathetic ...

The Setonian
Arts & Culture

Reel Critic: “Oppenheimer”

Yes, “Oppenheimer” is that good. It is the best film of the year, the best of the decade so far and somehow one of the most impressive entries in the career of a director who has already given audiences so many modern classics. The hype around the film is real, and anyone who has not yet seen it ...

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