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Reed Canaan
Reed Canaan is a sophomore at Stanford and a critic for the Stanford Daily. While currently undecided as to her major, Reed is passionate about the humanities and any class that incorporates film. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has spent many years determining which theaters don’t ID for R-rated movies. She loves dark comedy, sarcasm, and ice cream.

A Big Hunk o’ Meat: Naomi Wallace’s ‘Slaughter City’

In an ironic way, “Slaughter City” seems to unintentionally embrace the stereotype that theater is the domain of the elite and educated, not the working class. “Slaughter City” is part of Stanford Repertory Theater’s summer festival, Theater Takes a Stand, which celebrates the American labor movement. The story itself takes place inside a meat-packing factory,…

Five films to define the 2015-16 academic year

Before you head to the theater for the next great summer blockbuster, consider catching up on these great films that you might have missed this academic year. “Zootopia” Recently, animated movies have been having a major impact in cinema. Critics’ darling “Inside Out” broke records at the box office, “Anomalisa” dominated the festival circuit and…

Film review: “White Chicks” (it’s funny, okay?)

In 2004, Facebook was launched as a social networking site at Harvard, the final episode of “Friends” aired, and George W. Bush was re-elected president of the United States. Best of all, “White Chicks” was released. Everything about this movie screams early 2000’s. The fashions, the hair, the flip phones, the soundtrack with early Maroon…

Film review: “Demolition” is more than its cynicism shows

Immediately after his wife dies, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn’t feel anything. He goes to buy peanut M&Ms from the vending machine in the Intensive Care Unit. His candy gets stuck, which prompts him to write a series of letters detailing the circumstances of his claim (and his wife’s death) to the vending machine company.…

Film review: ‘Sold’ sells story of human trafficking short

Based on a novel of the same name, “Sold” is a movie with a singular purpose: to raise awareness about modern day human trafficking and its victims. Despite its power and timeliness, however, it doesn’t take many risks. American characters are featured offering assistance, but the movie doesn’t take a strong stance on whether their…

Oscars 2016: Reed’s picks

Here are film critic Reed Canaan’s Oscar predictions for 2016. Picture – “The Revenant” “The Revenant” is doing surprisingly well for itself at the box office. Grounded by strong performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the movie weaves a tale of revenge on America’s frontier. For a large portion of it, DiCaprio navigates the wilderness…

Film review: VFX can’t save ‘The Finest Hours’ from sinking

Based on a true story, “The Finest Hours” purports to be a dramatic portrayal of one of the Coast Guard’s most epic rescue missions. It also seems to have all the necessary elements of a large-scale adventure tale, but that’s also the problem. There’s the dependable sailor looking for redemption, his ever-devoted girlfriend and a…

10 films to look forward to in 2016

With the release of Oscar nominations just a few weeks ago, the 2015 movie season has come to a close. The ceremony isn’t for another month, but in the interim, the 2016 movie season is just beginning. As the season gets under way, film critic Reed Canaan selects some of her most anticipated movies of the…

Film review: ‘The Night Before’ lacks Christmas spirit and a brain

Seth Rogen dons a sweater emblazoned with a giant Star of David, and immediately Jonathan Levine’s “The Night Before” is anything but subtle. Fans of Seth Rogen won’t be disappointed, but fans of nuanced wit or sophisticated humor will probably have more than few qualms with this raunch-fest. Those who just don’t appreciate man-child antics,…

Who should be the next James Bond?

Emily Blunt Age: 32 From: London, England Last film: “Sicaro”   Ever since sharing, or perhaps stealing, the spotlight from Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Emily Blunt has proven that she can rule more than just the fashion world. After her turn as the caustic co-assistant to Meryl Streep’s vicious Miranda Priestly, she’s…
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