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Dr. Patrick White to deliver Millikin University commencement address

May 10, 2022 – Millikin University will celebrate the Class of 2022 with two in-person commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin’s campus. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs will be honored during the ceremonies. Graduating students will be allowed up to six...
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Patrick White: 'The King's Man' emotional story at his core

“The King’s Man” feels like it exists because co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn saw the James Bond film “Spectre” and thought to himself, “I could do that better.” “Spectre” was a film about a criminal organization with many hands grasping for power worldwide. “The King’s Man” has a similar plotline, but Vaughn improves upon “Spectre” by balancing the villain’s plot and the film’s twist ending.
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Patrick White: Playstation enters movie business with 'Uncharted'

Playstation, the video game company, is now in uncharted territory by entering the movie business with “Uncharted,” starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. It’s bold for Playstation to enter this complex business and even bolder to think they can make a great video game movie. For every “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” or “Sonic the Hedgehog,” there are countless failures, but “Uncharted” is not a failure. Thanks to Holland and Wahlberg’s performances and exciting action sequences, it has plenty of potential as a new film franchise.
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Patrick White: 'Don't Look Up' not entertaining

When writer/director Adam McKay first started working on “Don’t Look Up,” he intended to make a satirical film about our nation’s response to climate change. Then the global pandemic hit, and he expanded his scope. His observations result in a satirical movie that tears down political parties, capitalism, mainstream media, and the public’s response to science.
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Patrick White: 'Nightmare Alley' latest masterpiece from del Toro

Guillermo del Toro has been a director to watch ever since he wrote and directed his masterpiece, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Since then, he’s made a “Hellboy” sequel, “Pacific Rim,” “Crimson Peak” and “The Shape of Water.” He has now followed up those projects with “Nightmare Alley,” another masterpiece.
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Patrick White: 'Tick, Tick…Boom' columnist's favorite film of 2021

As much as I loved “The Green Knight,” “The Power of the Dog” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” none of them were my favorite film of the year. That distinct honor goes to a Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, and I’m not talking about “In The Heights” or “Encanto,” though those were fantastic. I am talking about the criminally underrated movie musical “Tick, Tick…Boom,” directed by Miranda and starring the MVP of the winter movie season, Andrew Garfield.
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Patrick White: 'The Power of the Dog' takes patience and attention

Director Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” is deceptive. It seems that nothing of great importance is happening for much of the runtime. Yet that isn’t the case. Under the surface, characters are being emotionally damaged, embarrassed and manipulated by one another through both dialogue and subtle acts.
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Patrick White: 2022's 'Scream' fantastic

The new “Scream” is a perfect mix of old and new. Nowhere is this clearer than the opening. Ghostface calls the first victim, Tara (Jenna Ortega), on a landline while she texts her friend. Once Tara realizes she’s in danger, she locks her doors using an app, but Ghostface outplays her by overriding it. Then the iconic villain appears, and it is relentless. Ghostface stabs through Tara’s hand then her torso repeatedly. It’s clear that this “Scream” won’t pull punches.
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Patrick White: 'Sing 2' falls a bit flat

When I see a movie, I try to enter each theater with positivity. I never go to a film wanting to dislike it, and last year I was more positive about movies than most years. I enjoyed “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “Snake Eyes” and “Halloween Kills,” which are mostly disliked by audiences and critics.
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Patrick White: 'American Underdog' a film whole family can watch

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I became a fair-weather fan of the St. Louis Rams and their quarterback, Kurt Warner. Warner was an incredibly gifted athlete, but he also seemed like a down-to-earth guy you couldn’t help but root for. His movie should have been the same way.
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