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The Hidden Gem

December 26, 2018

This article was originally published in the Fall 2018 “Culture of UNF Issue”.  Culture is everywhere. In a sense, culture is everything. It’s in our attitudes, our media, our art, even in our...

‘Blindspotting’ skillfully brings implicit bias to light

‘Blindspotting’ skillfully brings implicit bias to light

August 4, 2018

“You’re a convicted felon now…until you prove otherwise. Prove otherwise at all times.” The above is a rough Blindspotting quote from a minor character that majorly captures the film’s most...

‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ pops with color (and a whole lotta shade)

‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ pops with color (and a whole lotta shade)

August 3, 2018

Color and shade? You bet! The Teen Titans are using both techniques to paint a beautifully dirty portrait of superhero films. No comic book movie franchise is immune, and the Titans are reading them all...

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ dazzles with epic real-life stunts

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ dazzles with epic real-life stunts

July 28, 2018

Possible. That word’s threshold is rarely ever pushed and stretched to its potential the way it is when it comes time to make another Mission Impossible movie. Fallout, the sixth entry in the series,...

Stunning doc ‘Three Identical Strangers’ proves some things are too wild to make up

Stunning doc ‘Three Identical Strangers’ proves some things are too wild to make up

July 27, 2018

Listen up everybody who loves a shocking documentary about a story that’s just too wild to be true with sudden dark twists and turns and ultimately leaves you questioning your entire life afterwards!...

Special Osprey Update hits a glitch

Special Osprey Update hits a glitch

July 25, 2018

Last week, UNF's Campus Security Update hit a few bumps in the road before being sent out to students and staff. Many who were on campus at the time were left wondering why they were not informed...

Awesomely outrageous ‘Sorry to Bother You’ doesn’t horse around

Awesomely outrageous ‘Sorry to Bother You’ doesn’t horse around

July 20, 2018

Boots Riley goes for broke in his directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, about a telemarketer named Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) who quickly rises through the company ranks to find spectacular financial...

Yutucs Facebook profile picture. Photo from Facebook.

Funeral information regarding recent UNF student death released

July 18, 2018

New details have emerged in the days after former UNF Student Greg Yutuc, 22, passed away in a car accident. Spinnaker reached out to Greg’s father, Gerry Yutuc, on Facebook, who said Greg saved...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

Former UNF student passes away in car crash

July 15, 2018

*Correction 7/16 @ 11 a.m.: The article originally stated that the former student was 24. His father confirmed that he was 22. Former UNF student Greg Yutuc has passed away, according to his family....

‘Hot Summer Nights’ glows with 90s nostalgia if little else

‘Hot Summer Nights’ glows with 90s nostalgia if little else

July 10, 2018

Every town has its stories. In Cape Cod, the myths, like the people who reside there over the summer, are filthy stinking rich. Such is the basis for writer/director Elijah Bynum’s Hot Summer Nights,...

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ won’t be squashed by Marvel heavyweights

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ won’t be squashed by Marvel heavyweights

July 6, 2018

In a few ways, the Ant-Man saga feels different from the majority of films currently making up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU. For one, its emphasis on comedic elements is rivaled only by Guardians...

Can ‘The First Purge’ be the last?

Can ‘The First Purge’ be the last?

July 5, 2018

The Purge franchise has gotten the prequel treatment. What does this mean for the franchise? As it turns out, nothing other than that no matter how many times this series tries to be relevant commentary,...

 Photo by Mark Judson.

A very DUUUVAL Fourth of July

July 4, 2018

You wake up. Time to head out into the living room, where dad is undoubtedly on his third viewing of The Patriot this week. Mom is making sure everything is in order for the cookout in a little while,...

What to watch (Fourth of July edition)

What to watch (Fourth of July edition)

July 4, 2018

The sun doesn’t set until about 8:30 on Independence Day. Ya know what that means? You've got a lot of time to kill before the big fireworks show that night! Here are a few of Spinnaker’s suggestions...

Grim ‘Sicario 2’ refuses to clean up its own mess

Grim ‘Sicario 2’ refuses to clean up its own mess

June 29, 2018

My screening of Sicario: Day of the Soldado is one I won’t look back on fondly. The primary reason for this actually isn’t the movie itself (although we’ll get to that later), but the two oblivious...

Kaitlin Legg on life, sexuality and having “the coolest job ever”

Kaitlin Legg on life, sexuality and having “the coolest job ever”

June 23, 2018

Kaitlin Legg bellows a warm welcome through the open doorway of her first-floor office in the University of North Florida LGBT Center. Her socks have little pictures of pizzas on them, putting my bland,...

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ lacks the bite of its predecessor

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ lacks the bite of its predecessor

June 22, 2018

The park is gone. And unfortunately, so is most of the fun. Fallen Kingdom is comparatively smaller, quieter and contains much less teeth than 2015’s Jurassic World, not to mention the magically fearsome...

Summer movie calendar

Summer movie calendar

June 21, 2018

Bored? Looking to procrastinate? Or just trying to find a summer activity that doesn’t involve sweating? Think about checking out some of these movies coming to theaters over summer session. Jurassic...

‘Incredibles 2’ is…totally wicked!

‘Incredibles 2’ is…totally wicked!

June 19, 2018

When leading up to the release of Incredibles 2, I asked myself who this film would be for. Would this kids’ movie truly be just for kids? Would it be for the now-college/high school-aged students...

‘Solo’ flies just a bit too casually

‘Solo’ flies just a bit too casually

May 25, 2018

“Uh, everything’s under control…situation normal. We had a slight director malfunction but everything’s perfectly alright now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here…now…thank you.” –Probably...

Deadpool 2 suffers from sequelitis

‘Deadpool 2’ suffers from sequelitis

May 18, 2018

He’s the bringer of pain. The distributor of justice. Demolisher of the fourth wall. Deadpool, the world’s favorite antihero, is back with all the violence, gore, vulgarity and crude humor one could...

‘The Endless’ will throw you for a loop

‘The Endless’ will throw you for a loop

May 9, 2018

An early contender for trippiest film of the year, The Endless is a mind-boggling and frightening experience that may qualify as a hallucinogen. Filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson also star as...

‘Tully’ deftly portrays the dark side of motherhood

‘Tully’ deftly portrays the dark side of motherhood

May 7, 2018

Charlize Theron has taken on a diverse range of roles over the course of her career—a gritty rebellious heroine (Mad Max: Fury Road), infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos (Monster), and a smooth-talking...

‘I Feel Pretty’ butts heads with its timely themes

‘I Feel Pretty’ butts heads with its timely themes

April 19, 2018

I bet you thought that hitting your head and having your hair sucked into a stationary bike didn’t have its benefits. Okay, you probably still want to avoid this particular circumstance (if that means...

‘Truth or Dare’ plays to lose

‘Truth or Dare’ plays to lose

April 16, 2018

  In short, it’s everything it was shaping up to be. The only thing that could have saved Truth or Dare is self-awareness, and there’s no trace of it. We kick things off with a scare-less...

‘A Quiet Place:’ Silence is golden

‘A Quiet Place:’ Silence is golden

April 6, 2018

If you were never any good at the quiet game, you probably wouldn’t last long in John Krasinski’s (yes, “that guy from The Office”) hellish scenario. In the near future, ravenous monsters befall...

Disney.

‘The Director and the Jedi’: In defense of Rian Johnson

April 2, 2018

Have you ever heard the tragedy of Rian Johnson the Wise? Or perhaps the Unwise…depending on your point of view. Johnson, just years ago, began the long and arduous process of creating a Star...

Pacific Rim sequel takes a deep dive

‘Pacific Rim’ sequel takes a deep dive

March 24, 2018

It seems Pacific Rim is just one of those movies that should never have gotten a sequel but did, thanks only to its box office potential. Uprising, the second installment, has become this franchise’s...

Love, Simon: A light in the closet

‘Love, Simon’: A light in the closet

March 17, 2018

Coming of age is not restricted to one kind of person. Not just boys. Not just white people. Not just straight people. We all grow up, and we all deserve to have stories told about it—to see ourselves...

Osprey filmmakers shine at Campus Movie Fest

Osprey filmmakers shine at Campus Movie Fest

March 13, 2018

The Oscars may be over, but awards season is still in full swing in Northeast Florida. On Monday night, UNF hopefuls sat in a theater of hundreds as they anxiously waited for their films to be screened...

A Wrinkle in Time needs to be ironed out

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ needs to be ironed out

March 11, 2018

There’s a universe where A Wrinkle in Time is the fantastical, awe-inspiring, and polished blockbuster many of us were hoping it would be. Unfortunately, we don’t appear to be living in that universe. Director...

Jennifer Lawrence can’t save the dark and dissatisfying ‘Red Sparrow’

Jennifer Lawrence can’t save the dark and dissatisfying ‘Red Sparrow’

March 5, 2018

Besides it being a spy/action thriller containing little in terms of action or thrills, Red Sparrow, directed by Francis Lawrence, offers a uniquely grim take on sexual exploitation. It tries, in vain,...

Oscars 2018: Who will win, who should win, and who got snubbed

Oscars 2018: Who will win, who should win, and who got snubbed

March 4, 2018

Listen. I get it. Why didn’t my favorite movie get nominated? How come they never nominate movies that people actually see? Why is every other camera shot a close-up of Meryl Streep? These are a few...

One of the films screened at the event.

International Scholars Association hosts two-night movie event

February 28, 2018

Foreign films can be a turn-off for those who aren’t passionate about cinema. It’s difficult to get into something new and different, and reading subtitles can be distracting. Without making the...

‘Annihilation:’ You’ll wonder what hit you

‘Annihilation:’ You’ll wonder what hit you

February 24, 2018

When you enter the theater to watch Annihilation, you’re anxious, ill-prepared, and don’t have the faintest idea of what lies ahead of you. In this way, you’re just like the characters, who enter...

Art, passion, and munchies at Shack Maui

Art, passion, and munchies at Shack Maui

February 22, 2018

Mauricio Valderruten knew absolutely nothing about running a business when he dropped out of UNF (three years into his college career) to start Shack Maui in 2015. He runs the restaurant with his...

Fifty Shades Freed: more pain than pleasure

‘Fifty Shades Freed’: more pain than pleasure

February 12, 2018

I said my safe word over and over again, but nobody turned off the movie. "Fifty Shades" is back for a third round of uncomfortable sex scenes and melodrama to propel its problematic narrative. Christian...

Blind Date with a Book at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Photo courtesy of the Thomas G. Carpenter Twitter (@unflibrary)

Library hosts ‘Blind Date with a Book’ for February

February 5, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh_N4hSCzo8[/embedyt] Video by Carly Kramer Being single through the Valentine’s season can be soul-crushing. Lonely Ospreys need not worry about finding...

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ stumbles over the finish line

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ stumbles over the finish line

January 28, 2018

Welcome back to the Maze Runner series, where teen dystopian drama meets The Walking Dead. The Death Cure is the third and final installment which sees our hero, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) on a mission to...

Call Me by Your Name: an unforgettable gay love story

‘Call Me by Your Name’: an unforgettable gay love story

January 22, 2018

As a human being, you (yes you, reader) have the tremendous and special ability to feel feelings. Cheers to you. No really, that’s pretty incredible. And it’s all you need to get the full experience...

UNF Hosts ‘African-American Museum on Wheels’

UNF Hosts ‘African-American Museum on Wheels’

January 18, 2018

The Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels made its way to the Student Union ballrooms of UNF on Thursday. Students got the chance to attend the museum and learn more about African-American history. The...

10 movies to get you through the semester

10 movies to get you through the semester

January 16, 2018

The semester stress is already upon us, Ospreys. And sadly, it’ll be a while before it’s over. Luckily, we have some pretty interesting movies to look forward to almost every weekend to help us get...

‘The Post’: a timely tribute to journalistic bravery and integrity

‘The Post’: a timely tribute to journalistic bravery and integrity

January 15, 2018

Like many of the journalism dramas that came before it, The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, reminds us of the indispensability of journalism and the free press. Though set in the early 1970s, the major...

‘I, Tonya’: classism, sexism, abuse, and the humanity of Tonya Harding

‘I, Tonya’: classism, sexism, abuse, and the humanity of Tonya Harding

January 12, 2018

“I thought being famous would be fun. I was loved for a minute. Then I was hated. Then I was a punchline. It was like being abused all over again. Only this time it was by you. All of you. You’re all...

Pitch Perfect 3: Its a no from me

‘Pitch Perfect 3’: It’s a “no” from me

December 24, 2017

One breakthrough success and two sequels later, Pitch Perfect has gone from charmingly in-key to surprisingly flat. This third installment sees the return of the Barden Bellas a cappella group. Reunited...

The Last Jedi refreshingly doesnt care about your expectations

‘The Last Jedi’ refreshingly doesn’t care about your expectations

December 15, 2017

Once the credits roll and John Williams’ “Finale” plays to signal the end of The Last Jedi, a myriad of things happen. Among them, you’re reoriented in dull reality. Your mind races to predict...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | History of Star Wars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | History of Star Wars

December 14, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Star Wars! To celebrate the upcoming release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we are looking back at the past seven episodes as well as Rogue One, all leading up to...

Episode VII: The Force Awakens | History of Star Wars

Episode VII: The Force Awakens | History of Star Wars

December 13, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Star Wars! To celebrate the upcoming release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we are looking back at the past seven episodes as well as Rogue One all leading up to the...

Episode II: Attack of the Clones | History of Star Wars

Episode II: Attack of the Clones | History of Star Wars

December 11, 2017

Well, they can’t all be great. Attack of the Clones continued a low point in the Star Wars saga that The Phantom Menace started (and before you accuse me of being a prequel hater, I’ll have you know...

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back | History of Star Wars

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back | History of Star Wars

December 8, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Star Wars! To celebrate the upcoming release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we are looking back at the past seven episodes as well as Rogue One all leading up to the...

History of Star Wars | Episode IV: A New Hope

History of Star Wars | Episode IV: A New Hope

December 6, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Star Wars! To celebrate the upcoming release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we are looking back at the past seven episodes as well as Rogue One all leading up to the...

Star Wars: Battlefront II | Shes got it where it counts

‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ | She’s got it where it counts

November 21, 2017

  Star Wars Battlefront II released on Friday, which means EA is back for our wallets yet again. Or are they? Unexpectedly, EA has altered the deal. The Battlefront II of a couple weeks ago...

Murder on the Orient Express runs mostly on star power

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ runs mostly on star power

November 10, 2017

If ever a murder took place on a locomotive chugging its way through the icy mountains of Europe in the 1930s, it’s only fitting that the greatest fictional detective in the world would be a passenger. Hercule...

Dr. Jenny Stuber on ‘The Enduring Myth of Race’

Dr. Jenny Stuber on ‘The Enduring Myth of Race’

October 25, 2017

If you asked multiple people how they define race, you may get a variety of answers. Dr. Jenny Stuber, UNF associate professor of sociology, is here to help people understand what race is through...

Even the Syfy channel will shake its head at ‘Geostorm’

Even the Syfy channel will shake its head at ‘Geostorm’

October 22, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FStnSqKi9KI Dean Devlin (Independence Day: Resurgence) takes the director’s chair for the first time after being a producer for years, and his debut is a bigger catastrophe...

How the racist Snapchat video went viral

How the racist Snapchat video went viral

October 12, 2017

A racist video uploaded to Snapchat by an alleged UNF student gathered attention on social media Wednesday night. But how exactly did the video get posted? For those who don’t know, Snapchat is a...

Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Visually Dazzles, Reveals Hiccups

Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Visually Dazzles, Reveals Hiccups

October 10, 2017

Game developer Electronic Arts (EA) released the beta for Star Wars Battlefront II this past weekend. The open trial period let players experience three multiplayer game modes: Galactic Assault, Starfighter...

Photo by Camille Shaw.

Food certificates handed out for unclaimed meals due to Irma

October 10, 2017

Students who couldn’t use their weekly allotment of meals due to Hurricane Irma may be able to receive “food certificates” for use at UNF dining venues. By now, students who are eligible...

Alien (1979) | History of Horror

Alien (1979) | History of Horror

October 9, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Horror. Here we will be taking a look back at everything spooky in both film and video games and analyze how horror has evolved over the last century. Check back at...

Miley Cyrus feels free and reflective on ‘Younger Now’

Miley Cyrus feels free and reflective on ‘Younger Now’

October 2, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LX2kpeyp80 The title track of Miley Cyrus’ Younger Now begins with the delicate tapping of rain on a window. Then, the first rays of sunshine break through the clouds...

Photo by Camille Shaw.

Dining Services working reimburse meals not claimed due to Irma

September 25, 2017

UNF Dining Services is working to provide “food certificates” to students who couldn’t use their meal plans during the week Hurricane Irma impacted northeast Florida, according to the university’s...

The UNF Film Club: A Cinematic Society

The UNF Film Club: A Cinematic Society

September 20, 2017

What if I told you there is an environment where a group of people gather on a weekly basis to watch movies, talk about movies, and appreciate the fine art of filmmaking? It just so happens that such...

Go see ‘mother!’: A movie masterpiece you cant prepare for

Go see ‘mother!’: A movie masterpiece you can’t prepare for

September 18, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpICoc65uh0 It’s 3 a.m. as I sit up in bed writing this review. It’s only been hours since I left the theater, and though it’s late and I have to be up at 7 tomorrow...

The force comes to Jacksonville on Star Wars ‘Force Friday’

The force comes to Jacksonville on Star Wars ‘Force Friday’

August 31, 2017

“Breathe…just breathe” Star Wars fans, because Force Friday is happening September 1 and continuing throughout the weekend. Force Friday is a global event where the newest Star Wars products...

New Fifth Harmony album is competent, leaves room for growth

August 28, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt626CEUCMQ Who says girl groups died in the 2000s? Fifth Harmony’s latest album (self titled) is their third in three years, and for the most part, it’s sleek pop/R&B...

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard:’ an expletive-laden misfire

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard:’ an expletive-laden misfire

August 22, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1XOshDSbg Can language count as a use of color? If so, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a rainbow. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill, The Expendables 3) directs this action/comedy...

‘Detroit’ painfully recollects the past and examines the present

‘Detroit’ painfully recollects the past and examines the present

August 4, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFeWsDpy9y0 Somehow, the agonizing story of the 1967 Detroit riots didn’t make the cut in my high school U.S. history class. Instead, Academy Award-winning writer/director...

The best and worst of UNF’s closest movie theaters

The best and worst of UNF’s closest movie theaters

July 25, 2017

Going to the movies can be a great release for students. There’s really nothing like being able to sit down, enjoy some unhealthy food, and depart from reality for two hours as homework and studying...

‘Wish Upon’ is hilarious…and that’s the problem

‘Wish Upon’ is hilarious…and that’s the problem

July 15, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkKaDoUh_so Ever wondered what Mean Girls would look like as a horror film? Well, wonder no longer. Wish Upon is the newest effort from director John R. Leonetti (Insidious,...

HAIM evokes warmth out of dysfunction on ‘Something To Tell You’

HAIM evokes warmth out of dysfunction on ‘Something To Tell You’

July 7, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPQfcG-eimk Imagine driving down the highway in a convertible overlooking the beach under an orange California sky. The lighting is the kind that turns teal eyes blue,...

‘Baby Driver’ spins records and tires for an electrifying ride

‘Baby Driver’ spins records and tires for an electrifying ride

July 3, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2z857RSfhk Writer/director Edgar Wright has explored a variety of film genres. From comedy (The World’s End, 2013) to parody (Shaun of the Dead, 2004) to animation...

Terminus: UNF Student-Made Films Reviewed

Terminus: UNF Student-Made Films Reviewed

June 26, 2017

These four films competed for honors at Terminus, a national competition from June 22-25 in Atlanta, after winning Campus MovieFest earlier this year. Some of these films were awarded at the competition...

It’s time for ‘Transformers’ to hit the scrapyard

It’s time for ‘Transformers’ to hit the scrapyard

June 25, 2017

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AntcyqJ6brc There are certain things in this world that are all too predictable. The sun will rise and set each day. Parking at UNF will be stressful. And Michael...

‘Rough Night’ is a rough hour and 40 minutes

‘Rough Night’ is a rough hour and 40 minutes

June 18, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jRNDOZnGKU Apparently Rough Night was a warning for what audiences would experience going to see this one. It has promise. It has star power. It has a shimmering...

Allie X Picks Up the Pieces on ‘CollXtion II’

Allie X Picks Up the Pieces on ‘CollXtion II’

June 12, 2017

Canadian singer-songwriter Allie X is beginning her push into the mainstream pop universe using her own unique sound as a battering ram. Her debut EP, CollXtion I, went largely under the radar...

‘It Comes At Night’ a must-see for horror fanatics

‘It Comes At Night’ a must-see for horror fanatics

June 12, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YOYHCBQn9g Director Trey Edward Shults’s first film, Krisha (2016), earned stellar reviews and put the up-and-coming director on the map. It Comes At Night is only...

‘Wonder Woman’ Saves DC

‘Wonder Woman’ Saves DC

June 5, 2017

https://youtu.be/1Q8fG0TtVAY This weekend, Wonder Woman came to the aid of DC Comics, whose movie franchise was in desperate need of a revival. Over the years, DC has seen their fair share of letdowns....

‘Alien: Covenant’ bursts into the franchise’s top 3

‘Alien: Covenant’ bursts into the franchise’s top 3

May 21, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VW6sg50Pk It’s been five long years since director Ridley Scott resurrected his famous Alien franchise with the prequel, Prometheus, which was met with mixed critical...

‘Snatched’ briefly captures audience but fails to hold attention

‘Snatched’ briefly captures audience but fails to hold attention

May 15, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsBWnst8f7w Producer/writer combo Paul Feig and Katie Dippold return with their latest effort, Snatched, a film about a mother (Goldie Hawn) and daughter (Amy Schumer)...

Beloved percussion professor retires after 30 years

Beloved percussion professor retires after 30 years

April 8, 2016

The lights are dimmed and the air is electric in the Andrew Robinson Theatre. The percussion ensemble awaits the beginning of their final rehearsal of the year last Tuesday night, and their last with beloved...

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