The Washburn Review

‘Hidden Figures’ highlights racial, gender equality

Andrew Shermoen

February 1, 2017

Most biopics and historical dramas focus on stories that we are already familiar with. The most interesting pieces of history are the ones hidden from the mainstream. “Hidden Figures” goes out of its way to tell an intere...

‘Manchester by the Sea’ evokes sorrow, sympathy

Andrew Shermoen

January 25, 2017

2016 was an outstanding year for dramas. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is an abrasive and depressed janitor working in Quincy, Massachusetts. When an accident brings the family members back together Lee, is saddled with having t...

‘Passengers’ takes a nose dive

Andrew Shermoen

December 28, 2016

“Passengers” is probably one of the most difficult movies of the year to review. It isn’t a complex movie by any means, utilizing a fairly common arc structure found in romantic comedies but adding a science-fiction ...

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ leaves audiences wanting

Colleen Kelly

March 11, 2016

When someone wants to switch up their routine, they might take a new route to work or change their hair. They don’t generally take an assignment in the Middle East on a whim. In Tina Fey’s latest pet project, journalis...

Novel ‘Room’ haunts, inspires hope in readers

Colleen Kelly

January 30, 2016

Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” sticks with you. The story focuses on Jack, a 5-year-old who has never seen the outside world and is living in a 10-foot by 10-foot room with his mother, “Ma." Unbeknownst to him, M...


Colleen Kelly

January 28, 2016

"Brooklyn" is one of those rare films nowadays that doesn't rely on flashy visuals or a complicated plot, and instead touches you with its honest examination of human nature. Set in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is offe...