Shyam Vedantam

ArchivesCommentaryLife & Arts

Drama wastes interesting premise

“True Story,” based on Michael Finkel’s memoir of the same name, fails to be as interesting as the true story. Finkel’s stories were...

ArchivesCommentaryLife & Arts

New ‘Furious’ film resorts to same formula

“Furious 7” has a nonsensical plot and dull dialogue, but it speeds past these road bumps that might otherwise sideline any other film...

ArchivesCommentaryLife & Arts

‘Marigold’ sequel delightfully simple

Film underwhelmingly mixes talented cast with stuffy plot As the title suggests, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” doesn’t portray anything new or...

CommentaryLife & Arts

Weak cyber crime action movie features lackluster performance

“Blackhat” fails to make hacking watchable for audiences “Blackhat,” starring Chris Hemsworth, is a plodding crime drama about hacking, with clumsy dialogue and...

CommentaryLife & Arts

Dull script weakens WWII story

“Unbroken” tells the unbelievable true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic long distance runner who was captured by Japanese troops during World War...

CommentaryLife & Arts

‘Dumb’ doesn’t live up to original lowbrow classic

The sequel to the Farrelly brothers’ classic comedy “Dumb and Dumber” is an almost carbon copy of the original film. However, “Dumb and...

ArchivesCommentaryLife & Arts

‘Ouija’ underwhelms with unoriginality

With uninspired scares and lackluster directing by Stiles White, “Ouija” is a completely forgettable foray into the horror-film genre. Hasbro is taking a...

CommentaryLife & Arts

Found-footage ploy ruins film

Horror film features one-note characters trekking through Parisian catacombs  While it’s a good commercial for the Paris catacombs, “As Above/So Below” is ultimately...

CommentaryLife & Arts

Creative twists engage viewers

Moss, Duplass keep “The One I Love” real A romantic comedy disguised as a dramatic indie film in science fiction wrapping, the genre-crossing...

CommentaryLife & Arts

Star performance keeps James Brown biopic afloat

James Brown, the godfather of soul, gets the biopic treatment in “Get On Up.” It won’t disappoint. The film goes against the classic...


Email us at with your name, major, year, and area of interest.

The Mercury

The Mercury publishes news, opinion and feature articles of interest and importance to the UT Dallas campus and community, with primary emphasis on news that most directly and immediately concerns students.