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Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Mandi DeLong

March 14, 2019


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Inspired by the comic series of the same name, Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” centers around a dysfunctional superhero family trying to save the world while dealing with their own myriad of personal issues. The ensemble cast consists of the Hagreeves children and members of the titular Umbrella...

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Connor Cable

March 14, 2019


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When the first “How To Train Your Dragon” film burst onto the scene back in 2010, the world was really caught by surprise. Production company Dreamworks is no slouch when it comes to animation. With franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” under their belt, no one though...

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

Chas Pridgen

March 11, 2019


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“Captain Marvel” is the first female-led addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it only took a little over a decade. While this movie is an exciting, well-made step toward representation in the massive franchise, it is not without its faults. “Captain Marvel” is lighter than some of...

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Mahima Sultan

March 2, 2019


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It’s no secret that within the past year, the infamous YouTube sensation Shane Dawson went from his classic vlog-style videos with friends to more hard-hitting, documentary-style videos. His most recent documentary-esque series focused primarily on conspiracy theories. In two episodes that were re...

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Mandi DeLong

February 28, 2019


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Based off of the edutainment franchise of the same name, Netflix’s newly released “Carmen Sandiego” revamps the eponymous character from a gentlewoman-thief to a classy version of Robin Hood. Voiced by Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame, the series starts with a two-partner flashback to...

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Connor Cable

February 12, 2019


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Over the past few years, Netflix has changed the way we watch television. Ever since they started out as a DVD-by-mail service, they have been at the forefront of the television and movie business, revolutionizing the way we access and view content. As soon as they started their on-demand service, viewers were sp...

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: an artsy take on the horror genre

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: an artsy take on the horror genre

Chas Pridgen

February 12, 2019


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Warning: Spoilers for the movie “Velvet Buzzsaw,” out now on Netflix. I am not at all a horror movie person in any way, shape or form. I don’t like being scared, and I don’t like being stressed. However, I was able to survive this experience, unlike most of the characters in the movie. The fi...

Into the Spider-Verse: a new age of animation

Into the Spider-Verse: a new age of animation

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

January 30, 2019


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“Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” is one of the most ambitious animated films of the last decade, and it comes from a studio outside of Disney’s monopoly. Watching “Into the Spider-Verse” is like seeing a comic book come to life in an adrenaline shot of frantic, fast-paced action. The ...

“Glass”: The journey, not the destination

“Glass”: The journey, not the destination

Cheyenne Hines

January 29, 2019


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M. Night Shyamalan is the king of the long-con, waiting nearly 20 years to complete a trilogy series with Blumhouse Productions’ latest release, “Glass.” “Glass” is the final movie in the trilogy, following “Unbreakable” (2000), and “Split” (2016). The series features characters related...

Review: New Amazon show “Homecoming” doesn’t quite find its stride

Review: New Amazon show “Homecoming” doesn’t quite find its stride

Chas Pridgen

November 30, 2018


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Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first season of “Homecoming” on Amazon Prime. Based on a podcast of the same name, Amazon’s “Homecoming” revolves around soldiers with symptoms of PTSD coming to a treatment facility to work through their trauma. Or, that’s what they think. T...

Winter Movie Preview

Winter Movie Preview

Connor Cable

November 29, 2018


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The first semester of the school year is coming to a close, and many of us are excited to finally have a break. Some people like to travel, others like to visit family, but whatever you are doing, going to the movies is a must for this winter season. There are plenty of big name movies coming out in t...

The Haunting of Hill House: Finding the ordinary in the occult

The Haunting of Hill House: Finding the ordinary in the occult

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

November 27, 2018


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“The Haunting of Hill House” simultaneously follows the Crain family while they are living in Hill House and 20 years later, after their brush with the undead thrust their family into the public sphere.    “The Haunting of Hill House” is loosely based off of the Shirley Jackson novel of ...

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