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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A step in the right direction for romantic comedies

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A step in the right direction for romantic comedies

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a refreshing new addition to a genre in desperate need of new ideas. The past decade of romantic comedies have, by and large, failed to be romantic or funny, weighed down by overused tropes and formulaic writing, while young adult (YA) literature has ev...

Review: “The Dark Beneath the Ice” is a terrifying and impressive debut

Review: “The Dark Beneath the Ice” is a terrifying and impressive debut

Elizabeth Tammi, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Canadian author Amelinda Bérubé’s debut novel “The Dark Beneath the Ice” released on Aug. 7 from Sourcebooks Fire. This story falls under the young adult genre, geared towards a teenage audience but still riveting for older readers as well. “The Dark Beneath the Ice” follows a Canadian teenager, Mari...

I’ve been floating since I listened to Mac Miller’s, “Swimming.”

I’ve been floating since I listened to Mac Miller’s, “Swimming.”

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

I love music. I’ve been an avid follower since I got my iPod Touch in ninth grade. Every week, a new artist pops up out of, what seems like, nowhere. But there are a handful of artists that I look forward to hearing from each and every year. These are the artists that I follow on Twitter and wai...

Movie Review: “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is a fast paced action film that cannot be missed

Movie Review: “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is a fast paced action film that cannot be missed

Connor Cable

August 24, 2018


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There is no such thing as a “sure thing” in the movie industry. Every movie that is released comes with its inherent risks. All movies, from well-known franchises such as “Harry Potter” to indie movie releases, always have a chance of flopping at the box office as well as with the viewers. Th...

Summer Entertainment Review

Summer Entertainment Review

Connor Cable

August 23, 2018


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The summer of 2018 was really an exciting time in the world of entertainment. New movies broke box office records, musical artists took the world by storm and new television shows had us all binging like crazy. If you missed out on any of the awesome stuff that came through this summer, you’re in luck: ...

Summer Movie Tournament

Summer Movie Tournament

Connor Cable

August 22, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

After a whole summer’s worth of spicy movies, school is about to start back up and the season of blockbusters is coming to an end. So what better way to decide which film was the winner of summer than a tournament? We have decided to pit the summer’s top eight movies against one another and see who...

Ant-Man and the Wasp: High Stakes, Low Risk

Ant-Man and the Wasp: High Stakes, Low Risk

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

August 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

As the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the second Ant-Man installment, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” fits safely within the MCU formula. There are jokes, sometimes misplaced in climactic moments. There are cool fight scenes that are probably more destructive than productive. There are post...

Film Review: A Quiet Place

Film Review: A Quiet Place

Lisa Meskimen, Staff Writer

May 2, 2018


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In a scary movie, nothing is more unnerving than the stretch of silence before the murderer emerges from the dark. In the drama, thriller film “A Quiet Place,” out in theaters now, perpetual silence is necessary to survive—an accidental noise could cost you your life. John Krasinski and Em...

Movie Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is more than just a coming of age story

Chas Pridgen, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2018


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Based off the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” “Love, Simon” is a movie for all audiences. There is an emotional journey present in which anyone can find something to relate to. There is an adorable little sister, a solid ensemble of friends and a nuclear family living in a pretty...

Book Review: ‘The Underground Railroad’ is underwhelming

Book Review: ‘The Underground Railroad’ is underwhelming

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer

April 22, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the year is seemingly lacking luster. Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” disregards the title of the book for most of the plot, as well as creating immense confusion with vast plot holes between chapters. “The Underground Railroad” detail...

Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is way more fun than expected

Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is way more fun than expected

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Whenever a movie comes to theaters that was based on a book, it is hard to tell how successful it is going to be. The young adult book-to-movie craze was going strong for a while, but once “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games” ended, a series of groaners and stinkers caused the trend to die down. ...

Chloe X Halle Impress with debut album “The Kids Are Alright”

Chloe X Halle Impress with debut album “The Kids Are Alright”

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews

I first heard of these two girls when I was roaming Youtube and I stumbled upon the “Drop” video. For the first video I had seen from these girls, I was a bit weirded out, but I could tell there was something special about them. Chloe x Halle is a duo made up of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey...

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