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“The Intern” shows heartwarming simplicity, worth a watch

“The Intern” shows heartwarming simplicity, worth a watch

Sarah Pounds, News Editor
October 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

For the fans who have watched Anne Hathaway go from gawky teen to intern to Catwoman in films like “The Princess Diaries” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” her newest film will be a change of pace. In “The Intern,” Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, the boss of her own high-tech start-up called About th...

Magic and suspense make “The Name of the Wind” an unforgettable fantasy

Magic and suspense make “The Name of the Wind” an unforgettable fantasy

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor
October 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“The Name of the Wind,” an epic dark fantasy novel by author Patrick Rothfuss, is one of the greatest fantasy novels I have read to date. As the first of the trilogy “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” the novel’s plot is a retelling of a hero’s life from his own perspective — in essence, a story within ...

“The Perfect Guy” offers an intense, believable thriller

“The Perfect Guy” offers an intense, believable thriller

Ireal James, Contributing Writer
October 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Writers Alan B. McElroy and Tyger Williams have a way of finding horror in realistic situations.  They start with an everyday scenario, then ask, “but what if something goes wrong?” For instance, take their recent film “The Perfect Guy,” a story about a career-driven woman who finds herself ...

Paramours, pranks and pistols: Mercer Players bring A Flea to her Ear to life

Sterling Neill, Staff Writer
September 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“A Flea in Her Ear”—a dramatic work known for its hilarious absurdity and ludicrous circumstances—will be performed by the Mercer Players at Tattnall Square Center for the Arts from Sept. 24 to Oct. 4. The play focuses on misunderstandings between husbands and wives, affairs, a crudely na...

Latest “Mission Impossible” installment might be the best one yet

Latest “Mission Impossible” installment might be the best one yet

Marin Guta, Digital Editor
September 10
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Tom Cruise may be 54 years old, but it’s hard to tell in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” in which Cruise clings onto an airplane as it takes off, swims underwater without an oxygen tank and enters a high-speed motorcycle chase. The box office giant film series, a spinoff from a 1960s...

“Beauty Behind the Madness” makes the ficklest Weeknd fans proud

“Beauty Behind the Madness” makes the ficklest Weeknd fans proud

Katie Atkinson, Contributing Writer
September 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns, Music, Reviews, Showcase

From behind the shroud of animosity, alternative R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, carefully worked for years to cultivate his distinct sound. Deemed a “no-hit wonder” by the likes of The New York Times, this Canadian crooner rose to popularity without becoming the darling of a famed re...

Magic Mike XXL garners audience approval

Magic Mike XXL garners audience approval

Amanda Barrentine, Business Manager
August 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Let’s be honest — most of us were disappointed with the first “Magic Mike.” Most who watched it probably wanted it to be straight sex and male objectification, but the producers decided to try to put in a story line, and it all went to hell. The good news is “Magic Mike XXL” was the movie that the fir...

‘Paper Towns’ shirks from blockbuster archetype

‘Paper Towns’ shirks from blockbuster archetype

Marin Guta, Digital Editor
August 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Uncategorized

The film adaptation of John Green’s “Pa- per Towns” satisfies Green’s fan base by preserving the book’s quirky charm and authenticity. The protagonist, Quentin Jacobson (Nat Wolff), or Q for short, lives in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. In the beginning of the movie, Quentin explai...

Bearstock Rocks Tattnall Square Park

Bearstock Rocks Tattnall Square Park

Jackson Dillard
April 19
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News, Reviews

As the 6th annual Bearstock began, Tattnall Square Park began buzzing with the life that comes every year with the free music festival. The mix of current and prospective Mercer students, as well as Maconites and high schoolers alike made for a diverse crowd that seemed more than ready to have a goo...

Serious Papier-Mache

Sarah Ugan
April 19
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Turning the ordinary into works of art seemed to be the theme of Plunkett Gallery’s most recent exhibition, entitled “Have You Ever Asked Me for Something That I, That I Wouldn’t Do?” The exhibition presented the works of Galen Olmsted and Budd Dees, who received MFAs from the University of Florida...

‘Macon Music’ calls for contributions from local artists

‘Macon Music’ calls for contributions from local artists

April 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Calling all Macon musicians! The chance for immense opportunities has landed itself at your feet. I’m talking about a new project to establish musical talent in Middle Georgia. The project takes the form of a CD compiling various artists across the region called ‘Macon Music.’ Shadow Sound...

Indie film ‘Not My Life’ documents reality of modern slavery

Indie film ‘Not My Life’ documents reality of modern slavery

January 30
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News, Reviews, Showcase

“Not My Life” is a wake-up call. There exists a reality about human trafficking that is largely unidentified by the majority of the population. It is ultimately a crime that stems from archaic social structures. Yet, the practice has survived and is substantially present every day, all around us. It...

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