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“XCOM 2” surpasses “Enemy Unknown” with highly moddable design

“XCOM 2” surpasses “Enemy Unknown” with highly moddable design

Carson McGorry, Copy Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Time is as big of an enemy in “XCOM 2” as any one of the new aliens. The number of times I have come up a day late and a dollar short on a critical research project or scouting mission is as big as the memorial wall of soldiers that have fallen under my command because of it. “XCOM 2” is the s...

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Here we go again — another superhero movie.  We are overrun with superhero movies right now.  Some are great, wonderfully written pieces . . . and some are not so much. Deadpool — the merc with the mouth — is not your typical superhero. Honestly, he’s not really a superhero at all. The...

Mercer University Opera’s “Oklahoma!” a success at the Grand Opera House

Mercer University Opera’s “Oklahoma!” a success at the Grand Opera House

Elliot James, Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Showcase

Mercer University Opera’s three-day production of the musical “Oklahoma!” opened at the Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 21 and closed Saturday, Jan. 23. The student production was well received by local theatergoers and was a highlight of the weekend. “Oklahoma!” de...

“The Girl on the Train” satisfies despite controversy

“The Girl on the Train” satisfies despite controversy

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief

January 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins made it on my list for Santa this year, but not for reasons a sane person might suspect. Yes, the book will be made into a movie coming out in October, starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux. Yes, critics have hailed the book the next suspense-thriller, com...

Aziz Ansari dazzles in new project, “Master of None”

Aziz Ansari dazzles in new project, “Master of None”

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Best known for his role as Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation,” Aziz Ansari has since traded in small town Pawnee, Indiana for the big apple in his newest project, “Master of None”— a delightful comedic series in which he truly shines. Ansari plays the lead role of Dev Shah, a 30-year-old actor who...

Mercer University Opera starts new year on a high note with ‘Oklahoma!’

Mercer University Opera starts new year on a high note with ‘Oklahoma!’

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Mercer University Opera will perform an iconic American musical this weekend.

‘November 9’ delivers a new take on modern romance

‘November 9’ delivers a new take on modern romance

Meghan Duffey, Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“November 9,” a new novel by Colleen Hoover, is a refreshing take on the traditional romance novel and is now one of my favorite books. For fans of Hoover’s past stories such as “Slammed” and “Confess,” “November 9” is sure to be another slam-dunk for you. For those who haven’...

Local band continues to produce unique sounds

Local band continues to produce unique sounds

Taylor Drake, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase, Uncategorized

Bootz & Katz merges the genres of jam-style rock and electronic music into a new genre called Livetronica.

Bear Bites: Cox Cafe

Bear Bites: Cox Cafe

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites, Reviews

I had an existential crisis at 694 Lower Poplar St. The small white brick building along that potholed road seemed like it had been pumping out collard greens and mac and cheese well before my time. But the bright red sign read “since 1996.” The cafeteria-style service, old round tables an...

“The Intern” shows heartwarming simplicity, worth a watch

“The Intern” shows heartwarming simplicity, worth a watch

Sarah Pounds, News Editor

October 28, 2015


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, 2015


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, 2015


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 ...

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