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‘Arrival’ captivates with exceptional writing and incredible performances

‘Arrival’ captivates with exceptional writing and incredible performances

Will Darragh, Staff Writer
December 3
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Unlike other action-based sci-fi movies, “Arrival” captivates without using a series of high-intensity action scenes with advanced technological weapons. Instead, it presents a story that speaks to the mind and to the soul.

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‘Zootopia’ provides insightful, but subtle, social commentary

‘Zootopia’ provides insightful, but subtle, social commentary

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor
March 30
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Disney’s “Zootopia” beat out box-office hit “Frozen” with a $73.7 million in their U.S. opening weekend. The evil has been defeated. Maybe now, people will finally let it go. But if you need more than just a couple million dollars to convince you that you’re not going to see just another ta...

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor
February 24
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...

Chilly weather checklist

Chilly weather checklist

Devyn Harrod, Contributing Writer
February 24
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

With the weather soon warming up, it’s time to complete your winter bucket lists. These five activities are sure to provide you and your loved ones enough fun to last these final chilly days. See a movie with friends. Staying indoors and watching a movie is a guaranteed fun way to get out of the ...

Seven Halloween flicks for the courageous and cowardly

Seven Halloween flicks for the courageous and cowardly

Gabriel Garcia, Contributing Writer
October 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Halloween is here. The days are growing colder, and the faint aroma of fall leaves lingers in the air. Students might spend hours carving pumpkins and trying to find the perfect costume, but what is Halloween without a few seasonal movies? And there is no need to track down the best ones on your own ...

“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 ...

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...

Movie Causes Waves Through Macon, GA

Movie Causes Waves Through Macon, GA

Chelsey Guy
January 28
Filed under City, News, State

Macon has become a prime location for filmmakers and TV producers. With films being filmed in Macon and going off to have great success, Macon as well as other cities in Georgia is becoming quite the hub for the visual entertainment industry. “It’s been great to see the excitement of people seeing...

'Paranormal Activity 3' will scare you

Garret McDowell
November 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Most good ghost stories need an origin. Most of them need something that begins their mystique and horror. Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity series has become a Halloween fixture for millions of people. In now its third iteration, the original tale of Katie and her haunting has gone back to the begi...

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