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Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2019


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“Us” takes Peele’s knack for social commentary within horrific storylines to an entirely new level.

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


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Full disclosure: I was incredibly hesitant to review this show in fear of just not getting it. The trailers definitely portrayed a very “mindscrew” view and other reviews I read marked it as a very thought-provoking show. However, I was very pleasantly surprised upon watching that while it’s definitely...

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...

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...

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...

Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Connor Cable

November 6, 2018


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There is just something about the mystery of space that always makes for such great movies, and “First Man” is no exception. In this film, viewers are treated with an exploration of the life of the late, great Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to ever walk on the surface of the moon. This m...

TV Review: Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” is a good, if flawed, spy series where John Krasinski shines

TV Review: Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” is a good, if flawed, spy series where John Krasinski shines

Connor Cable

October 19, 2018


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If you went up to nearly any student on a college campus and asked them if they have seen “The Office,” odds are you would get a resounding yes. The show is still a bingeable favorite for many, and John Krasinski as Jim is a fan favorite to this day. However, since the days of “The Office,” K...

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Lisa Meskimen

October 19, 2018


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A ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a Samurai suit suddenly shows up in major cities around the world. Large-scale art installation or something else? The intriguing statue, later to be nicknamed Carl, prompts 23-year-old April May to take a harmless YouTube video of it. And then things get really weir...

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


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“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...

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