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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, 2016
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...

“PlayStation Vue” offers convenient and affordable television service

“PlayStation Vue” offers convenient and affordable television service

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
March 30, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

PlayStation just launched a new service that could change the way we “Vue” television. “PlayStation Vue” launched to select markets in places like New York and Chicago in 2015. On March 14, it went nationwide with a few minor tweaks. The major markets still have more features than the...

Bear Bites: Pho Saigon

Bear Bites: Pho Saigon

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor
March 30, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites

Any pun I can make here isn’t fit for print, so I’ll keep it simple: Pho is delicious. I’ve had few encounters with the wonderful Vietnamese noodle soup, but I’ve loved every one. The mint and basil flavors poking through the meaty broth with hints of just a little bit of sriracha and hoisin...

“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...

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor
February 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites

Bearfoot Tavern is back from an extensive facelift. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but it's about time. In the past, when a friend suggested a meal at Bearfoot, I felt my taste buds protest in disgust. Now, with a new menu, a new location and a pub-esque façade, the recently ...

Bear Bites: Metropolis

Bear Bites: Metropolis

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor
January 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites

Let me be frank: Indian cuisine is not in my gustatory wheelhouse. I come from a poor, white Southern family that fries anything that can be floured and cooks nearly every vegetable with pork. But, as with my love of sushi, my parents’ taste will not indefinitely define my own. I’ve had Indian fo...

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...

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...

Bear Bites: Polly’s La Mesa

Bear Bites: Polly’s La Mesa

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor
October 14, 2015
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites

Polly’s La Mesa is not somewhere you’d expect a college kid to sit down and order. It’s only about two and a half miles from Mercer University, but it feels a world away and untouched by time. Most of the tables are filled with the elderly and local police officers. The TV in the corner is an...

“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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