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Stop motion meets sentimentality in “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Stop motion meets sentimentality in “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Marianna Bacallao, Staff Writer

October 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Set in ancient Japan, the film “Kubo and the Two Strings” follows the story of a young boy who sets out on a journey to learn the truth about his missing father, his amnesiac mother and the grandfather he’s been running from his whole life. With a stunning soundtrack by Academy Award-winning composer Dar...

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is peachy

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is peachy

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer

October 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Donald Glover, thank you for showing my home, Atlanta, to the world. Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, is the creator of the comedy “Atlanta,” which follows two cousins who are trying to make a name for themselves in the rap music industry. Glover also plays the main character in the...

The riveting quest continues in “Empire of Storms”

The riveting quest continues in “Empire of Storms”

Elizabeth Tammi, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

New and old forces unite in the fifth and penultimate installment of Sarah Maas’ epic fantasy book series “Throne of Glass.” Released on Sept. 6, “Empire of Storms” continues the story of a lost queen’s quest to reclaim her birthright. Aelin Galathynius has spent the past decade hiding...

Mac Miller’s ‘Divine Feminine’ dazzles

Mac Miller’s ‘Divine Feminine’ dazzles

Katie Atkinson, News Editor

October 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Mac Miller’s “The Divine Feminine,” a brave new venture taking rap into the world of romanticism, is perhaps one of his most provocative works yet. While he’s no less sexed-up, Miller has shaken the strung-out character that pervades his previous albums. In “The Divine Feminine,” he’s more...

“Southside with You” reveals a different side to the Obamas

“Southside with You” reveals a different side to the Obamas

Vanessa Alva, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

“Southside with You” showcased why the Obamas are the real “relationship goals.” Writer and director Richard Tanne follows the first date between Michelle Robinson, played by Tika Sumpter, and Barack Obama, played by Parker Sawyers. The movie’s music and pop culture really takes the viewers ...

“Gidion’s Knot” is a thought-provoking start to the Mercer Theatre season

“Gidion’s Knot” is a thought-provoking start to the Mercer Theatre season

Yiren Zhang, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

From Sept. 8 to 11, Mercer Theatre brought Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot to the stage at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts — and what a rollercoaster ride it was! The play revolves around the mystery of the death of Gidion, a young public school student. Teacher Heather Clark (played b...

‘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...

Fuller House’ satisfies ’90s nostalgia

Fuller House’ satisfies ’90s nostalgia

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

March 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The opening song plays, and instantly I am back in my childhood bedroom watching late night reruns again. Except for the first time since 1995, it's not a rerun. “Fuller House” is the purest form of concentrated nostalgia. Netflix brought back the hit show of from the 80s and 90s. And it does no...

“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...

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