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This animated sequel was no wreck

This animated sequel was no wreck

Damara Gillett, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture

When trailers for “Wreck-It Ralph’s” new sequel popped up, it was not hard to draw comparisons to last year’s animated corporate sell-out “Emoji Movie.”  “Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet” had a lot of very similar features shown in it’s trailers: the main characters going on a mission across the vast world of the internet to achieve some kind of goal, popular social media and TV/movie properties cropping up here and there.

Rami Malek shines as Freddy Mercury

Rami Malek shines as Freddy Mercury

Damara Gillett, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture

Released in theaters in time for the 27th anniversary of Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s passing, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a cinematic tribute based on the formation of the band and Mercury’s life from the beginning of his musical career to its conclusion. “Bohemian Rhapsody” plays out in simila...

Holiday specials peaked with 1974’s ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’

Holiday specials peaked with 1974’s ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’

Sean Bull, Broadcast Manager & Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Top Stories

Late 2018 has been a weird time for pop culture. Smash Mouth’s “All Star” is now classic rock. The years don’t stop coming, indeed. If that excites you, I’m guessing you’ll also be thrilled to hear that this year’s big Christmas movie stars Kurt Russell as the sassiest Santa ever put ...

Grindelwald’s biggest crime? An unfocused plot

Grindelwald’s biggest crime? An unfocused plot

Sean Bull, Staff Writer

November 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture

This spoiler-free review has to start with a sentence I never thought I’d say: I owe Johnny Depp an apology. In the first “Fantastic Beasts,” Colin Farrell’s duplicitous American auror, Percival Greaves, was one of my favorite performances. The eventual reveal that Greaves was working agains...

ONE SMALL MISSTEP FOR MANKIND?

ONE SMALL MISSTEP FOR MANKIND?

Sean Bull, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture

From the first minute, “First Man” grips the viewer. Gone is the rhythmic polish of director Damien Chazelle’s previous films. Where watching “La La Land” gave a feeling of floating along, some distance away from the main protagonists, “First Man” shoves the viewer right in the cockpit with Neil Armstrong.

Crazy about “Crazy Rich Asians”

Crazy about “Crazy Rich Asians”

Antilica Xiong, Graphic Designer

October 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Top Stories

“Crazy Rich Asians” may not represent all Asians, but the film created opportunities and awareness for the Asian community as a whole. The amazing Jon M. Chu directs an outstanding film, based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel. You may already know Chu, who directed “Step Up 2,” “G.I. Joe Re...

‘Christopher Robin’ takes us back to a time of fewer worries

‘Christopher Robin’ takes us back to a time of fewer worries

Matt Withers, Arts Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Top Stories

It’s hard to pin down the exact joy that nostalgia brings us. For me it’s a joy that takes me back to before I ever had to worry about school, keeping up with social pressure, and the million other things that can cause stress in a college student’s life. Like a breath of fresh air, Disney’s...

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ full of suspense, secrets

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ full of suspense, secrets

Pamela Stevens, Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under News

Writing a review of "10 Cloverfield Lane" presents a precarious path for any writer desiring to prompt readers to run out and see this gem of a film while also not wanting to spoil any of the surprises that J.J. Abram’s production company Bad Robot painstakingly kept secret during the films creation....

Batman v. Superman exceeds all expectations

Batman v. Superman exceeds all expectations

John Everman, Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture

After months of waiting and much hype, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has finally landed in theaters across the globe. Featuring two the world’s most loved and well-known superheroes, this blockbuster event brings them to the silver screen together for the first time ever. A sequel to the...

Jane Austen…and zombies

Jane Austen…and zombies

Allison Althof, Office Manager

March 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture

Though I admit that I did like the book version of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", this is the story I was expecting when I started the book. This movie was full of action, comedy, romance and just enough gore to keep you enthralled for a long time. Although the movie adaptation was not 100% true...

Movie review: ‘Hail Caesar’

Movie review: ‘Hail Caesar’

Elliott Puckette, Arts Editor

February 17, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Top Stories

The Coen Brothers are some of the most recognizable names in directing. Along with creators Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, they are known for creating films with highly recognizable and unique styles and attracting all-star casts. “Hail, Caesar!” falls firmly in line with a good chunk of the...

Netflix film ‘Beasts of No Nation’ a strong debut

Netflix film ‘Beasts of No Nation’ a strong debut

Morgan Engels, Staff Writer

December 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Culture

Back in October, Netflix, already having made a mark in television with shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” debuted its first original film “Beasts of No Nation.” While watching the film I was reminded of a quote by the late Roger Ebert where he describes movies as...

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