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Strong script, revamped animation help ‘Sonic’ soar

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Film adaptations of video games are notoriously low quality, and “Sonic the Hedgehog”initially seemed to be another failure. Originally, the famous video game character’s initial, freakishly realistic design scared off fans. After being delayed to completely rework the character’s appearance,...

New rom-com provides fun, crucial representation

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 27, 2020

Romantic comedies are a longstanding tradition for Valentine’s Day. They provide a relatable, romanticized fantasy for couples to cuddle up to or a single pringle wanting something to indulge in. The key ingredient in rom-coms is relatability. Watching a relatable character find true love in a relatable...

Harley Quinn flys high in action-packed ‘Birds of Prey’

Harley Quinn flys high in action-packed ‘Birds of Prey’

Brian Connors, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 20, 2020

Harley Quinn breaks up with the Joker and breaks out onto the big screen in her first solo-outing, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.” The feature film is fun, feminist and fantabulous from beginning to end. It began playing in theatres on Feb. 7. Fresh off her breakup with the Clown Prince of Crime,...

‘Lego Masters’ builds firm foundation, lacks emphasis on creations

‘Lego Masters’ builds firm foundation, lacks emphasis on creations

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The creativity and skill that goes into designing Lego creations is often staggering. The new television series “Lego Masters” attempts to showcase this by pitting teams of talented Lego builders against each other in a frantic building competition. Hosted by Will Arnett, the voice of Lego Batman,...

Saying bittersweet farewell to ‘BoJack Horseman’

Saying bittersweet farewell to ‘BoJack Horseman’

Alison Robles, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2020

The second half of the final season of “BoJack Horseman” premiered on Netflix on Jan. 31. Episode nine begins with BoJack at Wesleyan University where he’s landed a position as a professor in the theatre department.  It’s a far cry from the sunshine and booze of Hollywoo, but it’s a fresh...

‘1917’ brings history to life with visuals, emotional story

‘1917’ brings history to life with visuals, emotional story

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

"1917" is a beautiful film with something in store for everyone. The Oscar-nominated film explores a dangerous story that encapsulates the madness, futility and hopelessness of World War I. It paints a vibrant picture with an assured touch of warmth and an unrivaled intensity. “1917” is a straightforward...

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ will not be on repeat

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2020

Just as it seemed prime-time television's obsession with musical comedies and dramas had simmered to a cool, the peacock network dropped a full-on karaoke crapshoot onto our television screens. "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" takes a semi-interesting concept, fuses it with popular songs and a killer...

‘Awkwafina is Nora from Queens’ lets its star shine

‘Awkwafina is Nora from Queens’ lets its star shine

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2020

Awkwafina is the moment. The comedienne rose to prominence after hilarious features in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8.” A standout performance in the critically acclaimed “The Farewell” showcased her range as an actress as well as earned her the distinction of being the first Asian...

‘The Mandalorian’ is strong start for Disney+

‘The Mandalorian’ is strong start for Disney+

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

“The Mandalorian,” a brand-new episodic story in the Star Wars universe, is headlining the original content on the new Disney+ streaming service. The story follows a rogue bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian after the fall of the Empire in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” The...

‘Knives Out’ is star-studded, clever whodunit flick

‘Knives Out’ is star-studded, clever whodunit flick

Brian Connors, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 5, 2019

A classic whodunit filled to the brim with loveable celebrities, “Knives Out” intrigued me from the beginning. The holiday mystery stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford and Toni Collette, amongst others. Its stars expectedly shine, but the real thrill of the film comes...

‘Doctor Sleep’ fails to live up to ‘The Shining’

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The latest attempt at a Stephen King adaptation, “Doctor Sleep,” released in theaters on Nov. 8 and, unfortunately, came up short. It amounted to a basic sequel to Kubrick's “The Shining” that no one really asked for. It was not as if it was not well-crafted or well-presented. That being said,...

‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack is instantly forgettable

‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack is instantly forgettable

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

The “Charlie’s Angels” remake hits theaters this week, but fans can listen to its Ariana Grande produced soundtrack now. The 11 track album features original songs from Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and a variety of other artists. The opening track, “How It’s Done,”...

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