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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...

‘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...

‘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...

‘Rick and Morty’ launches funny fourth season

‘Rick and Morty’ launches funny fourth season

Brian Connors, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 14, 2019

“Rick and Morty” is one of the funniest shows on television. The show, however, took a two-year hiatus after its third season. Fans of the hit animated sitcom can rest easy as the highly anticipated fourth season premiered Nov. 10 on Adult Swim. The episode, “Edge of ToMorty: Rick Die Rickpeat,”...

‘Real Housewives’ star tells all in exclusive interview

‘Real Housewives’ star tells all in exclusive interview

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 31, 2019

“The Real Housewives” franchise is best known for the dramatic lives of its stars. Housewife storylines rarely leave the Bravo-sphere, but one particular instance is making headlines. “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice both had to serve prison sentences for mail,...

‘BoJack Horseman’ final season focuses on characters

‘BoJack Horseman’ final season focuses on characters

Alison Robles, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2019

The first eight episodes of the sixth season of “BoJack Horseman” began streaming on Netflix on Oct. 25. The final season of the Netflix original series returned with its typical dark humor and satirical wit, but there was a clear focus on beginning to wrap upthe storylines that have been told...

Joaquin Phoenix gives eerily thrilling performance

Joaquin Phoenix gives eerily thrilling performance

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

No movie has left me quite as disturbed, intrigued and shocked as “Joker” did after its two-hour runtime. Through incredible cinematography and Joaquin Phoenix's stellar performance, “Joker” tells the brutally unnerving and violent origin story of the notorious DC villain. The film is unlike...

Action packed ‘Batwoman’ starts on shaky note

Action packed ‘Batwoman’ starts on shaky note

Katherine Daly, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

“Batwoman” is the newest addition to The CW’s lineup of superhero content, and the pilot feels like a formulaic story to promote Batwoman’s upcoming adventures. Surprising to no one, “Batwoman” just recycles plot elements and character tropes from old sitcoms. Nothing new happens as the...

Reviewing recent additions to network comedy lineup

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 17, 2019

The fall television season is in full swing. As we enter mid-October, each of the network’s rookie programs have been able to show off two to three episodes and give audiences a good taste of what they have to offer.   “Bless the Harts” (FOX) The newest sitcom to join FOX’s Ani...

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