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Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Julia Zaksek, Sr. managing editor
July 16, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

I remember cheering as Tobey Maguire swung across the screen of my childhood best friend’s TV and swooning as Andrew Garfield raced to save Gwen Stacy. But, as I watched Tom Holland blush and banter as the reboot of the rebooted Spider-Man, I could only watch with silent admiration. The story of the m...

On “Melodrama” and growing older

On “Melodrama” and growing older

Felix Kalvesmaki, Editor-in-chief
June 23, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

I can’t particularly remember where I was when I first listened to Lorde’s “Pure Heroine.” I think it was early 2014 in the midst of eighth grade. The lyrics of songs like “Ribs” and “A World Alone” were abstract concepts, blank canvases awaiting paint. I had no one to associate the m...

“Wonder Woman” and the rise of the female hero

“Wonder Woman” and the rise of the female hero

Julia Zaksek, Sr. managing editor
June 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

The tales of superheroes, told for years in graphic novels and on the big screen, are a fundamental part of America’s fictional narrative. Although they are often super-human or even alien, spandex-clad vigilantes often boast the all-American values of bravery and self-sacrifice, whether in their gallant defen...

Review: ‘After Laughter’

Review: ‘After Laughter’

Sara Schleede, Editor-in-chief
May 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Paramore has sat comfortably in the top tier of lyrically angsty but tonally fun rock since their incipience in 2004. Now having released their fifth studio album, “After Laughter,” on May 12, they are embarking on a journey into the pop world, packing as much punch as before. While Paramore...

Geek Chic 4: Cast the die

Julia Zaksek and Ella Geosits
May 18, 2017
Filed under Audio, Entertainment

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Summer lineup

Summer lineup

Julia Zaksek and Francis Salazar
May 14, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Movies: “The Beguiled”: June 23 “The Beguiled” is a period drama/thriller set during the Civil War. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning play three southern belles turned twisted after the arrival of a mysterious and captivating Yankee soldier (Colin Farrell). Although “The B...

Review: ‘Harry Styles’

Review: ‘Harry Styles’

Felix Kalvesmaki, Commentary editor
May 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t incredibly impressed with a lot of One Direction’s solo efforts. I’ve never been particularly amazed with Niall Horan’s or Louis Tomlinson’s music.  I even wrote about how underwhelming Zayn Malik’s debut was last year. But “Harry Styles”? It’s fantastic. St...

Review: ‘The Circle’

Review: ‘The Circle’

Audrey Vieira, Staff writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“The Circle” is an ironic title for a film that was anything but well-rounded. Throughout the film, characters pose perplexing questions about technology and internet privacy, only to leave them all unanswered once the credits roll. In the first few scenes of “The Circle,” the concept seemed...

Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Megan Shankle, Editor-in-chief
May 10, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

I, like the rest of the American public, was enamored with the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, released in the summer of 2014 to wide critical acclaim. I keep “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” in the glovebox of my car and have a Star Lord bobblehead on my bookshelf. So naturally, I slid into my se...

The Chainsmokers and writing about youth

The Chainsmokers and writing about youth

Felix Kalvesmaki, Commentary editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

I’ve been sitting on electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers’ “Memories…Do Not Open” since it came out on April 7. I’ve been listening, contemplating and trying to comprehend how I ended up in this incredibly painful situation. I remember pitching the idea to write a review on this album...

Review: ’13 Reasons Why’

Review: ’13 Reasons Why’

Corinne Chandler, Staff writer
April 17, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“13 Reasons Why” made its Netflix debut March 31, and if you’re anything like me, you finished all 13 episodes promptly. I am all but ashamed to say that I binge watched the entire season in a single weekend. A series like this deserves a devoted binger like myself to dissect this all too real ph...

Review: ‘You Had Me At Goodbye’

Review: ‘You Had Me At Goodbye’

Natalie McMahon, Staff writer
April 6, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Samantha Crain, American singer and songwriter, has put out her fifth album under the name “You Had Me At Goodbye.” She’s toured with Neutral Milk Hotel, First Aid Kit, the Avett Brothers and several other bands. She features a lot of layers and sonic textures in her work, but her folk rock an...