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Under Review: “It”

Under Review: “It”

Camille McFarland and Tyler King, Staff Writers

October 29, 2017


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My friends and I entered the theatre with little knowledge of Stephen King’s 1986 “It” and varying levels of horror tolerance. We didn’t expect much except a terrifying clown and jump scares, but director Andy Muschietti and writers Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman delivered an...

‘Xanadu’ combines ’80s aesthetics with Greek mythology

‘Xanadu’ combines ’80s aesthetics with Greek mythology

Sophia Kontos, Online Section Editor

September 13, 2017


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Stages Repertory Theater combined '80s themes with Greek mythology in "Xanadu," a musical based on an '80s box office flop.

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Under Review: “Get Out” brings social commentary as horror flick

Under Review: “Get Out” brings social commentary as horror flick

Irene Vazquez, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2017


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Jordan Peele's directorial debut "Get Out" is a multi-layered movie featuring social messages about race relations hidden within the horror-comedy plot.

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Under Review: “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Under Review: “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Irene Vazquez, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2017


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The beloved children's book series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" have been revived in a Netflix original show, which stays true to the source material with its witty, dry tone and spot-on casting.

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Under Review: “One Day at a Time”

Under Review: “One Day at a Time”

Irene Vazquez, Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017


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"One Day at a Time," a Netflix original series based on the 1975 show of the same name, tells the story of the Cuban-American Alvarez family. The show features typical family-based sitcom themes while also exploring the cultural values of the Alvarez's.

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Under Review: “La La Land”

Under Review: “La La Land”

Emily Chen, Online Editor

January 18, 2017


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Movie musical "La La Land" transports audiences back in time with its jazzy soundtrack and Classic Hollywood glamour.

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Under Review: “Black Mirror” gives dark but accurate social commentary

Under Review: “Black Mirror” gives dark but accurate social commentary

Kate Habich, Staff Writer

January 9, 2017


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The British anthology show continues to fascinate viewers in its third season with futuristic technology that reveal truths about our modern life.

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Under Review: “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” turns characters upside down

Under Review: “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” turns characters upside down

Sophie Caldwell, Staff Writer

January 3, 2017


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The long-awaited revival "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" did not live up to the high standards set by the original beloved comfort show.

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Under Review: Stranger Things

Under Review: Stranger Things

Emma Shea, Social Media Editor

September 19, 2016


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The Netflix original "Stranger Things" quickly and quietly became a smash hit over the summer. The show's unique premise, 80's themes, and talented actors all contribute to its appeal

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Under Review: Finding Dory

Under Review: Finding Dory

David Hammer, Staff Writer

July 30, 2016


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While keeping a lively tone, "Finding Dory" exceeds expectations with meaningful characters and immersive storytelling.

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Under Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Under Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Emily Chen, Online Editor

June 15, 2016


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"X-Men: Apocalypse", the long-anticipated end to the "First Class" trilogy, misses the mark as a continuation of the "X-Men" saga.

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Under Review: Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Under Review: Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Michael Vermeulen, Copy Editor

December 24, 2015


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"Star Wars: the Force Awakens" creates a balance between dramatic weight and uproarious humor while successfully bridging old characters with the new.

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