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Gaming Corner: Anthem

Gaming Corner: Anthem

By Christopher Payne and Ray Gill

March 12, 2019

Opening Week Chris: Roughly two weeks have passed since Bioware’s “Anthem” released on Feb. 22, and so far it’s been a comedy of errors. The game has faced one debacle after another since its first bug-ridden debut, most recently including game-breaking console crashes and a weapon system ...

“Captain Marvel” Blasts Off Despite Initial Backlash

“Captain Marvel” Blasts Off Despite Initial Backlash

By Christopher Payne

March 10, 2019

  “Captain Marvel” faced a boycott, an onslaught of criticisms and even faked negative reviews before its release on Thursday, March 7. Online, countless voices attacked the casting of Brie Larson in the lead role of Captain Marvel along with Marvel’s trend towards producing more diverse m...

“Once” Has an Engaging But Flawed Transition From Screen to Stage

“Once” Has an Engaging But Flawed Transition From Screen to Stage

By Alison Myers

February 18, 2019

  Scenario: You live in Dublin, being a washed up vacuum repairman by day, a street performer by night, living with your dad and alienated from hope and love. But really, it’s okay, because the Czech girl you’ve fallen (and sung) for is going to set you up with your ex-girlfriend. Welcome...

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

By Christopher Payne

February 14, 2019

  "Happy Death Day 2U" isn’t a good movie. The characters are shallow with little to no development. The narrative has a lot of potential that is entirely lost in poor writing and disappointing plot twists. As a horror film, it relies exclusively on the predictable jump scares that defined...

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

By Josh Petersen

February 1, 2019

  Hiding your true emotions is hard. Losing a loved one is harder. To face both at the same time might be impossible. In “The Farewell,” a warm and winning film from writer-director Lulu Wang, twenty-something Billi (Awkwafina) is a struggling writer living in New York City. When Billi...

Binge Bytes: ‘The White Vault’ and ‘Lake Clarity’

Binge Bytes: ‘The White Vault’ and ‘Lake Clarity’

By Marshall Falkner

January 18, 2019

  If you know anything about my choice in podcasts, it’s that I love them spooky — “Darkest Night” and “The No Sleep Podcast” are both in my top-five favorites. If you’re a horror fan like me, there are two more podcasts worth adding to your feed. “The White Vault” is a horr...

To Binge or Not To Binge Episode 40: “Murdoch Mysteries”

To Binge or Not To Binge Episode 40: “Murdoch Mysteries”

By Abigail Raasch

January 11, 2019

  Warning: This review contains mild spoilers for “Murdoch Mysteries.” As you probably know from personal experience, different television series require certain moods. Sometimes, we need to relax and breathe while enjoying basic sitcoms, giving us an easy evening and a comfortable feeling....

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

By Josh Petersen

January 9, 2019

  Even if you think that your family is hard to deal with over the holidays, you probably didn’t have to reunite with an evil mom who was locked in a tower by a maybe even more evil dad. (If that is your situation, I am deeply sorry.) This is just one of the conflicts bubbling in James Goldman’s...

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 38: “Game of Thrones”

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 38: “Game of Thrones”

By Palak Jayswal

December 9, 2018

  Warning: This review contains mild spoilers for “Game of Thrones” It’s a surprise to me that it’s taken our desk this long to cover “Game of Thrones,” considering the series’ massive following and famous twists and turns. To put it mildly, there’s nothing that this show ...

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

By Josh Petersen

November 20, 2018

  The Academy Award season is officially upon us, which means that it’s time for an Oscar-friendly historical drama about race relations. Most recent years have one: “Hidden Figures” in 2016 or “The Help” in 2011 or “The Blind Side” in 2009. You probably know the drill. The film...

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