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Gosling, Stone headline vintage masterpiece

Gosling, Stone headline vintage masterpiece

Ethan Brown
January 4, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Marketing a musical in the 21st century that isn’t “Hamilton” can prove to be a nearly impossible task. In “La La Land,” the improbable comes to life as director Damien Chazelle delivers an instant classic while reinvigorating the movie musical. The film, given a wide-release on Dec. 24, t...

Punch Bowl Social offers a different night out

Sydney Hall
December 20, 2016
Filed under Reviews, Student Life

According to national beverage director Patrick Williams, Punch Bowl Social, a new restaurant and bar in St. Louis Park, features many new activities, as well as various foods and drinks. “It’s a place with a lot of options. It’s a great place to do stuff as a group,” Williams said. “From private...

Bruno Mars brings back the 80’s

Bruno Mars brings back the 80’s

Will Huyck
December 9, 2016
Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

In the wake of his 2012 sophomore album and a colorful halftime show at the 2016 Super Bowl, Bruno Mars explodes back onto the pop music scene with his new record “24K Magic.” “24K Magic” finds Mars utilizing the sounds of 80’s R&B and hip hop − a major jump from his previous relea...

Childish Gambino flourishes through funk

Ethan Brown
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Throughout his career, Childish Gambino’s many endeavors have vaulted him to the forefront of musical creativity. But his newest release, “Awaken, My Love!” finds the multifaceted artist in a world, and genre, entirely of his own. Gambino, a musician, actor and writer who hails from Atlanta, ...

‘Gilmore Girls’ creates nostalgia

‘Gilmore Girls’ creates nostalgia

Jayne Stevenson
December 5, 2016
Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

  After almost 10 years since the final episode of “Gilmore Girls,” the show returns for a series of four 90-minute episodes called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” The four episodes: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, seem to put the avid “Gilmore Girls” watcher at peace after ...

‘Girl on the Train’ movie offers underlying differences to the book

‘Girl on the Train’ movie offers underlying differences to the book

Genesis Buckhalton
November 15, 2016
Filed under Reviews

The 'Girl on the Train' is a book written by Paula Hawkins and now a movie produced by Tate Taylor. It follows the life of a woman named Rachel Watson who travels on train everyday at the exact same time and enjoys looking out the window to get a glimpse of people’s everyday lives as the train passes by. She soon be...

Lady Gaga returns to her roots

Lady Gaga returns to her roots

Isaac Wert
November 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Reviews

After a three-year break from mainstream music, Lady Gaga returns to her roots on her new album “Joanne.” When her fourth studio album “ARTPOP” failed to connect with the general public, Gaga took a temporary break from pop music to explore other projects. She released a jazz album with Tony...

Shawn Mendes releases new album

Shawn Mendes releases new album

Alissa Meredith
October 11, 2016
Filed under Reviews

Eighteen year old breakout singer, songwriter Shawn Mendes exhibits his raw vocal talent in his new album “Illuminate.” Although Mendes is largely known for his 2015 hit “Stitches,” he validates his unique artistic abilities in every song on “Illuminate,” released Sept. 23. Mendes shows...

“Sully” soars overall despite critical faults

“Sully” soars overall despite critical faults

Sam Birnberg
October 11, 2016
Filed under Reviews

“Sully” provides an enjoyable and compelling recount of a real life event. The film’s stars shine in their portrayals of American heroes. Despite the overall captivating aesthetic of the movie, irrelevant subplots and a forgettable soundtrack detracts from the overall focus of the story. In “S...

The Cursed Child opens at the close

Devin Raynor
September 1, 2016
Filed under Reviews

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” returns readers to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a story that fails to capture the magic found in one of the world’s most popular book series. The eighth Harry Potter story commences 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, picking up where the epilogue...

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ thrives in uncertainty

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ thrives in uncertainty

Ethan Brown
August 23, 2016
Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

After four years of rumors, speculation and frustration, R&B singer Frank Ocean reappeared to release “Blonde,” his follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed “Channel Orange.” While the project differs from Ocean’s previous work, his continued success never falters throughout the album’s 17 songs. ...

Batman and Superman fail to excite audience

Max Blackburn
April 8, 2016
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Used with fair use from DC Comics Superhero films hold one of the most massive following audiences of any movie genre, but after seeing “Batman vs. Superman Dawn of Justice,” the question is “why?” The first seemingly small issue with this movie is the writers hardly bothered to create a ...

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