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X-Men final Together

Sean Cork
May 30, 2014
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The newest addition to the X-Men franchise came to theaters on the May 23rd, and since then shattered box office competition according to CNN. The movie uses timelines from both the X-Men, from the past and from the present. The movie plot revolves around the protagonists trying to save the future by...

Black Keys turn listeners blue with excitement

Isaac Greenwood
May 29, 2014
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Once again the indie rock duo the Black Keys have impressed critics and listeners alike with their latest funky and alternative album, “Turn Blue.” Following hit albums “Brothers” and “El Camino,” released in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the Black Keys have solidified their formula for...

King of the monsters rules in battle royale

Peter Johnson
May 21, 2014
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The sensory overload that is “Godzilla” is a mashup of human drama and delightful monster action that tries to be two things at once, but still stays true to the essence of Godzilla. The latest in a long line of reboots of the classic movie monster Godzilla, the 2014 film is an attempt to return...

“Spider-Man” follow-up declines from predecessor

Noah Betz-Richman
May 19, 2014
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Most fans of Spider-Man films think of Tobey Maguire in the iconic red and blue suit. However, the newest installment of director Marc Webb’s reboot of the series has taken a more classic approach to the franchise with Andrew Garfield in the lead role. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” builds on the...

Classic hero packs patriotic punch

Noah Betz-Richman
April 13, 2014
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Although he originated as an American comic book hero during World War II, Captain America blends seamlessly into Marvel Studios’ modern world while maintaining the roots of the story in the most recent installment of the Avengers saga. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shines as one of th...

Boneyard brings traditional southern dining up north

Boneyard brings traditional southern dining up north

Josh Scal
March 26, 2014
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With an array of patios populating the Uptown dining scene, Boneyard’s setup separates them from the competition. Equipped with rain-detecting sensors to deploy a foldable roof and heated floors to prolong the fleeting warmth of summer, the spacious patio ushers customers into chef Jason Bush’s southern eatery, which opened March 7....

“Need for Speed” fulfills its title, not much else

Noah Robiner
March 24, 2014
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While many may fondly remember revving their virtual engines on “Need for Speed,” the video game now has been remade for the silver screen. “Need for Speed” follows Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) as a struggling mechanic and wickedly talented street racer. He and his crew are approached by big-sh...

Rise of a failed sequel

Sean Cork
March 24, 2014
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Based off the graphic novel “Xerxes,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” directed by Noam Murro,  is based before, during and after the plot of “300,” the story of 300 Spartans battling an unwinnable battle against the Persian Empire. However, it takes on a different perspective of the war, mainly ...

“True Detective” offers more than just mystery

Isaac Greenwood
March 18, 2014
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While only eight episodes may not seem like much for the average television show, HBO’s first season of "True Detective" is far from subpar or mundane and will leave viewers searching for more. "True Detective" follows two Louisiana State Criminal Investigation Department officers, Martin Hart (Woody ...

Streetz American Grill dishes up a $5 burger worth trying

Streetz American Grill dishes up a $5 burger worth trying

Josh Scal
March 6, 2014
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From Five Guys to MyBurger, the fast-casual burger joint is all the rage in the Twin Cities. Streetz American Grill in a way brings more of the same in an already-saturated market, but any burger fan should at least stop in for a quick service Monster Burger!!! or a noteworthy Coney Island dog. &nbs...

Phantogram ushers in new voice

Isaac Greenwood
February 25, 2014
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Rather than fade into non-existence like their name implies, New York-based electronic rock duo Phantogram hits all the right keys in its latest studio release, “Voices,” and promises to amaze listeners. “Voices” features 11 songs and runs just over 40 minutes. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter...

“Endless Love” brings a new angle to hopeful love

Suh Koller
February 14, 2014
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In a recent remake of the original 1981 film, director Shana Feste gives a timeless Romeo and Juliet love story a modern twist in the upcoming movie, “Endless Love.” Starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, the tale follows the two lovers through a fight against all obstacles in search for true l...

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