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Rebuilding childhood memories

Noah Betz-Richman & Ladan Abdi
February 12, 2014
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Colorful plastic bricks may sit in a tub in many attics, but now they are given life on the big screen in the newly released “The Lego Movie.” With a surprisingly profound storyline, a star-studded cast and beautiful visuals, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creators of “21 Jump Street” and “Cloudy...

Rysa Walker travels to a dark past with new novel Timebound

Erin Wells
January 17, 2014
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When Prudence Kate Pierce-Keller’s (Kate) grandmother, who suddenly reappears after being gone for more than a decade, gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate thinks nothing of it. “Timebound,” written by Rysa Walker, takes the reader through the life of Ka...

Childish Gambino’s latest album isn’t an album

Noah Robiner
January 17, 2014
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Rapper, comedian, actor, writer and producer Donald Glover, also known as his artistic persona, Childish Gambino, released his newest project in December 2013. The project, titled “Because The Internet,” combined a 19-song album, a screenplay and an elaborate lead up, to create an experience lik...

“Her” explores the boundaries of love

Isaac Greenwood and Josh Scal
January 16, 2014
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Teenage boys may not be the most fervent romantic movie fans, but Spike Jonze has these two reviewers of his recent lovey-dovey flick “Her” singing its praise. “Her” deals with Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a recently divorced writer who develops a romantic relationship with the persona...

Basic Vacation fails to shine

Noah Betz-Richman
January 10, 2014
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Basic Vacation’s self-titled debut album delivers precisely the promise its title might suggest. Though it may be fun and peppy, like a vacation, sounds never deviate from tried-and-true, uninteresting melodies, fated to be basic. Opening with “I Believe,” the song sets the stage for what is yet to come. T...

Park alumni Coen brothers crank out another masterpiece

Artis Curiskis and Josh Scal
January 5, 2014
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With blunt simplicity and emotional complexity, the Coen Brothers have once again hit the right chords in “Inside Lleywn Davis.” This original screenplay is about a struggling musician in the golden age of folk music entitled “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The movie’s title, which appears somewhat u...

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” takes viewers there and back again

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” takes viewers there and back again

Isaac Greenwood
December 13, 2013
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Following the jovial tone of its predecessor, the latest Hobbit movie introduces a new tone for the trilogy as it nears its final film. “The Desolation of Smaug,” directed by Peter Jackson, focuses on Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his gang’s journey from the Misty Mountains toward their final destinatio...

Playing an unorthodox rendition of Cinderella

Natalie Vig
December 10, 2013
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The retelling of the tale of Cinderella, a girl forced into essentially slavery by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, has never been more hilarious. Classically, in the story of Cinderella the two stepsisters come across as wicked along with their evil mother. However, what made this rendition...

“The Book Thief” brings whimsical story to Nazi Germany

Carolyn Guddal
November 21, 2013
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While some might not find it in the best taste to have a light-hearted World War II story, “The Book Thief” fascinates the audience as a story about a little girl finding her voice through words in the midst of terror. “The Book Thief” follows the story of adolescent Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) during Nazi Germany. After tragedy strikes her f...

Bastille releases stellar debut album

Isaac Greenwood
November 18, 2013
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In taking its name from a historical 18th century French fortress which became an integral part of the French Revolution, the alt-rock band “Bastille” introduces new and refreshing styles in their album “Bad Blood,” promising to liven the international music scene. Formed in London in 2010, the four-m...

Achieving Epic Proportions

Noah Betz-Richman
November 18, 2013
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Hundreds of years ago, when Scandinavian writers outlined the original Norse myths, they never could have predicted their stories would be featured in massive cineplexes. Yet Marvel Studios has managed to transform those epic tales into a feature film many fans will want to see. Although Thor: The ...

Horror comes in time for Halloween

Zoe Kedrowski
November 5, 2013
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After an eight month hiatus, American Horror Story: Coven returns with witchcraft and voodooism, as well as strong female characters that strongly use their emotions in the story. Coven, which premiered Oct. 9, follows the creation of a school in New Orleans made specifically for witches that still exist ...

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