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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ falls short

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Adin Zweigbaum

March 14, 2019

Back when the first “How to Train Your Dragon” movie came out, it was considered an animated masterpiece, but the final installment to this trilogy does not live up to the original. DreamWorks Animation’s newest installment of the series begins with the small Viking town of Berk, yet again und...

‘You’ leads viewers on thrilling ride of emotions

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Maddie Schutte

February 26, 2019

After watching the newest Netflix original TV show, “You,” blow up across social media platforms, I decided to give it try. Within seconds of hearing Penn Badgley’s creepy — but endearing — voice narrating the first scene, I was hooked. Growing up watching dark and twisted dramas, like “Pretty Litt...

New series provides fresh take on comic book superheroes

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Jenna Cook

February 25, 2019

After DC and Marvel have spent so many years shoving comic book content down the average consumer’s throat, I thought I had seen all the genre had to offer. Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” proved me wrong. The pilot episode follows a family of superhero siblings reuniting for their father’s ...

Maggie Rogers defines sound through debut album

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Abby Intveld

February 17, 2019

Finding an album in which every song doesn’t sound the same but offers ranging sonic textures can be difficult, but “Heard It In a Past Life” is an album that proved it’s not impossible.   The 12-track album varies in sound from song to song, switching from upbeat electronic sounds to sm...

Modern Arthurian retelling misses mark

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Jenna Cook

February 13, 2019

As a history and fantasy enthusiast, I wanted to enjoy “The Kid Who Would Be King.” Unfortunately, there was more to critique than to praise in not only the story, but the characterization, dialogue and much more. Taking place in a modern-day politically divided United Kingdom, the film tells the...

‘Sex Education’ doesn’t satisfy

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Emma Yarger

February 7, 2019

“Sex Education” makes a surface level attempt to break the mold and only lands with inattentive audiences. This show is one of Netflix’s most recent attempts at a hit. However, it comes off just so — as an attempt. With a storyline full of tropes it is clear the show is trying too hard. “...

‘Aquaman’ falls below expectations

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Megan Raatz

January 23, 2019

Going to see “Aquaman,” I knew it wasn’t going to be the best movie ever, but I still came out of the theater disappointed. DC Comics’ newest attempt at putting some backstory behind its Justice League characters falls so terribly short even a wet shirtless Jason Momoa can’t save it. If yo...

‘Bumblebee’ mildly entertaining

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Gabriel Kaplan

January 23, 2019

When compared to other Transformer movies, “Bumblebee" directed by Travis Knight comes off as exceptional. However, “Bumblebee” is only mediocre compared to practically any other movie. “Bumblebee” holds a simple plot making it feel dull at times. The movie follows Charlie Watson (Hailee...

21 Savage evolves sound

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Amaia Barajas

January 21, 2019

21 Savage’s sophomore album “i am>i was” proves that musicians can stay true to their roots while maturing in their sound. Since releasing his collaborative EP “Savage Mode” with Metro Boomin’ in 2016, 21 Savage has proved his talent in the rap game. With the opening reflective song...

Escape predictability

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Isabel Kjaer

January 20, 2019

When I first watched the trailer for “Escape Room,” I was intrigued by the concept. Despite this, throughout the movie various aspects left me conflicted on whether I enjoyed the movie or not. “Escape Room” follows five characters as they adventure through a tricky invite-only escape room where each r...

‘When Katie Met Cassidy’ stands out

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Emma Yarger

January 18, 2019

“When Katie Met Cassidy” is the rom-com we all need in our lives. This beautiful, easy read came out this past June and was featured on the podcast “The Female Gaze.” I found out about the novel when listening to an interview with the author, Camille Perri. The interview intrigued me so much ...

The top songs of 2018

Senior Violet Huber listens to music while in advisory. According to Huber, her favorite genre is hip-hop and rap.

Dahlia Krebs and Mira Malka

January 17, 2019

This infographic shows the most popular songs from the last year, according to Billboard's Top Charts. They are sorted into the genres hip-hop/rap, pop, rock and country.  ...

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