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We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

Isaac Wert

February 23, 2018


Filed under City Entertainment, Opinion Columns, Reviews

If you’ve read my most recent “Cut Through the Noise” column, you know how I feel about music in 2018 so far. But after sifting through countless amelodic and uninspired new releases, I’ve struck two nuggets of gold from the genius of Janelle Monáe herself, and letting them slip through our f...

Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’ inspires change

Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’ inspires change

Hanna Schechter

February 14, 2018


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

Angie Thomas’s new book, “The Hate U Give,” quickly became a teen favorite and a New York Times bestseller. The novel delves into the story of a teenage girl named Starr. Starr lives in “the hood” while also attending a private, majority white, high school. Through Thomas’s writing, read...

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

Malaika Bigirindavyi

November 10, 2017


Filed under Reviews

After over a year of waiting, Stranger Things fans can settle into their couches to watch the second season on Netflix. * SPOILER ALERT * The immensely popular first season left viewers with a cliffhanger, wondering the whereabouts of one main character, Eleven, and about the safety of another character, Will, from the U...

Cut Through the Noise: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo (Week of Sept. 8)

Cut Through the Noise: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo (Week of Sept. 8)

Isaac Wert

September 8, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Cut Through The Noise Music Reviews, Reviews

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” a new column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer will take on the role as writer, reviewing recent releases aiming for success.   “...Ready for It” by Taylor Swift: ★★★★ Foll...

“Girls Trip” provides women-led hilarity

“Girls Trip” provides women-led hilarity

Emma Yarger

September 1, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

Female dominated “Girls Trip” provides both laughs and a compelling storyline. It follows four women, with four very different personalities, who travel together to the Essence Festival, a non-fictional music festival celebrating black people in America. By maintaining a healthy balance of antics a...

Fifth Harmony switches genres while maintaining mediocrity

Fifth Harmony switches genres while maintaining mediocrity

Isaac Wert

August 25, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

Following the departure of their stand-out member, Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third studio album further justifies the group’s mediocre reputation. “7/27,” Fifth Harmony’s second album, achieved moderate success. Its multi-platinum lead single, “Work From Home,” rocked ...

Prince’s estate releases two new tracks

Prince’s estate releases two new tracks

Will Huyck

May 25, 2017


Filed under Reviews

Just over a year after his death, NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records unveiled two of Prince’s previously unreleased songs, “Electric Intercourse” and “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden.” The song is the first single off the upcoming remastered version of Prince’s hit 1984 album, “Purpl...

Review: Chance the Rapper’s ‘Be Encouraged Tour’ promotes self-confidence, individuality

Review: Chance the Rapper’s ‘Be Encouraged Tour’ promotes self-confidence, individuality

Izzy Leviton

May 16, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Tickets for Chance the Rapper’s performance on May 12 at the Xcel Energy Center sold out within hours of being on sale. Approximately 15,000 fans packed the arena on the night of the show. The show was one of 43 on Chance’s spring tour of his newest album, “Coloring Book,” which won the 2016 Gra...

Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ brings to light dark parts of life

Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ brings to light dark parts of life

Adah Koivula

May 1, 2017


Filed under Reviews

*Contains spoilers about ‘13 Reasons Why’ Netflix’s original show ‘13 Reasons Why,’ based off the book by Jay Asher, draws awareness to uncomfortable aspects of life as a teenager, with no healthy discussion involved. ‘13 Reasons Why’ follows a high schooler named Clay Jensen, played by Dylan Minne...

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Sam Birnberg

April 6, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

A live action remake of the classic Disney story, “Beauty and the Beast” demonstrates the power of true love as the beastly prince must win the affection of the imprisoned Belle before his curse becomes final. Director Bill Condon delivers a faithful retelling of the original animated film. Fr...

Review: ‘Before I Fall’ ends with shocking cliffhanger

Review: ‘Before I Fall’ ends with shocking cliffhanger

Adah Koivula

April 3, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews, Uncategorized

The surprising end to “Before I Fall” leaves viewers open-mouthed with shock, and makes viewers forget the rest of the movie. The plot doesn't have a climax until the end, resulting in no resolution. The lack of any rising action until the last 10 minutes makes most of this movie simply borin...

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Isabelle Becker

March 9, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

“The Space Between Us” was a cute story, but some of the characters had qualities that were not very enjoyable. The movie follows teenager Gardner (Asa Butterfield) as he comes to Earth for the first time after living his whole life on Mars. The romance comes in when he goes to find Tulsa (Britt...

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