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‘Aquaman’ falls below expectations

‘Aquaman’ falls below expectations

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...

Cut Through the Noise: Clean Bandit, Kelly Clarkson, Rachel Platten (Week of Nov. 3)

Cut Through the Noise: Clean Bandit, Kelly Clarkson, Rachel Platten (Week of Nov. 3)

Claire Kaiserman

November 3, 2017

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. I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels) - Clean Bandit ★★ If you’re like me, you m...

New Netflix original shows gaining popularity:

New Netflix original shows gaining popularity:

KJ Preston Pepperell

April 28, 2017

Since its beginning, Netflix has been consistent and reliable in supplying shows and movies that provide different options for its viewers to choose from. In recent years, Netflix began producing original content alongside network and cable shows. Of the 100+ original content options, two family-fri...

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Sam Birnberg

April 6, 2017

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: ‘So Good’ is quite the opposite

Review: ‘So Good’ is quite the opposite

Isaac Wert

March 23, 2017

Last spring, Swedish pop-star Zara Larsson’s song “Never Forget You,” the second single off her sophomore album, “So Good,” shot up the United States charts and instantly caught my attention. Now a year later, Larsson’s forgettable second album fails to outshine its decent singles. “So Go...

Review: Marvel takes a sharp turn in storytelling

Review: Marvel takes a sharp turn in storytelling

Lukas Levin

March 16, 2017

The movie “Logan” broadcasts one of the most indestructible Marvel heroes when they’re most vulnerable through well told plot and character development. “Logan,” directed by James Mangold, follows the story of the former X-Men character Wolverine or Logan, played by Hugh Jackman. In the fil...

Review: Monsters in Minneapolis

Review: Monsters in Minneapolis

Alexis Machoka

March 10, 2017

Screenwriter, director and novelist Guillermo del Toro came to Minneapolis to witness the opening of his exhibit “Home With Monsters” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). This exhibit at the Minneapolis institute of art displays del Toro’s  amazing works, as well as some of the thin...

Thundercat opens up with introspective new album

Thundercat opens up with introspective new album

Will Huyck

March 9, 2017

Thundercat’s third studio album, “Drunk” provides a funky change of tone for the bassist’s musical style. The record features a shift away from the previous themes that previous Thundercat albums focused on, such as confronting mortality. Rather, “Drunk” finds Thundercat exploring more immedia...

Hallström yanks dog lovers’ chains

Hallström yanks dog lovers’ chains

Eleanor Kline-Olson

March 3, 2017

The director of “A Dog’s Purpose,” Lasse Hallström, specializes in making movies the same way Hallmark makes movies — he will leave the audience a crying mess. The film is based on W. Bruce Cameron’s book “A Dog’s Purpose.” “A Dog’s Purpose” was released Jan. 27. The film is show...

John Mayer makes comeback with new album

John Mayer makes comeback with new album

Will Huyck

March 3, 2017

There is a little bit of everything in the first two ‘waves’ of John Mayer’s album “The Search for Everything,” which he is releasing four songs at a time. Mayer dropped off the grid in 2010 after he was accused of misogyny and racism due to his comments in several highly controversial intervi...

‘Get Out’ uses stereotypes in subtle lesson on racism

‘Get Out’ uses stereotypes in subtle lesson on racism

Alec Pittman

March 2, 2017

Throwing everyday interactions concerning racial undertones in the face of the audience, “Get Out” addresses subtle racism in society. “Get Out,” released Feb. 24, explores the events that follow after a Black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his White girlfriend's parents (Catherine Keene...

‘Master of None’ proves spectacular

Ethan Brown

November 30, 2015

For a long time, Aziz Ansari stood behind the likes of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and his other “Parks and Recreations” co-stars. But in Netflix’s new TV show “Master of None,” Ansari steps into the spotlight, and along with him, comes a fantastic show. The show stars Ansari as struggling a...

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