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Dead cats, undead breasts, and weed whackers: ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’

Dead cats, undead breasts, and weed whackers: ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’

Gavin Gaddis
November 5, 2015
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“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” comes damn close to perfectly blending gross-out humor, teen sex comedies and jump-scare laden horror. It is also considered a bomb on several review aggregate sites, currently sitting at a rotten 33 percent on RottenTomatoes.com. For once I severely disag...

‘Steve Jobs’ talks fast, says little

‘Steve Jobs’ talks fast, says little

Gavin Gaddis
October 26, 2015
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“Steve Jobs” advertises itself as a stylistic look at the life of Apple’s  infamous co-founder. The film is told in three parts, each part depicting the 40 minutes prior to three of Jobs’ more influential product reveals (the Macintosh, Black Cube and iMac) at technology conventions.  ...

Performance breaks silence

Amelia Peterson
October 21, 2015
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“All Who Are Left,” a theatrical performance covering topics as broad as war and as personal as the search for identity, will premiere for the first time in the United States at USI. The performance discusses the horrors of war, Nazi concentration camps and all of the outcomes of the World War I...

Goosebumps leans heavily on nostalgia, tropes

Goosebumps leans heavily on nostalgia, tropes

Gavin Gaddis
October 19, 2015
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“Goosebumps” is best seen while wearing the rose-colored glasses of childhood. If the audience read a ton of “Goosebumps” novels during their adolescent years, they’re going to have a good time.   The film follows Zach (Dylan Minnette), a high school student who moves next do...

Students sow emotional depth with ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Students sow emotional depth with ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Bobby Shipman
October 17, 2015
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Despite a few first-night fumbles, the cast of USI Theatre’s latest production managed to ensnare its audience with passionate acting and relatable intensity. “The Grapes of Wrath,” adapted for stage by Frank Galati, kicked off the 2015-2016 season Thursday with a nearly packed house. ...

TripAdvisor’s worst nightmare – Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures

TripAdvisor’s worst nightmare – Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures

Gavin Gaddis
October 12, 2015
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“Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures” is a bit of an enigma. If one were to take the cardboard miniatures and intentionally old-school charm of Wes Anderson and combine them with the rapid-fire jump cut pace of popular YouTube comedians, you’re approaching the aesthetic of “Oscar’s ...

The Martian: a stellar adaptation

The Martian: a stellar adaptation

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor
October 4, 2015
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  Disclaimer: Ten months ago I read the original novel and consider it the best best sci-fi novel written in the last twenty-five years.   That being said, I went in with high expectations.   “The Martian” tells the story of a single NASA astronaut who, after a s...

Maguire a pawn star in Pawn Sacrifice

Maguire a pawn star in Pawn Sacrifice

Gavin Gaddis
September 29, 2015
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To those who think it would be difficult to make professional chess exciting, I submit “Pawn Sacrifice” as evidence that they are indeed correct. Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) wants to be the world champion of chess, but first he’ll have to defeat the infamously skilled grand champions of the...

Black Mass weighs heavy on viewer

Black Mass weighs heavy on viewer

Gavin Gaddis
September 19, 2015
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From the director who brought you “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (Scott Cooper), “Black Mass” delivers a gritty look at the White Hills crime gang and their leader James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp).   Before I dig into this review I should note some personal bia...

Five nights at Granny’s: The Visit delivers

Five nights at Granny’s: The Visit delivers

Gavin Gaddis
September 18, 2015
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“The Visit” tells the story of two children who visit their estranged grandparents for a week. Becca (Olivia DeJonge) is an aspiring documentarian who enlists her brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) to help record their week long trip for her first feature-length documentary.   The entire ...

Slimy, yet unsatisfying: Tom + Chee disappoints

Bobby Shipman
August 24, 2015
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Before I begin my review, I’d like to point out that I am not your average cuisine connoisseur. I’m not really a food “connoisseur” at all. I am just your average, everyday foodie with a crunchy twist – I’m vegan. Despite my restrictions, I still have an insatiable appetite and desire to exp...

American Ultra delivers great acting, comedy chops

American Ultra delivers great acting, comedy chops

Gavin Gaddis
August 22, 2015
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If movies like Get Hard are the disease that is killing comedy, movies like American Ultra are the cure. Hollywood newcomer Nima Nourizadeh directs this dynamite script from Max Landis (“Chronicle”) which, on the surface, appears to be a simple re-tooling of the 2007 television show “Chuck....

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