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“Us,” released March 22, 2019, is a psychological thriller following an All-American family, as they fight for their lives against their own doppelgängers. “Us” stands strong as one of the greatest horror thrillers of this generation.

Five years later, we’re still scared of ‘Us’

Maci Crowell, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

“Us,” released March 8, 2019, is a psychological horror movie directed by Jordan Peele. The film follows Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her family, who are attacked by a group of menacing doppelgängers,...

Season two of Abbott Elementary, released from Sept. 21, 2022	to April 19, 2023, is a mockumentary sitcom television series following Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson), a perpetually optimistic second-grade teacher, at the underfunded Abbott Elementary. Season two continues the heartfelt humor established in the first season, yet adds a new layer of emotional tension.

‘Abbott Elementary’s’ second season is as humorous, more emotional than its first

Abigail Durham, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

This review contains minor spoilers for seasons one and two of “Abbott Elementary” Season two of the ABC TV series “Abbott Elementary” aired Sept. 21, 2022, and concluded April 19, 2023. It...

Madvillainy, released March 24, 2004, is a collaboration project between rapper MF DOOM and producer Madlib. Madvillainy is one of the most celebrated hip-hop albums ever created and stands tall with its unique sampling and iconic rapping.

‘Madvillainy’ holds up as one of the most unique hip-hop albums ever made

Ian Young, Lifestyle Editor February 21, 2024

“Madvillainy,” released March 23, 2004, is an abstract hip-hop album created by American hip-hop duo Madvillain, including rapper MF DOOM and record producer Madlib. The album features 22 songs over...

Whiplash, released Jan. 16, 2014, is a psychological drama following a young jazz drummer, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), as he works his way to the top of his highly competitive band program. Whiplash holds up as a classic as it is one of the most intense dramas of the last decade.

‘Whiplash’ has become a modern classic

Maci Crowell, Staff Writer February 7, 2024

This review contains spoilers for “Whiplash” Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash,” released Jan. 16, 2014, is a psychological drama following a young jazz drummer, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller),...

Alison Buchanan performs as the title character, Ruth, during the Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 performances in the Performance Center.

USI presents its first-ever opera production, ‘Ruth’

Abigail Durham, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

“Ruth,” presented in the USI Performance Center  Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, is a one-act opera put together by Philip H. Hagemann Performing Arts Department, Pegasus Opera Company, Evansville Philharmonic...

“The Last of Us,” released weekly from Jan. 15 - Mar. 12, 2023, is a television thriller and drama series based on the video game of the same name. The series follows Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) as he transports a 14-year-old girl, Ellie (Bella Ramsey), across a post-apocalyptic United States.

‘The Last of Us’ television show is a fantastic step forward for video game adaptations

Ian Young, Lifestyle Editor January 31, 2024

This review contains spoilers for “The Last of Us” television show and video game. “The Last of Us” and “The Last of Us Part II” are very special games to me as a gamer and writer. These...

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, released Jan. 24, 2017, was the first new resident evil game in the franchise since 2012. The game would not only bring a revival to the Resident Evil franchise, but Capcom as a whole.

‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ saved the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise

Lou Orth, Staff Writer January 24, 2024

“Resident Evil” as a franchise has been flooded with remakes in the past few years, such as “Resident Evil 2” in 2019, “Resident Evil 3” in 2020 and “Resident Evil 4” in 2023. Even though...

Wonka, released Dec. 15, 2023, follows young Willy Wonka (Timotheè Chalamet) before the factory as he navigates the business world from a anti-business point of view.

‘Wonka’ is as wonderfully whimsical as the original 1971 classic

Maci Crowell, Staff Writer January 24, 2024

“Wonka,” released Dec. 15, 2023, is a prequel to the childhood classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”  “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” originally released June 30,...

Even though I listened to a lot of albums in 2023, there were still some great, noteworthy albums I missed.

10 great albums I missed in 2023

Ian Young, Lifestyle Editor January 23, 2024

I do my best to listen to as much music as possible, but as hard as I may try, some music slips by me. All the albums on this list are 2023 albums I discovered after I published my Top 25 albums of 2023...

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth album by progressive metal pioneer band Dream Theater. The albums ability to be technically strong, musically compelling and tell an interesting story make it one of the greatest metal albums ever made.

Celebrating ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory’ 25 years later

Ian Young, Lifestyle Editor January 16, 2024

Dream Theater released its second album “Images and Words” June 30, 1992. The album would go down as the band’s commercial breakthrough, even landing a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100...

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, released Nov. 17, is a perfect prequel to the Hunger Games franchise.

‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ is a perfect prequel

Peyton Peters, Chief Copy Editor December 5, 2023

This review contains spoilers for “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes." When “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” was announced, I immediately freaked out...

Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a USI Theater production that premiered Nov. 16-19. It is a revenge comedy that follows three friends as they take out their frustrations on Kyle Carter (Gavin Carter), an abusive husband.

USI Theatre’s ‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’ is a comedic play with a serious message

Abigail Durham, Staff Writer November 30, 2023

USI presented “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” at the Performance Center Nov. 16-9. It is a revenge comedy play written by Lauren Gunderson, playwright, screenwriter and short story author, and directed by...

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