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‘Shadowhunters’ improves with new showrunners

‘Shadowhunters’ improves with new showrunners

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
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Changing the showrunners and writers of a show can definitely bring change. The fourth episode of the second season of “Shadowhunters,” the showrunners and writers had been replaced, and it’s safe to say that it was definitely for the better. With the premiere of the fourth episode “Day of Wr...

‘Death Race’ reboot offensive, cheap, hilarious

‘Death Race’ reboot offensive, cheap, hilarious

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
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“Death Race 2050” is a single hopeful flower blossoming on the nuclear wasteland that is American satire. In the year 2050 the United Corporations of America, headed by a flamboyant Chairman (Malcolm McDowell at his scenery-chewing finest), hosts a yearly cross-country race in which drivers score poi...

‘La La Land’ deserves the hype

‘La La Land’ deserves the hype

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 1, 2017
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As far-fetched the idea of singing to express our feelings is for the general public, the musical “La La Land” feels real. The widely acclaimed movie featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone has been racking up accolades since the start of awards season, garnering the coveted Oscar buzz. Based on th...

XX album powerful, but only after first three tracks

XX album powerful, but only after first three tracks

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
January 25, 2017
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When I started The XX’s new album “I See You,” I was skeptical. However, not even halfway through the album, I changed my mind. It’s not because I warmed up to the tracks I had already heard, but because they put the best tracks on the album as songs 6-10. “Dangerous” starts the album with ...

The Founder: I’m lovin’ it

The Founder: I’m lovin’ it

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
January 25, 2017
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Michael Keaton was born to play the bad guy, and I can’t think of a role more suited for him than that of the man whose shady business deals expanded both fast-service restaurants and the American waistline: Ray Kroc. “The Founder” tells the story of Kroc (Michael Keaton) as he rises from an uns...

Fences: Bleak, but thought-provoking

Fences: Bleak, but thought-provoking

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
January 18, 2017
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“Fences” isn’t a comfortable watch. The Denzel Washington flick, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, poses important questions about race, family and loyalty, and it isn’t easy to swallow. Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) lives with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis). Their so...

Shadowhunters gives hope for more development

Shadowhunters gives hope for more development

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer
January 18, 2017
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With a new year comes another chance for producers to get it right.  “Shadowhunters” just kicked off its second season and has already premiered its first three episodes. Firstly, “Shadowhunters” is based off of a book series, “The Mortal Instruments,” which has been very near and dear to me ...

Netflix delivers series of fortunate decisions

Netflix delivers series of fortunate decisions

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
January 18, 2017
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Netflix has produced a television version of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” seemingly custom-made to impress my inner 14 year old. Having grown up reading Snicket’s marvelously macabre and depressing novels about the misadventures of three children stalked by an evil actor hell-b...

Bad Santa 2: Offensive, Crude, Brilliant

Bad Santa 2: Offensive, Crude, Brilliant

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016
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I sat in an empty theater Sunday watching Billy Bob Thornton attempt to kill himself multiple times, and I was laughing my ass off. Picking up a decade after the first film. “Bad Santa 2” shows the misadventures of Willie Soke (Thornton), an undereducated low-life who happens to be a deft hand a...

The reign of Negan continues

The reign of Negan  continues

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016
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The new season of The Walking Dead is about to reach its mid-season finale,  and things are beginning to heat up after a few episodes of calmness. In the past three episodes, the focus has been on Maggie and Sasha, Tara, Enid and Carl when he sneaks into the Saviors’ territory and encounters Negan...

‘Fantastic Beasts’ enjoyable but lacks substance

‘Fantastic Beasts’ enjoyable but lacks substance

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
November 20, 2016
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I wanted to love this movie. A film within the Harry Potter universe but in a different era and country set up “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” to explore the magic millions love without messing with the established setting of the original series. However, I left with more questions...

‘Mr. Burns’ lacking crucial spark

‘Mr. Burns’ lacking crucial spark

Gavin Gaddis, Staff writer
November 19, 2016
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play is, in a word, problematic. Set mere weeks after a virus wipes away most of humanity, “Mr. Burns” opens with several survivors sitting around a campfire reminiscing about an episode of “The Simpsons,” distracting themselves from fears of nuclear fallout....

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