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‘Educated’ memoir reflective, modern fable

‘Educated’ memoir reflective, modern fable

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

January 29, 2019

“Educated” by Tara Westover is a memoir which tells the story of her life through carefully detailed snap shots of important moments. Written last year, this work has become a bestseller due to its ability to inspire and help us to reflect upon ourselves and our family. It is on the New York Tim...

Inspiration, contentment found within ‘The Dark Between Stars’

Inspiration, contentment found within ‘The Dark Between Stars’

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 22, 2019

Life isn’t always full of sunshine or even just rain. It’s a little bit of both. Instagram poet Atticus tackles and illustrates the many ups and downs of life through his poetry, specifically in his second poetry collection titled “The Dark Between Stars.” In the collection, Atticus presen...

Characters ignite hope, humor in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’

Characters ignite hope, humor in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 22, 2019

During an era where girls were not allowed to be educated or employed, Kim Yoon-Hee did the only thing she could think of to help out her family, which is to disguise herself as her sickly younger brother, Kim Yoon-Shik. “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” follows Kim Yoon-Hee at the most trivial time of her life. ...

‘Reawakened’ enjoyable, yet unrelatable

‘Reawakened’ enjoyable, yet unrelatable

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019

A ritualistic lifestyle is not very fun, so when New Yorker and high school senior Lily is troubled with the task of assisting a risen mummy in keeping a god from causing chaos, she takes on the adventure. “Reawakened” by Colleen Houck brings a world of Egyptian mythology that clashes with m...

‘Beautiful Boy’ characterization absent, visuals prominent

‘Beautiful Boy’ characterization absent, visuals prominent

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

January 14, 2019

“Beautiful Boy” is a movie that focuses on the relationship between Nic and David Sheff. It was recently released by Amazon’s production studio in December 2018 and is based on a novel of the same title written by the real Nic and David Sheff. Set in California, audiences observe beautiful b...

‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’ sweet, yet lacking

‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’ sweet, yet lacking

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 8, 2019

Life is hell after the events of 9/11 for teenage Muslim girl Shirin, especially at every school she enrolls in when her family moves. Shirin thought she’d be accustomed to the leers and racist comments of the people who judge her for the headscarf she wears. She thought she’d stopped caring ab...

‘When We First Met’ movie shallow, disappoints

‘When We First Met’ movie shallow, disappoints

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 8, 2019

Nobody likes being friend-zoned. “When We First Met” is a Netflix original movie showing Noah, the heartbroken friend, trying to win the girl of his dreams. On the night of Avery and Ethan’s engagement party, heartbroken Noah wanders off to an old photo booth where he and Avery visited on t...

‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ lacks charm of first movie

‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ lacks charm of first movie

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

December 4, 2018

With Harry Potter finished, the Fantastic Beasts franchise has stepped up to capture the attention of new and old fans alike with a new story that still connects to the wizarding world. The second installment to the Fantastic Beasts series, “Crimes of Grindelwald,” was released mid-November and two...

‘The Good Place’ more than a comedy

‘The Good Place’ more than a comedy

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

NBC is a business known for creating works that are inventive and realistic. “Saturday Night Live” is one of its signature television shows that reflect its reputation. They continue building this persona with a  new comedy act called “The Good Place.” The focus of the production is Ele...

A Christmas switcheroo in ‘The Princess Switch’

A Christmas switcheroo in ‘The Princess Switch’

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

When a Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess run into each other and find they look like twins, they agree to switch places for a couple of days leading up to Christmas. Through their plan, they find unexpected sparks of romance. Who wouldn’t want to become royalty? The Netflix original, “The Prince...

Play pulls the heart strings

Play pulls the heart strings

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

November 27, 2018

My one complaint about “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is that tissues should have been offered to everyone upon walking in. Needless to say, I cried pretty much the entire time. Not pretty crying either. The kind of crying where you’re trying to subtly wipe the snot and hope that the room is dark enoug...

Deception, edginess shown in ‘Hill House’

Deception, edginess shown in ‘Hill House’

Alleigh Dillman, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018

“The Haunting of Hill House,” a new show on Netflix, has become successful in its first few weeks, and has rejuvenated the feeling of terror this generation of TV shows and movies are meant to have. The series begins with the Crain family in the newly famous Hill House and their plan to flip the...

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