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‘The Night Circus’ thrills, enchants

‘The Night Circus’ thrills, enchants

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


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London kiwi The circus arrives without warning. It is a circus that mysteriously appears and disappears; a circus that only opens at night, full of enchantments and breathtaking wonderments never seen before. Once you enter the circus, it’s difficult to tear yourself away from it. “The Nig...

Smith releases second single for ‘The Thrill of It All’

Smith releases second single for ‘The Thrill of It All’

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

November 6, 2017


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Wikipedia Commons Sam Smith released his single “Burning” Oct. 26. “Burning” is the second single Smith has released in wake of his upcoming album “The Thrill of It All” set to be unveiled Nov. 3. Smith told Radio 1 “Burning” is his favorite song on the album, saying it is the m...

Horror-comedy inventive, solid

Horror-comedy inventive, solid

Gabi Wy, Editor in Chief

November 1, 2017


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anygator With a premise essentially the horror version of “Groundhog Day”— a girl is stuck reliving the same day, and when night falls, she’s murdered by a mysterious figure in a baby mask— you’d think “Happy Death Day” could get a little boring. On the contrary. “Happy Dea...

Ahdieh duology flaunts strong female protagonist

Ahdieh duology flaunts strong female protagonist

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


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brsanderswrites Inspired by “Arabian Nights”, “The Wrath and the Dawn” duology written by Renée Ahdieh unfolds the tale of a dangerous love between a cursed king and a young woman seeking vengeance. Every night, Khalid the Caliph of Khorasan takes a new bride only to have her executed at ...

‘Stranger Things 2’ avoids sophomore slump

‘Stranger Things 2’ avoids sophomore slump

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

November 1, 2017


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Ryan Holt The surprise, summer smash hit of 2016 was “Stranger Things.” Before social media helped spread the word that a coming of age tale involving middle schoolers and their quest to find their missing friend who was abducted by interdimensional beings, was worthy of a binge watch, the show was rela...

‘White Famous’ pales in comparison to ‘Californication’

‘White Famous’ pales in comparison to ‘Californication’

Austin Lewis, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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PanARMENIAN Tom Kapinos has jumped back in the Showtime saddle for the first time since his Golden Globe and Emmy winning show, “Californication.” The only question is, will “White Famous” be as successful as his previous work? Showtime is the place to go if you want raw, unadulterated en...

‘Game of Thrones’ season 7, well worth the wait

‘Game of Thrones’ season 7, well worth the wait

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Wikipedia Commons Winter has arrived in Westeros, and it’s worse than anyone could imagine. Released this past summer, the penultimate season of Game of Thrones aired with only seven episodes opposed to the usual ten per season. However, the lack of ten episodes did not damage the season in t...

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 18, 2017


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Wikipedia Commons With his newest Netflix special “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt delivers a stand-up set that transcends mere jokes, becoming a narrative journey of emotion, grief, and comedy. From the opening shot, things feel different. The usual unfunny opening skit most stand-up specials h...

Play provides powerful performance, little plot

Play provides powerful performance, little plot

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 17, 2017


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Anon(ymous) combines aims to tell the story of immigrants lacking identity in the homogenous melting pot of America by way of re-envisioning The Odyssey. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out why The Odyssey is even introduced to this play. Its presence, at best, is distracting. Given its pre...

‘Vicious’ combines heroism, science fiction

‘Vicious’ combines heroism, science fiction

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


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Googlebooks V.E. Schwab’s “Vicious” begins when college seniors Victor Vale and Eli Cardale, two ambitious boys who share an interest in the research of extraordinary people forms, decide to turn themselves into test subjects to theorize whether near-death experiences can cause extraordinary a...

‘Gerald’s Game’ provides suspense and realistic horror elements

‘Gerald’s Game’ provides suspense and realistic horror elements

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


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Wikipedia Commons With Stephen King’s record-breaking box office hit “IT” still in theaters and continuing to blow audiences away with its creepiness, it’s easy for another piece of King’s work to become overshadowed since it went straight to Netflix instead of the theater. Based off K...

Fabian can’t ‘Camouflage’ her talent

Fabian can’t ‘Camouflage’ her talent

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

October 10, 2017


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Wikipedia Commons Belgian-Canadian singer Lara Fabian released her album “Camouflage” Oct. 6. Having released 13 albums since she released her breakthrough album in 1994, “Camouflage” is only the fifth album Fabian has recorded in English.   Fabian is regarded as the best-selling Bel...

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