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Disney is the master of subtext

Ariel Raj, Contributing Reporter
March 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Starting with the catchy, contagious, upbeat theme song sung by Gazelle (Shakira), “Zootopia” only goes uphill. The film incorporates everything you would expect from an animated movie and more; it’s almost like it’s meant for adults more than kids. The movie follows Judy Hopps (voiced by...

Short and sweet

Short and sweet

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Over a period of three days in early March, a film festival in downtown Cleveland showcased the talent of directors, actors, producers and editors, all of whom work on short films. The Short. Sweet. Film Fest celebrated its fifth year, and included work from aspiring local and foreign filmmakers, live...

“Agent Carter” settles second season with science

“Agent Carter” settles second season with science

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter
March 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Though the end of the season-long plot was a bit anticlimactic, “Agent Carter” ended its sophomore season on a high note, punctuating what it does best, humor an inter-character relationships. The finale centers on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), Edwin Jarvis (James D’...

“The Shannara Chronicles” season finale a flop

“The Shannara Chronicles” season finale a flop

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
March 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The Shannara Chronicles” was quickly becoming a display of MTV’s ability to make a show that doesn’t revolve entirely around teen drama. The blend of fantasy and dystopian elements coupled with the visuals and plot really elevated it among the network’s other shows. Each episode kept building...

The 88th Academy Awards: A night where everyone dreamt in gold and touched on diversity

The 88th Academy Awards: A night where everyone dreamt in gold and touched on diversity

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
February 29, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The 88th Annual Academy Awards was an event that will be a landmark in history, from the commentary on the diversity issues plaguing not just the awards, but all of Hollywood, to benchmark wins and nominations that have been a long time coming for certain actors, directors, producers and much more. H...

Surprises at the Cinematheque

Kevin Qosja, Contributing Reporter
February 26, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows lesser-known films, including documentaries and foreign films that other theaters typically ignore. However, one big draw is the opportunity to see older films on the big screen. The idea of watching both a more modern, obscure title and a classic...

James D’Arcy shines as “Agent Carter” marches toward a finale

James D’Arcy shines as “Agent Carter” marches toward a finale

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Another week, another two vastly different episodes for “Agent Carter.” Just look at their respective beginnings. “Edge of Mystery” opens on a flashback to the very first episode and cuts to a disheveled Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) sobbing at his wife’s bed, while “A Little Song and Danc...

“The Shannara Chronicles’” plot has heightened to new levels after ‘Safehold’

“The Shannara Chronicles’” plot has heightened to new levels after ‘Safehold’

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Each episode in “The Shannara Chronicles” seems to be outdoing the previous one in ways I would have never guessed. The plot, fantasy and characters keep getting more intricate, and I congratulate MTV on doing such a great job producing the show. The main focus of this episode centered on our...

The political front is heating up on “Chicago Fire” in ‘Two T’s’

The political front is heating up on “Chicago Fire” in ‘Two T’s’

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Things have finally started heating up on the political front for Casey (Jesse Spencer), taking attention away from unnecessary drama to him, a much needed diversion. A smear campaign against Casey has finally started, something everyone was waiting for. This campaign though, was unnecessarily brutal....

“Grey’s Anatomy” ‘All I Want Is You’ Review: One big therapy session

“Grey’s Anatomy” ‘All I Want Is You’ Review: One big therapy session

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
February 19, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Last week’s midseason premiere centered around Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) slowly physically recovering from a brutal attack from one of her patient’s, and this week, we picked up with her trying to get her mental state and emotions together. As is the case with almost all events in Meredith’s life,...

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