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“Lego Ninjago Movie” can’t put the pieces together

Harrison Bloom, Contributing Reporter

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Out in theatres right now, "The LEGO Ninjago Movie" is the third LEGO Movie film to capture audiences since 2014. Based upon the LEGO Ninjago franchise, the animated comedy tells the story of six teenagers who secretly fight crime as ninjas in the city of Ninjago. However, the core of the story revol...

“Jerry Before Seinfeld” is stand up with a heart

Ann Marie Smetona, Contibuting Reporter

September 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In "Jerry Before Seinfeld," released Sept. 19, Netflix pays tribute to the legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld with the latest of its original celebrity documentaries. An hour long stand-up comedy show starring Jerry Seinfeld, the program traces the entertainer’s childhood and early career using jokes fr...

“Bojack Horseman” Season 4 exceeds expectations

“Bojack Horseman” Season 4 exceeds expectations

Daniel Mottern, Staff Reporter

September 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Most people would agree that I’m a complete and utter emotional wreck. My girlfriend can attest to the fact that if I’m seeing a play, I’ll more than likely be in tears by the intermission. Unfortunately, I can count on one hand the number of TV shows that have had a significant emotional impact ...

“Little Evil” is skillfully playful

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Released on Sept. 1, “Little Evil” is a horror-comedy film written and directed by Eli Craig. The movie takes the traditional horror staple of an evil child—as seen in movies like “Orphan” (2009) and “The Ring” (2002)—and gives it a hilarious makeover with the help of its stellar cast, l...

“The Defenders” disappoints

“The Defenders” disappoints

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Aug. 18, Netflix released its highly-anticipated eight-episode miniseries “The Defenders,” a culmination of two years of planning and four separate shows. The show features four of Marvel Entertainment’s heroes in Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter...

“The Emoji Movie” tries to size-up for the big screen

Chloe Mieras, Contributing Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The Emoji Movie”, directed by Tony Leondis ("The Prince of Egypt," "The Road to El Dorado"), is the latest in a recent wave of phone- and app-related films. The animated film has a classic premise: a young adult or teen is different and ridiculed for it, wants to fit in and goes on an adventure...

Baby Driver’s” soundtrack steals the show

Mary McPheeters, Contributing Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Baby Driver” is the latest film by director Edgar Wright, who’s known for movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End.” “Baby Driver” is a fast-paced action film, following the life of the titular character, a getaway driver named “Baby” (Ansel Elgort)...

An animated ode to the teenage experience

Lars Torres, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Animated films have always been a strong area of cinema, something that was only emphasized by the release of several excellent animated films, from “Zootopia” to “Kubo and the Two Strings,” this past year. One of these animated films that was greatly overlooked was “Your Name,” a Japanese...

Family and explosions are everything

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Once more, the world looks on in wonder as it braces for a new entry in the loud and unstoppable “Fast & Furious” franchise of films, spanning across 16 years of material.  Following the breathtaking and remarkable success of “Furious 7” back in 2015, where the film grossed over 1.5 billi...

A visual treat in action and science fiction

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in 1995, the animation world was taken by storm by Japanese anime known as “Ghost in the Shell,” which is considered one of the greatest animated films of all time. A live-action adaptation of that anime was stuck in development for the longest time, with various iterations popping up over the ...

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