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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Lazarus Effect” sets a new standard for PG-13 horror films

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “The Lazarus Effect” sets a new standard for PG-13 horror films

Story time: my obsession with film stemmed in 2006 when I was scared of a trailer for the film “Final Destination 3″ and did what any logical person with a computer would do when they’re ten, I researched it. Through this I became acquainted with movie databases and began branching off of genre films into […]

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“The Last Man on Earth” episode one is a charming look at dystopian media culture

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
“The Last Man on Earth” episode one is a charming look at dystopian media culture

  The apocalypse is something that Hollywood has not been afraid to milk for all it’s worth. From dystopian young adult novels like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, to the recent surge in the popularity of Zombies through movies like “World War Z” and the television phenomenon that is “The Walking Dead.” But it’s always […]

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Young Jules cruises through with ‘Coastin’

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Young Jules cruises through with ‘Coastin’

Baltimore born rapper, Young Jules is expected to debut his new mix tape this week. Since he began rapping, Jules has transitioned from Gospel Rap to mainstream music while managing to preserve his progressive image. The BNR Records artist released the album’s title track and music video, “Coastin” earlier this month. If the video speaks […]

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“McFarland, USA” will be a film far more important than what the trailer might imply.

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
“McFarland, USA” will be a film far more important than what the trailer might imply.

We all know the story of the classic Disney sports movie, “Remember the Titans”, “Glory Road”, “Million Dollar Arm” among others, comes a team of some sort facing adversity in the face of their sport, usually ends up succeeding through that adversity in the end and becoming famous enough to warrant a Disney movie. You just […]

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Students win big at “Beat the Banker”

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Students win big at “Beat the Banker”

Nothing draws a crowd of college students quite like the chance to win cold, hard cash, Beat the Banker promised just that. An impressive number of people showed up for such a chilly Saturday night and while they came to have a good time, they also came to win. The event itself was based off of the hit […]

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Review: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ supports its own ‘flaws’

| February 20, 2015 | 1 Comment
Review: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ supports its own ‘flaws’

‘Smoke and mirrors,’ a fitting metaphor to describe Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds. He’s been somewhat an illusion, seemingly “On Top of the World.” But Reynolds has honestly spoken recently about his battle with depression, his struggles with his faith and the pros and cons of Imagine Dragons’ success in a few interviews leading […]

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“Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ promises insane fun, cult film style

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ promises insane fun, cult film style

Don’t deny it, you laughed in “Hot Tub Time Machine”, there was too much craziness in it’s initial concept to ignore, even if the film ended up being terrible, it was bound to have a cult following shortly after. Well, five years later, here we are, with a cult following and a sequel. But, will […]

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‘UMBRA” exhibit combines art and science

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
‘UMBRA” exhibit combines art and science

Photos by Leanna Pough If I had to give up the social science of communication, I would choose a career in the natural sciences, biology to be exact. I remember my first college level biology course and how it rekindled a flame that hadn’t been lit since high school. Partnering with a classmate to dissect […]

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Student Comics leave audience rolling in their seats

| February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Student Comics leave audience rolling in their seats

Photos by Varun Joshi Last Student Comic Standing somehow met my expectations while simultaneously being completely unexpected. That is to say, I knew I was going to laugh at something, but I didn’t know exactly what. It’s the nature of stand-up comedy, I suppose. Whatever the case may be, the night certainly didn’t disappoint. While […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Seventh Son” is a visually spectacular, but thematically tepid blockbuster

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “Seventh Son” is a visually spectacular, but thematically tepid blockbuster

My, my, this movie has had quite a rough time making it to the big screen, from numerous delays, to visual effect issues, to even switching distributors from Warner Bros. to Universal, things were not looking great for Legendary’s “Seventh Son”. Once the marketing campaign began, I wasn’t necessarily excited, what I saw ahead of […]

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“Backstrom” episode 4

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
“Backstrom” episode 4

A well-known Portland drag queen blogger is murdered, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Backstrom. The case is unpredictable, involving suspects from all sides of the story, leading the team on a strange chase through Portland’s LGBT community. In his signature style, Backstrom uses the tragic situation for his own benefit, working his […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Fifty Shades of Grey” is better than a ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction film has any right to be

| February 12, 2015 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: “Fifty Shades of Grey” is better than a ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction film has any right to be

That was… an experience… I think. The marketing campaign for “Fifty Shades of Grey” was very well done, tantalizing it’s posters with the tagline “Are you curious?”. I didn’t know what to expect from a film like this and when it came time to see it, I wasn’t what you would call excited, but I […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Jupiter Ascending” is a creative and gorgeous space opera

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “Jupiter Ascending” is a creative and gorgeous space opera

The Wachowskis mean a lot to me, not all of their movies are spot on, but I love them. The sibling team of Lana and Andy have created some of the most beautiful movies the world has ever seen. From their undisputed classic “Matrix” trilogy, to their true piece of art “Cloud Atlas”, they’ve achieved […]

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The tales of Tyler Nail

| February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
The tales of Tyler Nail

    There has to be dedication to the process of song writing to successfully blend music genres and that is what indie-folk artist, Tyler Nail, achieved in his two new singles, “San Antonio” and “Valentina”. Both songs are part of his album, “Feathers”. Tyler Nail is from King, North Carolina, and developed his own […]

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Dark Star Orchestra brings Grateful Dead vibes to The Fillmore

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Dark Star Orchestra brings Grateful Dead vibes to The Fillmore

“Dark Star Orchestra was the first band to perform a set list of the Grateful Dead on a regular basis.  So I think that aspect attracted the curious who wanted to see if the band could actually pull that concept off,” says Dark Star Orchestra drummer and percussionist Dino English. Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is nostalgia in it’s funniest form

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is nostalgia in it’s funniest form

Confession time: I love SpongeBob. I grew up on it and it holds such a special place in my heart that I can easily get emotional thinking about it. Though, it’s easy to see that over the past few years, the quality of SpongeBob episodes has decreased exponentially comparing to the original episodes and first […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Black Sea” has intensity down to an artform

| February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “Black Sea” has intensity down to an artform

Solitude has been the focal point of many different movies recently, from the award winning “Gravity”, to the underrated “Moon” to last year’s “Interstellar”, they have all dealt with these topics in blatant honesty. This time though, we’re ditching the stars for water, and heading 300 feet into the ocean with “Black Sea”. From Kevin […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Loft” is simply too anticlimactic for it’s own good

| February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “The Loft” is simply too anticlimactic for it’s own good

Despite whatever I think on the film, it’s a guarantee that “The Loft” has one of the best posters of any movie in the past year and will indeed end up in my room come fall. It’s a simply gorgeous, creative and original poster, but is the film the same way? Mysteries are on the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “A Most Violent Year” is one of the best written films of recent memory.

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “A Most Violent Year” is one of the best written films of recent memory.

A good screenplay has many elements and some writers excel in some aspects and fall short in others, but every now and then you come across a writer with an understood competency in all elements: story, dialogue, pacing, etc. and this creates some of the best movies imaginable. Writer/director J.C. Chandor has gained a lot […]

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“Backstrom” episode 3

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
“Backstrom” episode 3

Things take a turn for the twisted in this episode when the team investigates a youth pastor’s murder and gets caught up in cult intrigue. Backstrom’s biting cynicism finds a fresh target in organized religion, and as per usual, he is sure to pull no punches, much to the frustration of suspects and colleagues alike. […]

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