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The Jungle Book, a visual masterpiece bolstered by a talented cast and a classic story

The Jungle Book, a visual masterpiece bolstered by a talented cast and a classic story

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
April 20, 2016
Filed under Blogs, Entertainment, The Media Room

The Jungle Book is a live-action remake of the 1967 classic of the same name and follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi) as he attempts to flee the jungle with the help of his mentor Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and the laid-back Baloo (Bill Murray). The Jungle Book boasts incredible visual effects, with every anim...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a brutally dull hodge podge of forced story arcs and characters

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a brutally dull hodge podge of forced story arcs and characters

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
March 31, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the latest attempt to kickstart the DC Cinematic Universe and follows Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), after having witnessed the destruction of Metropolis at the hands of Superman (Henry Cavill), seeking to prevent further casualties by restraining, or killing, the man of ...

Uncle Julio’s satisfying but not unique

Samuel Teas, Features Editor
March 22, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

My family and I were greeted by an exciting atmosphere when we sat down to eat at Uncle Julio’s, a new Tex-Mex restaurant on Interstate 10. Filled with sounds of hurrying staff and loud music, it was hard to hear but easy to feel at home at our table. Although our waiter sounded a little bit out...

Sins of Hollywood

Sins of Hollywood

Joanne Chavali, News editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Voice

Last February, the issues surrounding the diversity of Academy Awards exploded. These problems plagued the Awards for decades, but snubbing Will Smith of a nomination for the movie Concussion forced many to question how whitewashed Hollywood was. Sure, they came a far way from the first Academy Awar...

10 Cloverfield Lane, a thoroughly engrossing psychological thriller that will knock the wind out of you

10 Cloverfield Lane, a thoroughly engrossing psychological thriller that will knock the wind out of you

Seth Ritchie, Contributing writer
March 16, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, The Media Room

10 Cloverfield Lane, released March 11, 2016, is a spiritual successor to the 2008 film Cloverfield and follows Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman who is brought to a bunker after a car crash and effectively kept hostage by Howard (John Goodman), a survivalist who claims the world outside has been ra...

Ruth B: Self-made Singer Enters Music World with “Lost Boy” EP

Ruth B: Self-made Singer Enters Music World with “Lost Boy” EP

Brynne Herzfeld, Voice Editor
March 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Voice

The combination of soft piano melodies and her simple vocals prevent the songs’ messages from getting lost among the music. With her smooth, melodic voice, Ruth B’s songs could be equally beautiful without any instruments. She brings the narrative songs of Adele and the gentle melodies of Regina Spektor together to create uniquely beautiful songs and messages.

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Eddie the Eagle, a cliché but entertaining underdog story

Eddie the Eagle, a cliché but entertaining underdog story

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
March 3, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, The Media Room

Eddie the Eagle, released Feb. 26, tells the real life story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards (Taron Egerton), a rather inept ski jumper who strives to go to the Olympics with aid from his washed up coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman). Eddie the Eagle is a very self aware movie, and it plays to its ...

“Risen” a great concept, but hindered by lax storytelling

“Risen” a great concept, but hindered by lax storytelling

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
February 23, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, The Media Room

Risen, released Feb. 15, follows a roman military tribune named Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) as he and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) scramble to find the disappeared body of Jesus Christ to prevent a revolt in Jerusalem. Risen is quite an interesting take on the resurrection of Christ as it is told th...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons

Seth Ritchie, contributing writer
February 11, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, The Media Room

All being said, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a fun movie. What it lacks in narrative weight it makes up for in a well-cast, well-executed and hilariously strange premise that will delight some who are willing to accept its faults.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Seth Ritchie, Contributing Writer
December 29, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Entertainment, The Media Room

      Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released December 18, 2015, is the latest installment in the wildly successful Star Wars franchise. It takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and has two new heroes, an ex-Stormtrooper named Finn (John Boyega) and a lonely scavenger named Rey (Daisy Ridley), who fight ...

Maddie & Tae: Good singers but unoriginal style

Brynne Herzfeld, Voice Editor
December 25, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

Maddie & Tae’s music is enjoyable to listen to and their overlapping voices create beautiful harmonies, but for those who have been around the block with country music, Maddie & Tae’s music offers no surprises.

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“My All-American”: More than just another sports movie

“My All-American”: More than just another sports movie

Brynne Herzfeld, Voice Editor
December 2, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, The Media Room, Voice

All in all, “My All-American” is enjoyable and bittersweet, regardless of viewers’ college allegiance or interest in football. It stands above other sports movie with its remarkable faithfulness to Freddie’s story, to college life and to Texas football.

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