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Summer is right around the corner, which means that boredom is as well. These are our picks of movies to fend off that boredom for the first few days of summer break.

Groovy Movies: Countdown to summer

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director May 21, 2021

With the school year coming to a close and summer break just around the corner, MCHS students are mere days away from months of daytime movie watching bliss. These top six films will keep viewers entertained...

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Review: “The Haters”

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

A bassist, drummer, and lead-singer/guitar player — all of them with a vendetta against being told what to do with their lives and with their music. These three misfit, rookie musicians meet at a jazz...

Released on April 23, “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train” has become the highest-grossing Japanese film in history, likely due to its action-packed plot and its gorgeous artwork.

Honed to perfection

MJ Smit, Staff Writer May 15, 2021

This review contains spoilers for “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train.”  “Demon Slayer” is a well known show among the anime community, so it’s no surprise that so many...

Giulia Tofana was executed in July of 1633 for murdering her abusive husband, but is infamous for helping other women murder their abusive husbands.

Crime Scenes: The line between justice and murder

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor May 14, 2021

Giulia Tofana was the daughter of Thofania d’Adamo. Thofania was executed in July of 1633 for murdering her husband. Giulia spent a lot of time with apothecaries and learned how to make her own poison...

Historically, The Academy Awards have struggled to recognize actors, directors, and writers of color. This year's Oscars, however, flipped the script, with nine of the twenty nominations going to people of color

Diversity and the 2021 Oscars

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

On March 25, the 93rd Academy Awards took place at Union Station in Los Angeles. This year's new venue and covid safe precautions did not seem to deter from the usual showcase of Hollywood cringe. However,...

Passionate fans play an important role in making a franchise popular and successful, but they also have the power to tear down franchises that they disagree with.

Opinion: Stop bullying actors for doing their jobs

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

With the recent release of the show “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” a new Captain America is introduced as a more corporate version of Steve Rogers. Played by actor Wyatt Russel, the character is...

Tension between Bucky Banres and Sam Wilson builds after Steve Rodgers retired as Captain America. In

Review: To make amends

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 16, 2021

The Marvel fan base has been in a flurry recently due to the finale of the hit show “Wandavision,” the first update from the MCU since 2019 when “Spiderman: Far From Home” was released. With the...

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Review: “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”

Elle Smith, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

Ask any teenage girl about their current childhood music taste, and 9 out of 10 of them will inevitably mention Taylor Swift at least once. A good majority of said teenage girls probably spent their pre-teen...

It's not always easy to find what you're looking for on Netflix, which makes it easy to miss movies like Okja, a powerful and quirky film that comments on animal cruelty, the environment, and the issues with capitalism.

Review: 10 hidden gems to discover on Netflix

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

When scrolling through Netflix, it feels like there are endless titles to explore. But, finding an actually enjoyable movie sometimes requires some in depth searching. And why do that when you can go back...

The story of Sylvia Likens is heartbreaking because it was preventable, and everyone involved in the case should be held responsible for this tragedy.

Crime Scenes: Watching it happen

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 26, 2021

Sylvia Likens was born to fairly poor carnival workers. Her sister, Jenny, had polio and was left with a limp. Sylvia Likens’s mother was arrested for shoplifting in July of 1965. That left their father...

Was America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, a cold-blooded killer or a victim of circumstance? Undoubtedly, she deserved prison time, but may not have deserved the death penalty.

Crime Scenes: Murderer, or misunderstood?

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 19, 2021

America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, on October 9, 2002 was "taken away to meet God and Jesus and the angels and whatever is beyond the beyond.”  Wournos was born in Rochester,...

Dancers and singers from this year's musical revue  pose at the end of a  song during tech rehearsals. This year's spring musical will take special precautions to ensure a safe performance, such as masks and social distancing.

Spring musical premieres this weekend

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

The lights blind the actors as they take their places on the stage. The audience bustles with anticipation. Although only made up of about 25 people, they are excited as ever. The actors take their positions...

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