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Both Barbie and Oppenheimer would have made an impact on their own, but combined they became an absolute powerhouse in Hollywood this summer, debuting at $162 million and $82.4 million respectively in box office sales.

The two-headed monster that destroyed box office

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor August 30, 2023

On July 21, in the heart of summer break, two films premiered so entirely different from each other that they ended up being bound together in the pop culture zeitgeist. Those films, “Barbie” and...

Released at the end of 2022, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” brought new energy and interesting visual effects to a franchise that seemed like it might have been at its end.

Review: The legend never dies

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 13, 2023

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” hit theaters Dec. 21, 2022 and has been a huge success ever since. This film centers around the beloved hero, Puss, who is on his last of nine lives, and has to compete...

A suspensful atmosphere with a dash of fright is what makes up Mark Mylods The Menu.

Review: It’s a little outrageous

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor January 24, 2023

Sink your teeth into the new artistic thriller that is “The Menu”.  Mark Mylod’s take on a modern style of horror flick, “The Menu” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2022. Making...

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, released in  1989, is the perfect family film to watch this holiday season — and a classic in its own right.

Review: We’re gonna have the happiest Christmas

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer December 20, 2022

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a humorous throwback that’s perfect to watch with family and friends this holiday season. The movie stars big names such as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo,...

Encanto helps to spread the love with a deep familial connection and an understanding that all members of a family are important.

Review: We don’t talk about Bruno

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

Disney's new movie "Encanto" helps to diversify and expand to new horizons by introducing the colorful culture of Colombia. The catchiness of the songs in the movie have helped "Encanto" explode in popularity...

My Best Friend is a Vampire is a funny and spooky movie that offers a fresh new story for viewers enjoy this fall.

Groovy Movies: I’m a vampire!

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 3, 2021

“My Best Friend is a Vampire” is a 1987 spooky teen comedy that stars a bunch of people I’ve never heard of. The film, though very odd at times, is charming and offers a fresh fall story to enjoy...

Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins, was released on December 25, 2020. This movie is based on the original Wonder Woman film, with actress Gal Gadot playing the lead.

Groovy Movies: What do you wish for?

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 28, 2021

Over the holidays, the newest film in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) hit theaters and HBOMax for all to enjoy. I got to watch all 2 hours and 34 minutes of “Wonder Woman 1984” with my dad and my brother,...

A mix of holiday cheer and Halloween fright makes The Nightmare Before Christmas a wonderful holiday movie for viewers who still havent quite processed Halloween yet.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

December 24, 2020

If holiday cheer is not quite your thing and you want something ever so slightly darker and more Halloween oriented, the classic Tim Burton movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” could be the Christmas...

A new spin on the classic story A Christmas Carol shows Charles Dickens and his experience writing the classic holiday book.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas”

December 23, 2020

I have to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started watching “The Man Who Invented Christmas”. I was scrolling through Hulu trying to find something that could be good...

The first film in The Chronicles of Narnia series is adventurous, fun, and will give viewers a nearly two hour escape from the real world.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

December 22, 2020

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a beloved book series written by S. C. Lewis in the 1950s that follows the adventures of four siblings who find a magical world in the back of a wardrobe. The first book...

Netflixs 2020 movie the Prom, which came out Friday, is about a girl who cant go to prom with her girlfriend—until a group of struggling Broadway actors decide to help out.

“The Prom”

December 14, 2020

“The Prom” is a 2020 Netflix film adaptation of a 2018 Broadway musical about an LGBTQ+ girl, Emma Nolan, who was not allowed to attend her school’s prom with her girlfriend due to discrimination...

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