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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 four films will keep viewers entertained...

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...

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...

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 third installment of the

Groovy Movies: To all the bad movies I’ve watched before

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director March 10, 2021

My hatred for actor Noah Centineo may be astronomical, but I think we need to talk about the new “To All the Boys” movie. I have officially seen all of these movies, and they’re stuck in a sort of...

Though Black History Month may be over, art created by black creators should be celebrated all year long. Reviewer Emma Westermeier recommends these films for the power and impact of their stories.

Review: 10 meaningful films by Black creators

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

Though Black History Month may now be over, it is important that the stories and history of African-Americans not be forgotten. In many ways, the entertainment industry remains one of the most influential...

Sometimes, the best romantic comedies aren't from this decade, but from the not-so-distant past. Movies like

Review: Five romantic comedies to stream this Valentine’s Day

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

“The Kissing Booth” has become a staple for Valentine’s Day movies, but there are so many amazing romance movies out there that seem to be forgotten this time of year. If “Kissing Booth” is your...

Up beat music, tacky costumes, and colorful scenery make 2001 film

Groovy Movies: Ears up, claws out

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 3, 2021

Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 movie about an all-female rock band who are trying to make it big in the music industry. This movie is one of those movies that you can one thousand percent identify the...

Paramount Picture's 1954 movie

“White Christmas”

December 15, 2020

Considering the fact that "White Christmas" came out in 1954 and is absolutely a classic, I’m hoping that everyone has seen it by now. The movie is set just after the ending of World War II and tells...

Winter break during a global pandemic can only mean one thing: Down time. Here are twelve movies you can watch each day during break to keep yourself sane and happy during the holidays.

Groovy Movies: 12 days of movies

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 14, 2020

There may still be a global pandemic keeping us inside and cooped up, but that’s no reason to let it dampen our spirits! This list of 12 festive and fun movies will keep your spirits up this holiday...

Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel

Groovy Movies: You’re a wallflower

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 13, 2020

Now that COVID cases are going back up, and the earth is basically at a standstill once again, we are all desperate for some new content to immerse ourselves in so that we can all feel a little less alone....

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