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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...

Tension between Bucky Banres and Sam Wilson builds after Steve Rodgers retired as Captain America. In The Falcon and The Winter Soldier explored that tension and how the two grow closer as friends and colleagues.

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...

Swift breathes new life into her 2008 album with Fearless (Taylors Version), which features her earliest hits re-recorded and re-imagined more then ten years later.

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...

The third installment of the To All The Boys series features poor relationship examples and cliché romance, but could be a good film to watch solely for its subplots and interesting visuals.

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...

Up beat music, tacky costumes, and colorful scenery make 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats stand out in a sea of forgotten films.

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...

Billie Eilish performs in 2019 at the Pukkelpop Music Festival in Kiewit, Hasselt, Belgium. A documentary about the pop starwill be available streaming on Apple TV+ next month.

Always looking forward to the next thing

MJ Smit, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

In December of 2020 acclaimed singer, Billie Eilish, announced that she would be releasing a documentary to Apple TV+ along with a new era for her music. Eilish has been taking the world by storm since...

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 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...

This icy film will bring holiday magic and childlike wonder into viewers lives this winter season

“Rise of the Guardians”

December 18, 2020

“Rise of the Guardians” is a 2012 animated film that features a cast chock full of big name actors such as Chris Pine, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Hugh Jackman. The story surrounds Jack Frost and his...

Bright colors, upbeat music, and an exciting plot helps to makeThe Willoughbys unique and exciting for all viewers.

“The Willoughbys”

December 16, 2020

“The Willoughbys” Came out in April of this year and features a very impressive cast, including Alessia Cara, Terry Cruz, and Maya Rudolf to name a few. The production was led by Kris Pearn, who is...

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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