“Black Panther” digs its claws into viewers and doesn’t let go
BY NOAH CASTAGNA Marvel Studios’ track record across its 18-movie filmography has been nothing less than extraordinary. Most new entries into the franchise have been met with critical success, all have been met with financial success, and “Black Panther” soars above most of the collection in almost all areas.... Read more
“Fortnight Battle Royale” video game is fun and fresh
BY NOAH CASTAGNA “Fortnite Battle Royale” has ridden the battle royale trend started by “H1Z1” and “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” (PUBG) to the forefront of mainstream gaming popularity. The genre is generally defined by players spawning down into a wide open world to explore, loot and secure kills to position themselves... Read more
The search for the truth continues: “The X-Files” comeback
BY ELENA VALDEZ Who would have guessed that the infamous Cigarette Smoking Man and Special Agent Scully had a kid? Season 11 of “The X-Files” premiered on January 3, 2018 with quite the twist. Despite the controversy and enraged fans, many are continuing to follow the show to the... Read more
“Big Little Lies” deserves its award success
BY TAMARAH WALLACE HBO’s limited television series adaptation of the best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty of the same name, “Big Little Lies,” first exploded onto the award scene at the primetime Emmys, where lead actress Nicole Kidman, supporting actor Alexander Skarsgård, supporting actress Laura Dern, diretor Jean-Marc Vallée and... Read more
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is a quirky treat
BY TAMARAH WALLACE As the first big win for Amazon Prime, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” made headlines last week after it won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Rachel Brosnahan) on January 7. The premise of... Read more
“The End of the F***ing World”: The brilliance of cockney accents and raw humor
BY ANNABELLE ROSA In many television series, it can easily be said that the themes of love, loss and torment are incredibly prevalent, awarding many shows a spot in the great pantheon of televised acclaim. However, the most successful shows utilize these themes while simultaneously bringing forth a new... Read more
“Call Me By Your Name” is a worthwhile and artful film
BY CASEY CHAPTER At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, many films were awarded for their cinematography, editing and acting. But one film that was nominated went unrecognized among the crowd. Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” was as beautiful as it was purposeful. Taking place in 1980s Italy,... Read more
The Just-Okay League: A look at the latest mediocre superhero movie
BY DARIAN SABLON From the very beginning with the less than stellar release of “Man of Steel” in 2012, the DC Extended Universe has always been seen as the inferior counterpart to the more successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the outstanding reception of “Wonder Woman,” there seemed to be... Read more
“Lady Bird” Review: The mystery of how life alone can mean everything and nothing
BY ANNABELLE ROSA Cinema is often renowned for one of two things: entertainment or artistic brilliance. “Lady Bird” is a movie which possesses the ability to have both. Simplicity, in many cases, is what affords such a film brilliance. “Lady Bird” opens with a mother and her daughter, Christine... Read more
Max and Mo’s: The new kids on the block
BY KYLE NELSON The few times I stopped into Renaissance Plaza on Pine Island and Griffin, I thought to myself, ‘wouldn’t it be great if there was a restaurant here?’ Now there is. Max and Mo’s opened on November 6 and has been booming with business ever since. Since... Read more