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Otherwise, ‘Defy’ album review

Otherwise, ‘Defy’ album review

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 15, 2019

“Defy” marks the evolution of Las Vegas hard rockers Otherwise from a true blue rock quartet to a multidimensional act. “Defy,” Otherwise’s fifth full-length album, is a bold, electronically-complemented offering that explores the full spectrum of rock music. Known for their socially consci...

‘The Institute’ review

‘The Institute’ review

Ana Peres Bogo, Writer

November 5, 2019

Stephen King’s new book, “The Institute,” tells the story of Luke, a 12-year-old boy who is kidnapped and brought to a facility, the Institute, because of his psychic abilities. It is a page-turning narrative that tells the tale of becoming an adult even when you are only a child.  Luke is ...

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” review

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” review

Susana Acevedo, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

November 5, 2019

Out comes the horn

‘Daybreak’ review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

November 5, 2019

You say apocalypse like its a bad thing.

‘Living with Yourself’ review

‘Living with Yourself’ review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

November 5, 2019

Double down on Rudd.

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ review

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” is a prequel series to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult favorite film “The Dark Crystal”. It is a truly ambitious project that thoroughly surpasses the source material. While the first episode is exposition heavy and the plot originally seems dense with so many charac...

Big Mouth Review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

Let's get this out of the way early. If you’re not ok watching a bunch of penises reenact World War I while children take bets on who the ghost of Duke Ellington lost his virginity to when he was alive, then “Big Mouth” may not be the show for you. If you are looking for a show that has as much...

‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Review

‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones” (TRG) is a fun and somewhat terrifying look at the power and wealth televangelists haphazardly wield. Created by Danny McBride, who stars as Jesse Gemstone, TRG is a satirical view of the church and the greed that can come from unlimited power plus the moral conviction...

El Camino review

El Camino review

Ana Peres Bogo, Writer

October 22, 2019

Six years after the finale of one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows “Breaking Bad,” showrunner Vince Gilligan pairs with Netflix to tell the story fans have been waiting for: what happened to Jesse Pinkman? In “El Camino”, the fans get to see their most beloved characters back in situ...

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season Five Review

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season Five Review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

“Peaky Blinders” can be ranked amongst the very best of TV shows currently airing. For some reason, the Netflix exclusive doesn’t seem to have the fanbase its high quality deserves. Whether it’s acting, cinematography, writing or use of soundtrack, “Peaky Blinders” excels. In Season Five of ...

Zombie! Zombie! Zombie-ie-ie!

Zombie! Zombie! Zombie-ie-ie!

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

“Zombieland Double Tap,” the long awaited sequel to 2009’s “Zombieland,” is a serviceable film that neither surpasses or meets the expectations of the original. It feels at times like a film out of time as it is trying to recapture the zombie love that seems to have faded years ago. While ...

‘Joker’ review

‘Joker’ review

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

“Joker” is a film with many contradictions. In terms of cinematography, performance and pacing, it is a stunning piece of filmmaking. However, it is impossible to shake its problematic message that the mentally ill are one bad day away from unleashing unbridled chaos into our world. Your appreciati...

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