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Luke Castellan (Charlie Bushnell) gives Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) his pair of winged shoes that had been given to him by his father, Hermes.

‘Percy Jackson’ and the vindication of Olympus’ heroes

By Malik Clement February 3, 2024
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is the long-awaited television series adaptation of the book series written by Rick Riordan. It stars Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson himself, Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood, with guest appearances from the likes of Lin Manuel Miranda, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Adam Copeland. The first episode aired on Disney+ on Dec. 19, 2023 with the finale airing on Jan. 30.
Joseph Fiennes and the cast of Dear England live in Londons National Theater. Photographed by Marc Brenner.

‘Dear England’: Theater for jocks, message for all

By Mariana Contreras, Assistant Life & Culture Editor February 1, 2024

Athletes struggling with the pressure of sports is no new discovery. The anxiety of exceeding the already high expectations of the fans is the subject of multiple stories we’ve heard over and over again....

A24’s newest film “Dream Scenario,” follows Paul Matthews (Nicolas Cage), a washed-up professor as he becomes the object of everyones dreams.

A24 leaves viewers in their own ‘Dream Scenario’

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer December 6, 2023
A24’s newest film, Kristoffer Borgli’s high-concept comedy “Dream Scenario,” is a timid and toothless commentary on a world where everyone is connected, with a searing study on what global backlash does to a person hidden underneath. The film follows Paul Matthews (played by an unrecognizable Nicolas Cage), a washed-up professor at a less-than-prestigious university. 
Godzilla Minus One, the latest entry in the 69-year-old franchise, premiered in North American theaters Dec. 1.

‘Godzilla Minus One’ smashes records on opening weekend

By Ray Milburn, Head Video Editor December 5, 2023
The 33rd Japanese “Godzilla” film stomped through North American theaters Dec. 1, delivering a record-setting opening weekend. Grossing $11 million during its first three days in the United States, the latest entry in the gargantuan franchise delivered a classic theater experience packed with thrills, action and characters that commanded as much screen presence as the giant lizard.
Brendan Slocumb’s second novel, “Symphony of Secrets,” delivers with metaphoric discussions on white privilege and racial discrimination without breaking the flow of the story.

Review: Thrilling novel filled with music and plot twists

By Julia Wallace, Contributing Writer May 4, 2023
The fast-paced and thrilling novel "Symphony of Secrets" promises a long career for talented writer Brendan Slocumb.
Kristin (Toni Collette) finds herself entangled in a mob war in director Catherine Hardwickes new comedy Mafia Mamma.

Review: New crime comedy lacks simplicity and cleverness

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer April 25, 2023
Toni Collette stars in "Mafia Mamma," a comedy that lacks the charm to create a theater experience worth remembering.
Freddie (Ji-min Park) goes on an expected journey of self-discovery and identity as she finds herself searching for her birth parents in South Korea.

Review: Fragmented plot creates complex portrait of identity

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer April 24, 2023
Questions of identity and cultural assimilation find their way into director Davy Chou’s newest film "Return to Seoul."
Ellie Goulding urges listeners to flock to the dance floor on her fifth studio album, Higher Than Heaven.

Review: New Ellie Goulding record is fun and groovy

By Sarah Payne, Staff Writer April 19, 2023
"Higher Than Heaven" is an enjoyable project that showcases Ellie Goulding's musical strengths, although many of the songs lack distinctive qualities.
Singles for the week 4/3.

Review: Singles of the Week 4/3

By Matt Minton, Co Life and Culture Editor April 13, 2023
Singles for the week 4/3.
Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker all collaborate on the record, an unforgettable album that brings confessional poetry to life.

Review: boygenius returns with a deeply love-filled album

By Rowan Keller Smith, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
The soulful sapphic supergroup boygenius brings to life a beautifully written and executed album in "the record."
The fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons has been successfully adapted for the big screen in Honor Among Thieves.

Review: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ film scores winning hand

By Evan Miller, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” captures what makes D&D and the fantasy genre so special with its excellent cast and world-building.
Fall Out Boys new album tries its best to recapture the bands 2000s emo pop-punk magic, producing mixed results.

Review: New Fall Out Boy record is a fall from grace

By Andrew Tell, Staff Writer April 4, 2023
"So Much (For) Stardust" makes it clear how much Fall Out Boy has outgrown the height of their career, although there is still some fun to be had.
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