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The Shape of Water Is Among 2017’s Best Films

The Shape of Water Is Among 2017’s Best Films

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Is there a social requirement that should define love? The Shape of Water is the story of Elisa, a mute and isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s most classified secret ...

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Star Wars film franchise is beloved around the world and is considered by many to be the greatest collective cinematic achievement Hollywood has ever spawned. The true return of the galaxy far, far away came in December of 2015 in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the beginning of a new trilogy....

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Torch will be running a regularly occurring recommendation for a film from years gone by that can be found on one of the several film streaming services. Our first installment is on the 2001 cult Classic Donnie Darko. Art manifests itself in many mediums. One such medium is that of film. Like ...

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

Jack Berenzweig, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses important plot points of both the book and film. The screenplay for the second film adaptation of Stephen King’s blockbuster book It, which set all kinds of box office records when it was released on Sept. 8, was drastically altered to not only fit the 1,400-pl...

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

You'll float too. IT is the first cinematic adaptation of the 1986 odyssey of a novel of the same name written by legendary horror author Stephen King. Taking place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, the novel and the film both tell the story of a group of seven kids that go by the label of "the...

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Cole Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

Hell or High Water is a modern western that follows two estranged brothers, one being an ex-con (Ben Foster) and the other a divorced father (Chris Pine), who have to turn to a desperate scheme in order to stop the bank from assuming control of their family's farm in western Texas. The opening scene of...

X-Men: Apocalypse a Disappointing Bore

X-Men: Apocalypse a Disappointing Bore

Mia Marks, Entertainment Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

There is no doubt that we as consumers have become suckers to any movie advocating a superhero showdown, unfathomable powers, and the promise of an epic fight scene. The entertainment industry, led by Marvel, capitalizes on this ever growing phenomenon with new renditions of classic superhero series...

Smoothie Showdown: McDonald’s Mango Pineapple and Starbuck’s Chocolate Surprisingly Tasty Treats

Smoothie Showdown: McDonald’s Mango Pineapple and Starbuck’s Chocolate Surprisingly Tasty Treats

Michelle Fass, Staff Writer

March 26, 2016


Filed under Reviews

Smoothies are a rather interesting beverage. For instance, they are thick in texture and could be made with fruits or vegetables with an addition of other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products, and sweeteners. This past week I have tried smoothies from three different places in the South...

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

With a cast of great comedic actors and the foundation of the original classic, Zoolander No. 2 doubles the zaniness, but halves the hilarity. With returning actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the lead protagonists and Will Ferrell as a ridiculous antagonist, the comedy goes a long way to ensure the...

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

Bring heart medication to this one—Tarantino has done it again. Each film released by this directorial all-star brings something new and refreshing, yet comfortingly his own to the silver screen. After 2012's bloody, dark western Django Unchained, it was dismaying to learn Tarantino would be tackl...

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

January 4, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

Ah, Star Wars, the science fiction franchise centered on a film about a fictional universe in a galaxy “far, far away.” It includes movies, books, comics, video games, toys, and animated shows. It has had its ups and downs. But this new series of films and other content harkens a new era for ...

Spotlight a Captivating, Compelling Must-See Film; Perhaps the Best of 2015

Spotlight a Captivating, Compelling Must-See Film; Perhaps the Best of 2015

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

December 7, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews

Spotlight is a film based on how the investigative journalistic team of The Boston Globe, known as the Spotlight team, helped to expose the epidemic of Catholic Church child molestation scandals of the early 2000s. The team is assembled of three investigative journalists: Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo, Th...

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