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“Roma” deserves the biggest screen

“Roma” deserves the biggest screen

Hunter McKenzie, Senior Culture Columnist

3 days ago


Filed under Arts, Culture, Reviews

I should admit that before I sat down to watch “Roma,” I knew almost nothing about it. Holly Coughlan I knew that it was a Spanish language film. I knew that it was in black and white. I also vaguely knew of the soft controversy surrounding the film’s distributor, Netflix, that made it available...

Animated “Spider-Man” swings into success

Animated “Spider-Man” swings into success

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

4 days ago


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I’ve seen a lot of Spider-Man movies. Probably one too many Spider-Man movies. After a while, they kind of bleed together. Sophie Spencer That being said, Tobey Maguire was not a bad Spider-Man. Neither was Andrew Garfield. Tom Holland appears to be a youthful, hilarious mix of a great Spider-Man and a great Peter Parker, with future movies ...

“Wildlife:” a sturdy directorial debut

“Wildlife:” a sturdy directorial debut

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

December 2, 2018


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Sophie Spencer Welcome to Great Falls, Montana, 1960. A wildfire rages across the forested Rockies, just at the edge of the small town caught between two eras of mid-century America. This is the set up for actor Paul Dano’s (“Little Miss Sunshine”) directorial debut, “Wildlife,”  a quiet...

Queen’s legacy is showcased in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Queen’s legacy is showcased in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Jonathan Greenberg, Staff Writer

December 1, 2018


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Reese Green “We Will Rock You,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Another one Bites the Dust.” All of these song were sung by Queen, the iconic rock band lead by Freddie Mercury. One of their songs just so happens to be the title of a new movie: “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film centers on Fred...

Scary video games to play this Halloween

Scary video games to play this Halloween

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

November 4, 2018


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Monroe Cromis Another year, another Halloween, another excuse to go home, shut off the lights, sit yourself down in front of your TV and break out some spooky video games. You’ve just survived midterms, so why not subject yourself to more emotional terror? Here’s a list of recommendations...

“Friends” Nepali restaurant makes you feel like family

Amanda Anderson, Staff Columnist

October 31, 2018


Filed under Culture, Editor's Picks, Reviews

Alek Fleury On the day the first snowflakes were spotted in Burlington, the sky was gray and the 38-degree wind whipped through the autumn colored trees. I had not ventured out all day and was feeling crabby. All that changed when I stepped foot inside Friends Nepali Restaurant. Located at 212 Main St. in...

“Halloween” sequel picks up where original left off

“Halloween” sequel picks up where original left off

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

October 25, 2018


Filed under Arts, Culture, Reviews

Meredith Rathburn The boogeyman is back. Four decades after the original slasher film was released, another “Halloween” has hit theaters. Written and directed by David Gordon Green, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, who returns to her debut role as Laurie Strode. But this is not just another ...

Gaga amazes in “A Star is Born”

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

October 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Reviews

If you don’t want to spend a Friday night catching another dull superhero flick, the new “A Star is Born” is the kind of the movie — at least for the first 2/3  — that one needs to see when the brain and the heart need a reboot. Here’s what happens when you do go catch “A Star is Born:”...

Comedian Jen Kirkman on life at 44 and Louis C.K.

Comedian Jen Kirkman on life at 44 and Louis C.K.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


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Tommy Lau Comedian Jen Kirkman took over the stage at Vermont Comedy Club with bootcut jeans and plenty of stories to tell. Although best known for being a regular roundtable panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” Kirkman had plenty of new material about life as a woman and comedian. She relished...

Hozier cries power with long-awaited album

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

September 26, 2018


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Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is back after four years of silence with a strong new EP titled “Nina Cried Power.” Filled with tributes to his musical inspirations as well as to current and lost loves, Hozier’s album sweeps listeners off their feet with four new songs, each with a different st...

“Eighth Grade” hits the mark

“Eighth Grade” hits the mark

Hunter McKenzie, Senior Staff Columnist

September 5, 2018


Filed under Culture, Reviews

Holly Coughlan It didn’t occur to me until the first blinding moments of “Eighth Grade” that I didn’t remember what it was like to be 13 years old in middle school. But when I sat in my theater seat and watched as the film opened on a grainy, adolescent face in front of a webcam, it all came ...

Following the Calling: The Cynic reviews Boston Calling

Following the Calling: The Cynic reviews Boston Calling

Hunter McKenzie, Culture columnist

June 3, 2018


Filed under Arts, Culture, Editor's Picks, Reviews

Natalie Portman was seated upon a platform stage in the Arena of the Harvard Athletic Complex in Cambridge when the noise started. Hundreds of baffled festival-goers watched her engage in a Malcolm X-dedicated spoken-word performance while a strange, silent short film from 1930 called “Hell-B...

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