The Vermont Cynic

Mystery thriller burns up

Colin Kamphuis

November 2, 2016

Despite a strong cast and experienced director, “Inferno” continues the downwards spiral in quality characteristic of recent films following a similar formula. Tom Hanks returns as Professor Robert Langdon in the film adapted from Dan Brown’s most recent novel. Like “The Da Vinci Code” and...

‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up despite great cast

Colin Kamphuis

October 27, 2016

Perhaps an attempt to reimagine the story of the awkward genius in “Good Will Hunting,” “The Accountant” presents its own oddball math whiz, but falls soundly into the mediocre category. Ben Affleck takes on role similar to Matt Damon’s mathematically-gifted janitor in “Good Will Huntin...

Solange sets the table: take a seat

October 25, 2016

How often does a genuinely personal, political and narrative album come along? It takes a truly talented artist to compose a record that gives the listener a feeling of actual dialogue–a coherent communication of life, struggle and philosophy from musician to audience. That is what Solange Knowles...

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

Bridget Dorsey

October 18, 2016

This year’s FallFest delivered the hype and mayhem hip-hop-hungry students have been long waiting to receive from UVM Program Board. Vince Staples is an emerging rapper characterized by West Coast Crip roots and a cool attitude with a streak of unapologetic goofiness. Staples wrote on Twitter, “I ge...

Marvel’s new hero fights social issues

October 14, 2016

So you’ve finally moved off campus and you’re broke as hell. Why waste non-existent disposable income when you can stay in, just you and an obscene amount of television? My recommendation: binge-watching is free, so spend the night getting to know Netflix’s newest superhero and my new boyf...

‘Snowden’ fails to live up to the drama

Colin Kamphuis

October 13, 2016

Despite featuring some of the fresher names in the film world, “Snowden” is a tired rehashing of an old formula. The film was directed by Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. “Snowden” details the professional career of one of America’s most infamous whistleblowers, Edwar...

Film renews typical trope

Film renews typical trope

Colin Kamphuis

September 28, 2016

Comedic, charming and heartfelt, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” tugs the heartstrings without bordering on sappiness. “Hunt for the Widerpeople” tells the story of a young foster child who, after spending his life living in cities, is sent to live on a farm in rural New Zealand. Despite...

Indie rock band perfects act

Indie rock band perfects act

Bridget Dorsey

September 23, 2016

Only one band is able to rock their audience down to the ground only to throw them back up into the air through amazing sound and incredible theatrics.   of Montreal, who is actually from Athens, Georgia, played at Higher Ground Sept. 13.   The indie rock staple is known for thei...

Ecological art: a more creative call to action

Ecological art: a more creative call to action

Chloe Foster

September 22, 2016

In the age of climate change and conservationism, ecological art is on the rise. Local artists and environmentalists came together to create a collaborative ecological art exhibit in Billings Library Sept. 4. The event consi sted of exhibits including poetry, interactive media and a lecture from aut...

Wilco releases reflective new album

Wilco releases reflective new album

Alex LeRose

September 21, 2016

Dads and rock fans everywhere can rejoice. Wilco’s 10th studio album, “Schmilco,” was released Sept. 9. While the album name suggests the kind of dad humor the band is known for, “Schmilco” is much more acoustic in comparison to the band’s previous albums like the 2015 “Star Wars...

Familial drama drives family to modern realities

Familial drama drives family to modern realities

Colin Kamphuis

September 15, 2016

Everybody has felt fed up with society from time to time, and some may daydream about running away and starting a new life away from it all. “Captain Fantastic” is a story about raising a family in that environment after rejecting social norms and the perceived inadequacies of the modern world. Th...

Comedy and controversy mingle in ‘Sausage Party’

Colin Kamphuis

September 8, 2016

Childish humor, drugs and sex make “Sausage Party” a typical irreverent comedy. Seth Rogen’s depraved animation, “Sausage Party,” tells the story of anthropomorphic food in a grocery store. The groceries consider shoppers as gods who will take them to the “Great Beyond,” until they learn the...

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