Arts & Entertainment

Movie Review: ‘Finding Vivian Maier’

★★★☆☆ In 2007, Jeff Maloof bid on a box of negatives that he never ended up using for a book on his Chicago neighborhood. Two years later, he developed the shoved-away negatives out of pure curiosity and discovered a woman named Vivian Maier, who turned out to be an extremely[Read More…]
Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall star in the sci-fi film that explores the creation of digital consciousness, but the final result fails to satisfy.

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’

★★☆☆☆ Science in the modern age. Conscience surviving after death. Artificial intelligence. These complex and intriguing topics promise, and fail, to come together in the plot of “Transcendence.” Although the movie tries to open our eyes to the implications of advancing science, its evocative voice becomes muffled under the many[Read More…]


In season four, Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Thormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) prepare to march on the South.

Television Review: ‘Game of Thrones’

★★★★★   This article contains spoilers.   This Sunday, “Game of Thrones” returned with its fourth season, so highly anticipated that reported that viewership had increased 52 percent since the third season opener and HBO Go crashed from the amount of traffic. But although the show ended on a[Read More…]


“Veep,” a political comedy, follows the story of Vice President Selina Meyer as she looks to the White House.

Television Review: ‘Veep’

★★★★★ When “Veep” premiered two years ago, something was missing. A talented cast and devilishly clever writers were set in place for what might have been an immediate success, but the show limited its potential by relegating Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team to trivial tasks. In[Read More…]

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Album Review: ‘Cope’

★★★☆☆ Manchester Orchestra, a five-man rock band, has gained slow but steady success over the years. Formed in 2004, the band has released several albums, has been featured on shows such as Gossip Girl, Skins and UFC, and is currently touring the United States, Canada and the UK. While Manchester[Read More…]

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In “Young Wanderlust,” Evan Kenward documents his experience of travelling cross-country after graduating college.

Book Review: ‘Young Wanderlust’

★★★☆☆ Evan Kenward could not have chosen a better title for his first publication, “Young Wanderlust.” This true story of the cross-country road trip Kenward took after his college graduation brims with the adventure and spontaneity that young adults crave before starting life in the real world. At 470 pages,[Read More…]

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Chris Evans and Scarlett Johanson bring depth to their characters with exciting performances.

Comic-Book Thriller Tackles Important Political Questions

I wasn’t particularly excited to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The first one was probably my least favorite of the Marvel Comic Universe films, and while Steve Rogers pulled his weight in “The Avengers,” I wasn’t sure that he could carry an entire film. Captain America is the definition[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘Head or Heart’

Album Review: ‘Head or Heart’

Stars: 3/5 In 2010, a track about the sorrow of heartbreak played while the “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants performed a sincere and poignant contemporary ballet piece. This track, “Jar of Hearts,” originated from the relatively unknown coffee house singer Christina Perri. After the airing of the episode[Read More…]

Television Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale

Television Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale

It all began with five friends sitting in their booth in MacLaren’s Pub. After nine years and 208 episodes, CBS wrapped up the hugely popular “How I Met Your Mother” last Monday with a highly anticipated one-hour finale. When creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays first sat down to write[Read More…]

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Music Review: ‘Forcefield’

★★★☆☆ A brief and easy listen, Tokyo Police Club’s latest effort, “Forcefield,” combines constantly energetic instrumentation with mellow vocals to create a slightly dull and monotonous experience. It is when it departs from this formula that the band is most successful. Tokyo Police Club, an indie rock band from Toronto,[Read More…]