Movie Review: John Wick, successful film for Reeves

By: Pierce Brenner Staff Writer Rating: 4.5/5   John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a retired assassin turned grieving widower. Everything goes to pot when a trio of Russian mobsters (led by Game of Thrones’ Alfie Allen) break into his house, steal his car and kill his puppy, the final gift from his wife. Fueled by vengeance, John decides to get revenge on the …

Movie Review: “The Best of Me” is not quite the best

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By Lexy Perez Arts and Entertainment Assistant Rating: 2.5/5 Paws The time has come for movie-goers to be introduced to yet another love story. It is a new addition to the Nicholas Sparks collection, a.k.a: the sappy, tearjerker, Hollywood hunk-filled, ‘why can’t this be my real life’ type of films.   “The Best of Me” is Sparks’ new page-to-screen adaptation. …

TV Show Review: The Big Bang keeps on going

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By Will McCurdy Staff Writer   For eight seasons, the Big Bang Theory graced us with the laugh track comedy of Chuck Lorre, an entirely new take on the genre of intellectual comedy not seen since the days of Frasier, and, most importantly, the gift of bringing Jim Parsons to the small screen. The show performed again and again with …

Movie Review: The Descent does not disappoint

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By Pierce Brenner Staff Writer Rating: 4.5/5 Paws   A group of girlfriends have a tradition in which they go on a different adventure every year; this year, it’s cave-diving in North Carolina. However, what starts out as a fun vacation takes a turn for the worse when the women find a group of cannibals living in the caves. Trapped …

Movie Review: Winter is Coming… and so is the soldier

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By Zach Schanzenbach Senior Staff Writer Rating: 4/5 Paws   Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 were decent, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just what you’d hope for from a Marvel Studios film, and maybe even then some. This latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes some of the world’s favorite plots in the film industry and …

Movie Review: Kill Your Darlings

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By Alex Maravillas Staff Writer Different lights uncover the bohemian kineticism that thrived amid the 1940s and 1950s in New York City. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the American biographical-drama Kill Your Darlings, written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut. Kill Your Darlings is one of my favorite films. I remember …

Fall TV shows lineup

By Anna Maria Petrov Staff Writer After summer’s departure, fall brings many new and returning TV shows this year. A number of shows either finally answer multiple unanswered questions from last year’s season finales, or introduces new and upcoming actors who play unusual, funny, terrifying, strong and even crazy characters. The networks provide the fun and gripping experiences of getting …

Embracing pumpkin season

By Elizabeth Roush Staff Writer   The first sign of autumn isn’t leaves changing colors or the onset of cooler weather; it’s the sudden arrival of everything pumpkin-related. From the infamous pumpkin spice latte that floods our Instagram feeds to pumpkin-scented candles, pumpkins and their assorted uses, scents and flavors dominate the season. We love pumpkin. But if you aren’t …

‘Gone Girl:’ The new meaning of mystery

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By Lexy Perez Arts and Entertainment Assistant   There comes a time where you find yourself engaged in a book that reminds you why you loved reading in the first place. If you’re an avid reader like me, there’s nothing better than a story that enraptures you with its twists, turns and revelations leaving you wanting more. When I was …

Musician Spotlight: PlayFight

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By Kat Diltz Staff Writer When asked to describe his band, PlayFight  in one word, vocalist Kyle Castellani jokingly replied, “RockaFunkBlues…does that count?” From an audience’s perspective, it certainly does. As the recent winners of the 2014 Temecula Valley International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award, PlayFight likes to blur the lines of musical genres, mixing upbeat, high-energy guitar riffs with …