• How Good is Kendrick Lamar's Third Album?

    Complexity, creativity and commercial success are hard to find together in popular music. However, with “To Pimp A Butterfly” not only does Compton born rapper Kendrick Lamar make a complex, creative, commercial success; he makes a true concept album.
  • Neil Young: Storytone Review – An Artist Showing His Age

    Although Neil Young still has his voice (unlike some of his peers in their later work) and is highly emotive on his newest album, “Storytone,” I’m just not sure the writing is up to his previous standards.
  • First Impressions of The Flash TV Series

    By Candice Lopez / Staff Writer “My name is Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man alive.” The CW is known for releasing programs that either become a fan favorite (Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries), or get cancelled (The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries). Arrow, whose main character is the superhero ...
  • Gotham: Not The Crime Series We Deserve…Or Need

    By Anthony Karlis / Staff Writer While not completely without hope, the pilot of Fox’s ambitious new Batman prequel series, “Gotham”, still has much room for improvement.
  • Guardians Is Another Hit for Thriving Franchise

    By Ryan Diminick / Staff Writer The Golden Age of superhero films is upon us. It seems that everywhere we turn, we are reminded of the further adventures of a certain spandex-wearing, web-slinging teen outcast, or an armor-clad, billionaire playboy. Whoever it may be, one thing is for certain: superheroes ...
  • 22 Jump Street: A Worthy Successor

    By Ryan Diminick In today’s cinema world, it’s easy to notice the rising number of sequels and franchises dominating theaters. In the horror genre, there’s the Paranormal Activity series, known for its annual installments. Then there is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an expansive franchise composed of separate, yet interconnected, film ...
  • Philomena: Oscar-Bait?

    By Tom Kaspereen / Staff Writer Every year, there are films released throughout the fall and early winter critics dub “Oscar-bait.”  The term refers to films that have a grand sense of importance surrounding them, featuring high-profile casts and directors.  Unfortunately, most of these movies are, as the name implies, ...
  • American Hustle: A Familiar Dance

      Ever witness a lie so big even the person telling it gets fooled? Such is the case in American Hustle. Every politician, FBI agent, con artist and even director David O. Russell himself is out for trickery. Russell’s highly stylized retelling of a sting operation that changed the procedures ...
  • Nebraska: An Old Actor's Time to Shine

      Over 50 years ago Bruce Dern entered college believing that he would become an Olympic sprinter, only to realize that too many other athletes were much faster. So he switched gears and took up acting.  He was talented, and soon was pleased to be working with a famous director ...
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Scorsese’s Latest Tour-de-Force

    By Kayly Coleman / Staff Writer Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, shows the prolific director, acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio and newcomers Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie at the top of their game.  It came out in theaters last December and was nominated for several awards, including ...
  • 12 Years a Slave: An Intense Look at Slavery

    By Tom Kaspereen / Staff Writer The subject of slavery in American cinema is often brushed over.  Although there have been many films detailing the Civil War and the political struggle for abolition, “12 Years a Slave” is one of the few films that dives into the dark subject matter ...