In the program for MTG’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the director’s note mentions, “‘Spelling Bee’ knows exactly what it is like to have a weird hobby and celebrates that,” and I couldn’t agree with her more. SOCIAL MEDIA BLURB: MTG presents a musical about spelling and delivers a story of identity and growing up.
URB: One of the most notable things in IT (2017) was its focus on the kids and their development throughout the story as they faced Pennywise’s scares. IT Chapter Two follows this trend as we follow the now grown up Losers’ Club, still the same but also slightly different as a result of their years in adulthood spent away from the ominous Derry.
The things that go bump in the night is a phrase that brings us back to our childhood days of fear. It makes us think of the creepy creatures hiding just beyond our periphery, waiting to sneak out from the back of our minds to confront us in the dark. ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ tries to capture the essence of this childhood fear.
From ‘Marley & Me’ to ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ we’ve come to know what to expect with movies about man’s best friend: wholesomeness, innocent perspectives, and tears. ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ follows these trends while also introducing a dose of pensiveness via Enzo, sagely voiced by Kevin Costner.
The horror in this movie is definitely disturbing, though I personally expected more. A good amount of the horror takes place off-screen, and we are only ever exposed to the aftermath, which leads to the film feeling less like a horror movie and more like a study of grief and its emotional impacts.
I particularly enjoyed the musical aspect of the film. It was a great way of implementing some of Elton John’s greatest hits, such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “I’m Still Standing,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Even if it did lead to the film feeling more episodic, songs were often used to seamlessly transition between large moments in John’s life.
“I feel like something that makes MIT stand out is that it has a relaxed atmosphere. Other schools feel more strict about ‘this is a liberal arts college; this is the science; this is the engineering college.’ Everything is mixed together and there’s more flexibility to choose what you want to do. It also has that relaxed vibe where no one judges you!”
Questionable writing of the film aside, the performances of the cast seem to be the only things that can save 'The Hummingbird Project.' Jesse Eisenberg plays the role of hustler Vincent well. It’s an iteration of a persona Eisenberg has proven to do well before, and this performance is no exception.
During the first half of the film, there are multiple nebulous concepts that are constantly addressed by the inhabitants of Plymouth island: luck, morality, right and wrong. They way these ideas are thrown about feels arbitrary. Some inhabitants of the island criticize Dill’s obsession with catching tuna. “You just gotta catch the fish that’s in your head” is a common phrase that comes up.
19 years after Unbreakable, Glass sort of continues the cat and mouse game between David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) with another factor thrown in: Kevin Wendell Crumb and the Horde (James McAvoy). Thankfully, the movie didn’t completely let down my expectations.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up a few months after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and company chasing after Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) and Credence’s (Ezra Miller) trails. The overall tone of this movie is much darker than the first, though there are still plenty scenes of humor and charm that gives audiences a breather from worrying about the impending doom by Grindelwald.
Set in the world of the 1970s automobile industry and taking influences from 1970s television, The Low Road has an undeniable charm to it, from the groovy, head-bobbing soundtrack (courtesy of Eric Cheng) to the character design. The witty dialogue between characters also works well in setting a good first impression, leading players to quickly understand the nuanced personalities of every character introduced throughout the game.
Dealing with thoughts of a natural disaster blazing through your hometown is never a good thing for the mind and soul. So, here’s a short list of things you can do to try and alleviate your own worries. Don’t let them overwhelm you. Your family is most likely doing just fine.
The Champions of Magic team consists of five members, each with their own special talents and brands of magic. There’s Young & Strange, a comical dynamic duo who specialize in classic magic illusions, some imbued with their own personal twist, Fernando Velasco is the whimsical escape artist, Kayla Drescher is the bubbly close-up trick magician, and Alex McAleer is the charming mind reader.
‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ focuses on the story of Lewis Barnavelt, who moves in with his Uncle Jonathan after losing his parents. After spending a short amount of time with his uncle, Lewis finds out that his uncle is, in fact, a warlock; together with the help of next door witch Florence Zimmerman, they must race against time to prevent the end of humanity as we know it.
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is a beat ’em up game about a ninja rabbit out for vengeance after his entire village’s crop is stolen. Providing a rather interesting challenge, the game forces you to think about stamina use, equipment loadout, and strategy.
I’ve watched 'The Invisible Guest' at least five times, with friends and family alike, and I’ve always found something new to pick out and analyze each time. The writing that went into 'The Invisible Guest' is clever yet tense, but the excellent acting is also another factor into what makes the film great.
In the case of historical blockbuster dramas, it seems Hollywood has not yet run out of ways to incriminate the Nazis during their reign in WWII or thereafter. With Operation Finale, we see the focus shift away from the infamous target of Adolf Hitler to one of his malicious organizers and the waiting game leading up to his capture and eventual trial in Israel.
Decades after the founding of Rynoka and the discovery of five dungeon gates, you play as Will, a young and adventurous shopkeeper. By day, Will maintains Moonlighter, the shop passed down to him by his old man; but by night, he dives into the Golem Dungeon to fulfill his dreams of someday becoming a true hero.
Legend has it that when the world is nearing its final demise, the Harbinger will appear and prevent its end. In 'Omensight,' you play as this supernatural last resort. The death of the Godless Priestess means the loss of the only power keeping back the dark forces of the Void, and when you’re thrown into the game, the Void incarnate, Volden, has already been summoned to devour the world.
Wes Anderson’s new film, Isle of Dogs, combines Japanese culture, dogs, and a different kind of social commentary. What does it mean to love unconditionally? Should we give dogs the same kind of respect that we would give our fellow humans? Are humans deserving of such respect?
DRUM TAO presents a traditional Japanese art form in a riveting way TEASER BLURB: The best part is when the performers’ energy bleeds into the audience, and you can feel the performance area just brimming with excitement and joy. Everyone’s on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next big bang or trick or acrobatic feat.
When the sand became too much of an obstacle to plow through, we took to digging into the earth as pirates, eager to find the precious hidden booty of Dr. Phillips island.
Imagine a William Shakespeare (George Olesky) who isn’t quite as eloquent as his plethora of plays would imply. At the beginning of Shakespeare in Love, this is the version of Will we get: writer’s block, broke, and losing his faith in his own career as a playwright and a poet.
Around the corner from Eliot Hotel, Back Bay restaurant UNI opened in 2002 with contemporary twists on traditional Asian cuisine. From the outside, it seems like an unimpressive shabby nightclub; but through the wooden door was an upscale, classy restaurant, dimly lit and with an elegant atmosphere.
“The people of Edinburgh aren’t… dying… QUICKLY ENOUGH!!!” Here cry the despairing voices of the schools of anatomy. The cadavers are running low, so study is restricted. Gravedigging is illegal, and only those who die as criminals or as otherwise properly indicated by the state are allowed to be sold for science, so supply is limited.
While Stranger Things does not return to Netflix until October, you can still experience the 1980s with It, the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel.