Arts & Entertainment

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Opinion: Oscars should look beyond the obvious

By: Paul Morrison ~Guest Writer~ Last year the Academy Award for Best Picture went to Spotlight, a somewhat surprising turn of events. Tom McCarthy’s drama showcasing The Boston Globe’s investigation into the sex scandal happening within the Catholic Church was not an unworthy film. Far from it. The surprising aspect was its competition and the … Continue reading

‘The Founder’ serves up supersized performances

By: Sam Martini ~Staff Writer~ The Founder follows the story of Ray Kroc and his idea to transform a local restaurant into one of the biggest restaurant franchises in the world. Leading the cast is the magnificent Michael Keaton as Kroc, an out-of-his-luck salesman who happens to wonder upon the McDonald’s restaurant. Keaton encapsulates the … Continue reading

‘Hamlet’ triumphs with daring acting

By: Hannah Paige Michels ~Head Photo Editor~ Having never seen Shakespeare performed live, I was unsure what to expect from Xavier Theatre’s rendition of Hamlet. But, as per usual, I was impressed with the atmosphere, talent and design of another Xavier show. Katie Mitchell as Hamlet was, in a word, magnetic. The genderswapping choice may … Continue reading

‘Made in America’ revives O.J. backstory

By: Jason Smith ~Staff Writer~ Around the time I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, O.J. Simpson was in the middle of a civil trial for the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown. One day I managed to go down to the courthouse to partake in the frenzy. It was less of a circus … Continue reading

‘Complete Works’ shakes up Shakespeare

By: Hannah Sgambellone ~Staff Writer~ After the close of Hamlet last weekend, Xavier Theatre wasted no time in jumping into its next, and vastly different, production: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] (CWSA). Starring junior Sara Ringenbach, seniors Alex Roberts and Eric Minion in an ensemble cast and understudied by sophomore Nora Weisz, … Continue reading

‘Fifty shades’ receives limp response

By: Riley Head ~Staff Writer~ The second installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, was released over the weekend to poor reviews. Fifty Shades Darker is based on the series of novels by E.L. James. The film follows the love story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The first film introduced … Continue reading

Preview: XU ‘Hamlet’ jousts with gender

By: Riley Head ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Theatre is tackling Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet and features a unique twist on the timeless story: Hamlet is played by a girl. The show is co-directed by Craig Wesley Divino and Kathleen Wise, who are both professional directors and actors based in New York City. The two will also … Continue reading

‘Hitman’ series concludes with a punch

By: Jason Smith ~Staff Writer~ The game Hitman puts the player in the role of Agent 47, a blank slate of an assassin who has an innate ability to blend in with his surroundings. Hitman was released episodically last year, and 2017 welcomed the release of the full game on disc. Throughout the time the … Continue reading

Travel ban blocks Oscar nominee from awards

By: Hannah Paige Michels ~Head Photographer~ President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee ban has already begun impacting people across the globe, including Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi. The Iranian filmmaker of The Salesman is banned from entering the United States for the Academy Awards under Trump’s executive order. The public remained uncertain about Farhadi’s exemption from … Continue reading

New ‘Yakuza 0’ rewinds to Kazama’s roots

By: Jason Smith ~Staff Writer~ The Yakuza in Japan is equal parts criminal organization and justice department for those in desperate need. Sega has put out a long-running series, since the days of PlayStation 2, that tells the tale of Yakuza member Kazama Kiru. Kazama has cleared his name from numerous situations in the past … Continue reading

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