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‘Straight Outta Compton’ is good, but it’s missing something

'Straight Outta Compton' is good, but it's missing something
September 21, 2015

This isn't a movie just for rap aficionados. It's a movie that tells the story of five talented men in the 1980s trying to make it big as a rap collective. And people are listening. For the second week...

A summer blockbuster with heart

A summer blockbuster with heart
The "Avengers" sequel has more humanity and is more introspective than its predecessor- and that's a good thing.
May 22, 2015

Three years ago, The Avengers came out, and it was one of the greatest cinematic spectacles the world had seen. Now, as Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters, people wonder what the sequel holds for...

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album
"Human" is the rock band's first album with singer Matt Walst
April 20, 2015

Rock group Three Days Grace released their fifth studio album, Human, March 31 to stores everywhere and for digital download. The album is the first with new vocalist Matt Walst, following the departure...

‘Furious 7′ drives itself off a cliff

‘Furious 7′ drives itself off a cliff
April 6, 2015

It's just not enough. Seven movies, $819 million, a martial artist, a pop star, a helicopter destroying a skyscraper. None of it is enough to satiate my hunger for directionless, gratuitous car chases. Denounced...

Weir blends humor with thrills in Martian

Weir blends humor with thrills in Martian
March 27, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir is sheer gold, reminiscent of H.G. Wells' masterpiece War of the Worlds, and a breathtaking novel on its own accord. A book that should've taken me a day or two to finish kept...

Why “The Interview” is exactly what the world does not need

Why “The Interview” is exactly what the world does not need
March 25, 2015

On January 26 SNO published the article “Why The Interview is exactly what the world needs.” The title is self-explanatory, but the article basically portrays the newest James Franco and Seth Rogen...

Fifty shades of abuse

Fifty shades of abuse
"Where is my Christian Grey?" Jail, hopefully.
March 23, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has been a hotbed of controversy in the literary world since the novel’s release in 2011. The book, described as an “erotic novel,” traces the story of 21-year-old...

Alan Turing: a gay hero convicted by his own

Alan Turing: a gay hero convicted by his own
March 16, 2015

People expect heroes to be perfect and charismatic. They should have superpowers, like Superman, or amazing agility, like Batman. Sure, they have their demons--everyone has skeletons in their closet--but...

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts
March 4, 2015

After pushing back the release date three times, former The X Factor USA contestants Fifth Harmony finally released their debut album, Reflection, on Feb. 3. The girl group placed third on The X Factor back...

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album
February 23, 2015

Fall Out Boy’s sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho, is a surprising yet successful mix of outlandish styles. The album features a wide variety of sounds, from booming electro- and hip hop-influenced...

Music review: Smoke + Mirrors is exactly that

Music review: Smoke + Mirrors is exactly that
February 19, 2015

Smoke + Mirrors, the latest album from Las Vegas natives Imagine Dragons, was released Feb. 17 and, though fairly enjoyable, fails to make its city of origin proud. The album at first stays true to...

Mr. Grey will see you now

Mr. Grey will see you now
Scandalous movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" receives mixed reviews but overall worthwhile
February 17, 2015

The book. That book. Maybe you saw it when you were sitting on your scratchy blue sun chair at the beach as you glanced to your right, only to raise a brow at the conga line of older women proudly...

New game features zombies and parkour

New game features zombies and parkour
A combination of daring leaps, dangerous enemies, and compelling characters brings this title into the spotlight of zombie games.
February 16, 2015

Zombies are big, and videogames are certainly no exception when it comes to jumping on the undead bandwagon. Titles like Dead Island, The Walking Dead, and The Last of Us are stand-out games combining...

American Sniper: patriotism or propaganda?

American Sniper: patriotism or propaganda?
February 12, 2015

“In the latest Hunger Games movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s "Plutarch" views propaganda footage… and says, 'It’s a little on the nose, but of course so is war.' He could be talking about American...

Scandal strikes the streets of D.C.

Scandal strikes the streets of D.C.
Spoiler alert.
February 11, 2015

Red wine spills on the white couch. Twenty-five seconds more and they've made the capture. Screams are stifled and scuffles silenced. The next red substance to stain the furniture isn't wine. Scandal, an...

Galavant adds a new twist to an old tale

Galavant adds a new twist to an old tale
January 28, 2015

A damsel in distress who would rather not be saved. An oppressive king who means well. A hateful diatribe sung to the tune of a love song. Land pirates. Galavant, a TV show which debuted Jan. 4, is...

Rockstar continues to impress with Grand Theft Auto re-release

Rockstar continues to impress with Grand Theft Auto re-release
January 27, 2015

With the recent slew of new releases for next-gen gaming consoles, gamers are frantically searching for the best bang for their buck. At $60 or more a game, purchases can quickly add up to a hefty sum....

Marco Polo: A Netflix wonder

Marco Polo: A Netflix wonder
January 13, 2015

Recently, Netflix has shown a creative streak, producing rather spectacular shows that have garnered many fans from around the world. For example, the infamous House of Cards is well-known throughout the...

The Gambler travels to unforeseen depths

The Gambler travels to unforeseen depths
January 12, 2015

I’m feeling lucky. All on black. From the tell-all trailer and typecast-able title, we may think we know all there is to know about The Gambler. Some idiot loses everything at a poker table and...

Indie album captures universe through music

Indie album captures universe through music
January 12, 2015

Sleeping At Last’s newest album, Atlas: Year One, lives up to its name, mapping new territory in music. Atlas delivers a vast arrangement of sounds, including haunting vocals by Ryan O’Neal, and...

Hozier’s debut album proves buzzworthy

Hozier's debut album proves buzzworthy
January 6, 2015

Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne--Hozier for short--has found himself a fine niche at the top of the charts with his popular single “Take Me To Church.” After Hozier's Saturday Night...

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