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

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

By Ivy Nguyen

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 in a row, Straight Outta Compton (R) is the most-watched movie in the United States. Since it was r...

A summer blockbuster with heart

A summer blockbuster with heart

By Chris Bower

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 Marvel’s leading team. The answer: More action, more characters and, most importantly, more humanity. ...

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album

By Chase Charaba

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 of Adam Gontier in 2014 to pursue a solo career. Matt Walst, who rose to fame as the vocalist of band ...

‘Furious 7′ drives itself off a cliff

‘Furious 7′ drives itself off a cliff

By Sophie Haddad

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 by some as just another wasteful addition to an unnecessarily extended franchise, "Fast...

Weir blends humor with thrills in Martian

Weir blends humor with thrills in <i>Martian</i>

By Joel Freecheck

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 me up all night, and left me in awe when I read its final words. The Martian is a perfect example of moder...

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

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

By Yasmim

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 movie as the epitome of Western freedom. I’ll admit, I’m a James Franco fan. I’m a Seth ...

Fifty shades of abuse

Fifty shades of abuse

By Katrina Hatami

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 college student and journalist named Anastasia Steele, and the 27-year-old allusive business mogul Ch...

Alan Turing: a gay hero convicted by his own

Alan Turing: a gay hero convicted by his own

By Aparna Verma

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 heroes are supposed to overcome them. That’s what makes a hero, right? Wrong. Welcome to...

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts

By Chaela Williams

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 in 2012 and were immediately signed to Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid’s label, Epic (Syco Music)....

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album

By Mackenzie Dineen

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 anthems destined for vast radio play, to heart-wrenching ballads laced with stinging metaphor...

Music review: Smoke + Mirrors is exactly that

Music review: <i>Smoke + Mirrors</i> is exactly that

By Samantha Burton

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 the Dragons’ signature sound, an intriguing mix of soft rock and heroic surges with recurrent undercur...

Mr. Grey will see you now

Mr. Grey will see you now

By Caroline Purtle

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 turning its pages. Selling more than 100 million copies worldwide, that book, Fifty Shades of Gr...

New game features zombies and parkour

New game features zombies and parkour

By Michael Eyer

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 the gore and suspense of a zombie apocalypse with the challenging moral conflicts that the survivor...

American Sniper: patriotism or propaganda?

<i>American Sniper</i>: patriotism or propaganda?

By Claire Lefton, Sycamore High School

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 Sniper,” film critic David Edelstein wrote in New York Magazine. Clint Eastwood’s extremely success...

Scandal strikes the streets of D.C.

<i>Scandal</i> strikes the streets of D.C.

By Sophie Haddad, Carlmont High School

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 ABC television series, kicked off its winter premiere with surprise and enigma. Season four con...

Galavant adds a new twist to an old tale

<i>Galavant</i> adds a new twist to an old tale

By Sophie Haddad, Carlmont High School

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 essentially more comedic than it is cheesy. It sets out to depict the traditional tale of knights ...

Rockstar continues to impress with Grand Theft Auto re-release

Rockstar continues to impress with Grand Theft Auto re-release

By Omar Guetfa, Akins High School

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. Thankfully, Rockstar Studios has blessed us with a release that is worth the full price and more. On...

Marco Polo: A Netflix wonder

<i>Marco Polo</i>: A Netflix wonder

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville High School

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 US for its legendary spin on politics and snarky dialogue. Orange is the New Black has haunted viewe...

The Gambler travels to unforeseen depths

<i>The Gambler</i> travels to unforeseen depths

By Sophie Haddad, Carlmont High School

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 then spends the rest of the movie running from unforgiving headhunters to whom he owes money. To ou...

Indie album captures universe through music

Indie album captures universe through music

By David Girbino, Mayfield High School

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 an eclectic arrangement of instruments. This orchestral album uses an incredible number of musica...

Hozier’s debut album proves buzzworthy

Hozier's debut album proves buzzworthy

By Katie Adams, Divine Child High School

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 Live performance, the song has earned substantial radio play and received millions of views on YouTube....