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King Hedley II claims its rightful throne

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02/19/2015

The presentation of August Wilson’s King Hedley II at the Arena Stage is, much like the play itself, daring. Hedley takes place on one stage with no props—save for the occasional chair, drink, or gun. Many playwrights shy away from the intimidating task of crafting a story that eschews typical scene changes or pyrotechnics. Wilson’s…

The Top 10 Movies of 2014

The Top 10 Movies of 2014

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12/31/2014

2014 has been quite the exciting year for Hollywood. While box office receipts are down from 2013, movie-goers enjoyed a rare coupling of blockbusters that were both critically acclaimed and financially successful. As 2015 rolls in with promises of new Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Avengers movies, it’s time to close the door on 2014….

One Comparison to Rule them All

One Comparison to Rule them All

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11/14/2014

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is considered one of the greatest cinematic feats in Hollywood’s history. Jackson somehow took one sprawling, epic and practically unfilmable story and transformed it into three fantastic films. The trilogy’s conclusion, The Return of the King, was awarded with eleven Oscars, multiple endings aside. When Jackson announced that…

Critical Voices: Pink Floyd, <i>The Endless River</i>

Critical Voices: Pink Floyd, The Endless River

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11/12/2014

With its unique flavor of psychedelic rock, Pink Floyd has shone for decades as one of the craziest diamonds in the history of pop music. The band’s latest and final offering, The Endless River, is an incredibly ambitious album that rewards the committed listener and hearkens back to its best hits of the past. Compiled…

Doctor Who Ramps Up To An Exciting Finale

Doctor Who Ramps Up To An Exciting Finale

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11/04/2014

In the age of the Internet, it’s tough to pull off a legitimately surprising plot twist. Everything that writers try to hide from audiences will eventually get revealed, whether it’s through leaked scripts or photos from the set. That’s why it’s too bad that the big reveal at the end of the latest Doctor Who…

Decode <i>The Imitation Game</i>

Decode The Imitation Game

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10/29/2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has made a career out of playing quirky, troubled geniuses. Whether it’s the titular character of BBC’s Sherlock, or WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013’s The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch certainly seems to have a type. His latest plagued savant, Alan Turing, is no different. Cumberbatch’s performance in The Imitation Game carries the film….

Breaking Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

Breaking Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

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10/27/2014

The Bechdel Test was concocted by the eponymous Alison Bechdel as a method for determining how well a film represents female characters. Bechdel was a cartoonist who originally came up with the idea for the test as a joke. The test has grown to be far more than a comic strip, and while it has…

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