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Taylor Austin, a graduating senior, is a theatre and communication double-major. Austin has always loved the stage and has been involved with every show offered both in her high school and here at Valparaiso University. On campus, Austin is the public relations chair of Alpha Psi Omega, a me…

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Ranked sixth on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female screen legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model and singer. Famous for playing the comedic "blonde bombshell,” Monroe quickly became one of the most recognizable sex symbo…

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Following her Grammy-winning album, “Wildcard,” Miranda Lambert had some major shoes to fill with the release of “Palomino.” Much like the last artist I reviewed, Jason Aldean, Lambert is also famous for her blend of country and southern rock. She has been a country music staple since her de…

The unbearable wait is finally over. Nicolas Cage makes his triumphant return to the big screen (not that he went anywhere) in the long-awaited meta-action-comedy, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”

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Hannah Schoner is a freshman health science major in the physician assistant (PA) program here at Valpo. During her freshman year of high school and part way into her sophomore year, Schoner was involved in color guard and winter guard—color guard being a routine-based performance group in t…

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Following the success of his first two independent feature films, “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse,” critically-acclaimed indie darling Robert Eggers ventures into the big leagues with the big-budget Viking revenge epic, “The Northman.”

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Grammy-nominated country music artist Jason Aldean is back with his eleventh studio album, “GEORGIA”. Famous for his blend of country and southern rock, Aldean scored huge success with hits such as “Big Green Tractor” and “She’s Country” in the late 2000’s. Today, much in the vein of his cou…

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On April 16, WVUR’s annual music festival, SourceStock, made its triumphant return to Valpo after going on hiatus for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme for SourceStock 2022 was “Heavy Metal for Hunger,” featuring local Chicago-area bands: Synthetic Smiles, ASP and Horrible Pi…

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Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), spanning over decades as a filmmaker, has consistently challenged himself and strived to do new and exciting things. Whether it’s making a pseudo-documentary-narrative feature with “Bernie,” or making a trilogy with each picture coming out nine years apart with…

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Just in time for Easter, “Father Stu” follows the inspiring, real-life journey of Father Stuart Long. First-time film writer/director, Rosalind Ross, presented “Father Stu” with quite a bit of style, especially for a film of this type. Though the film’s narrative and dialogue is a bit cliché…

“The Secrets of Dumbledore” marks the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts'' franchise, which is a prequel to the well known “Harry Potter” film series. Directed by David Yates, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, Jude Law as (young) Professor Dumbledore and …

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Abbey McCumber is a sophomore at Valparaiso University. She’s majoring in business management with a focus on project management, and she’s minoring in philanthropic leadership and service with a focus in nonprofit management. On campus, she’s involved in campus ministry music through the mu…

Jacob Davis, a senior studio art major with a computer science minor, has loved digital art from a young age. Coming to Valparaiso University with the intention of being an art major, Davis has since grown in his passion for illustration. 

Infamous director Michael Bay is back with another action film. Bay has made a name for himself after directing ridiculously action-packed, CGI-heavy film franchises such as “Transformers”and“BadBoys”. Though Bay definitely has a dedicated fanbase, nearly all of his films can be summed up as…

For the first time since 2018, HAIM will be touring across the United States. Beginning in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 24 and wrapping up in San Diego, Calif. on July 27, the tour, cleverly titled “One More HAIM,” will feature very special musical guest appearances by Katie Crutchfield, Princes…

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Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwa, collectively known as the ‘Daniels,’ are two of the most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers in recent memory. Breaking into the indie film circuit at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with their critically acclaimed, singularly unique feature film debut, “Swiss …

Grammy Award-winning Maren Morris has finally released the long-awaited follow-up to her 2019 album, “GIRL”. The aforementioned album contained hits such as “The Bones” and the title-track, “GIRL”. Following the success of these singles as well as her appearance on Zedd’s triple-platinum sin…

“The Lost City” stars Sandra Bullock as romance novelist Lorretta Sage, an anthropologist who believes that people will only read about her work if the history is squished in-between steamy romance. The main character of her books, Dash, is represented by cover model Alan Caprison (the class…

Myles Mattsey is a junior with double majors in music and political science and a minor in German. Mattsey is known for being involved in the theater department here at Valparaiso University. Not only as an actor, but a behind-the-scenes person in the scene shop and the president of the Phi …

“The Batman” marks the seventh different on-screen portrayal of the titular character since 1966. Since then, the character has evolved from Adam West’s campy portrayal in the 1960’s to Christian Bale’s ultra-grounded take in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s. 

Ben Sommers is a second year health science major. When the end of this year comes around, he will be on his way to graduate school in the Physicians Associate (PA) program here at Valpo. He is highly involved on campus; those activities include being a residential assistant (RA) in Lankenau…

While many die-hard fans would rather watch compilations of the cinematic cutscenes from the iconic video game series on YouTube, I must admit, I was mildly entertained by the globetrotting adventure for lost treasure. However, I’ll use this platform to once again advocate for “National Trea…

Karter Ensley is a junior theater major with a dance focus, as well as minors in education and music. On campus, she’s involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Psi Omega (APO), is a Peer Minister in the sorority complex and has significant involvement with the theater department. 

Alas, the time has come. It is the Superbowl for lovers of cinema. The time of the year where we cinephiles get to see what films are awarded prestigious golden statues from old, white males. It’s the 94th Academy Awards. 

A prominent artist came out with a new album Feb. 11, 2022 and named it “Bacc On Death Row” (BODR). He performed at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show. You know him, the one and only, Snoop Dogg. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz released a compilation of his most popular love songs. The compilation album, “Lalalalovesongs,” includes his most popular songs, “I’m Yours”, “Lucky” and “I Won’t Give Up”. The album contains eleven of Mraz’s most popular, p…

On Feb. 11, 2022, the indie-country artist James Morrison released his “Greatest Hits” compilation album, including his new song “Don’t Mess With Love.” Morrison, a singer most well known in the U.K. and the wider region of the British Isles, has a soulful voice that resembles a raspier John…

James Sroge is a history and secondary education double major, with a minor in mathematics. He is currently a junior who has an extensive list of extracurricular activities. Those include being a member of the Hooked On Tonics acapella group and the student-run radio station WVUR 95.1.  He a…

It’s the cinematic reunion no one asked for, yet we so desperately needed. Nothing brings a big, stupid grin to my face more than hanging out with Johnny Knoxville and the boys. It’s pure euphoria watching as they inflict immense pain and humiliate one another for my own sick, unadulterated …

“Moonfall,” another disaster movie from director Roland Emmerich, released on Feb. 4 with a large budget of $140 million. To say that Emmerich is familiar with the genre is an understatement. Since 1999’s “IndependenceDay”, Emmerich has gone on to direct its sequel, “Independence Day: Resurg…

Jonah Hackbart-Morlock is a freshman music education major with a packed schedule, including the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT), concert band, Hooked On Tonics (Acapella group), Woodwind Quintet, and fraternity Sigma Chi. 

“Give Me the Future” was released on Feb. 4, 2022 by Bastille, the same beloved band that gained fame in the 2010’s for their hit songs “Pompeii” and “Happier.” Their new album expands on the same themes and undertones from their last album, “Doomsday” (2018), while adding more of an electro…

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As all of the lovebirds gather around on everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, you may be looking for that special something to watch with your lonesome self. Alas, allow me to introduce you to a wonderful selection of films that are sure to bring out all of the emotions and test the good ol…

Miranda Hernandez is a junior theater major with music and humanities double minors. She is a campus tour guide, a part of the sorority/fraternity Alpha Psi Omega (APO), and sings in the acapella group Hooked On Tonics (HOT). She has been on a journey full of music and theatre and it doesn’t…

On Jan. 28, the American alternative band Bad Suns released their newest album “Apocalypse Whenever”. The band, consisting of members Christo Bowman, Gavin Bennett, Miles Morris and Ray Libby, are known for their hit albums such as “Disappear Here'' and “Language & Perspective”. 

“Macbeth,” the legendary Scottish tragedy penned by prolific auteur William Shakespeare, has been adapted into more than two dozen films since its first publication. The latest film adaptation, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” invites viewers into a world both familiar and foreign, filled to the br…

After waiting for two long years, one of rap’s most prominent, conscious voices dropped their sophomore album. Hip Hop’s artist Cordae released “From a Bird’s Eye View” on Jan. 14. While his first album, the grammy-nominated soul/hip-hop fusion “The Lost Boy”, focused on a young adult trying…

George Clooney (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”), over the course of his legendary, decade-spanning career, has found great success as an actor. From his star-making debut on the hit television series, “E/R,” to the star-studded smash hit, “Ocean’s Eleven,” Clooney has cemented himself as one o…