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ROUGH TIMES: Despite being incredibly talented at Chess, the stress that results from it leads Beth to abuse sedatives and alcohol, displaying a very realistic portrayal of addition. (Photo by Phil Bray/Netflix, no changes made)

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Review

Emma Reilly, Section Editor February 9, 2021

While searching through Netflix one day in mid-October, I scrolled to their “Trending Now” section. It was here that I saw the icon for Scott Frank’s The Queen’s Gambit decorated with a little...

Q&A: Rachel Griffiths, from left, Mary-Louise Parker, Dustin Lance Black, Guy Pearce, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ivory Aquino speak at the When We Rise panel at the Disney/ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.

When We Rise

Catelin Lipham, Staff Writer April 2, 2017

Last Monday, a premiere of a historic miniseries took place on ABC. At 9 p.m. “When We Rise,” an epic eight hour-long mini series following the gay liberation movement from the era of Stonewall riots...

MODERN DAY ROBIN HOODS STRIKE AGAIN: The Four Horsemen reappear from their year-long hiatus to uphold the values of the Eye and bring balance to the scales of justice. After using their fantastic illusions and sparkling effects to dazzle their audience, they attempt to expose the corrupt Owen Case. From left to right: Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), Lula May (Lizzy Caplan), Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson). Source:

Horsemen Fail to Hocus Pocus

Mara Xiong, Staff Writer October 12, 2016
Now You See Me 2 fails to live up to its predecessor.
FIGHT TO THE DEATH: We see here a lethal fighting force dubbed the “Suicide Squad.” This group of criminals are assigned to a mission which will almost certainly kill them, but do so in exchange for a reduced sentence in prison. This suicide squad is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and will go far to accomplish their task. Source: Official Site of the Suicide Squad Movie

Suicide Squad Faces Its Own Death

Richard Shao, Staff Writer September 22, 2016
Suicide Squad, one of the most hyped movies of the year, fails to meet high expectations.
WILL THEY FIND WILL? In the dead of the night, Wills best friends (from left) Lucas, Mike and Justin scavenge the forest for their missing friend, but are only able to locate his deserted bike; thus furthering the sense of hopelessness in this seemingly impossible mission.

A Journey Upside Down Into Stranger Things

Austin Cahn, Staff Writer September 22, 2016
Take a glimpse into Netflix’s latest sci-fi thriller.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A Magical Take on Father-Son Relationships

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A Magical Take on Father-Son Relationships

Emma Edmund, Web Editor September 5, 2016
This new Harry Potter tale dazzles readers.
OLD MEETS NEW: This movie poster for Finding Dory underscores the familial bonds that underpin the Finding Nemo series.  Source:

13 Years After Finding Nemo, the Search for Dory Begins

Jennifer Luo, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 31, 2016
The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Pixar animation Finding Nemo lives up to the hype.
Cobra’s Curse:  A Disappointing Coaster with Little Originality

Cobra’s Curse: A Disappointing Coaster with Little Originality

Emma Edmund, Web Editor August 29, 2016
Why the new Busch Gardens ride is not worth the wait.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the beginning of a new era. It also marks the trend of the annual Star Wars movies. In fact, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16, 2016.

An Outsider’s Thoughts of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Samantha Tun, Staff Writer January 14, 2016

It is hard to believe that some people have never seen the “Star Wars” movies despite their influence on popular culture. I happen to be one of those people. My parents were never fans, so I didn’t...

Fanfare Book Pick: The Fault in Our Stars

Regan Dabbs, Staff Writer December 6, 2013

“Don’t forget to be awesome.” This phrase, coined by John Green, undoubtedly rings true for his fourth novel, “The Fault in Our Stars.” As a 16-year old girl with terminal cancer, Hazel Grace...

Fanfare Book Pick: “The Cleaner”

Alan Armero, Opinion Editor September 3, 2013

A satirical take on the traditional murder mystery novel, The Cleaner puts the reader in the mind of Joe, a closet serial killer who poses by day as a janitor with special needs.  You can’t help but...

Fanfare Book Pick: “A Game of Thrones”

Alan Armero, Opinion Editor September 3, 2013

A Game of Thrones is a book that deals in fantasy, political intrigue, action, and even a little romance. At first, it showed very little promise, due to a large, confusing cast of characters coupled with...

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