reviews


Insurgent review

Love and war. These were the raging themes of the second book-to-film in the popular YA Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Like many superfans of…





Unfriended: revenge comes online

Unfriended made a startling first impression with its first trailer. Now, only a week remains before the movie makes its theater premiere next Friday, April…


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On Mogwai

The rock scene, both in North Carolina and abroad, is constantly changing. Rock, being one of the larger genres of music, has constant innovation that…




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Bo Burnham’s Make Happy Tour

Bo Burnham is a famous comedian and singer-songwriter who recently performed at the Carolina Theater in Durham. His “Make Happy Tour” in 2015 is wrapping…




Boomerang by Michael Lewis

“The more complicated the times, the more crucial are those who demystify. These are really complicated times. So let’s acknowledge the endearing, enduring genius of…




American Sniper, both fact and fiction

American Sniper, the film depicting record-breaking U.S. sniper Chris Kyle, has been attracting both critics and viewers. On its opening day, January 16, the movie…



Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari has always been a band to cross genre lines. Although rooted in post-hardcore, the British group has utilized elements of electronica, and even…



A very “popular” musical

The musical The New York Times called “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” traveled to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wicked, the story of the Wicked Witch of…


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Supernatural seasons 10 and 11

Supernatural is a fictional horror and drama show that has just been picked up again by the CW Network for an eleventh season. The show…



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Frozen on Ice was nICE

For the first time in forever, Frozen came to Raleigh, much to the delight of little kids and their parents. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen…


The Review: The Interview reviewed

2003 — photos of Barbara Streisand’s Malibu home are published on the internet. Streisand, through a lawsuit, attempted to suppress the images; however, ironically this…





Fried chicken in Downtown Raleigh

One block downtown, one dish, three restaurants, three ways: fried chicken has been a staple of the South since the beginning, and the progressive side…


Book Review: My Abandonment

My Abandonment, by Peter Rock, is a novel about a young homeless girl named Caroline living in a national park with her father. They are…



Mockingjay catches fire

The new movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has taken over the box office, earning over $123 million after playing in theaters for…


Dance Ensemble concert review

On Thursday, Nov 13, friends and family of the Dance Ensemble (DE) filled the auditorium to watch them perform one of their dance concerts. The…


Small Treasures

The North Carolina Museum of Art is holding a unique and interesting exhibit, Small Treasures. The exhibit attracts many art enthusiasts from all over the…



Modern Family Review

Every Wednesday, I was always excited to watch Modern Family to see what comical conundrum the family would get themselves into. This past week was…


Another child star resurfaces

2013 and 2014 have held a notable reputation for reintroducing Disney child stars to their former relevance. Last year, it was Miley Cyrus with “We…


Solo Cinema: Big Hero 6

Sitting in a movie theatre alone at 10 p.m. on a Friday night can be quite cathartic. Surrounded by a total of six other people…


Backyard Burgers Review

Backyard Burgers is a semi-fast food restaurant on the corner of Leesville Road and Strickland Road. The menu at Backyard Burgers is filled with a…


“The Outsiders” Review

The interesting thing about old literature is the tendency of the seas of time to wash away the drab selections from our memories, leaving only…


Gmail adding new service

Gmail is easily one of the most popular free-email clients in the world. This success is largely in-part due to Google championing motto of simplicity…





New Politics thrills enthusiasts

On Wednesday, Oct 15, the band New Politics took over Cat’s Cradle. People began lining up at the door before 3:30 even though people could…


Alt-J lulls listeners

Alt-J, British indie-rock band, released their second album This is All Yours on September 22. Although the album is their first ever without bassist Gwil…


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Phantom of the Opera at DPAC

The Phantom of the Opera is showing at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) from October 8 to October 19. This infamous musical was originally…


Gone Girl shoots to the top

On Friday, October 3, the movie adaptation of the novel Gone Girl premiered. The movie shot to the top of the box office earning over…



Umstead State Park review

Umstead is a beautiful 5,579 acre park. Many people go to Umstead to horseback ride, bicycle and run on the soft gravel or dirt trails,…


The Maze Runner movie confuses

The movie The Maze Runner, based off of the book by James Dashner, came to theaters on September 19. The movie received mixed reviews from…