Movie Review: With signature humor and shocking twists, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ meets high expectations

Eleven years ago, comic fans, film enthusiasts, and superhero fanatics walked out of the 2008 movie “Iron Man” with generally positive reviews. Little did they know, the B-List superhero film would become the beginning of over a decade of successful and beloved movies—leading up to 2019’s three-hour cinematic culmination “Avengers: Endgame.” At risk of giving […]

Musical Review: Balancing black comedy and social commentary, ‘Heathers’ is a triumphant success

The Marquis Players delivers a razor-edged insight into the American high school experience with their performance of the energetic musical “Heathers: The Musical.” The production, with lyrics and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, is an adaptation of the 1980’s cult classic film “Heathers” (1988) that detail the experiences of outcast Veronica Sawyer, played by Olivia […]

Album Review: Redefining pop music with unconventional style, Billie Eilish debuts album ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go?’

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve probably seen or heard the name Billie Eilish. On Spotify’s United States top-50 chart, Eilish occupies seven of the top ten spots. Her rise to fame has been meteoric – at the young age of 17, Eilish boasts seven gold and two platinum singles, […]

Movie Review: Haunted by our own reflections: though imperfect, ‘Us’ charged with societal meaning

Two years ago, Jordan Peele burst into the national spotlight with the release of his debut film, “Get Out” (2017). Now, after an ever so brief hiatus, the comedian-turned-master-of-horror has returned to the big screen with “Us” (2019), a film that doesn’t quite reach the polished heights of “Get Out,” but still proves to be as […]

Album Review: Solange Knowles makes ode to hometown, shows pride in southern black roots in ‘When I Get Home’

Three years after releasing her album “A Seat at the Table” (2016), Solange Knowles is back with a fourth studio album, titled “When I Get Home.” Solange journeys through time to tell a soothing story about her past, present and future in her hometown of Houston, Texas. “When I Get Home” has 19 songs, and […]

Movie Review: Deja vu all over again: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ lacks identity, relies too heavily on prequel

Do you ever feel like you’re living the same day again and again…again? Such is the plight of protagonist Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) in director Christopher Landon’s “Happy Death Day 2U,” a genre-blending sequel that doesn’t quite meet expectations. Produced by the illustrious Jason Blum (of recent “Get Out” fame), the film picks up immediately […]

Youtube Musical Review: ‘The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals’ is hilarious, horrifying in its underlying message

It has been about ten years since a group of college students called Team Starkid made a viral fan-parody of “Harry Potter” called “A Very Potter Musical” on YouTube. The group has since grown into a Chicago-based theatre group that writes, directs and stars in their own musicals, which they make easily accessible to their fans by […]

Movie Review: While cast and jokes shine, ‘The Lego Movie 2’ lacks magic of predecessor

In “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” Lego-people return to theaters, but is everything still awesome? In short, not really. “The Lego Movie 2” picks up five years after the first Lego Movie. Since then, the world has fallen into chaos due to the alien invaders who have arrived from the Sis-star system.The film […]

Netflix Review: ‘Bird Box’ is an ‘apocalyptic’ film, emphasizes loss of humanity

Everyone has heard about the recent Netflix film “Bird Box.” It was released over two months ago to the streaming platform’s 148 million subscribers. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, Sandra Bullock wearing a blindfold is an image that has probably been ingrained in your mind from all the memes it has generated. You […]

Album Review: Pittsburgh-based band Chase and the Barons’ debut album an impressive alternative feat

After releasing two EPs in the last two years, the Pittsburgh-based band Chase and the Barons are set to release their debut alternative-rock album titled “Live Wire Bed Fire” on April 6.  The album is a fun and well-rounded listen. I agree with their band bio when it states that the album captures “elements of […]

Netflix Review: ‘Bandersnatch’ is compelling, but novelty quickly wears off

Amongst all the holiday treats, the weirdest and most quirky goes to “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” an interactive Netflix movie from the creators of, you guessed it, “Black Mirror.” “Bandersnatch” follows a young video game programmer, Stefan, who is slowly consumed by the virtual world he created, which is a video game after which the film […]

Performance Review: Percussion Ensemble delivers unique, exceptional performance

Thunderous booms and resounding crashes echoed out of Williams Center on Monday night as the Lafayette College Percussion Ensemble delivered yet another successful performance. Professor J. Larry Stockton, head of the music department and specialist in traditional Japanese music, has clearly hit his stride once again in his direction of the group. The ensemble is […]