Hulu Review | “The Handmaid’s Tale” second season opens with shock value: viewers confronted with depictions of violence against women

With the rise of feminist movements such as #MeToo and other sexual assault advocate groups, the language of reproductive choice and self-biopower has washed over America. There are common echoes and cries from the fear of losing one’s body to a governing system. Recently, Iowa passed the most restrictive abortion bill to date, creating shocking […]

Book Review | James Thurber explores timeless captivity through humor in “The Thurber Carnival”

This is the book I’d want with me if I were ever stranded on a desert island. “The Thurber Carnival” is a collection of essays, cartoons, short stories and illustrated poems and fables by the late humorist James Thurber. Written between 1931 and 1945, most of the pieces were originally published in magazines or books. […]

Movie Review | Avengers Infinity War: Marvel’s 19th film showcases complex antagonist in film full of beloved characters

“Avengers: Infinity War” successfully brings together the mightiest heroes in the universe in possibly one of the best movies of the 21st century, during the golden age of comic book movies. The new directors of the film Anthony and Joe Russo (the Russo Brothers) succeeded in putting together all the beloved characters that have appeared […]

Cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest” embodies their characters in outstanding ways

The cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest” managed to exceed expectations this past weekend and put on a superb show of a century-old comedy, written by Oscar Wilde. The play was first performed in 1895 and is the second-most quoted English play after Shakespeare’s Hamlet, according to the show’s program. It will be shown in Buck […]

Review: Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis present “marvelous” rendition of Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise”

Franz Schubert’s tragic “Winterreise” is possibly one of the most memorable cycles of songs composed in the history of classical music. Mark Padmore, a classical tenor, and Paul Lewis, a classical pianist, presented their rendition of “Winterreise” to the Lafayette community on April 21, at the Williams Center for the Arts on Saturday. According to […]

TV Review: For the culture: Grown-ish highlights marginalized students on college campuses

“Watch out world, I’m grown now.” This is a lyric I have sung and come to live by for the past couple of weeks. If you’ve been keeping up with social media or the show, a cultural phenomenon, “Black-ish,” you may have come across a group of eclectic college students huddled together discussing their Adderall-induced […]

Movie Review: “Love, Simon” stands out as an important and impactful comedy

“Love, Simon,” a recent coming-of-age movie, centers around gay teen, Simon Spier. It is the perfect mix of cheesy lines, friendship, romance, conflict and identity issues that one might encounter in their favorite CW show (which makes sense considering the director of “Love, Simon,” Greg Berlanti, is the producer of seven CW shows). “Love, Simon” […]

Netflix Review: Geared toward a younger audience, “Alexa & Katie” takes on serious themes surrounding illness

“Alexa & Katie” is a brand new Netflix original sitcom. The show features the two eponymous best friends–impulsive, adventurous Alexa and her polar-opposite, the rule-abiding Katie–as they tackle the start of high school. But there’s just one catch: Alexa has cancer. The show follows Alexa’s first few weeks in high school as she deals with […]

“Pacific Rim” sequel defies expectations but lacks depth

Five years after “Pacific Rim,” we finally get a well deserved sequel: “Pacific Rim Uprising.” The movie, directed by Stephen DeKnight, stars John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny and Scott Eastwood. Though lacking at times, the movie is packed with action and is entertaining overall. Years after the events of “Pacific Rim,” where Stacker Pentecost, Raleigh Beckett […]

“Santa Clarita Diet” explores how crisis can unite a family in unexpected ways

“Santa Clarita Diet” is a sitcom with a bite–think “Pleasantville (1998)”–about a town that appears to be a utopia, but soon turns out to be much darker. The Netflix show follows the lives of two suburban realtors, Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) in Santa Clarita, California. Their lives change dramatically when Sheila dies […]

“Annihilation” leaves pressing questions unanswered, but remains visually stunning

Following up the success of film producer and director Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” (2015), the novelist and screenwriter Garland makes “Annihilation” into a challenging, confusing and at times haunting sci-fi piece. “Annihilation” is visually stunning. The creative team altogether is excellent at providing striking imagery, to evoke both wonder and horror. “Annihilation” has set pieces […]