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Review: New ‘Avengers’ film is overstuffed but entertaining

Entertainment Editor

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” had the incredibly difficult task of creating a film that was worthy of standing alongside its 2012 predecessor, which currently sits as the third highest grossing movie of all time.

With the idea to go bigger and better than last time, did director Joss Whedon create a film that was as satisfying and enjoyable as his first outing?

Yes … but there are some minor issues that I had regarding how I felt about the film. Continue reading

Theater Department to perform historical drama, ‘The Crucible’

Digital Manager

After the recent musical production, “Merrily We Roll Along,” the theater department at Fairleigh Dickinson will finish its spring theater season off with “The Crucible” in early May.

This rendition of the classic Arthur Miller play is being directed by Chris Clavelli, who directed “The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later” last year.

The plot of “The Crucible” is inspired by the actual historical event known as the Salem Witch Trials. Continue reading

Review: ‘You owe it to yourself’ to go see new ‘Cinderella’ film


“Have courage and be kind.” This is the advice given to Ella by her mother as she is dying.

Kindness is a major theme in this new version of “Cinderella,” with beauty being more a matter of what is on the inside than on the out. This is also a very sound piece of advice and one that really spoke to me as I was watching this film with my mother and sister. Continue reading

Review: Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ is flawed, but still enjoyable

Entertainment Editor

Neill Blomkamp is one of the more interesting sci-fi directors out there.

Beginning in 2009 with his breakout debut feature, “District 9,” the South African director has become a unique voice among science fiction directors. His films have action, but are usually accompanied by some kind of deeper social meaning. “District 9” was about apartheid with aliens while “Elysium” was about the 99% versus the 1%.

This brings us to Blomkamp’s third feature as a director, “Chappie.” Continue reading

FDU theater students to perform ‘Merrily We Roll Along’


The Stephen Sondheim musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” will be performed at the Florham Campus beginning March 27. The musical will be presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, with FDU students serving as both the actors and production/tech team.

The musical follows the story of Franklin Shepard’s attempts to achieve wealth and success in show business over the span of three decades. Shepard is a “disheartened, middle-aged songwriter,” according to a press release prepared in advance of the show. The role of Shepard is played by senior Nolan Hennelly. Continue reading

Opinion: Oscar winners talk about social issues ... and that’s good

Digital Manager

As most know, the Academy Awards telecast was a few weeks ago. Men and women were recognized for their talents in films of all styles and genres.

There were many memorable moments from that night. Neil Patrick Harris, the host for this year’s 87th Oscars, was charming, witty and well-rehearsed in his pun-use.

What really made me happy, though, was how much these recognized people in Hollywood used their time in the spotlight to discuss issues that might be labelled as taboo or too controversial. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The 100’ is a complex show with diverse characters


Have you ever started watching something that you think is going to be great, but then find it slowly getting worse and worse as you wonder why you don’t just stop watching the trainwreck?

Well, that’s the exact opposite of what happened when I started watching the CW show, “The 100.”

I’m not entirely sure why I started watching the show. Maybe it was because I saw so much about it on Tumblr, or because some of my suitemates had watched a few episodes. But one day I found myself on Netflix, deciding to check out the show. Continue reading

Review: ‘Kingsman’ an absolute blast from start to finish

Entertainment Editor

What do you get when you mix the director of films such as “Kick Ass,” “Layer Cake” and “X-Men: First Class” with the spy action movie genre?
A pretty entertaining film, as it turns out.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based off of the comic book entitled “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar, focuses on young Eggsy (newcomer Taron Edgerton), a delinquent who, after getting into trouble with the law as well as his abusive stepfather, contacts the mysterious Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Continue reading