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Naima Tovar26 said My favorite part is the different friend groups. Graphic by: Isabel Andrade

Cougar critique: “Mean Girls”

Isabel Andrade June 15, 2023

“Mean Girls” is still the most iconic movie of the 2000s “Mean Girls” is a film that was made in the blank year and is one of the most iconic movies of the decade. The movie follows Cady Heron,...

Just Kids by Patti Smith is an autobiography of her early life before fame and her complicated relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Photo by: Jane Armstrong

Cougar critique: “Just Kids”

Jane Armstrong June 9, 2023

This coming-of-age autobiography depicts Patti Smith's rise to fame and how success can be achieved through unconventional ways Patti Smith's autobiography, “Just Kids,” documents her early life before...

The film Bones and All was released in 2022 and has been nominated for numerous awards at indie film festivals around the world. Graphic by: Avery Cameron

Book review: “Bones and All”

Avery Cameron February 17, 2023

 Is the book always better? Yes Luca Guadagnino's 2022 film “Bones and All,” starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet, is a coming-of-age story that follows Russell’s character, Maren Yearly,...

Copies of the Lovely Bones are available in the VHS library. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Book review: “The Lovely Bones”

Soraya Stegall February 10, 2023

A story about life, death and everything in between Set in the early 70’s, Alice Sebold’s book, “The Lovely Bones”, tells the story of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, who was raped and murdered...

Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 44 million copies globally and ignited a movement of personal finance education that exists to this day. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Book review: “Rich Dad Poor Dad” is a step up from conventional personal finance wisdom

Alejandro Hernandez January 24, 2023

The 1997 book remains relevant over 25 years later “Rich Dad Poor Dad” is a book by businessman Robert Kiyosaki. The book is a set of parables written to anecdotally illustrate the importance of personal...

The 2022 film Terrifier 2 is the third installment of the Terrifier franchise and follows the story of Art the clown as he attacks the people of Miles County. The film was directed by Damien Leone and was made six years after the second installment, Terrifier, and nine years after the first installment, All Hallows Eve. Graphic by: Jane Armstrong

“Terrifier 2” is anything but terrifying

Ruby Lacques and Jane Armstrong December 2, 2022

 Overdramatized violence makes the third installment of the horror franchise lack substance and weakens the plot On Oct. 6, the sequel to 2016’s “Terrifier” hit the theaters, “Terrifier 2.”...

Smile gained the attention of the world with its unique marketing tactics and since its release has received positive reviews. Allie Nichols 23 said, I literally screamed out loud in the movie theater. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Movie review: “Smile”

Hugh Murphy and Annika Lange November 5, 2022

An electrifying scare-fest that lacks substance “Smile” intrigued prospective audiences with a cheesy yet eerie trailer that would play in front of many during its big release. Though a bit imitative...

The movie Clueless is filled with funny and relatable quotes such as, I know it sounds mental, but sometimes I have more fun vegging out than when I go partying. Maybe because my party clothes are so binding. This quote is said by the movies character Cher (center-right). Graphic by: Kendall Garcia

Movie review: “Clueless” is a must watch movie

Kendall Garcia November 2, 2022

Clueless is a relatable teenage file that deserves more screen time “Clueless,” a cult-classic film from the 1990s that stars icon Alicia Silverstone as the main character, Cher. Cher is a ditzy high...

Olivia Arriaga 24 said, “I thought [It Ends With Us] was so good and it was funny at some points, but I also thought it was sad. It was just such a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.” Photo by: Ava Mohror

Book review: “It Ends With Us”

Ava Mohror and Halle Gentry October 21, 2022

After the trend of reading “It Ends With Us” died down, is it still worth reading? We have likely all heard of author Colleen Hoover, more specifically, her most popular novel, “It Ends With Us.”  Despite...

The copy of The Dharma Bums that has been passed around among Hugh Murphy, Buck Balling and Miles Newman. A classic of contemporary American literature, The Dharma Bums is praised for its unique stream-of-consciousness style and moving spirituality. The novel has moved and changed each of us in very different ways and permanently altered the trajectory of our lives. Photo by: Hugh Murphy

Book review: “The Dharma Bums”

Hugh Murphy, Buck Balling, and Miles Newman October 14, 2022

 A spiritual rollercoaster through 1950s America by Jack Kerouac “The Dharma Bums” is an embellished memoir written by Jack Kerouac and published in 1958. It was released a year after Kerouac’s...

Dont Worry Darling received mixed reviews after high anticipation and drama surrounding the cast and crew days before its release. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Movie review: Don’t Worry Darling

Ava Mohror and Kinda Mehael October 7, 2022

After a swarm of drama surrounding the “Don’t Worry Darling” premiere, the movie received mixed reviews and ratings “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde...

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