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“Blockers” is a Hilarious Comedy With a Lot of Heart

Review by E23 Writer Michael Donelan The new film “Blockers” is hilarious, filthy, heartwarming and one of the best comedies in recent years. On the day of their senior prom, longtime best friends Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) make a pact that after the dance they will lose their virginities […]

Frankenstein and the Modern Monster

Frankenstein and the Modern Monster

By Rachel Zalucki, E23 Reporter 200 years ago in 1818, an unremarkable book was published by an unremarkable woman, and critics expected it to be an inevitable flop. That woman was Mary Shelley and that book was the classic horror novel “Frankenstein.” Since the Romantic period saw so few female authors and artists, many expected […]

AJR Concert Review: Follow the Click, Not the Crowd

AJR Concert Review: Follow the Click, Not the Crowd

By Hal Robison, E23 Reporter Adam, Jack and Ryan Met still insist that they’re “not famous.” After the release of their second album, “The Click,” in June 2017 and the start of their tour of the same name, AJR has slowly been making their name a household one. Of their remaining tour dates, only one […]

“Chappaquiddick” review: Better be quick to the theater to see it

“Chappaquiddick” review: Better be quick to the theater to see it

By John Messer, E23 Reporter This past weekend gave us “Chappaquiddick,” starring Jason Clarke as Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. It was directed by John Curran and, more importantly, has a supporting role from Clancy Brown, otherwise known as one of my five favorite actors of all time. The […]

Review: “A Quiet Place” is quite chilling cinema

By Josie Clark, E23 Reporter This review contains minor spoilers for “A Quiet Place.” For a first time director, John Krasinski proves brilliance doesn’t always come from experience with “A Quiet Place.” The film is a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. It blends creativity and terror to create a fantastic moviegoing experience. […]

Review: The Aces make my heart feel “Volcanic”

By Savannah Ritzen, E23 Reporter Finally, the summer bops are heading our way! On Friday, April 6, The Aces released their debut pop album, “When My Heart Felt Volcanic.” Filled with sparkle and confidence, the album is perfect to add to your summer playlist(s). As an all-female pop quartet, The Aces formed in Utah during […]

Critical Inklings, Ep. 4: Tabletop Role-Playing

Critical Inklings, Ep. 4: Tabletop Role-Playing

This week, John is joined by his friend Chloe for a discussion of Tabletop Role-Playing and the intricacies of Dungeons and Dragons. Please excuse our host this episode; he was very sick and had trouble boosting his audio. Technical difficulties should be somewhat resolved next episode!

“Ready Player One” Review: Ready, Set, OK

“Ready Player One” Review: Ready, Set, OK

By John Messer, E23 Reviewer Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” came out this past weekend to much anticipation. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, so the usual suspects of book fans were there to praise and scrutinize. However, those ignorant of the book had a lot […]

Video Game Movies: Eternal Bad Time of the Gamer’s Mind

By John Messer, E23 Reporter Video game movies are constant entries in the anthology of schlock. Time and time again, they fall just short of being good. A few do rise above the sludge; the first “Mortal Kombat” was decent and so was the first “Lara Croft” for instance. But at best they’re just forgettably […]

Syfy’s “Krypton” Pilot Review

By Bryce Cross, E23 Reporter Nearly everyone knows the origin story of Superman. He came from a dying alien planet, crash landed and was raised on Earth to eventually become humanity’s shining light and savior. So why watch a story about a planet destined to die? Syfy’s origin story to the origin story, “Krypton,” actually […]

Review: My love letter to “Love, Simon”

By Hal Robison, E23 Reporter Today, when a high school-centered teenage rom-com is coming out, there’s usually a standard pattern. A white, straight, usually awkward student wants to find love or is finally summoning the courage to ask that crush they’ve had for years to the big dance. This guy or girl is often followed […]

“Tomb Raider” Review: From the Console to the Screen

“Tomb Raider” Review: From the Console to the Screen

By Caitlin Brenner, E23 Reporter This article contains possible spoilers for “Tomb Raider.” To tell the same story with a fresh face, Alicia Vikander takes on the role of Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider.” While the beginning of the film has a slow build, the added action and suspense give a strong impression of the […]

Opinion: Why the Oscars are failing

Opinion: Why the Oscars are failing

By Rachel Zalucki, E23 Reporter On March 6, Trump voiced his opinion on the 2018 Oscars on Twitter: “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!” While his quip about the ratings isn’t untrue, the irony of Trump shaming the Oscars for having […]

“Thoroughbreds” review: a dark horse of a comedy thriller

“Thoroughbreds” review: a dark horse of a comedy thriller

By Hal Robison, E23 Reporter Writer and director Cory Finley’s debut, “Thoroughbreds”, is a darkly funny, pseudo-psycho thriller that delves into the lives of two well-bred Connecticut teenage girls whose friendship brings out each other’s worst tendencies. Starring relative newcomers Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy (of 2015’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and […]

“Into the Breach” review: Subset Games is the best indie developer

“Into the Breach” review: Subset Games is the best indie developer

By John Messer, E23 Reporter Most people may not recognize the name Subset Games, but most in the video game world will recognize “FTL: Faster than Light.” The 2012 indie darling made by the two-man development team of Subset Games appeared on many people’s top five video games of 2012 lists. This writer has over […]