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Jake Gyllenhaal goes all-in for psychological ‘Nightcrawler’ role

Jake Gyllenhaal goes all-in for psychological ‘Nightcrawler’ role

November 10, 2014

On the morning news, viewers see footage of crimes, accidents and the aftermath of some of the most painful things a person can experience. But what are the costs some people pay to get that gruesome foo...

: ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth’ a bit too close to home

By Colin McInerney

November 3, 2014

The latest iteration of the “Civilization” series comes with improved features, but paying the high price for this title may only be worth it to long-time fans.“Civilization” as a franchise began in 1991 with the original, eponymous game. Since its release, it has been subject to constant reiteration, each one elaborating on the formula in new and exciting ways.  “Civilization: Beyond Earth” differentiates itsel...

‘Birdman’ a soaring comeback for Michael Keaton

‘Birdman’ a soaring comeback for Michael Keaton

November 3, 2014

Everybody loves a great comeback story—stars such as Robert Downey Jr. and Betty White have done just that, disappearing from the spotlight and reemerging in roles that reenergize their careers. Now it...

Bastille, Grizfolk stun Aragon audience

Bastille, Grizfolk stun Aragon audience

October 27, 2014

Pop band Bastille and rock newcomer Grizfolk stole the hearts of thousands of fans at their electrifying sold-out show on Oct. 21 at the Aragon Entertainment Center, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.Grizfolk, an up-...

Spelunky, a masterstroke of gaming, two years later

By Colin McInerney

October 22, 2014

If every single person on the planet could be given a video game to play, that game should be “Spelunky.” Masterful in its design and execution, its flaws can be counted on one hand. How a game can be so good lies within its origins. “Spelunky” continues to be fresh and playable no matter how many platforms it shows up on, and PS4 is no exception. It takes what should be derivative chunks of other games and delivers...

‘Super Smash Bros. 3DS’ serves up fresh punch for familiar series

By Colin McInerney

October 16, 2014

“Super Smash Bros.” has a long and twisted history. The original game premiered in 1999 for the Nintendo 64 to universal acclaim, leading to a quick follow-up in 2001 with “Super Smash Bros. Melee” for the Nintendo GameCube. Using certain glitches and exploits that were eventually worked into professional gameplay, “Melee” opened the door for the series’s competitive scene. The “Super Smash Bros.” franchise lay...

‘CONTINUE?9876543210’ a beautiful contemplation, use of medium

By Colin McInerney

October 13, 2014

“CONTINUE?9876543210” is not in any way a fun game. That is not a criticism, because the idea that all video games have to be fun is a false one. While it is possible to argue that chess can be fun, and people certainly do have fun playing chess, it is a game largely about using superior strategy to defeat an opponent. Similarly, you may have fun playing, but that is not the point of the game.“CONTINUE?9876543210” is a g...

‘Hack ‘n’ Slash’as niche as they come

By Colin McInerney

October 2, 2014

“Hack ‘n’ Slash” is as rough around the edges as expected for a game that lets players change its variables, but it allows for an unparalleled kind of expressive freedom and tinkering not often seen in puzzle or adventure games where players can tackle situations in any way they see fit. Regardless, its intricacies and flaws may be enough to turn away the average gamer.The hack-and-slash game genre is well establishe...

‘Skeleton Twins’ a powerful dramatic turn for SNL alums

‘Skeleton Twins’ a powerful dramatic turn for SNL alums

September 22, 2014

Since leaving “Saturday Night Live,” Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have successfully shifted from television to feature films. Mostly appearing in comedies, neither has had the opportunity to flex h...

Diablo III leaves gamers bored of terror

By Colin McInerney

September 18, 2014

Though the improved graphics bring “Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition” to life, the Aug. 19 re-release misleads players with false difficulty levels. Rather than presenting gamers with in-depth challenges, the game feels more like a trip to the casino.“Diablo III” was re-released on Aug. 19 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 as “Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition,” packaging the base game with the...

White Lung’s anti-sexism stands stumbles on deaf ears

White Lung’s anti-sexism stands stumbles on deaf ears

By Features Editor

September 15, 2014

Punk rock is making headlines again, but this time, it is not to warn parents of their kids’ impending bad haircuts. At the forefront of the movement is Perfect P--sy frontwoman Meredith Graves, w...

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush talk “The Giver”

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush talk “The Giver”

By Managing Editor

August 15, 2014

Despite taking 20-years to make, “The Giver,” a film based off Lois Lowry’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, will open in theatres Friday, Aug. 15.“The Giver” follows a community ...

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