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Film fans question nominations’ lack of diversity

By Zach Silver, Staff Writer

February 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

When the Oscar nominees were announced Jan. 15, movie-goers everywhere were shocked to see some of their favorite movies, actors and directors missing from the list of potential winners. On the surface, the nominee list consists of movies with a vast array of subjects, genres and styles, but looking...

50 Shades of Rape? Film, novels stir controversy

50 Shades of Rape? Film, novels stir controversy

By Jasmine Baten and Kim Rooney

February 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey has raised controversy over its sexual content and portrayal of BDSM relationships since its publication in 2011 and theatrical release Feb. 13. BDSM relationships refer to bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism between consenting adults. The...

Eager fans await third season of ‘House of Cards’

Eager fans await third season of ‘House of Cards’

By Ross Tanenbaum, Production Editor

February 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Politics and corruption are just two of the words that describe the events that unfold in the show House of Cards. The third season of the Netflix exclusive show, House of Cards, premieres Feb. 27. The show revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey, American Beauty), a corrupt congressman who...

‘The DUFF’ deals with the struggles of high school

‘The DUFF’ deals with the struggles of high school

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives

As students walk the halls they silently label each other in their minds as ‘nerds’ or ‘jocks’ but sometimes there can be other labels. The DUFF deals with labels, new or old, and how to get past them. The movie is based off the novel The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. The movie follows high scho...

CHS students can’t wait to travel ‘Into the Woods’

CHS students can’t wait to travel ‘Into the Woods’

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

December 19, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Be careful what you wish for, especially if what you wish for is a mash-up of famous fairy tales such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Originally a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods, to premier Dec. 25, is Disney’s latest...

ArcLight Cinemas makes big-screen debut at mall

ArcLight Cinemas makes big-screen debut at mall

By Arjun Swaminathan, Online Arts Editor

December 19, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Grandiose, dazzling and sparkling are all words that come to mind as one enters ArcLight Bethesda, the new movie theater that opened Nov. 6 at the Westfield Montgomery mall. As ArcLight Cinemas’ first location outside of California, the luxury of the 16-screen behemoth is a stunning contrast to...

‘Mockingjay: Part One’ delivers a powerful punch

‘Mockingjay: Part One’ delivers a powerful punch

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives

It seems as if the final movie of every popular teen series is always split into two parts, and the first part always seems worse than the second.  For example, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One was lackluster. However, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One goes against the norm as an en...

‘Mockingjay: Part One’ coming to big screen

‘Mockingjay: Part One’ coming to big screen

By Arielle Gordon and Isabel Dibble

November 20, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have survived two Hunger Games. Katniss is alive and well in the underground city of District 13. Peeta is in captivity somewhere in the Capitol. The first half of the third and final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay: Part One, is...

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

By Julia Heimlich, Features Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Behind their caked-on makeup and pearly whites, girls can be vicious creatures. Because of their ability to cover up whatever drama goes on behind the scenes, situations in which a girl is both the bully and the victim is not always taken as seriously as it should be. A showing of the 2011 documentary...

Meet the ‘Friends’ 20 Years Later

Meet the ‘Friends’ 20 Years Later

By Katie Clem and Pablo Roa

October 24, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

In an ever-growing entertainment world, TV shows can be viewed at the touch of a finger. It is often difficult for people to single out a show that has made a difference in their lives. However, for many CHS students, no show has been quite as influential as the 1990s sitcom, Friends, which is celeb...

‘Walking Dead’ returns for fifth season on AMC

‘Walking Dead’ returns for fifth season on AMC

By Ross Tanenbaum, Production Editor

October 16, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

After a shocking season finale that left viewers hungry for more, the Walking Dead has returned for a fifth season on AMC. With the fourth season only becoming available recently on Netflix, many fans have been trying to catch up with the show before the start of the season. Fans are continuously...

Cliched adaptation of ‘The Giver’ fails to impress

Cliched adaptation of ‘The Giver’ fails to impress

By Balbina Yang, Advertising Manager

September 30, 2014


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Some people dislike watching black and white movies. Although The Giver isn’t completely black and white, it feels suffocating and comes off as mediocre, just as other blockbuster gray-scale films tend to be. Upon reading the book, the first question that pops up is what life would be like without ...

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