Pearl Elevates X in an Unexpected Way

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 Ti West effectively cultivates the character of Pearl (Mia Goth) from her original appearance in the film, X. The prequel movie, Pearl, follows the titular character about 70 years before her most recent murderous rampage in the same barn home from X. She attempts to find independence from those holding her captive, like her strict mother … Read More

Your Favorite Indie Artists Prove All Things Go

by Audrey Farris ‘25 On October 1, thousands of people spent their days in rain ponchos enjoying live performances from artists like Mitski and Lorde at ‘All Things Go Music Festival’ held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Despite the light showers continuing late into the night, All Things Go was the biggest it had ever been, selling out … Read More

“The Woman King” Depicts Female Empowerment at Its Fiercest

by Cailin Russell ‘23 The Woman King, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is based on a true story about an all-female warrior group that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th-19th centuries. Actress Viola Davis stars as Nanisca, a general who trains the Agojie to fight the Europeans and some Africans that had kidnapped Dahomey people to sell … Read More

“Don’t Worry Darling” Exceeds Expectations Despite Poor Reviews

by Gabi Admi ‘23 Don’t Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde, is a cinematic masterpiece starring many distinguished actors such as Florence Pugh, Nick Kroll, Chris Pine, and even the famous singer Harry Styles. Going into the movie, I had very mixed expectations. It could either be amazing, or a complete flop. Movie critics rated Don’t Worry Darling a 6.5 … Read More

VFX Artists Bring Attention to Working Conditions and Pay on Blockbuster Movies

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 From the computer-generated Na’vi in James Cameron’s Avatar to nearly every scene in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Endgame, visual effects (VFX) have garnered a reputation for contributing to box-office hits in modern entertainment. With history spanning back to the 1800s, VFX have been used in films and other mediums to create scenes that are impossible … Read More

Scratch Kitchen & Bistro Serves the Community

by Naomi Bang ‘23 Scratch Kitchen & Bistro is a small business serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients, making it the perfect spot for your next Sunday brunch. Located at 18062 Georgia Ave in the shopping strip just behind Popeyes, the cafe and bistro recently had their grand opening with an added lunch menu along with their repertoire of breakfast dishes.  … Read More

Kendrick Lamar Return Worth the Wait

by Matt Kauffman ‘23 On May 13, acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. This release came five years after his last album, 2017’s DAMN, which was certified triple platinum. Lamar’s discography has already been solidified as one of the best of 21st-century hip-hop, both from fans and critics alike, … Read More

Controversy Follows Novelist’s ‘Swift’ Rise

by Alexis Booker ‘23 The New York Times bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has sold millions of copies since its publication in 2018. The fictional story depicts Kya, a reclusive girl living in North Carolina who chooses to surround herself with animals rather than people. Her life in isolation, however, is interrupted when she is accused … Read More

Men Creates an Aura of Muddled Commentary

by Liam Trump ‘24 Truly committing to the horror genre for the first time, Alex Garland’s Men is a metaphorical dip into a woman’s grief after suffering a terrible tragedy. Garland’s style is very evident throughout the entire film, with his dynamic lighting and camera work as well as his high concepts taking center stage. The previous movies he’s directed, … Read More

New Doctor Strange Film Succeeds Despite Flaws

by Jordan Costolo ‘25 Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness does not disappoint its audience, but it’s not something that transcends the common expectations for a Marvel film. The basic plot is that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a powerful sorcerer and superhero, meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a girl that can supposedly travel through the multiverse. What follows is … Read More