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The Deep End: a different kind of bar

Paige Champagne, Reporter

September 17, 2018

Any student in need of a cheap, entertaining place to spend a night out should look no further than The Deep End, an arcade and bar owned by three local Wichita Falls residents, Jason Hester, Michael Hitt, and Matthew “Crow” Bridges.Hitt said, “It gives a feeling of family, friendship, and fellowship that I think you d...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Shines at Summer’s End

Brian Lang, Film Critic

September 3, 2018

Summer is over, but Hollywood has one last blockbuster to offer. Box Office hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, is the grand finale in a fireworks display of summer movies. Rachel Chu’s (Constance Wu) life is perfect. She’s the youngest faculty member ev...

‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel’s main event

‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel’s main event

Tyler Manning, Editor

April 30, 2018

"Avengers: Infinity War" is finally here. It has been said by many, but the last 10 years of Marvel movies have all culminated to this film. After almost 20 movies dedicated to creating and developing these characters, audiences have grown to love and care about everyone featured here. When ga...

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes for terrifying television

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes for terrifying television

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 23, 2018

In a time that’s been referred to as the “golden age of television,” it can be hard to decide which of the myriad of shows are worth the time. One show that critics and audiences alike have come to love is Hulu’s "The Handmaid's Tale." Based on the best-selling dystopian novel by Margaret Atwoo...

‘Isle of Dogs’, quirky film about man’s best friend

‘Isle of Dogs’, quirky film about man’s best friend

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 17, 2018

Traditionally, dog movies are a great draw to the theaters. From classics like “Old Yeller” and “Homeward Bound” to newer movies like “Secret Life of Pets” and “A Dog’s Purpose,” dog movies are successful. Wes Anderson’s new animated film “Isle of Dogs” takes a different pat...

‘A Quiet Place’ scares with silence

‘A Quiet Place’ scares with silence

Tyler Manning, Editor

April 8, 2018

I have to admit: I was not all too thrilled to watch "A Quiet Place." I am lukewarm about Emily Blunt's acting capabilities. I thought the fact that she was making the movie with her real-life husband John Krasinski (most notably known for playing Jim Halpert on "The Office") was just a marketing ploy...

‘Tangerine,’ a tale from a transgender community

‘Tangerine,’ a tale from a transgender community

Tasia Floissac

April 4, 2018

Bursts of laughter and stomping of feet were contagious at the Legacy Hall’s Multipurpose Room on April 4, as the University Programming Board hosted the 2015 film “Tangerine” as part of activities for the Inclusion Now Festival 2018. “One of the issues we have on this campus is figuring out ...

‘Ready, Player One’ presents a fun trip down memory lane

‘Ready, Player One’ presents a fun trip down memory lane

Brian Lang, Film Critic

April 3, 2018

In an ever-growing genre of great video game movies (Wreck-It Ralph, Jumanji, Tomb Raider, etc.), it may seem like another addition might become white noise. Steven Spielberg's newest masterpiece, “Ready, Player One,” is one of my favorite action movies of the year and arguably one the best video ...

‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

‘Love, Simon’: a new type of romance

Brian Lang, Film Critic

March 27, 2018

Audiences have seen several great coming-of-age and LGBTQ+ films in the last two years, such as “Lady Bird,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “Moonlight,” but none of these films have been nearly as accessible or popular as director Greg Berlanti’s “Love, Simon.” This sweet, high-schoo...

‘Red Sparrow’, interesting, but not remarkable

‘Red Sparrow’, interesting, but not remarkable

Brian Lang

March 20, 2018

Following the tradition of Cold War era spy thrillers, director Francis Lawrence works once again with Jennifer Lawrence in a sexual and smart new film: “Red Sparrow.” Although filled with polish and panache, this sexy spy film is nothing extraordinary until the surprising ending. Lawrence star...

‘I, Tonya’: the price of perfection

‘I, Tonya’: the price of perfection

Brian Lang

March 4, 2018

After the commencement of the Winter Olympics, Hollywood reflects on one of the biggest Olympic scandals in history: Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie’s dark comedy “I, Tonya” is a passionate look at the tumultuous life of its controversial heroine.   Tonya Harding was, at one point, the best...

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

Brian Lang

February 27, 2018

With its unconventional title and unusual subject matter, "Urinetown" may seem like a poor choice for a musical, but this zany production by the MSU theater department successfully pulls it off. This hilarious comedy makes fun of conventional theater, criticizes capitalism and bureaucrac...

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