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UN declares 2020 ‘over’ after just two months

UN Secretary of Panic
March 3, 2020

Due to the incredibly long and horrific nature of the first two months of the year 2020, scientists and politicians at a recent United Nations summit have declared the year is over and 2021 will arrive...

“The Ranch” captures the good and bad elements of small town life

Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliot, and Danny Masterson in The Ranch (2016) courtesy of IMDb
February 10, 2020

Netflix's original “The Ranch” presented its series finale after 80 episodes of family drama, relationship problems and the risk of losing a family ranch. The Bennetts discover how a family can overcome...

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Knives Out
December 3, 2019

A murder in an ornate mansion, contentious heirs gathering for a funeral, and an off-kilter detective looking for answers. Rian Johnson’s newest blockbuster “Knives Out” sounds like the setup for...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back the gang for more of the same laughs

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
October 28, 2019

It’s been a long 10 years since “Zombieland” debuted, but our favorite team of zombie killers has still got it. After making it out of the first film unscathed, redneck Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson),...

‘The Good Place’ a heavenly comedy about philosophy

Kristen Bell and William Jackson Harper in The Good Place (2016)
February 12, 2019

When Eleanor Shellstrop wakes up in heaven, she knows something is very wrong. That is the premise behind the hit comedy series “The Good Place.” Created by Michael Shur, the producer of hits like...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Image from Vice
January 17, 2019

Audiences have always been drawn to stories of corrupt rulers. From Shakespeare’s classic power struggle in "Macbeth" to Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” there is great entertainment in watching...

About 600 attend stand-up comedian Chico Beans’ performance

comedian
October 23, 2018

The UPB Host performance by comedian Chico Bean from Wild 'N' Out TV show at Clark Student Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Eduardo Castañeda, nursing freshman, said, “It was really good the man spoke about...

‘Night School’ struggles for laughs

October 4, 2018

The summer hits have come and gone and the Oscar-worthy films are yet to hit the screens, so the box office is left with little to show at the moment. One of the more interesting of the meager offerings...

‘A Simple Favor’, a glossy, twisted, thriller

September 26, 2018

Stephanie is a ditzy, insecure, single-mom vlogger who is over-involved at her son’s school. Emily is a powerful PR director a fashion company who dulls the pain of suburban life with strong chilled...

G. Yamazawa inspires audience with poetry

In celebrating Asian American Awareness Month the University Programming Board brings G Yamazawa, an award-winning slam poet, to Midwestern State University at Legacy Hall on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
April 10, 2018

The room filled with laughter and applause as students absorbed the poetry and stories of National Poetry Slam Champion G. Yamazawa on April 10 in the Legacy Hall Multipurpose Room. UPB coordinated...

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

Ellanor Collins who plays Officer Lockstock in the production of
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....

Prospective students join musical cast

Carl Marshall and cast members rehearse
February 8, 2018

The stage smells of fresh sawdust and wet paint. Dust mites are seen in the bright stage lights, masking the audience and turning the rest of the auditorium into an endless expanse of black. The only thing...

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