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‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 a game of “Clue,” but its mystery can’t be solved by the powers of deduction alone. When aut...

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

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

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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), nerdy Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), jaded Wichita (Emma Stone) and now teenager Little Rock (Abiga...

‘The Good Place’ a heavenly comedy about philosophy

‘The Good Place’ a heavenly comedy about philosophy

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 “Parks and Rec” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Good Place” has something for everyone: hilario...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 corruption at work. Perhaps no story of corruption and scheming is more compelling than that of fo...

About 600 attend stand-up comedian Chico Beans’ performance

About 600 attend stand-up comedian Chico Beans’ performance

Nathan Martinez, Reporter

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 the truth of every day college with lessons and things we will experience at some point here at...

‘Night School’ struggles for laughs

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 this week, however, is the comedy “Night School” directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip....

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

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 martinis. When their paths cross a fast friendship ensues, but it’s only when Emily asks her new fr...

G. Yamazawa inspires audience with poetry

G. Yamazawa inspires audience with poetry

Brian Lang, Reporter

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 the event and about 30 students attended. George Masao “G”  Yamazawa blended funny anec...

‘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...

Prospective students join musical cast

Prospective students join musical cast

Mekala Conway and Jacob Smith

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 that lets anyone know there is anyone seated in the audience is the den of people talking and laughing...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ presents fun space adventure

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ presents fun space adventure

Tyler Manning

November 7, 2017

This year has been great for Marvel. "Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2" was a touching character-driven story about what it means to be a family. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was a nice callback to John Hughes' films. Now there is "Thor: Ragnarok:" a funny, space adventure film. "Thor: Ragnarok" was a ...

Broadway actor brings laughter to Legacy

Mia Heck

October 27, 2017

Comedian and Broadway actor Kevin Yee brought laughter, smiles and a bit of satire to about 20 students in the Legacy Multipurpose Room on Oct. 26. Yee, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, travels across the country to perform his self-written, satirical songs. “People don’t expect to walk in...

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