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Review: Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Needs Some Changes

By quovadis April 10, 2018

By Malcolm Rambert Staff Writer “Isle of Dogs” is a stop-motion animated film directed by Wes Anderson, marking this as his second time directing an animated film. The film stars Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and a number of Wes Anderson’s usual acting crew as the voices for the animated characters. The setting for the movie takes place in the near-futuristic Japanese city of Megasaki, where there is an outbreak of a virus that is believed to have...

Pinot’s Palette in South Plainfield Brings Wine Lovers and Artists Together

By quovadis April 4, 2018

By Candaice Weller Staff Writer Pinot’s Palette is a paint studio located in South Plainfield. It’s a great place to host private parties and can still be fun, even if you aren’t the best artist. Customers go online, choose the location of the studio and use the event calendar to choose the painting they would like to participate in. The prices of the paintings cost between $25 and $45, depending on the difficulty. Pinot’s Palette does provide...

MGMT Releases New Album After Five Years

By quovadis March 27, 2018

By Scott Pietschker Managing Editor MGMT released a new album on Feb. 9. The album’s title is “Little Dark Age” and is their first album since their self-titled album, “MGMT,” which was released in late 2013. “Little Dark Age” was released to critical acclaim, and reverts back to their most popular album, “Oracular Spectacular.” The album holds many great songs, including the track “Little Dark Age.” The track features many upbeat, poppy synths that MGMT fans have...

The State Theatre in New Brunswick Performs ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Special After Parties

By quovadis March 27, 2018

By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor The Broadway musical version of “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at the State Theatre in New Brunswick on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Kelly Blithe, director of communications at the State Theatre, said, “This [performance] is a State Theatre New Jersey debut.” According to the State Theatre website, there will be a cast party after the show on...

Taubenslag’s Theater Camp Helps Theater Enthusiasts

By quovadis March 23, 2018

By Kayla Lombardo Staff Writer Taubenslag’s Theater camp at MCC is being held in the Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage and begins on June 25 and ends Aug. 17. According to Taubenslag’s website, it is intended for children entering 1st grade up to 16 years old. Children will be learning about the different aspects of musical theater while building their self-esteem and confidence through different activities, such as swimming, scavenger hunts, relay races and much more. You...

Netflix Airs ‘The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale’

By quovadis March 22, 2018

By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer On Feb. 18, Joel McHale’s new weekly talk show, “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” premiered on Netflix. For those unfamiliar with the name, McHale is the former TV host of “The Soup,” which aired on E! for 12 consecutive seasons, and was also the main protagonist of the hit NBC sitcom, “Community,” which ended its run in June of 2015, after a six-season run. “The Joel McHale Show” is considered...

The 90th Academy Awards Reminisces on a Year of Great Films, Actors and Filmmakers

By quovadis March 22, 2018

By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer The 90th Academy Awards brought many thrills this year, as some of Hollywood’s best actors and filmmakers came together to celebrate another year of film. This year, many great films were praised for their superb presentation and style. Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” saw the most nominations with 13, winning four, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Original Score. This was Del Toro’s first nomination for...

Vance Joy Releases New Album With Mixed Reviews

By quovadis March 22, 2018

By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy released his sophomore album, “Nation of Two,” on Feb. 23. It is full of sensitive, but loud, indie ballads about love and life. There are both nostalgic and appreciative feelings that arise in listeners when hearing the uplifting instrumentals paired with Joy’s pleasant, though somewhat generic, voice. Perhaps the most well-known song from “Nation of Two” is “Lay it On Me.” In this song, Joy tells...

‘Metal Gear Survive’ is A Massive Failure Commercially and Critically

By quovadis March 22, 2018

By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer There was a point in time in which the release of a Metal Gear game would be anticipated with excitement and praise, with the product being a game that would always surpass expectations, amazing players with its brilliant storylines and exhilarating gameplay. The “Metal Gear” series has been one of the most prestigious video game series in the history of the industry, a leading example of finesse and style since the release...

‘American Crime Story: Versace’ Stuns Audience with Performances

By quovadis March 6, 2018

By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor The second season of FX’s “American Crime Story” is based on the real-life event of the assassination of Gianni Versace, a globally-known fashion designer. “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” began on Jan. 17 and is currently on its seventh episode, as of early March. Like FX’s popular “American Horror Story,” both seasons of this series so far have had completely different storylines. A key difference, however, is...