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Just ‘Let It Go,’ you guys: Why new Disney princesses are better

Just ‘Let It Go,’ you guys: Why new Disney princesses are better

Manola Secaira, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma, Wash.

April 4, 2014


Filed under Movies

Nostalgia can be blinding. Having grown up with all the older Disney princess movies—for the purposes of this article, defined as any princess movie made before 2000 — it’s really tempting for me to think of them as the best ones. And don’t get me wrong, they are pretty awesome. The songs, the...

‘The Hinterlands’ musical has underlying positive message

‘The Hinterlands’ musical has underlying positive message

Keegan Nicholas, Great Falls HS, Great Falls, Mont.

March 31, 2014


Filed under Movies

Due to a few structural differences that make it part of its own genre, "The Hinterlands" is unlike many other series that seem to run rampant on YouTube. Set up as a segmented chronicle of a high school misfit, "The Hinterlands" acts as a mini-drama with a positive underlying message. Additionally...

More than just okay

More than just okay

Hannah Beckman, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

March 26, 2014


Filed under Books, Movies

There are some stories that stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. There are some stories that affect you in ways you never thought that printed words could. There are some stories that teach you how to love, how to live, and how to truly appreciate the world around you. And then there...

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

Ryan Liston, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.

March 19, 2014


Filed under Movies, Sports

After a long drive from Philadelphia, Wilt Chamberlain sat down in a restaurant just outside of Lawrence. A waitress comes to his table and tells him he must eat in the kitchen or leave. At first, Chamberlain thinks his height is intimidating other customers, but he soon learns he can’t eat there...

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

Karly Horn, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

February 26, 2014


Filed under Movies

With the holiday season in my rear-view mirror, my one regret is that I didn’t see enough of this year’s holiday release films. Namely, the top box office hit of the season, “Frozen." I simply could not let this animated movie-musical go unwatched before it left theaters, and I am glad I didn’t. The...

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

February 24, 2014


Filed under Movies

The Academy Awards will be presented March 2. Here are excerpts of reviews of three of the nine nominees for Best Picture in 2013. A review of a fourth movie, "Her," is in another post. "American Hustle" "American Hustle" is a crime, comedy-drama film set in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Directed by David O. Russell, this f...

‘Her’ — Guy meets gadget

‘Her’ — Guy meets gadget

Lydia Johnson, Puyallup HS, Puyallup, Wash.

February 20, 2014


Filed under Movies

Technology has immersed itself so fully into the world that it is normal to have an entire relationship through a phone or a computer. We can talk to somebody in Australia, Boston or Singapore. The internet has brought a new medium of communication and has proven time and time again that physical tou...

“The Lego Movie” not missing any pieces

“The Lego Movie” not missing any pieces

Sam Winter, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

February 18, 2014


Filed under Movies

Where can the Justice League meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Gandalf, Dumbledore, and Chewbacca? When can social commentary, partial nudity, and several on-screen decapitations pass with just a PG rating? How can I have fallen so in love with a two-hour toy commercial? "The Lego Movie" was really made for lovers...