‘Chaos Walking’ is Good, Actually (Part 1)
A Character-Driven Mystery
by Breanna Beers
I really wanted to like this movie, but I wasn’t actually expecting to.
“Chaos Walking” is based on a trilogy by Patrick Ness, whose novels are both potent and poignant. It stars the undeniably talented Daisy Ridley and impossibly likable Tom Holland, both of whom I unequivocally adore. Throw in some Nick Jonas for whimsy and a setting that’s equal parts supernatural, outer space and Frontierland, and you get a specific variety of weird ...
“Raya and the Last Dragon” Might be Worth the $30 After All
by Hunter Johnson
The Walt Disney Company has many subsidiary companies, but none reach the level of prestige of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Releasing only one film a year on average, Disney strives to make every film distributed under its biggest studio banner live up to the high expectations of fans.
That pattern of quality continues with their newest film, “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Telling the story of a chief’s daughter who must unite a divided world, “Raya” follows ...
Unremarkable Series Premiere Reveals a Half-Baked World for Our Heroes
by Sam Acosta
The premiere of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” gives us a small taste of what we can expect from this six-episode series. Following the success of “WandaVision,” expectations are high for this new series. While this episode doesn’t offer the suspense and sense of mystery of that series’ premiere, it does boast some thrilling action sequences, something that many fans wish had been more prevalent in “WandaVision.”
The series opens with Sam (Anthony Mackie), ...
Cedarville Soccer Alumni Start Semi-Professional Club
by Josh Decker
Starting a soccer club is not a simple task. Starting a soccer club as recent college graduates with limited resources, experience, and time is even harder, but that is exactly what a group of friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is doing.
The name of the club is the West Michigan Bearings and it is branded as an elite amateur/semi-professional team. The club will begin play soon and is set to compete in the Midwest Premier League (MWPL) starting this summer.
The ambitious ...
With a Heartfelt Story and Charming Cast, “Flora and Ulysses” Finds Wonder in the Ordinary
by Ben Hiett
Few films have pleasantly surprised me like “Flora and Ulysses,” a Disney Plus original quietly released in mid-February without much promotion. In many ways, such a humble release fits this movie well. “Flora and Ulysses” does not frantically vie for your attention with mile-a-minute jokes, frenetic plotting, and sugary, colorful characters. Instead, it is content to do what a kid’s movie should do: tell a good story with humor, heart, and, most importantly, originali...
Stiff Acting and Pretentious Screenplay Hurt “Malcolm and Marie”
by Seth Tew
Self-esteem can be a monster. Feelings of inadequacy or arrogance can make every moment in a relationship a fight for respect and recognition. In “Malcolm and Marie,” the fight goes from personal to relational and back again for its two characters: Malcolm (John David Washington), a breakout film director, and Marie (Zendaya), a former actress and Malcolm’s girlfriend.
For a film named after both its characters, its story starts and ends with the struggles of Marie, whose ...
The Broadcast Ends: Series Finale Leaves Fans with More Questions than Answers
by Sam Acosta
The end of the first Disney Plus Marvel series has finally arrived, with mixed emotions. Fans’ desires for big action sequences are finally satisfied, but at the cost of other aspects of the show, like the “Twilight Zone”-esque themes and mind-bending plot twists. This finale also gives us little closure. While I didn’t expect all the fan theories to be true, it doesn’t feel like we got any answers in their place. Rather, this episode simply leaves us wondering.
Women’s Soccer Preview: Lady Jackets Looking To Build On Last Season’s Success
by Abigail Hintz
462 days after the Cedarville women’s soccer team last set foot on the field, the Lady Jackets will compete once again as the 2020-21 season gets underway on Saturday, March 13. The season will open against reigning Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) champions, Walsh, who also happen to be the team’s last loss.
The G-MAC made the decision in August to push fall sports to the spring due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. For ...
Men’s Soccer Preview: Jackets Selected Preseason No. 1 in G-MAC
by Josh Decker
Coming off a successful 2019-2020 regular season, the Cedarville men’s soccer team is focused on improving and having continued success in the 2020-2021 campaign. The long-awaited start of the season is a welcome sight after the fall season was cancelled and pushed to the spring due to COVID-19.
Cedarville finished last season with an overall record of 12-3-8, and a 9-3-2 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) finish that was good enough to secure third place in the ...
Gallery: Volleyball Advances In G-MAC Tournament With Tight Win Over ODU
by Abigail Hintz
The No. 4 Cedarville Lady Jackets (9-3) took a five-set thriller (25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13) over No. 5 Ohio Dominican University (7-5) to advance to the semifinals of the G-MAC tournament. Though Cedarville started out the dominant team, the Panthers put up an intense fight and forced them to five sets, the fifth set ending with just a two-point victory for the Jackets. This was the two team's second meeting this season, the first ending in the Jackets' favor as ...