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STP Preview: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

by Kristen Farley Jeremy Smith will perform his senior theater project, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23. When given freedom to choose his senior presentation, Smith decided on this Shakespearean comedy for the challenge of performing a lyrical play. “Our freshman year, we did Cyrano as one of the main stages, and that was written in verse, but we were freshmen, so we had smaller roles,” Smith said. He wanted to challenge himself and others, and so decided on ...

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

by Hunter Johnson In 2014, audiences were introduced to the lovable LEGO icon known as Emmet Brickowski, voiced by fan-favorite Chris Pratt. Based on the extremely popular construction toys, “The LEGO Movie” was expected to be a simple cash-grab for Warner Bros, that is, until the film actually came out. “The LEGO Movie” dominated at the box office and at the critical arena. It was hailed as a groundbreaking achievement in both visual effects and in creative storytelling. Audiences ...

Preview: Art Professors to Display at Springfield Exhibit

by Kristen Farley Cedarville professors Zac Benson and Annie Lee-Zimerle will present art installments at the Springfield Museum of Art. They will attend the reception for the exhibit’s official opening on Feb. 16, and the artwork will remain on display for two months after. Lee-Zimerle will partner with her husband, Brian Zimerle, in their second two-person exhibition. The husband and wife duo work together thematically in different artistic mediums. “I deal with a lot of things: ...

Play Preview: “Appointment with Death”

by Katie Milligan The Cedarville Theater Department will present their winter production, the Agatha Christie murder mystery-drama “Appointment with Death,” for the first time on Jan. 31, 2019. The play is based on a Christie mystery novel written in 1938. Christie herself later adapted the storyline into a play in 1945. Set in the 1940s, the play features a large cast of over 20 characters brought together in Jerusalem by fate. This assorted group includes: the English Dr. Sara ...

Movie Review: ‘Glass’

by Hunter Johnson “He’s the new Steven Spielberg!” “His signature twists amaze and astonish without fail!” “His eye for filmmaking surpasses all others!” These are the kinds of things audiences and critics were saying about director M. Night Shyamalan twenty years ago. With hits like “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” and “Signs,” Shyamalan proved over and over again that he could do no wrong. So what happened? What caused a director to suddenly fall out of ...

Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

by Hunter Johnson Julie Andrews, the original Mary Poppins, has returned to theaters. She’s in Aquaman. But I’m not reviewing “Aquaman,” instead I’m taking a look at “Mary Poppins Returns,” with Emily Blunt as the titular character. From Rob Marshall, director of musicals such as “Chicago” and “Into the Woods,” “Mary Poppins Returns” revives the character that has been in the hearts of families across the world since 1964. Emily Blunt, having already worked ...

Movie Review: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

by Hunter Johnson   After six live-action films, a full integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a weird Venom spin-off/reboot, Spider-Man has hit theaters yet again, but this time, he’s animated, and his name isn’t Peter Parker. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman and is written by Phil Lord, the writer/director of films like “The LEGO Movie” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” The ...

Book Review: ‘Skyward’

by Sarah Pennington Spensa Chaser may be the daughter of a coward, but she'll do anything to prove she isn't one herself. Fighting the shame of her father's failures in the Battle of Alta and the resulting stigma against her family, Spensa earns herself a spot in the Defiant Defense Force flight school. There, she trains to become a pilot so she can redeem herself and her family and maybe, just maybe, prove her father wasn't a coward after all. But when the truth proves far different than she ...

“Schindler’s List” 25th Anniversary: a Hopeful Holocaust Film

by Hunter Johnson This week, I saw Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” for the very first time. The film is back in theaters for its 25th anniversary. Some readers may be immediately tuning me out—how could someone call himself a film lover and not have seen “Schindler’s List” before? But there’s something you have to understand about me and this film. I’ve spent my entire life loving films, but the first “Holocaust” film I saw was “The Boy in the Striped ...

Movie Review: ‘Creed II’

by Hunter Johnson The Rocky franchise is full of ups and downs, but over the course of the 42 years that it’s been running, fans have never stopped loving these boxing films. “Creed II” is the eighth film in the Rocky franchise, and serves as a sequel to both 2015’s “Creed” and 1985’s “Rocky IV.” For anyone who is unaware, “Rocky IV” is notable for being one of the most ridiculous boxing movies ever made. Following three absolutely beloved Rocky films, it features a ...