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‘Come from Away’ Offers Light During Dark Times

By Janie Walenda When the U.S. airspace was shut down following the terrorist attacks on September 11, hundreds of aircraft were diverted to airports across Canada.  Thirty-eight of these airplanes landed in a small town called Gander.  The arrival of these airplanes nearly doubled the population of the town, adding close to 7000 people.  “Come from Away,” a professionally recorded musical released on Apple TV+, shows the aftermath as the people of Gander strives to accommodate their ...

Worlds Collide in ‘What If…?’ Episode Six

By Janie Walenda While last week’s episode took place during recent MCU events, this week we return to the beginning of the MCU.  “What If…Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?” brings us back to the world of 2008’s “Iron Man,” but this time with a Wakandan twist.  I genuinely enjoyed seeing these worlds collide and the world of Wakanda being cemented in Marvel history. The episode opens on the familiar scene from “Iron Man” where Tony’s convoy is attacked and he sees the ...

‘Shang Chi’ Starts Marvel’s New Phase in Spectacular Fashion

By Sam Acosta “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is a brilliant movie that pays homage to the classic Marvel blueprint while also creating something new and exciting. With a brilliant ensemble of actors supported by a well-written script, “Shang-Chi” never lets the audience get bored. Unlike some Marvel movies and shows, I never found myself looking at the time or wondering how much longer was left in the movie. I enjoyed every joke and every fight, and I was sad when it ...

‘What If…?’ Zombie Episode is Full of Fun and Action

By Janie Walenda The last few years have been hard for Avengers fans, and “What If…?” hasn’t offered any reprieve.  This week’s episode, eloquently entitled “What If…Zombies?!”, shows us a world where a zombie virus infects the earth’s mightiest heroes, leaving only a small group of superheroes behind. The best part of this episode was our zombie-hunting crew.  This ragtag group of heroes initially includes Peter Parker, Hope Pym, Bruce Banner, Bucky Barnes, Okoye, Sharon ...

Is ‘Cinderella’ a Fun Reinvention or a Trashy Reboot?

By Janie Walenda I’m a big Cinderella fan, but I’ve rarely enjoyed stories that try to modernize her story.  I was worried this movie would be a clumsy retread filled with generic pop songs and pandering messages about “empowerment.”  While I wasn’t necessarily wrong, “Cinderella” has enough fun and magic to make this an enjoyable ride. This version hits all the beats of the classic Cinderella story but adds some new twists and turns along the way.  Ella wants to design ...

Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit Exposes Disconnect in Movie Industry

By Josh McClain Hollywood legal battles don’t always bring industry-wide change, but this one just might. Actress Scarlett Johansson made waves in the movie industry on July 29 when she filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company over the release of her feature movie “Black Widow,” as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Johansson claimed that Disney violated the terms of her contract by releasing the film in theaters and on Disney+ at the same time, thereby limiting the ...

A&E podcast: 10/10 Rings? – ‘Shang-Chi’ Review

Does "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" stand out amidst an ever-growing universe of heroes, or is it just your run-of-the-mill Marvel movie? Join hosts Ben Hiett and Sam Acosta along with special guest Josh Walden as they give their thoughts on the latest entry in the MCU.

‘The Bad Batch’ Explores the Aftermath of Order 66

By Nick Ratliff “The Bad Batch” is the newest Star Wars show to hit Disney Plus. Last year, Disney gave viewers the last season of the previously canceled “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which introduced us to Clone Force 99, or the “Bad Batch” as some call them. Named after clone trooper 99 from “The Clone Wars,” the Bad Batch is a squad of genetically modified clones, each with his own set of specially enhanced abilities. Hunter has enhanced reaction speed and senses, Wrecker ...

‘What If…?’ Episode Four Unleashes The Dark Side Of The MCU

By Janie Walenda If there’s anything we’ve learned from Marvel, it’s that superheroes do not cope well with grief.  After “Endgame” saw the Avengers time-traveling to save their lost loved ones and “WandaVision” explored Wanda’s mourning process, “What If" episode 4 takes Dr. Strange down a similar path, with decidedly darker results. In case you're unfamiliar with this series, let me catch you up. “What If” is an animated series exploring alternate realities of our ...

What To Watch Next: Quarantine Edition

by Sam Acosta It’s the start of another wonderful semester here at Cedarville University, and with that, comes the return of some of our favorite things. One-on-ones in Chucks, the lively sounds of the Meet Market, the long lines at Chick-Fil-A, and, sadly, the return of quarantine and isolation. For those brave souls who find themselves stuck in their dorm rooms, at home, or the isolated islands of Faith and Alford, one of the most daunting trials facing you right now is boredom. So here is ...