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The Netflix Fix: Odd Thomas

NR (suggested PG-13), 1HR. 37 MINS. Odd Thomas is a campy mystery comedy that blends a touch of humor with a touch of horror. Thomas, played by Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, Star Trek: Into Darkness) is a short-order cook who is clairvoyant and can see the spirits of the dead. Thomas uses his gift to […]

The Netflix Fix: Hector and the Search for Happiness

R, 2HR. Hector and the Search for Happiness takes its audience on a journey that is both heartwarming and thought provoking. We follow Hector, a perfectly normal in every way psychologist played by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) on his spontaneous journey to find what it means to be truly happy. […]

‘Interstellar’ invokes imagination

“In space, no one can hear you scream.” This memorably chilling tagline accompanied 1979’s Alien, whose two-minute trailer is hailed as one of the best ever made. Unlike blockbusters today, the movie didn’t rely on massive explosions or breathtaking spectacles to get its point across. It was the mystery of the alien monster that drew […]

Album review, ‘In The Lonely Hour’ by Sam Smith

In recording artist Sam Smith’s most recent album, blues, R&B and soul meet demanding vocals and create the sound that is In the Lonely Hour. In his second record, the UK artist came back with an impressive 10-track album. The album, released in the United States on June 17, features heart-wrenching ballads, fast-paced jams and tracks […]

Album review, ‘Coexist’ by The xx

The English indie-pop trio that makes up The xx is notorious for their smooth sound, subtle instruments and hushed vocals. Much like their first self-titled album, Coexist takes the two singers’ (Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim) unique duet dynamic and creates the symphonic and harmonious result that is the 11-track album. The album begins […]

Local bands create music venue

The 22 opened to provide a place for locals and all bands to play in. Unlike most venues that are owned by one person, The 22 is a community-run facility. “The story behind The 22 is that it’s a bunch of guys who love music and who want to see it change the way people […]

Internet age leads to birth of electronica

Column by Richard Lyne Rock, country, rap and pop. For most of us, it feels like these genres have been around forever, but they’re all actually fairly recent innovations in music. All of them originated with black slaves. Displaced from their tribal homelands, these people kept the spirit of their lifestyle alive with rousing songs […]

Emergent art embraces freedom

The advent of the Internet as a miraculous way of sharing open-source materials and content has paved the way for unprecedented innovation in our society. Now, more than ever, information and ideas are able to travel at the speed of light. This has allowed for everything from piracy to Kickstarter to find a place in […]

Optimist first college newspaper on the iPad

With the April 3 release of Apple’s iPad, a flurry of new apps are being developed as companies rush to offer their services on the new device. In particular, the newspaper industry has found a new platform for reaching readers. ACU’s student news publication, the Optimist, emerged as the first college newspaper in the country […]