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Whiplash Review

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Whiplash: Directed by Damien Chazelle; Starring J.K. Simmons, and Miles Teller. 106 minutes, rated R. Whiplash is a brilliant film, so it’s no surprise that it won 3 Academy Awards, including best actor in a supporting role, (J.K. Simmons) best achievement in sound mixing, and best achievement in film editing. It has sharp acting, genius shot composition,…

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Woman given lifetime in prison for being indifferent about infamous dress’ color

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A dress has taken the internet by storm. Some claim the dress is blue and black, while others insist that the dress is white and gold. A young area woman, Zelda, was sentenced to a lifetime in prison for being indifferent about the color of the dress. She is now behind bars. “I was eating…

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Lavish Lifestyles and Enchanting Thrills: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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It is not often that I, a stingy teenager, pay eleven dollars of my hard earned cash to watch a two hour drama in the dark cold of a movie theater. It is even less often that I pay eleven dollars on three separate occasions to see the same movie three separate times. And it is…

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Boyhood Review

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Boyhood, a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, was written and directed by Richard Linklater. It was filmed in Austin over a 12 year period with the same cast, following 6 year old Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his family as he approaches adulthood.  The story is portrayed through Mason’s eyes, and you see him from…

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3 upcoming book-to-movie adaptations

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Most people love to see their favorite book hit the big screen.  But why wait to find out when you see a trailer for the film? Here are 3 upcoming YA book adaptations we’re looking forward to, and the progress they’re in so far (Warning! May contain spoilers!). 1) Paper Towns By John Green Summary: For those of you…

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Netflix worthy Halloween films to watch on a full moon

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With the month of October comes breezy nights, pumpkin spice, and a sudden acceptance for the combination of orange and black. After a holiday-less September, being reunited with a whole month dedicated to Halloween festivities is definitely the highlight of the fall season. While shopping for the best costume and trick-or-treating (no matter how “old” you…

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Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour Review

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Now if you’re like most of the world and have already fallen hard for Sam Smith, this review is something you could have written yourself. For those of you who haven’t yet discovered the best new artist, just wait. Sam Smith stepped into the scene in early 2014 with hits such as Latch and Stay…

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Magnum Photo Exhibit

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The Magnum Art Foundation and Exhibit have captivated people’s attention for over 66 years. Recently I had the pleasure of going to a Magnum Art Exhibit and getting to see many beautiful and breathtaking photos and footage of many places and people. The exhibit told stories of war, depression, Hollywood glamour and many untold secrets…

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Castle Hill: Why Graffiti?

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Other than being the live music capital, Austin, is also an art gallery of a city. There are official organizations that showcase art, but there are also individuals who broadcast their work independently: graffiti artists. Castle Hill, on Baylor Street, is the result of an unfinished mixed-use project: abandoned. Measuring 1.2 acres, the site is open…

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The Tiarra Girls: An Inside Scoop

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What were you interested in as an 8-year old? The average person would say TV and pop-tarts, but Tori Baltierra is not average. “When I was 8, I was interested in playing the guitar and singing. The thought came to my head when I saw my music teacher playing, and it occurred to me to…

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The Ghost Tree

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Straight in the heart of Austin on Lady Bird Lake stands a massive tree suspended above the water. Dead, ghostly white, and 35-feet tall, a humongous Cedar Elm tree serves as a memorial to all of the trees that have died in the recent drought. Surrounding the tree and hike and bike trail are thousands…

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