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Future marching Raiders take to the field

Future marching Raiders take to the field

untley High School’s Marching Band just about doubled in size as seventh and eighth grade students from both Marlowe and Heineman Middle Schools joined the high schoolers to kick off Friday night’s football game. After practicing for weeks the young performers felt prepared to perform well but also a little […]

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Neighbors 2

ife is good for Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and pregnant wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) until a sorority moves in next door to their house. Loud music, parties, and trash threaten the sale of this married couples house, and they go to the one person they know best, Teddy Sanders (Zac […]

Flippy Kid

Flippy Kid

ith perfect flip form, a sophomore kid fell from the top of the East Gym and face planted onto the wood flooring. With a 10 second video going viral, this topic has gotten out of hand. On May 12, the whole Huntley community was disrupted by the unintelligent act of […]

Girls varsity lacrosse versing Lake Zurich during playoffs. (M.McGee)

Girls lacrosse playoffs

n Monday night, Huntley’s varsity girls lacrosse team faced Lake Zurich in their first ever IHSA playoff game. Lake Zurich, who was visiting Huntley for the second time this season, had previously beaten the Red Raiders 17-2 in their first game of the season. Now by the end of season, […]

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‘The Darkness’ provides viewers with typical horror movie clichés

ne doesn’t expect to encounter bright, proactive families in haunted-house thrillers, but “The Darkness”‘s protagonists still manage to distinguish themselves with their hilarious scary movie cluelessness. We learn early that Peter (Bacon) and Bronny Taylor (Mitchell) are having marital problems, and their children are teetering on the recipe of disaster. […]

HHS hosts ribbon cutting ceremony

HHS hosts ribbon cutting ceremony

t was a cloudy morning when junior Jacob Vickers walked into Huntley High.  He and many other students took on the task of helping out with the ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place April 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  It began with speeches by Principal […]

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#TeamIronMan down but not out

et me tell you, Marvel’s thirteenth installment of the Avenger’s series, “Captain America: Civil War,” was a roller coaster. Not only were there quite a few cameos, there a was a very blatant dynamic change within the Avengers. Captain America, or Steve Rogers, (Evans) and Iron Man, or Tony Stark  (Downey Jr.), […]

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#TeamCap for the win

f you were the Marvel fan going back and forth between Iron Man and Captain America, I have your answer: Captain America all the way. Besides being physically and emotionally more attractive, the Captain kicks Tony Stark’s metal behind in the latest superhero installment, “Captain America: Civil War.” In Marvel’s […]

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‘Views’ connects listeners to isolation

ast Friday, Canadian-born rapper Drake released his highly-anticipated new album and the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2013 album, “Nothing Was the Same.” “Views,” formerly known as “Views from the 6,” features Drake addressing his critics, and rapping about his many relationship issues, and the 416, his hometown of Toronto, among […]

The San Jose Sharks' Matt Nieto, right, sneaks the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for a second-period goal during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, April 22, 2016. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

NHL playoff predictions

ith the first round of the NHL playoffs complete, and the defending champs already eliminated, we take a look at each of the second round matchups and predict the winners. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (Islanders currently lead the series 1-0) Next Game: April 30, Game 2: Islanders […]

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is a mediocre sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

he new movie, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” 2012’s mediocre gritty remake of the classic “Snow White” story that impressed with its visuals but did little else to make an impression on viewers. Unfortunately, “Winter’s War” does even less than its predecessor. […]

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The Scare by Conor McGregor

he UFC world went crazy when Conor McGregor posted on Twitter he was stepping away from UFC. McGregor, 27-year-old Irishman, competed in the featherweight division and is the current Featherweight champion. McGregor got his fame from knocking out the undefeated Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. McGregor announced that he is […]

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) works off the dribble against the Memphis Grizzlies' Jordan Farmar in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

NBA Playoffs: First round preview

The 2015-2016 NBA regular season was one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory. It had a plethora of storylines, from Kobe’s drawn out retirement tour, to the Spurs defensive dominance, to the historic rookie season of Karl Anthony-Towns. But everything was overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors breaking […]

HHS experiences busiest blood drive ever

HHS experiences busiest blood drive ever

t was a vampire’s fantasy: a long line of students seated along the PAC walls, anxiously awaiting the stinging pinch of the needle that would draw a pint of their blood. While some were deferred from donating due to health-related issues, the number of donors was at an historical high. […]

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Taking a Shot

t the end of the track and field season last year, she made a promise to herself for the next season, a promise she told herself she would keep.  As for most athletes, improvement happens in the offseason, and that was exactly what senior Sarah Henderson was determined to achieve. […]

A Greener Diet

A Greener Diet

For most people, living without a diet including juicy grilled steaks, chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, classic ball park hot dogs, and famous Philly cheese steaks is unimaginable. Yet, for sophomore Emily D’Antonio, being a vegetarian has been normal for the past 5 years.   By definition, vegetarianism is the practice […]

COW discusses Dell Webb parking issue

COW discusses Dell Webb parking issue

fter stating the district mission statement and saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the Committee of the Whole meeting began at six p.m on March 3.  The meeting was followed by a short, special meeting for the members of the board of education.  After the academic spotlight, which recognizes students in […]

Huntley Crowns a New Mr. HHS

Huntley Crowns a New Mr. HHS

he brisk winter air transitioned to a warm, laughter filled air on Wednesday March 2 as guest eagerly waited in the PAC for the annual Mr. HHS pageant to begin. This Student Council production is used for male students to showcase their talents, fashion sense, and comedic and witty responses […]

Engineering Academy inspires HHS students

Engineering Academy inspires HHS students

e is focused and determined, yet he is well aware of his surroundings.  Sophomore Cameron Chrest carefully modifies his robot for the upcoming competition. Being part of the Huntley High School Engineering Academy for 2 years now has taught Chrest many of the essential aspects of engineering.  He and his […]

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Top Seven Underrated Artists

ithin the last 12 months, I’ve found myself becoming obsessed with a lot of different genres of music, a lot of it considered “hipster” and “underground.” Yes, some of it I’d jam to at Coachella, but some you just would not see a little ginger child listening to. This month […]

A Sugar Scare

A Sugar Scare

er lifelong journey started like this; she was sick for a week in sixth grade, so her mom took her to the doctor.  There were no noticeable symptoms, but she knew something was not right.  They ran tests on her, and it all escalated from there. Her blood sugar level […]

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HHS SCIO hosts Huntley Invitational

HS SCIO members competed in an Huntley Invitational against other schools on Saturday, Feb. 20. In HHS, SCIO members from many schools were able to compete in events with a plethora of robot arms, metal cars, tubular trajectory machines, and more. The Huntley SCIO invitational was able to have the […]

Having Fun: the apple core of Baking Club

Having Fun: the apple core of Baking Club

alentine’s Day is just around the corner, dressed in a diaper and wings and waiting to shoot its victims with a heart-shaped arrow. The romantic “dinner for two”s with that special someone, the plethora of “Be Mine” candy hearts and dark chocolates, and that warm fuzzy feeling filling up your […]

COW Meeting discusses summer school courses

COW Meeting discusses summer school courses

aking their seats after leading the Pledge of Allegiance, middle schoolers from both Heineman and Marlowe answered some questions from the board. Thursday, February 4, for the first time, the students could be seen above the computer monitors, which was quite different from all the younger students before them who […]

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives past the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Tim Duncan (21) in the first half at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Spurs-Warriors game preview

The story of the NBA this season has been the incredible success of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. After starting the season on a 24 game winning streak, the Warriors hold the top record in the NBA (40-4) and are on pace to challenge the 72-10 record set […]

The Thespians find the true Daniel Hand in “The Disappearance of Daniel Hand”

The Thespians find the true Daniel Hand in “The Disappearance of Daniel Hand”

untley High School’s Thespian Troupe performed “The Disappearance of Daniel Hand,” a play by Dan O’Brien, this past weekend. The controversial show was directed by Christine DeFrancesco. The play follows Shannon, a high school student making a documentary about the disappearance of one of her classmates, Daniel Hand. Throughout the […]

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Shredding the Slopes

t was Spring Break of 2015 and most students were preparing to head somewhere, anywhere warm, especially after the bone-chilling winter that hit full force.  However, there was an exception. She stood on top of the mountain, strapped on her snowboard, pulled on her goggles, and prepared for that free-falling […]

Revere and her Chicago Mission hockey team after a tournament win. (Courtesy of C. Revere)

On a Mission

he strapped on her leg pads and pulled her goalie helmet over her head. This was the biggest moment of her life.  She knew she had no choice.  This was it.  The end of the road.  It was either win the bronze medal or go home.  Going home was not […]

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“The Forest” displeases horror fans

hile Leonardo DiCaprio and “The Revenant” cast are hearing the Oscar buzz and “Star Wars: Episode VII” is smashing records at the box office, “The Forest” is looks like a puny little seedling. Playing off of the urban legends of the Aokigahara Forest, “The Forest” attempts to create a psychological thriller, […]

Freshman Kendra Mitchell surrounded by her sisters

A Medical Mystery

he’s missing her first year of high school basketball. She’s missing training season for softball. She’s missing most of her first semester of freshman year. “It all just hits me with how much I’m missing out on,” said freshman Kendra Mitchell. Mitchell has missed over three weeks of school, which […]

BOE Meeting: 2015 Tax Levy

BOE Meeting: 2015 Tax Levy

ushing in from outside, families escape the gusty cold winds. They are all from Chesak Elementary school, here to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the board of education on Dec 17. Excited as they were, the children had to wait patiently for 10 minutes before stepping up […]

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A Pound of Flesh

he was sitting next to her father in their blind on a cool evening.  She noticed something moving in the trees, and positioned her gun to take a shot.  If the shot was accurate, that would mean a freezer full of venison.  She looked through the scope and put her […]

Graphic Novels ARE Novels

Graphic Novels ARE Novels

n schools and in bookstores, graphic novels and comics should be seen as insightful books used for teaching students and readers in general. There are misconceptions on how graphic novels do not have the ability to teach and are not as difficult to understand as regular worded books used in schools […]

A desire to learn

A desire to learn

ome things in life are hard to get through, but doing so makes a person successful.  One of these things is getting a PhD.  Although many teachers do not have one, math teacher Beth Knott does.   “I finished my PhD in March of 2013 from Roosevelt University,” said Knott. […]

Christmas Countdown in the Kitchen

Christmas Countdown in the Kitchen

he familiar scent of Christmas cookies filled the air on Tuesday afternoon as members of the baking club participated in their annual cookie-making extravaganza.  The event, which was held in the foods room after school, was full of Christmas spirit as the bakers made three types of cookies: sugar, snowball, […]

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Santa Comes to Huntley

t may not look like it, with the lack of snow and mild weather, but Christmas is rapidly approaching in Huntley and across the US. In a matter of three short weeks, children will be waking up on Christmas Day to mountains of presents nestled neatly beneath their decorative Christmas […]

Reindeer and crafts galore in Huntley

Reindeer and crafts galore in Huntley

n Dec. 5, the First Congregational Church hosted their share of the Very Merry Huntley event. This event also had some activities that took place on Dec. 4 in the Huntley Public Library and Municipal Sports Complex. The church, though, had something that attracted a lot of attention: reindeer. Reindeer were […]

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The Force is Strong with Huntley

very child’s dream came true at the Huntley Public Library on a rather snowy and cold November night. The entire library was decked from wall to floor in various pieces of Star War memorabilia, as over a hundred people poured in to partake in numerous games and activities, such as […]

Parents and students gathered in the cafeteria for information about SnowRaiders.

Ready to raid the hills

olding the mic closer, junior Claudia Kosiak projected her voice to the boys, girls, and parents sitting before her, all eager to learn the details about what it takes to become a SnowRaider. On Wednesday, November 18, Huntley High School’s snowboarding and ski club held an informational meeting in the […]

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes as San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (97) rushes during the third quarter on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Jay Cutler is not going anywhere

Whether you like it or not Bears fans, Jay Cutler is your franchise quarterback. For years Bears fans have bemoaned Jay Cutler for his inconsistency, attitude, and tendency to throw interceptions. It seems every year Cutler gets a new offensive coordinator and there are columns written about how THIS is […]

Tech-savvy society is going too far

odern technology has revamped the way of life for almost everyone. Teenagers use most of it for communication. The way teens communicate today is completely different than the way teenagers 10 to 20 years ago communicated. Decades ago, no teenager was consumed in updating their Twitter feed or texting their […]

HHS Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

HHS Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

hree chandeliers were suspended over a small, square stage. Dim lights, which were hung from a single tree, lit up the faces of the closely packed crowd. The experience was up close and personal, the way Shakespeare himself would’ve intended. On Thursday Nov. 13, Huntley High School students presented, “A […]

9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament

9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament

owling balls hit the floor. Pins clunk and scatter. Congratulatory cheers fill the bowling center. This is nine pin bowling, and at Glo-Bowl Fun Center’s third annual “9 Pin No Tap Tournament”, the stakes are high. With a maximum cash reward of $1000 (based on 160 entries per division), the […]

Fifth and sixth graders enjoy the dance while being supervised by high school volunteers.

Pre-Halloween Volunteering

untley High School volunteers walk into the Huntley Park District and find the special events recreation supervisors, that coordinate all of the teen dances along with other events. After receiving their jobs and finding out what to do, the volunteers wait in anticipation of the next four hours that will […]

HHS hosts Fall Choral Concert

HHS hosts Fall Choral Concert

ianist Barbara Klein hit the first key as the Freshmen Choir began to sing “The Forest of Loo.” The Fall Choral Concert this year included many songs, most of which presented the fall theme.  Two of them were in Latin:  “Lux Aeterna” and “Daemon Irrepit Callidus.”  Other songs included “Homeward […]

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Drake and Future collaborate to create “What a Time to be Alive” “When you get around Future, it’s like a vortex,” said Drake of his Atlanta-based collaborator on this fulfilling yet thrilling 11-track mixtape. At first, their imbalanced contributions suggest the Toronto-based rapper has been sucked in. The album atmosphere is reminiscent of Future’s latest work. Thanks to producer Metro Boomin’, the album […]

Marching band and color guard at the end of their performance.

Halftime Show Stoppers

olor Guard and Marching Band performed during halftime at the latest home football game against Crystal Lake South on Oct. 9. This was also HHS’s Senior Night for the football players. The title of their show is “The Ascent.” The songs tell a story about climbing up a mountain, more […]

Senior Lexi Lowitzki has some fun before her golf meet. (Danielle King)

Going Bald for a Cure

ast March, the brave Lexi Lowitzki volunteered to do what not many people, let alone girls, would be willing to do, during the St. Baldrick’s event held at Huntley High School, shave all of her hair off. Lowitzki is currently a senior at HHS who participates on the girls golf […]

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Song of the Week: “Lean On”

ave you ever been listening to a song the radio and thought that you’d be interested in seeing the music video? But then the music video is something completely different from what you had imagined. “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake, could’ve easily had a music video of […]

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‘The Skeleton Twins’ proves to be a success

An eccentric and sporadic twin brother starts lip syncing to Starship’s ’80s hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in attempt to liven up his twin sister. He coaxes her out of her funk and the two begin their personalized choreography to the song tied to their childhood. The energy and familiar warmth sets the illusion that nothing has changed, and in fact, nothing could stop them. But roughly four and a half minutes later, silence inflicts reality.

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Tenth Annual Huntley Fall Fest

n the midst of a sudden weather chill, we begin to divulge in the festivities of fall. One of the most anticipated festivities, appearing for one weekend every year in  Huntley, is known as the Huntley Fall Fest. The Fall Fest provides an enjoyable, family-friendly environment consisting of a variety […]

Huntley's Softball Tean proves to be unstoppable with their recent win against Cary Grove  (Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News/MCT).

Huntley’s Softball Team Proves To Be Unstoppable With Their Recent Win Against Cary Grove

In the sixth, Shannon Walsh hit a single and was sacrificed over to second and then third base on a bunt and a fly out, respectively. Huntley’s fifth run was put on the board after the Red Raiders singled to the gap in right pulling in Walsh, but the inning ended after a pickoff at second base.
The bottom of the sixth was sloppy for the Red Raiders and was the only inning in which Cary Grove managed to score. It began with a single to left field, followed by a double, putting runners on second and third base. Caitlin Moran pulled in the two runners on a single that dropped between the right field gap. Then, the Trojans got an infield single on an error by Megan Larson, putting runners on first and second, and they followed quickly with another single, loading the bases with zero outs and the tying run on first. Cary Grove managed a single, but were forced at home for the first out. Bases still loaded, the next hit drove in one, but the Red Raiders managed to get the forceout at second. Then, Huntley escaped the inning with a nice stop by Spannraft for the force at first.
The seventh inning set out with a Hayley O’Mara double to left followed by an infield hit by Megan Larson, putting runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt advanced both runners to second and third base. A shot up the middle pulled in Larson and O’Mara, but the runner was picked off at second and the following batter was struck out by Cary Grove.
Down 7-3, the Trojans had three more outs to pull off the comeback, but only managed two groundouts and a single before flying out to right field, ending the game.

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“Poltergeist”: An Expected Disappointment

I grab a fistful of popcorn and slowly eat it, piece by piece, until I can see my palm again. I pay close attention to the screen, waiting for something exciting to happen. Unfortunately, ‘Poltergeist’ failed to give me the enjoyment I craved.

All of the thrilling scenes present in the trailer were the only decent scenes in the entire movie, most of which occurred in the first half hour. The film starts with the Bowen family moving into a new home. The daughter, Madi, suspiciously starts talking to her closet. Her parents assume she is just talking to her imaginary friends; unfortunately, they thought wrong.

Later that week, the parents go out to a dinner party. While there, they find out some shocking news: their house was built over an old cemetery. While the parents are out, poltergeists attack the children, and capture Madi in the meantime. The remaining hour of the film is spent trying to get Madi back.

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Song of the week: Ok GO seems to repeat themselves with “Here It Goes Again”

OK Go’s “Here it Goes Again” was released as their third single from their album “Oh No.” It was released Sept. 25, 2006. The song, although not very popular, the video was a chart topper. It features the band members doing intricate dance moves on six different treadmills. One can only imagine the amount of times they had to have fallen and retaken the video. “Here it Goes Again” has had over 26 million views on YouTube. OK Go actually performed their treadmill routine live at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. I think the song is catchy but has no real meaning other than things generally repeat themselves, over and over and over.

Parking at HHS is a problem

Parking at HHS is a problem

The parking at Huntley High School has gotten ridiculous.
It has become an everyday occurrence for students to arrive at school, drive around the parking lot and find no parking spots. This issue is absolutely unacceptable but the school is not to blame.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen offers many assortments of food options (M. Iqbal).

Restaurant Review: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen offers many meal choices to choose from

Despite the lengthy commute, long waiting time, and prices that lean more towards the expensive side, this restaurant is definitely the place to go for seafood lovers looking to spice up their friday night dinners with some flavors from the deep South.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, located about an hour away in Westmont, is a New Orleans-style restaurant that serves authentic Cajun cooking with a twist. The festiveness of Mardi Gras and Jazz music in the air makes you feel like you are actually in the French Quarter.

Given the high cost of the food, I would suggest not making Pappas your weekly family eat-out, unless you have the money for it. My family and I typically go for special occasions, when we feel like celebrating and having a good time.

And of course, Pappas is the perfect place for just that. The whole restaurant is like one big party, with friends having a few drinks at the bar and families clapping to the rhythm of the jazz quartet.

After we picked up our menus, I realized that we had been staring at it with confused looks on our faces for about 15 minutes. So naturally, I started looking around at other people’s food to see what looks the most appetizing before I decided on what to order. The only problem was that everything looked good.

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Twenty One Pilots has high potential with “Blurryface”

Maybe it is the unique alternative sound that got Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun their share of fame; or maybe it is the advantage of social media that got the word out.

Whatever the case may be, the Ohio duo, Twenty One Pilots, is overhyped.

I never paid much attention to new bands since I figured they would come and go just like every other artist has. However, it seemed that the talk of Twenty One Pilots was on the rise, rather than staying low-key (which their “original” fans would probably prefer).

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Fiddler on the Roof

he lights dim and the audience hushes. The curtains open as the first act begins. Live performance music plays and Fiddler on the Roof begins. The high school’s spring musical is played by a wide range of cast members, ranging between the ages of freshman through seniors. Tevye, a dairyman […]

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“Pitch Perfect 2” fails to live up to standards set by the first film

The sequel to 2012s ‘Pitch Perfect’ came out on Friday, May 15. The film featured all of the previous cast members from the first one, most famously Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

The movie started with the Barden Bellas in trouble when Fat Amy accidentally shows her private parts to the entire crowd during the performance for the president’s birthday.

This causes them to end up in a difficult competition that no American team has even won before. However, before they can do that, they must band together and “find their sound” again.

That’s it. That’s the plot.

For the record, I loved the first ‘Pitch Perfect.’ It was funny, entertaining, and the songs were wonderful. The writing was great and it kept me engaged the entire movie. Its unnecessary sequel was mediocre at best.

The original movie was an amazing piece of film that should have been left alone. The sequel that has insisted on being dragged along behind it is an embarrassment to the entire franchise.

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Music Blog: Listen to what makes you happy

It has been said time and time again, that music is the only form of magic that truly exists. Music has the powers to alter a person’s mood, attitude, style, persona, and much more. All because one’s musical preference is a reflection of who they are as a person.

Look back into what gets a person into a certain genre of music. That decision is based on the listener’s interest and how they relate to the music. I feel as if someone was to judge another person’s interest and what kind of music they like, you directly are insulting their personality. That brings me to my main point, it is okay to have likes and dislikes but do not judge anothers choice in music.

Everyone has a style of music that they love and one that they hate. So when someone reviews music it can often come off as biased. This is something that only very good writers can avoid, being neutral is one of the hardest things for a critic to do when reviewing music. Because of this getting upset or angry when someone says they dislike a band or song you like is pointless. The point of a critic is not to solely determine the quality of the product, but to better inform the listener as to what it is they may want to listen too. Yet it is also up to the listener whether they want to truly decide how the music is based on their own opinion.

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Song of the week: “Bad Blood” deviates from other songs in “1989”

Taylor Swift’s new album has received a lot of praise in the past eight months. The album, “1989” has had four hit singles, all on the top-ten list. The music video for “Bad Blood” was released yesterday and has already had over four million views in last 24 hours. The version from the music video is different than the version on Swift’s album; Kendrick Lamar is featured in the new version. The video has many guest appearances from stars like Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba. It is a very futuristic video, think Divergent’s Dauntless training. It is a different feel from the popular video, “Blank Space” but nonetheless, it is a great music video and song.

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Student council hosts annual drive-in theater

untley High School’s Student Council hosted their fourth annual drive-in movie on May 15. In past years, they showed  “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Forrest Gump.” This year, students lined up their cars to watch the hit movie, “Grease.” Many students are excited about the movie choice this year. “It […]

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Travel back in time with Snoop Dogg’s new album “Bush”

What exactly happened on dance floors in the ’70s?
That is a question many musicians and club-goers could probably ask themselves about one of music’s most decadent decades. But go ask Daft Punk, a newly re-formed Chic, and now Snoop Dogg: Something profound took hold in that era, where incandescent soul got handsy on a club floor with disco, funk, and electronic experimentation.

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Song of the week: “Kings and Queens” reminds us of the approaching summer

30 Seconds to Mars came released the now popular single, “Kings and Queens” on Oct. 13, 2009 on their third studio album “This is War.” It peaked at number one on the US Alternative Songs and was 82 on the US Hot 100. In the music video, there is a group of kids riding around on their bikes in Los Angeles and at the Santa Monica Pier. The way that the music video was filmed was so beautifully done; there were scenes of just silhouettes of the bikers against the sunset, and there were shots of them up close too. The music video reminded me of summer and what it is like to not have a care in the world.

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What to Watch: “Pulp Fiction” provides many twists and turns

Today, we see boring films with lifeless characters and flat story plots. But in 1994, legendary director Quentin Tarantino gave us the unique and fantastic film called “Pulp Fiction.” Just over 20 years have passed since this film opened in theaters, but it stands as one of the best films ever made with a massive cult following and critics still praising the film.

Not many films present themselves quite like “Pulp Fiction” does. The story is set out of order, with numerous intersecting storylines that involves Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. But, with all of these stories together, it makes “Pulp Fiction” a great film.

The film opens with a husband, “Pumpkin” (Roth) and wife, “Honey Bunny” (Plummer) sitting at booth in a diner talking about past robberies that have committed.

They converse about how a place like the diner they are in is a good place for a robbery. Pumpkin tells his wife to steal the patrons’ wallets to double their profits. With their minds set, the couple pull out pistols and proceed to stick the store up.

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Song of the week: “Under Pressure” provides the perfect dose of inspiration

In the last four weeks of school, Queen’s “Under Pressure” reminds us to stay cool. The song was released on Oct. 27, 1981. It peaked at 29 on the U.S. Music Chart, and it was number one in Argentina, Netherlands, and the UK. The music video features different forms of pressure destroying things, which is a cool, literal spin on a music video. Think of this song when the last few weeks make you want to pull your hair out. Think of this song when you can not sleep at night because you are too stressed about finals. Play this song when you need a pick-me-up-inspirational song.

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“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” proves to please many fans

In 2012, theaters across the globe were filled to the brim with Marvel fans, moviegoers and critics alike. They were stupefied by the dazzling CGI, loud explosions, violent battle scenes and the star-studded cast that portrayed Earth’s saviors: “The Avengers.”

Almost three years later, even more people gawked in great awe at the silver screen as the new film, “Age Of Ultron,” danced spectacularly before them. Those people smashed box office profits and were in store for a real treat.

Instead of opening with a long winded villain background story, “Age Of Ultron” opens with a fantastic battle. Captain America (Evans), Thor (Hemsworth),Hulk (Ruffalo), Black Widow (Johansson), Hawkeye ( Renner) and the beloved Iron Man ( Downey Jr.) are in the midst assaulting a Hydra base in Eastern Europe in the hunt of Wolfgang von Strucker, who has stolen The Scepter and experimenting on humans.

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TV Blog: Enjoy a unique cloning story called “Orphan Black”

“Orphan Black” is a drama created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, and starring Tatiana Maslany.

The show airs on BBC, yet is filmed and takes place in Toronto, Canada.

“Orphan Black” focuses on the morality of human cloning. This theme is introduced when the protagonist Sarah Manning takes on the identity of a woman she saw commit suicide who looks identical to her.

Sarah later finds out the woman is Beth Childs , a police officer, and realizes she is in over her head. Sarah then finds out a truth that will shock her even more: she and Beth are part of a large group of clones.

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“Wilder Mind” shapes a new tone for Mumford and Sons

Well known Folk band Mumford and Sons released their third album “Wilder Mind” this past Monday. One thing this album brings to fans is variations of either love or hate. “Wilder Mind” brings about a whole new sound for Mumford and Sons. They step away from their banjos and switches to all electric guitars with this album and brought a more Electronic/Rock kind of feel to their music.

The band has been seen without their original style, not wearing suspenders, skinny jeans, or leather jackets. For many die heart fans this change is disheartening, putting the Mumford and Sons we have all grown to love at rest and bringing about a new era of the band sounding similar to Radiohead, U2, and/or Coldplay.

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Song of the Week: “Blurryface” has high potential due to hit singles

Twenty One Pilot’s newest album, “Blurryface,” comes out May 19. The band has released two singles leading up to the album drop. The first single, “Fairly Local,” was released via YouTube on March 16. The video has been viewed 2.8 million times since then and has been followed by their second single, “Tear in my Heart.” Both songs are different from their previous songs; they have a different, but not defined, sound. “Tear in my Heart” has had 2.5 million views since it was released to YouTube April 6. Check out both of the videos here!

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“Little Boy” provides viewers with an average theme

“Little Boy” is a cute, heartwarming movie that is good for couples looking for a quick movie. The cast was all right, the themes were average, and the plot line had many holes in it.

Jakob Salvati, who plays Pepper Busbee, does a pretty good job of acting like an adorable little boy. (Hence the title) He makes the audience really feel happy when he is happy and feel sad when he cries. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Hashimoto, did a good job as well in his supporting role.

The themes of the movie were to believe in yourself and anything is possible, willpower is a strong thing, and never giving up. These are fairly common themes seen in many motivational movies.

The plot itself was about a little boy, Pepper Busbee, whose father got sent to war. The movie is based around Pepper trying to bring his father home.

Pepper was given a list of things to do that would help bring his father back home. Throughout the entire movie, Pepper, with the help of his new friend Hashimoto, is attempting to complete this list.

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“Ten Things I Hate About You” still prospers as a great movie

Whether you are looking for a romantic comedy or a classic, “Ten Things I Hate About You” will serve your needs.

“Ten Things I Hate About You” is a modernization of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” It came out in 1999 and it became a huge success for its leading actors.
Heath Ledger, who plays Patrick Verona, is no joker in this movie. Ledger portrays an outsider and a rebellious teen, surrounded by rumors. Julie Stiles plays Katarina Stratford, a feminist against popularity. The two actors beautifully create a unique bond, heightening the experiencing of the movie. All though, Ledger’s intriguing Australian accent could be its own movie.

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Restaurant Review: Burnt Toast offers an enjoyable experience to all

It was the end of our days of relaxation and freedom, so my dad decided to take me and my brother out to Sunday brunch at Burnt Toast. Our highly-anticipated long weekend ended in a high, delicious note.

The line, as expected on a Sunday afternoon, stretched past the front doors and into the parking lot. Which is why were shocked when we were told that our wait time was going to be half an hour at the most.

I did not believe it at first, but I soon started to realize that we had arrived at the perfect time. Everybody was wrapping up their meal and leaving the restaurant by the time we got our buzzer. It only took 20 minutes until our waitress sat in is a comfy booth right by the bar.

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Song of the Week: “Move Along” leaves a sense of inspiration to the finishing school year

The song “Move Along” by the All-American Rejects keeps playing on the radio and I keep wondering why. I think it keeps playing to remind us that school is almost over and all we can do is keep pushing until summer. I know I am struggling to get through the last few weeks of school and for me, the song is an inspiration. “Move Along” was the second single from All-American Rejects’ second studio album. It peaked and number nine on the US Billboard Pop 100 and has had over 20 million views on YouTube. In the midst of all of the stress of the final month of school, move along.

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“Unfriended” leaves many unanswered questions

“Unfriended” is not your average horror film. This movie takes place on a computer screen. The audience is literally watching six people cruise the internet, text, post, and Skype to their death.
“Unfriended” is a short horror film about cyber- bullying. Teenager Laura Barns commits suicide because of a humiliating video of her wasted at a party. She was hazed, harassed, and bullied until she killed herself.

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What to Watch: “Goodfellas” shows the brutality of Americas most feared gang

One of the most fascinating aspect of the United States is its crime. From squabbling small-town gangs to to the brutality of the Bloods and Crips and the all-powerful Italian Mafia. “Goodfellas” is one of the greatest, if not the greatest film, to ever be made that centers on the strength, power and downfall of the most feared gang in American History.

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, the film narrates the real-life Lucchese crime family in New York and the life of Henry Hill during his association with the family from 1955 to 1980.

Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) grew up in an Irish-Italian neighborhood in East New York, and had always dreamt of being a gangster. At thirteen, Henry quit school and began working for mob capo, or lieutenant, Paul “Paulie” Cicero (Paul Sorvino).

He had begun to work as a drug-runner and a courier for the family, finally living his dream. Before long he met Jimmy “Jimmy The Gent” Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). The three quickly become close friends.

Jimmy was known for his love of hijacking things. Cars,trucks and even planes. If it moved, he would jack it. And he loved it. Tommy was possibly the most violent person in the family. Hot-headed and loud, Tommy had no qualms about killing someone. He, in fact, loved to kill.

Together, the three would run various jobs for the family, steal many vehicles, kill many people, steal millions of dollars and further spread the power, and fear, of the Lucchese family.

Now and On Earth album review: Blacked Out

Now and On Earth album review: Blacked Out

Now and on Earth is a metalcore band that recently released their new album “Blacked Out.” Going into this review, I had never heard of this band before and probably never would have because I do not normally listen to metalcore music. I had many presumptions about that genre of music and this band I had never heard of.

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Experience “Riptide” before the overabundance of concerts this summer

“Riptide” by Vance Joy, was released May 21, 2013 on the album “God Loves You When You’re Dancing.” The music video is a video of all of Joy’s metaphors in a literal sense, which makes it so tasteful. Joy, an Australian singer-songwriter, wrote the song as a “coming of age” love story. The song is widely played on radios across the U.S now, and a couple of his other songs are too. “Riptide” was the single that kick-started his career here. Taylor Swift snagged him for her “1989” tour this summer, and he will be opening for her, along with the band Haim. Check out Joy’s “Riptide” and his many other songs before the concert this summer.

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“The Longest Ride” resembles the typical Nicholas Sparks Movie

Typical. Typical. Typical.

This was all that was going on in my mind as I watched “The Longest Ride.” Well, except for Scott Eastwood’s piercing blue eyes and his undeniably steamy body. Trust me. There was a lot of steam.

First of all, “The Longest Ride” has absolutely nothing to do with the song “Save a horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Just to clear it up. All though, maybe a scene or two would make one think otherwise.

“The Longest Ride” centered around a young man bull rider aiming for a glorious spot in the world finals. Eastwood played Luke Collins, the ambitious bull rider, surprisingly well. I could feel the tension in his face before he risked his life each time as he sat on a bull. It is refreshing to know that the actor has more than just a pretty face.

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“Home” is a film that families will enjoy

The theater hushed as dozens of children and their parents filed in to watch the new adventure comedy, “Home.” They entered hoping to see a heartwarming tale, and they were treated to just that.

On March 27, “Home” was released by Dreamworks, telling the story of a clumsy, but lovable alien named Oh, and a young teen named Tip, who is trying to find her mom.

The film stars Jim Parsons as Oh, and Rihanna as Tip. Oh is part of an alien species called “Boov” who are fleeing from the enemy “Gorgs.” The Boov find themselves with nowhere to go but Earth, but they evict the humans to make room for themselves.

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Hollywood Undead releases “Day of the Dead” that gets support from loyal fans

The hot summer air filled my lungs as I nervously read my upcoming 7th grade schedule. My friend and I sat in the itchy grass as we compared our schedules, hoping to have a class together. After a few minutes, she stood up and walked over to her iPod to change the song. My ears became more alert as they were stimulated with perfect harmonies and hilarious lyrics. This moment changed my music preferences forever. Hollywood Undead became my favorite band after only hearing one song.

Hollywood Undead is a band that consists of members: Charlie Scene, Funny Man, Danny, J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears, and Da Kurlzz. They are unique because they were masks and produce songs of several genres, such as pop, rock, rap, alternative, and even metal.

Hollywood Undead’s fourth album “Day of the Dead” was released on Tuesday, March 31. Fans have been anticipating this album’s release date since the single “Day of the Dead” was released on Oct. 21, 2014.

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“Woow Sushi” makes guests feel right at home

Being the avid sushi-eater that I am, I was thrilled when I heard that there was another sushi place that had recently opened up in the Algonquin area. Woow Sushi, along with Bistro Wasabi and @ Bangkok, had been added to my list of go-to restaurants when my sushi cravings hit.

I remember getting the menu and coupons in the mail for Woow Sushi’s grand opening specials. There were so many tasty-looking menu items to choose from, and they were all within a reasonable price range. I knew this was not a restaurant worth missing out on.

Walking in to the restaurant, I noticed how similar yet different the setting and ambiance were from Bistro Wasabi. The modern-style decor gave the restaurant a high-class, expensive look, but the soft lighting and comfortable chairs made everything seem more relaxed.

Despite the setting, I felt like I was at home, especially when our waitress came out wearing sweatpants and crocs. She started out by giving us a free order of edamame, and helped us out by suggesting the best menu items that had no beef or chicken.

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“Pretty Little Liars” finale disappoints many fans

The season five finale of the show “Pretty Little Liars” left fans feeling a bunch of different emotions. Fans have been watching the show for five years and after 120 episodes, 123 texts from A, and nine deaths they finally get to see who A is.

Five years ago in Rosewood, PA., when the show started, four friends Spencer Hastings (Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Benson), Aria Montgomery(Hale), and Emily Fields(Mitchell) have been missing their friend Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) for a year. When a body was found, it was said to be hers then the girls started to see Alison in their dreams and in hallucinations. In the fourth season, the girls figure out that she is alive and hiding in New York. When she comes back with them, everything starts to get worse.

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“American Horror Story” still continues to surprise audiences

‘American Horror Story’ is unlike anything else on television. Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show has been pushing the boundaries of horror since it started.

Each season has different characters and settings, yet (mostly) the same actors.

Season one follows an estranged family when they move into the murder house, season two shows the brutality of an insane asylum in the 1960s, season three explores a school for witches, and season three is about a freakshow in the 1950s.

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“Cinderella” teaches courage and kindness in a magical way

As several little girls shuffled out of the AMC theater in their blue dresses and toy tiaras, it brought back memories of when I dressed the same; the famous Disney tale being my favorite.

On March 13, the remake of the 1950 classic Disney film, “Cinderella”, was released. Just like “Maleficent”, Walt Disney Pictures put a realistic twist in the movie, along with dazzling special effects.

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Oddest Residents of Huntley

When someone says Huntley, your first thought is of the endless of fields of corn that surround the many neighborhoods in the town. But sophomore Dakota Henn, has made dozens of people think twice about their quiet, All-American town. Tortoises, snakes and even tarantulas made their presence known at the […]

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Song of the week: Get lost in “Shut Up and Dance”

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon was released on Sept. 10, 2014 and a month after, was released on iTunes as a free single. The song is on Walk the Moon’s second studio album, “Talking is Hard.” The song was heavily influenced by artists of the ‘80s and the cheesiness of the music video shows it. There was a lot of swirling colors and bad green-screen production, but it did not fail to make me feel laugh. At one point in the video, the song stops and lead singer Nicholas Petricca starts dancing horribly. The music video is incredibly bad but it makes up for having funny parts and being such a contagious song.

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TV Blog: The Walking Dead

“The Walking Dead” starts with former sheriff Rick Grimes waking from a coma and finding himself in a zombie-infested world.

He hunts down his family and assumes the role as leader in the group they are in. Rick & Co. travel from their camp to Hershel’s farm to an abandoned prison to Terminus, forming bonds and suffering many casualties along the way.

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Song of the week: “Summer of ’69” gets listeners in the mood for Summer

The song “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams fell into my hands today. I have heard the song before, but only today, when I was going through all my parent’s old cassettes, did I rediscover it. Adams released the song in June of 1985 on his fourth studio album, “Reckless.” The song reminds me of how desperately I want this bitterly cold winter to go away, and how much I want the warmth of summer. The song just makes me think of how fun the teenage years are supposed to be and how you should make the most of your free time. The video is a classic oldie, with the cliche angles and black and white to color shots. It was ranked number 50 on “The 100 Best Singles of the ‘80s” and had even higher rankings in Canada. The video has had over 33 million views since being released.

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Song of the week: ‘Uptown Funk’ is still number one

Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars, was released Nov, 14, 2014. The song has an early ‘80s feel with an electric funk sound. It has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The music video was released on Nov. 19, 2014 to YouTube. The video has the same feel as the song, old-school, ‘80s music. The song makes Mars seem like a “ladies man,” and that is exactly how he is portrayed in the music video. “Uptown Funk” is one of the catchiest songs of 2015, so far.

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‘The Boy Next Door’ captivates satisfaction from audiences

‘The Boy Next Door’ sounds as captivating and indulging as the actors in the movie. Jennifer Lopez, a jaw-dropping sensation and every man’s dream, and Ryan Guzman, a doting eyed man who any women would want, seize the wide screen, letting moviegoers simply indulge in a lustful movie. Unfortunately, that is all the movie does for us, except for the infinite predictable scenes that make up over half the movie.

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ fails at pleasing high expectations

Imagine a world filled with smart cars that drive themselves, vulgar game shows with no limits, and a hot tub that also functions as a time machine.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was released on Feb. 20. Being a fan of Hot Tub Time Machine, I had high expectations for the sequel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to the point where I considered walking out at some parts. Director Steve Pink should have stopped at the first movie.

In the first movie, life long friends Lou, Nick, Adam, and his nephew Jacob, are accidentally sent back to the ‘80s. Realizing that the universe is giving him a chance to change his life, Lou uses his knowledge of the present to get rich. He eventually invents Lougle and becomes the main singer for Motley Lou.

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Five Best Events in McHenry County

This event has things for the whole family to do. There are even events for little kids including contests, prizes, and other events. Plus for the adults, there is live music, and dinner involved. This event is all organized by Chef Dan, who will make sure that your experience is unforgettable

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Fifth Harmony review: Reflections

ifth Harmony released their first studio album “Reflections” on Feb. 3, 2015. The all- female pop group released their EP, “Better Together”, in 2013, following their third place finish on the “X-Factor” in 2012. They then spent the following year producing “Reflections,” even pushing back the release date to better […]

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Fixing the NBA All-Star Game

This All-Star Weekend was one of the best in recent memory. Zach Lavine’s dunking excellence; the best three point competition of all time and an entertaining shooting stars competition made this all-star weekend an event worth watching. The NBA All Star Game should work.

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Song of the week: Experience the new single “FourFiveSeconds”

The song “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kayne West, and Paul McCartney was released on Jan. 24, 2015. It is the lead single for Rihanna’s eighth studio album. The song is something different from what Rihanna and West usually do; it is an acoustic song. On the Billboard Hot 100, “FourFiveSeconds” peaked at number six. The black and white music video appears to have been filmed in a small box. The video starts off with a silhouette of Rihanna and West’s that is featured periodically throughout the video. The song itself is catchy and so different from the normal for these artists that you cannot help but love it.

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‘Blade Runner’ still captivates fans

It may seem far fetched, but the idea of human-like robots has been a dream for mankind for almost sixty years. But the idea of murderous, uncontrollable and crazy robots is an idea man has not wanted to think about.

Los Angeles. Nov, 2019. Earth has become a cesspool of crime, poverty and disease. Humanity has taken to the stars, and have begun the dauntless task of colonizing faraway planets and galaxies aboard massive colony ships.

Replicants once walked the same streets as humans, worked the same jobs, attended the same bars and even shared affection for each other. But after years of violence, Replicants are outlawed from being on earth.

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is simply breathtaking

From the opening scene with a character being killed, to the end where everything was wrapped up with a neat little bow, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ was a fairly spectacular movie.

All of the characters were wonderful, from the down-to-earth main character and his humble origins, to all of the slick, courageous Kingsmen themselves. Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, played by Taron Egerton, was the main character in this movie, and he was portrayed fantastically.