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Lily James stars as Cinderella in this live-action rendition of a classic fairytale Courtesy of IMDB
Lily James stars as Cinderella in this live-action rendition of a classic fairytale

Disney gives “Cinderella” a refreshing update

Director Kenneth Branagh creates a true fairy tale experience with his modernized “Cinderella.” He updates the film from its 1950s animated counterpart by adding depth to what has always been seen as a rather superficial storyline. By focusing on character development, beautiful visual effects and costumes, he proves that he can excel in any film genre.

Who's strong and brave, here to save the American way?

It's a story unlike any other superhero story, because Peggy is unlike any other superhero.

Movies »

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" lives up to its name

Heart-racing, haphazard driving; colorful textiles and beautiful costumes make watching "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" feel like going on a two-hour, jam-packed trip to India.

"Chappie" will not leave you happy

What looked like a movie dealing with artificial intelligence versus man-controlled machines also investigated themes such as parenting, big corporations, human morality and feelings of separation. There's a lot going on in writer/director Neill Blomkamp's ("District Nine," "Elysium") third feature film. Unfortunately, weak characters and plot holes prevent these ideas from making an impact.

Music »

Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies electrify the Fillmore crowd

The Zombies' positive messages and unique take on life combined with their masterful musical abilities has shot them from rapping in small basement studios in Brooklyn to performing at venues like Coachella.

Logic performs well "Under Pressure"

The paradoxical relationship of Hall's underprivileged life and his bright outlook, as well as his astounding journey to success, compiles nicely into the refreshing debut, "Under Pressure," which debuted October 21.

Plays »

Sankofa full of talent and tradition

Sankofa—Blair's annual celebration of Black History Month that includes a stunning variety of song, dance, spoken word and more—brought history, culture and tradition to life Friday night, in its last year with Vickie Adamson as director.

A pirate's life for them

The complex story, talented cast and spellbinding set make for an exciting and whimsical pirate adventure.

Television »

No happy endings for TV rom-coms

It's unclear why there were so many new rom-coms this fall. But one thing's for sure: they haven't been very successful.

SCO Top Five: New TV shows to watch this fall

The SCO staff is here to help you figure out your new favorites with a Top Five list based on the shows' trailers and descriptions.

Books »

"Go Set a Watchman" for the "To Kill a Mockingbird" sequel

Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is pretty much the required book in high school. Here at Blair, most students read it in ninth grade.

Ground left unbroken

The concept of supernatural happenings in teen books is not a bad one, even if it is alarmingly common. But "Unbreakable," by Kami Garcia, just doesn't bring anything new.

Video Games »

TechnoLogical: Sony plays it conservative with new Playstation

Sony has come in second in announcing their new console (after Nintendo announced theirs last year), which will be released this holiday season, but how they will compete remains to be seen.

SCO-liday gift guide: it's in the game

It's mid-December, and the holidays are in full effect. After a year-long hiatus from our video game section, we now present (no pun intended) the best video games to give this holiday season.
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