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"Coco" brings vibrant color and life to the land of the dead

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 11, 2017, 1:43 p.m. | In Movies »

Pixar and Disney have taken us into outer space with "WALL-E", inside our mind with "Inside Out", and under the ocean with "Finding Dory," but "Coco" enters into a world that we've never seen before.


Screenagers doesn't keep audience engaged

By Oreet Zimand | Dec. 1, 2017, 8:11 a.m. | In Movies »

We've all heard it before. A parent thinks you're spending too much time with screens and launches into the same tired tirade: "nobody had a computer when I grew up" or "back in my day we used to make friends waiting around at a payphone."


The Takoma Bev Co is anyone's cup of tea (but mostly coffee)

By Sneha Ojha | Oct. 5, 2017, 7:44 p.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

The Takoma Park Beverage Company (Takoma Bev Co) is a local restaurant located in Old Town Takoma Park, between a vision center and a post office. Takoma Bev Co was co-founded by Christopher Brown, a former biology teacher at Montgomery Blair High School.


The Miracle of "Dunkirk"

By Eric Feigen | Sept. 28, 2017, 2:59 p.m. | In Movies »

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a landmark combat thriller, unprecedented in cinematic scale and technique. The film invokes powerful emotions creating an atmosphere where viewers unconditionally commensurate with the brave heroines' profound story. Nolan's masterpiece recounts the intense and imperative evacuation of Dunkirk from three different perspectives: The mole (the beachhead), sea, and air.


The Dark Tower Falls (Short of Expectations)

By Reethi Padmanabhan | Aug. 26, 2017, 8:40 p.m. | In Movies »

Oh, if only. After over 30 years of writing the mystical, mysterious Dark Tower series, the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus has finally made its way to the big screen- only to disappoint viewers. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, The Dark Tower, which should have inspired both avid book enthusiasts and action-oriented moviegoers alike, instead leaves audiences sadly wondering about what could have been.


Around the world in one week: exploring D.C.'s restaurant scene

By Reethi Padmanabhan | Aug. 9, 2017, 1:50 p.m. | In Food »

Every year, summer break provides the perfect opportunity to travel and explore, whether it be a one day road trip to a nearby beach, or an adventurous month spent hiking in the mountains. However, traveling doesn't always need to entail patiently packing away clothing, browsing online for the best hotels or spending hours searching for flight availability.



"Despicable Me 3": a tale of despicable villainy and loving family

By Nobline Yoo | July 17, 2017, 8:35 p.m. | In Movies »

Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me" is back with Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), in another package deal with elements that both children and adults can enjoy. Central themes of familial trust and self-identity, along with childish humor, make "Despicable Me 3" a worthwhile watch.



Cheap Eats in Silver Spring

By Pedraam Faridjoo | June 14, 2017, 2:11 p.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

You're walking down the street as the pangs of hunger begin to settle in, but there are only a few meager bills in your pocket. Everyone's been there. Sometimes hunger strikes at the most inopportune time.



Life scares the life out of viewers

By Ryan Handel | March 30, 2017, 1:01 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Life utilizes strong acting and exceptional cinematography to create a movie that leaves little to no break from action and viewers chattering their teeth.


A tale as old as time gets a makeover

By Ellie Williams | March 28, 2017, 3:59 p.m. | In Movies »

Disney's animated classic, "Beauty and the Beast”, is back with Emma Watson as Belle, and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The story is beautifully done and adds another dimension to a timeless classic.


Swan Song and Frailboys perform in Takoma Park

By Nate Bodner | March 18, 2017, 10:14 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Local Blair bands Swan Song and Frailboys headlined a concert at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Takoma Park on Saturday night. The two headliners performed original, creative songs that had the jam-packed crowd reeling late into the night.


SCOback Movie of the Week: Whale Rider

By Charles Lott | March 8, 2017, 12:57 p.m. | In Movies »

Each week on the SCOback Movie of the Week, we'll feature and review one must-watch throwback film. Stay up to date with the selected film every week to be immersed in some awesome old movies.


Get Out gets real

By Ellie Williams | March 7, 2017, 9:12 p.m. | In Entertainment »

This comedy-thriller will keep you on your toes while teaching you a thing or two about race relations. "Get Out" has an eerily realistic feeling that makes the creepy characters all the more frightening, making it a must-see for 2017.


Oscars Predictions 2017

By Nate Bodner, Ellie Williams, Pedraam Faridjoo, Maniza Habib | Feb. 26, 2017, 3:09 p.m. | In Movies »

This year's Oscars features a number of powerful films, and it's hard to know exactly who is going to snatch up that award. We may not be film experts, but we sure do watch a lot of movies!


Jelly-icious

By Neva Taylor | Feb. 26, 2017, 3:07 p.m. | In Food »

Doughnuts can be too sweet, too messy, and too oily. But, I've decided to be gracious and give doughnuts a chance.


SCOback Movie of the Week: Coming to America

By Charles Lott | Feb. 17, 2017, 10:24 a.m. | In Movies »

Each week on the SCOback Movie of the Week, we'll feature and review one must-watch throwback film. Stay up to date with the selected film every week to be immersed in some awesome old movies.


Top five Super Bowl commercials

By Ryan Handel | Feb. 13, 2017, 1:02 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Super Bowl 51 did not disappoint, as the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons battled in an overtime thriller, with the Patriots emerging with a 34-28 victory. The commercials were also not to be missed, as companies from around the world took advantage of the opportunity to promote their product on a national stage. As usual, many corporations opted to make their product memorable with a commercial that would give viewers a laugh, making the advertisements almost as entertaining as the game itself. In turn, here is a list of the five funniest commercials from Super Bowl 51.


SCOback Movie of the Week: Say Anything

By Charles Lott | Feb. 3, 2017, 1:03 p.m. | In Movies »

Each week on the SCOback Movie of the Week, we'll feature and review one must-watch throwback film. Stay up to date with the selected film every week to be immersed in some awesome old movies.


Getting your chocolate fix

By Zoe Friedman | Feb. 1, 2017, 12:31 p.m. | In Drinks »

Not all hot chocolate is created equal. Here is a guide to the best cocoa in town; one that achieves a delicate balance of sweet and rich chocolate, a creamy yet refreshing milk base and a subtle hint of hearty spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.


"A Series of Unfortunate Events" is seriously good

By Pedraam Faridjoo | Jan. 29, 2017, 3:09 p.m. | In Television »

Looking away from "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is the last thing anyone should do when watching this hilariously bizarre and witty adaptation of Daniel Handler's (also known as Lemony Snicket's) book series.


SCOback Movie of the Week: Rear Window

By Pedraam Faridjoo Charles Lott | Jan. 23, 2017, 1:18 p.m. | In Movies »

Each week on the SCOback Movie of the Week, we'll feature and review one must-watch throwback film. Stay up to date with the selected film every week to be immersed in some awesome old movies.


Blending south India with southern cuisine

By Neva Taylor | Jan. 17, 2017, 2 p.m. | In Food »

As the proud new owner of Asha Gomez's new cookbook, My Two Souths, I'd thought I'd try out one of her new recipes!

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