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"The Maze Runner" runs its way to victory

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 22, 2014, 6:54 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Maze Runner" delivers the dark angst that teenagers relish in dystopian worlds, and is a welcome addition to the ever-burgeoning young adult canon.


SCO Top Five: New TV shows to watch this fall

By Neida Mbuia Joao Harini Salgado | Sept. 22, 2014, 11:10 a.m. | In Television »

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.


Hot drinks for cold weather

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Sept. 21, 2014, 4:27 p.m. | In Drinks »

One of the best parts of the fall and winter is being able to enjoy a warm beverage when it's chilly outside. However, most of us are not seasoned chefs or baristas. With that in mind, here are some recipes for hot drinks that you can't mess up.


Blair student music roundup

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Sept. 11, 2014, 1:43 p.m. | In Music »

Looking for new music? You don't have to look too far: Blair is packed with talented musical artists and bands. Here are a few unique artists who are pretty close to home.


Fall desserts: September succulence

By Zoe Johnson | Aug. 30, 2014, 4:44 p.m. | In Desserts »

If you enjoy cooking and baking, every season is an opportunity for experimenting with the fruits, spices and types of food specific to that time of year. With that in mind, SCO will be bringing you monthly updates on seasonal and festive desserts.


"Mardaani" overworked and overdone

By Amalia Chiapperino | Aug. 25, 2014, 5:48 p.m. | In Movies »

The action film, based on true events, centers on police detective Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) and her personal vendetta against a human trafficking gang . The premise is fascinating, but Sarkar goes way over-the-top in the script, music and certain plotlines, adding an unnecessary theatrical element to the film.


"The Giver" of nothing new

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Aug. 18, 2014, 11:39 p.m. | In Movies »

Some movies seem to come out at the perfect time, striking a chord with the emotions and experiences of the audience. Other movies come out following the release of a litany of similar films, seeming unoriginal and boring. "The Giver" is that second kind of movie.


Save yourself: don't step "Into the Storm"

By Brian Le | Aug. 11, 2014, 2:36 a.m. | In Movies »

Following the overused 'disaster thriller' pattern, "Into the Storm" documents the small town of Silverton as it's slaughtered by an unprecedented amount of tornadoes. In an awkward and unconvincing hour and a half, the film tells the story of a bunch of good-hearted people who manage to escape catastrophe. Unsurprisingly, it fails to thrill.


"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is worth the walk

By Ellie Struewing | Aug. 11, 2014, 2 a.m. | In Movies »

"The Hundred Foot Journey" is a heartwarming if predictable film about food and its power to bring people together against all odds. While most of the cast in the film are not household names, the characters shine.


"Lucy" is confusing and mindless

By Arthi Vijaykumar | July 28, 2014, 3:12 a.m. | In Movies »

With "Lucy," director Luc Besson tries to look at humanity through an existential lens while simultaneously creating an action-packed and fun summer movie. Unfortunately, his ambitious attempt to create a film that can please a wide variety of moviegoers has resulted in a jumbled, pseudo-scientific mess.


"A Most Wanted Man" leaves you wanting more

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 27, 2014, 1:21 a.m. | In Movies »

From the moment Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) climbs out of the sewers in the first scene of this movie, you know you're watching a classic. Suspenseful and gritty, "A Most Wanted Man" is a refreshing look at the darker, rougher side of our bureaucracy.


"Boyhood:" A 12 year time capsule

By Zewde Ingram | July 21, 2014, 1:39 a.m. | In Movies »

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" breathes life into the genre of coming to age films that has been exhausted on movie screens for decades. The film unfolds in real time, and serves as a time capsule that not only captures the growth of the film's characters, but the world around us


Summer reading (that's not required)

By Arthi Vijaykumar | July 19, 2014, 12:52 p.m. | In Books »

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, especially when it's too hot and sticky to even think about leaving the house. Here are a few books that I would consider great reads when you're on a long car ride, at the beach or stuck at home on those buggy, humid days.


If only it would "Begin Again”

By Eleanor Linafelt | July 10, 2014, 6:33 p.m. | In Movies »

"Begin Again” has the ability to strike a chord with all viewers, music-loving or not. It is a heartfelt movie about friendship and trial, and the importance of music in both, set against the backdrop of a possibility-filled New York City summer.


A Jumbled and Forgettable "Tammy"

By Kalin Vassilev | July 7, 2014, 6:59 p.m. | In Movies »

With comedic star-power and personality, McCarthy has been dominating the movie scene with her charismatic and raunchy performances. This time around though, her crude but intriguing charm seems barely capable of keeping her film venture from sinking into an abyss of dullness and plot atrophy.


The boys are back in town

By Robert Pfefferle | June 17, 2014, 6:41 p.m. | In Movies »

"Infiltrate the dealers, find the supply," orders Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and with these words Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back undercover in "22 Jump Street." Filled with guns and drugs, "22 Jump Street" will have viewers laughing away at cheap and dim-witted jokes, while adding tension with climatic action scenes of gunfights and car chases.


Star struck by "The Fault in Our Stars"

By Divya Rajagopal | June 9, 2014, 10:56 a.m. | In Movies »

From laughing hysterically to crying uncontrollably, "The Fault in Our Stars" takes you on a two hour rollercoaster of emotions. Director Josh Boone creates a tale of infinite beauty and inspiration from the long-standing #1 New York Times bestselling novel by John Green.


Darkness and light, Love is might

By Abir Muhuri | June 4, 2014, 9:03 p.m. | In Movies »

Disney's animated version of "Sleeping Beauty" ends like any other Disney fairy tale: the characters all live happily ever after. Well, almost all of them do. When it comes to the evil fairy Maleficent, viewers are happy to forget that she even existed.


Oh, oh those summer movies

By Martha Morganstein | June 4, 2014, 1:28 p.m. | In Movies »

Summer is just around the corner. And with summer comes new movies. Here is an overview of several movies coming out in the next few weeks.


"Close Encounters" an embarrassment of riches

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | June 2, 2014, 4:40 p.m. | In Plays »

The Blair students' performance at the "Close Encounters" One Act play revue Friday was, with all available sincerity, truly stellar and wonderful and funny—very, very funny


Hot weather deserves hot tunes

By Rohan Oprisko | June 2, 2014, 12:58 p.m. | In Music »

Whether at the beach, at the park, in the house or in the car, as the weather gets hotter and the days get longer, there is one simple thing all humans must do: play music.


Travel through time with action and intrigue

By Jacob Popper | May 27, 2014, 10:35 p.m. | In Movies »

Some people enjoy movies with tons of action—they want explosions and combat galore, with bodies flying and virtually no time to rest. Others tend to prefer movies with more intrigue—they want characters who develop their interests throughout the story, and events that always leave them guessing. "X-Men Days of Future Past" promises to satisfy both kinds of moviegoers.


Princes (and Princesses) Charming

By Sarah Trunk | May 20, 2014, 8:29 a.m. | In Entertainment »

There are so many vloggers out there on Youtube, it can be hard to choose which one best deserves your attention as you put off studying for APs or unwind after a long day. Here's SCO's list of the top 5 most charming, most quirky and most pleasant Youtubers to while away the time.


Soak up the sun with six spring songs

By Abir Muhuri | May 16, 2014, 7:58 a.m. | In Music »

Since the cold, harsh winter weather has passed, bright skies and refreshing breezes have introduced us to spring. With the update in weather, why not do the same for your music collection? Upbeat tracks with cheerful lyrics will perfectly complement the sunny weather. Here are six tunes to add to your new spring playlist.


Plotinsky's delicious desserts are "Just About Baked"

By Zoe Johnson | April 28, 2014, 9:25 a.m. | In Entertainment »

Whether you're an experienced or newbie baker, if you're interested in trying out some yummy new dessert recipes, head over to "Just About Baked," English teacher Miriam Plotinsky's new food blog.

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