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Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence team up again for their latest, Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

ONLINE ONLY – ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ delivers

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | June 14, 2024
I thoroughly enjoyed “Bad Boys:  Ride or Die” because it had no preconceived notions about where it was going or what it was going to do.  If you’re there for a “Bad Boys” movie, this one delivers. A lot of people may still be turned off by Will Smith, who famously slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.  He may be forgiven by his fans, however.  The audience showed up big time for this sequel.  “Bad Boys 4” is a big hit. This time around Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett...
ONLINE ONLY: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga good, but...

ONLINE ONLY: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ good, but…

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | May 31, 2024
I liked “Furiosa:  A Mad Max Saga,” but I didn’t love it. This is a prequel to George Miller’s amazing “Mad Max” original in 1979. Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit” streaming series) takes on the role of Furiosa introduced by Charlize Theron in “Mad Mad:  Fury Road” in 2015.  Taylor-Joy portrays Furiosa as a kidnapped teen in this prequel. It’s a solid movie, but it’s missing part of the enjoyment mixture.  It just isn’t as great as “Fury Road.”  The sound mix is amazing, however.  The speakers were rumbling...
Henry Cavill, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Ritchson, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Henry Golding in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

ONLINE ONLY: ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | May 24, 2024
I enjoyed “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” immensely. It’s so much fun. Henry Cavill, post his Superman roles in “Man of Steel” in 2013, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016 and “Justice League” in 2027, takes on the role of a real-life soldier in this Guy Ritchie-directed war comedy-with-drama that’s based on a true story. It’s kind of in the same vein as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourous Basterds.” All the repercussions involved in war take place in sort of a “Dirty Dozen” fashion involving...
Hip-hop, round 2: You die, you lose

Hip-hop, round 2: You die, you lose

Benjamin LeBlanc, Staff Writer | May 20, 2024
Welcome to the world of hip-hop, where emcees battle for a large fan base and to stay relevant for a chance to become a billionaire. As times change, the strategies of positioning to survive the chaos of the music industry changes as well. Whether you are mainstream or underground, the fruits of hip-hop can be in abundance. Musicians should be mindful of the old saying, “Everything glitter ain’t gold.” A true lifestyle of being health conscious might allow someone to taste their sweet victory longer as a...
ONLINE ONLY: Fall Guy entertaining and engaging

ONLINE ONLY: ‘Fall Guy’ entertaining and engaging

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | May 17, 2024
Despite an unspectacular opening weekend, “The Fall Guy” is an entertaining and engaging ride.  It’s based on a 1980s TV show of the same title starring Lee Majors. In this version we have Ryan Gosling as Colt Seavers, a stunt man who never shows his face because he’s a body double for big Hollywood action megastar Tom Ryder, portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Bullet Train,” “The King’s Man). The plot involves Emily Blunt as filmmaker Jody Moreno, Colt’s old flame, who’s getting her big chance...
Tales of Glory - a cartoon by Jerry Weiss

Tales of Glory – a cartoon by Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss, Staff Cartoonist | May 14, 2024
Chronicle staff cartoonist Jerry Weiss takes a look at the glorious results at the end of the semester.
I wished for something more than this

I wished for something more than this

Aislyn Smith, Editor-in-Chief | May 10, 2024
Disney’s animated adventure-comedy “Wish,” which opened in theaters in late November but began streaming on Disney+ April 3, was a disappointing flop to some, even though its worldwide gross is nearing $255 million. However, the disappointment is not for the reasons most may think. I went into this movie already skeptical after hearing everyone’s dislike for the film, and while I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t my favorite movie ever, I disagreed with the other critics. Most people complained...
We just did homework - a cartoon by Jerry Weiss

We just did homework – a cartoon by Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss, Staff Cartoonist | May 7, 2024
Chronicle staff cartoonist Jerry Weiss examines the nature of homework.
‘The First Omen’ a bad one for the future of horror

‘The First Omen’ a bad one for the future of horror

Raine Caldwell, Staff Writer | May 3, 2024
It appears that we have another take on the Antichrist story in the movie “The First Omen.” This movie takes us to Rome in 1970, where Margaret, played by, Nell Tiger Free, is dropped off at a Catholic orphanage to become a full-fledged nun. She is not in Massachusetts anymore as she witnesses mass protest from young adults arguing for change in various issues. Margaret has some problems of her own in the journey to “take the veil.” She discovers her new purpose for the church and does...
‘Civil War’ is an unfulfilling nothing burger

‘Civil War’ is an unfulfilling nothing burger

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | April 26, 2024
Just so readers know, “Civil War” is a brand new movie. It has nothing to do with Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which was the top grossing movie of 2016. Production company A24 brings us this new “Civil War,” which topped box-office returns with $26 million in its opening weekend (April 12-14), according to box-office results posted on IMDb.com. Though, this action-thriller is like dry white toast. It’s unfulfilling, like a nothing meal. We never know which political party the president of the United...
No shortage of beef in this rap

No shortage of beef in this rap

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | April 25, 2024
In a move that has sent shockwaves through the rap world, Kendrick Lamar has resurfaced with a diss track aimed at Drake and J. Cole. Lamar’s verse on Metro Boomin and Future’s “Like That” has reignited the age-old tradition of rap beefs, and started stirring debates about legacy, clout and the essence of hip-hop culture. Lamar’s verse on “Like That” makes it clear that he’s not here to play games. Addressing the notion of a “big three” in rap, which includes himself, Drake and J. Cole, Lamar...
COMMENTARY: Hip-Hop, Round II, pt. 2

COMMENTARY: Hip-Hop, Round II, pt. 2

Benjamin LeBlanc, Staff Writer | April 23, 2024
Imagine this; you are a musician and finally get a shot at the big leagues. Someone in Artists and Repertoire (A&R) sets you up for a meeting, and for a finder’s fee, you to get a multi-million-dollar deal. The chance of a lifetime is waiting if you accept. You’ve been putting in the all the hard work and you deserve it. This is life changing money that you can’t make as a working individual… From the life of an entry level fry guy at McDonald’s to a life of the rich and famous. The ethics and morals of today’s...
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