Grace Segers is a senior majoring in political science. She can be reached at [email protected]

‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 to diverge from plot of books

Fans of Westeros rejoice: Popular HBO television show “Game of Thrones” (2011-present) is returning in just a few short weeks. The fifth season of the series, which is based on the fantasy novels of the same name by George R.R. Martin, will premiere on April 12. Devotees of the books should take note, however, because […]

New show ‘Bloodline’ combines family drama and noir mystery

“Bloodline” (2015), the newest addition to the growing pantheon of Netflix original shows, was released on March 20, with all thirteen episodes of the first season now available for streaming online. The show, created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, is both a moody portrait of dysfunctional family life and a slow-burn […]

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ shines with bright, wacky humor

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (2015), co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is the newest Netflix original series; its first season is now available for streaming. All 13 episodes of the show were released on Friday, March 6 to better facilitate binge-watching. The show stars Ellie Kemper as the titular Kimmy Schmidt, a 29-year-old woman who moves […]

‘Once Upon A Time’ balances crazy plot twists with fantastical charm

“Once Upon a Time” (2011 – present) returned for its midseason premiere on March 1, beginning the second half of its fourth season. For such a conceptually nontraditional show, it seems to be taking some risks with its newest plotline: a villainous alliance between Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), Ursula (Merrin Dungey) and Cruella De […]

History Channel’s ‘Vikings’ begins third season with battles, character development

The third season of the television show “Vikings” (2013 – present) premiered on the History Channel on Feb. 19 with an episode full of medieval intrigue and breathtaking battle sequences. The Irish-Canadian show focuses on the exploits of famed Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). While “Vikings” is similar in essence and tone to “Game of Thrones” (2011 – […]

‘Jupiter Ascending’ astounds with awful goodness

To be honest, there’s no real way to rate or describe “Jupiter Ascending” (2015), the latest film written and directed by the Wachowski siblings. Perhaps most famous for the film “The Matrix” (1999), Lana and Andy Wachowski have now created the most overwrought, dazzling and entertaining bad film of all time. Seriously, in 10 years “Jupiter Ascending” […]

New art collective Smaller Fortress offers diverse space to exhibit talent

The Tower Gallery in Tisch Library is currently featuring a new type of exhibit: one with pieces donated by students unaffiliated with an official art class or organization. The works currently featured in the gallery outside of the Tower Café are pieces by artists from Tufts’ new art collective, Smaller Fortress. This creative organization was […]

‘Empire’ shows evolution of TV’s modern American family

The beginning of 2015 saw the meteoric rise of a new popular television show: Fox’s “Empire.” The show premiered on Jan. 7 and has been steadily increasing in its ratings since its pilot episode. In fact, Fox has already renewed the show, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, for a second season. “Empire’s” rating success is especially significant, […]

‘All the Light We Cannot See’ stuns with depth of character

True art can act as a reminder that, despite conditions of darkness, there is always hope and there is light. “All the Light We Cannot See,” the stunning novel by Anthony Doerr, comments on the nature of blindness and light, both physical and metaphorical. Shortlisted for the 2014 National Book Award, the novel is achingly […]

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer highlights tensions between characters

On Jan. 12, Marvel released the second trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The first trailer premiered in October, showcasing the movie’s villain Ultron (voiced by James Spader) with an eerie cover of the song “I’ve Got No Strings” from the classic Disney movie “Pinocchio” (1940) playing in the background. A similarly disturbing acoustic version of the song […]

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