October box office roundup: Frighteningly good

The October box office has a history of under-performing releases, often mired by overdone horror movies in honor of Halloween. Prior to this year’s record-breaking “Venom” release, “Gravity” (2013) held October’s highest opening weekend, followed by a line of horror films, including most of the “Saw” saga and some random outliers, like “High School Musical […]

Swedish pop star Tove Lo takes us through an emotional roller coaster on ‘Lady Wood’

Tove Lo has never been one to play by the rules. The Swedish singer-songwriter’s breakout hit, “Habits (Stay High)” (2013), introduced a style of pop that had little precedent on American Top 40 radio as Tove sang about the need to numb her emotional pain via substances and partying. The track’s dark chorus is built […]

‘The Girl on the Train’ takes the wrong track

There are many parallels between “The Girl on the Train,” released on Oct. 7, and “Gone Girl” (2014), but director Tate Taylor’s new film doesn’t weather the comparison well. The titular girl is Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), an alcoholic woman who travels to and from New York City every day on a commuter train. From […]

Arts & Living: A semester in review

Finals period is quickly approaching, and we’ve reached the part of the semester when students realize just how much they didn’t get done in the past three months. Even studying all year, those final projects are bound to sneak up on you, and chances are, amidst all the assignments, staying updated in the arts and […]

Fincher succeeds again with captivating ‘Gone Girl’ release

David Fincher may just be the most consistent director working in Hollywood right now, producing yet another deeply enthralling roller coaster of a thriller. There is no way to delve into the plot of “Gone Girl” (2014) without revealing too much. Let it simply be said that a man, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), comes home […]