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The Blue & Gray Press | May 24, 2018

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The Rock’s “Rampage” bursts into nearby movie theaters

April 26, 2018 |

By Harry Fisher
Senior Writer

It has a very different tone than the games, but on its own, it can be a rather entertaining movie.Read More

“Jesus Christ Superstar” comes to TV, appeals to new fanbase

April 5, 2018 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Life Editor

Over the last few years, several popular stage musicals have been adapted into live television shows.Read More

The little Italy of Fredericksburg

September 17, 2014 |

By JULIANNE KUHN

Since its opening, Basilico set out to provide a unique dining experience, intentionally distancing itself from other Italian restaurant competitors.Read More

"My Little Pony" is an Emotional Rollercoaster

October 5, 2011 |

By MADELINE MCDONALD

Hey, everypony! “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” is back!

Crack out the grass pancakes and apple cider everypony, and settle in for an emotionally charged two-episode premier of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” you will … Read More

'Crysis 2' is a Carbon Copy

April 20, 2011 |

Even with a suit that lets you turn invisible “Predator”-style or become nearly invincible, “Crysis 2” doesn’t do enough to set itself apart from every other first-person shooter game out there.

One of the most indicative qualities of “Crysis … Read More

'Crysis 2' is a Game Changer

April 20, 2011 |

“Crysis 2” takes a small step in a new, potentially revitalizing direction for the first-person shooter genre by providing players with more than just a linear shooting gallery. Is it revolutionary? No. Does it re-invent the wheel? Probably not.

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Panda Bear's New Album Offers More of the Same

April 20, 2011 |

By MATT BLAKLEY

The ornate sounds of “Tomboy,” the latest album Noah Lennox’s solo project Panda Bear will certainly leave fans satisfied.

Released under Lennox’s own Paw Tracks label, “Tomboy” is Panda Bear’s fourth record.  If you’re familiar with the … Read More

Mastodon’s ‘Live at the Aragon’ Does Justice To Their Masterful ‘Crack the Skye’ Album

April 14, 2011 |

Mastodon’s 2009 album “Crack the Skye” was your standard contemporary pop record: a set of seven songs, most of which clocked in at over five minutes, detailing the journey of a paraplegic boy whose soul is separated from his body … Read More

Tennis Takes You on a Bad Vacation to 'Cape Dory'

April 14, 2011 |

Looking to get in the mood for summer? Tennis’s latest album,“Cape Dory,” will do the trick.

The product of married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s seven month trip sailing along the eastern coast of the United States, “Cape Dory” … Read More

New 'Spelling Bee' Play is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S

April 7, 2011 |

By KALYNA JOWYK

With the absence of a formal Studio 115 season in the student run section of the Department of Theatre and Dance, UMW has been left hungry for any appetizing theatre.

Luckily, the newest play on the scene, … Read More

New R.E.M. Album Provides A Welcome Return To Form

April 7, 2011 |

By ALEX VAN BEEK

R.E.M.’s latest album, “Collapse Into Now,” is being lauded as the spiritual successor to their 2008 album “Accelerate,” which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

“Accelerate” didn’t have the classic R.E.M. sound that fans have come to … Read More

From the Academy Awards to Cheap Seats: Best Picture 'The King's Speech' Just $1

April 7, 2011 |

By TENILLE GOODMAN

The Academy Award winning Best Picture, “The King’s Speech,” is coming to Cheap Seats.

The film, a British period piece, is based on the true story of Albert Frederick Arthur George, the Duke of York, who, unless … Read More

The ‘Angry Birds’ Ditch the Pigs for ‘Rio’ But are as Addicting as Ever

April 6, 2011 |

The birds are back and angrier than ever, thanks to the recent launch of “Angry Birds: Rio,” the third game in the “Angry Birds” series.

“Angry Birds: Rio” is based upon the upcoming movie, “Rio,” about a macaw that finds … Read More

'LEGO Star Wars III' Wins 'The Clone Wars'

March 31, 2011 |

Is there a bigger franchise than “Star Wars”? Is there a more adorable building toy than LEGOs? No, and no.

For over a decade now, these two juggernauts have combined like an interstellar Reese’s Cup to the delight of fans … Read More

Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' Hits Where It Hurts

March 31, 2011 |

“Sucker Punch” is not what you wanted it to be.

At least, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be, which is to say an imaginatively ludicrous, fun action movie where girls get to kick ass for once. Sure, the … Read More

Salem's 'King Night' is Ghoulishly Good

March 31, 2011 |

By NATHAN BEMIS

I expected Salem’s album, “King Night,” to be just another techno album.

But after driving around Richmond with the disc jammed in my stereo for a couple of playthroughs, however, my opinion changed. “King Night” is something … Read More

Radiohead's Surprise Album is an Expected Delight

March 16, 2011 |

By SEAN COLLIGAN

With only a few days’ notice to the public, Radiohead released their eighth studio album, “The King of Limbs,” on Feb. 18.

After almost four years of “blogosphere” rumors from Thom Yorke and company concerning the much-anticipated … Read More

‘Marvel vs. Capcom 3′ a Knockout

March 16, 2011 |

Over a decade has passed since the cult hit “Marvel Vs. Capcom 2” took the world by storm.

In the constantly evolving world of video games, that’s almost a lifetime.

It’s difficult to imagine that the series’ trademark mix of … Read More

CHEAP SEATS: After a Stellar First Hour, ‘Deathly Hallows’ Reverts Back to Same Old ‘Potter’ Garbage

March 9, 2011 |

I have an active hatred for the first six “Potter” movies, so when people told me that “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is leagues beyond the other movies, I was pretty skeptical. And rightly so.

Those first six movies are awful. … Read More

‘Freedom’ enlightens readers

October 27, 2010 |

By Joshua Lawson

Jonathan Franzen’s most recent novel, “Freedom,” exemplifies the power of good writing. On the surface “Freedom” is a well-told story, full of compelling characters and relationships, but going deeper into the text reveals in-depth examinations of … Read More

Sexclamations: A Review of Metropolitian Area Sex Shops

September 15, 2010 |

Over the past year or so, I have visited the few sex shops that exist in the D.C metro area, in addition to the one I consider supreme in New York City. This review does not include every sex shop … Read More

Abraham Lincoln: axe murderer?

April 14, 2010 |

By Mary Wilkerson

What do the Roanoke Colony, Edgar Allen Poe and Abraham Lincoln all have in common? Well, vampires, according to Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

In this novel, Lincoln is less honest and more … Read More

New sports bar draws crowd

March 17, 2010 |

A new  sports bar, The Green Turtle Bar and Grille opened in December in the Spotsylvania Towne Center. Born in 1976 in Ocean City Maryland, the Green Turtle started out as a cozy bar where people could grab a bite … Read More

"Avatar": New Look, Same Old Story

January 21, 2010 |

Maybe I would have liked James Cameron’s mega-movie “Avatar” if I hadn’t seen Disney’s “Pocahontas” fifteen years ago. But I did, so instead I was just bored out of my mind. Sure, the special effects are great and the 3D … Read More

"Crack the Skye" Crushes You Slowly

January 21, 2010 |

What do Stephen Hawking, quadriplegics and Rasputin have in common? They’re all key players in the concept for Atlanta metal band Mastodon’s fourth studio album “Crack the Skye.” If we were talking about any other band, that would … Read More

'Uncharted 2' An Instant Classic

October 28, 2009 |

(5/5 stars)

Featuring one of the most exciting single-player adventures I’ve ever experienced, as well as extremely addictive cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” is a game that all PlayStation 3 owners need to have.

One of … Read More

'The Violet Hour' Showcases Acting Talent

September 30, 2009 |

By KATIE B. O’CONNOR

This past weekend, Studio 115 presented its first play of the season, “The Violet Hour,” which was written by Richard Greenberg and directed by UMW senior Paul Morris. This century-hopping tragicomedy centers on a young publisher … Read More

Off the Record: "Brand New Eyes" by Paramore

September 30, 2009 |

By BRYANT MATERA

(4/5 stars)

Paramore’s third full-length studio effort, “Brand New Eyes,” illustrates a surprising change of pace for the rocking foursome from Franklin, Tennessee. The album switches up Paramore’s sound a bit, although not as dramtically as  Panic! … Read More

'Mad Men' Worth Checking Out

September 30, 2009 |

By BRENDAN OUDEKERK

Like most of you reading this, I didn’t know too much about the hit series “Mad Men” three months ago. I knew it was critically acclaimed and apparently very interesting, but I knew no one that had … Read More

No Need to Cure This 'Hangover'

September 30, 2009 |

By PAULINA KOSTUROS

At first glance, “The Hangover” may appear to be the typical crass, foolish, let’s-get-naked “guy movie.” However, the movie’s entertainingly chaotic plot line and gut-busting humor make this a comedy worth seeing. Days before his wedding, Doug … Read More