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Netflix’s “Murder Mystery”

Priyanka Gera, Culture Editor

June 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

“Murder Mystery” reunites Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in a Netflix original film. The duo was last paired back in 2011 on the set of “Just Go With It.” The plot of this murder mystery may not be entirely original, but Sandler and Aniston bring their comedic twists and hopeless confusion ...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “A Day in the Life of America”

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor Emeritus

May 31, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

“A Day in the Life of America,” directed by Jared Leto of “30 Seconds to Mars” fame, is a tight 78-minute documentary tracing the 24 hours of July 4th, 2017 across the various states. Employing an impressive 92 individual camera crews, the film is meant to serve as — in Leto’s eyes — ...

St. John’s Grad “Veldor” Makes The Billboard Music Charts

Henry Wright, Contributing Writer

May 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Audio, Culture, Music

Nicholas Martin Kunkel, AKA "Veldor," charts for the first time on The Billboard Music Charts. A 2015 graduate, of St. John's University College of Professional Studies, makes his first sound wave in the hot entertainment business of the music world. He is a Christian artist with a heart for the peo...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Crown Vic”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

In most cases, many films reuse the same plot from other films, depending on the genre. However, there are some films that can recycle a plot and turn it into something new. “Crown Vic” is one of those successful revamps. “Crown Vic” follows two police officers, played by Thomas Jane and Luke...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Blow the Man Down”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

Usually in a time of mourning of a close relative or loved one, many people would try to comfort each other. However, instead of comfort, there’s a dead body in the ocean, a murder weapon that is missing and shady behavior amongst friends. That is the film, “Blow the Man Down,” in a nutshell and it’s fantastic. ...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Come to Daddy”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

Meeting your father after many years of absence is tough to get through, but, for Elijah Wood, there are more challenging events than reuniting with a lost parent. Wood plays Norval, a young man who hasn’t seen his father since he was a child. One day, he receives an unexpected letter from h...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Dayra Santana and Chyna Davis

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

You may be familiar with the Ted Bundy trials. The docu-series and movie about this notorious serial killer have made their way to Netflix this past year. More specifically, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” and “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” by Joe Berlinger have been g...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Flawless”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

There are some stories that appeal to certain audiences because of the message that they bring. With that, there are some that tell their message well and some that don’t. While, “Flawless” does have flaws, the film nevertheless delivers a strong message about the issues of being a transgen...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “For They Know Not What They Do”

Dayra Santana, Features Editor

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

“For They Know Not What They Do” dives headfirst into the devastating effects of the conservative religious right on LGBTQ+ youth and their families. The film acts as a follow-up to filmmaker Daniel Karslake’s 2007 film, “For The Bible Tells Me So,” which explored the experiences of re...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Goldie”

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

With the red carpet rolled out, the film “Goldie” premiered on the second night of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the story of an 18-year-old girl named Goldie in the Bronx - based on the life of fashion model Slick Woods, a  model for Marc Jacobs and was handpicked by Rihan...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Lost Bayou”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras, Cajuns, Voodoo, etc. In “Lost Bayou”, Louisiana is also home to an anxious journey of pain and and healing. A woman named Gal, who is trapped in a cycle of addiction, is estranged from her young child. One day, she receives a cryptic, yet troubling call from her father with al...

Tribeca Film Festival Presents “Low Tide”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Tribeca Film Festival

When people think summer time, they usually think of spending time on the beach or going to an amusement park. But in “Low Tide,”  audiences saw that not all things are fun and happy in the summer. “Low Tide” tells the story of three teenagers: Alan, Red and Smitty, who instead having fun ...

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