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Review: Faculty Variety Show A Night of Remembrance

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen The 9th annual faculty talent show, hosted by history teacher Jamie Rinaldi and English teacher Dave Weintraub on March 29, was a night that marked a new beginning for the South Community. 2014 has been a big year for South, and the transition was the main theme of the night. Four new teachers (history teacher Corey Davison, English teacher Beilin Ye, English teacher Mickeyl Lenzi, and English teacher Samuel Lee) […]

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Review: ‘One More Thing’ Captures the Essence of Modern Life

April 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Courtney Foster I’ll fess up to one of the larger points of irony in my life: I call myself a lover of literature, and yet I barely have time to read any of it. The day it arrived in the mail, I knew it was going to be different.  No flashy colors, no fussy illustrations — just a simple white book jacket proclaiming One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories in a […]

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Review: ‘Divergent’ Simple and Easy to Watch

March 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Dana Michlin In the slew of Hollywood films based on novels of dystopian societies, “Divergent” is the latest action-adventure movie targeted at teenage audiences. The movie features two teenage leads– Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley ) and  Tobias Eaton (Theo James) and is directed by Neil Burger. The film is based on the first book of a trilogy by Veronica Roth and is set in post-apocalyptic, isolated Chicago with a rigid social structure […]

A still from the 1930s portion of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a Wes Anderson Classic

March 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen Rating: 5/5 stars “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is definitively the most Wes Anderson-y movie Wes Anderson has directed (if that’s even possible), and most fantastically so. Anderson, an auteur in the best sense of the word, is known for his distinct style in every element of his filmmaking. His use of narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, and even typeface, all contain a distinct and playful quality that’s brilliantly esoteric. It […]

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Newton Looking For More Talent

March 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Siena Small Newton Has Talent, the Newton Rotary Club’s talent competition is being held for the second time this year. The talent show, which opened in 2013, allowed residents ages 12 and up to share their talent with others and to compete.  The 20 finalists are determined via a public vote, and then judges choose the winners. To enter the competition, contestants recorded a video sample of their talent and uploaded it […]


Dance for a Cause Tonight at South

March 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Ethan Epstein Tonight, Sunday March 16, The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions will be presenting a hip hop performance dance event called “Dance for a Cause.” The event will take place in the Newton South auditorium from 5:00-6:30 and will feature the Newton South dance team along with other dance groups, such as “PHUNK PHENOMENON” from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Tickets are 10 dollars and all proceeds will go to Jared’s […]

The 86th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, will air at 7 pm EST this Sunday (March 2nd, 2014).

2014 Oscar Predictions

March 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen With the 86th Annual Academy Awards rolling in this Sunday, it’s time to talk about the films we’ve seen this year. Though there will always be surprises when it comes to the Academy, I hope that this guide will serve as a vehicle for discussing our culture this year in films. Leading the pack this year are “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” though “American Hustle” is trailing only slightly […]

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Folktale “Inside Llewyn Davis” is Brilliantly Esoteric

February 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen Rating: 4.5/5 Stars If only Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) was given a chance. Maybe if he was born into a different time, maybe if he had connections or maybe if he had pursued a different life for himself, then circumstances would have worked out for him. But we’ll never know because “Inside Llewyn Davis” is set during the folk music scene in 1961 New York, and everything Llewyn touches “turns […]

Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz in “The Counselor.”

“The Counselor”: Greed is All-Consuming

February 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen Rating: 4.5/5 Stars “You don’t know someone until you know what they want.” “The Counselor” is a sleek and racy thriller from none other than legendary director Ridley Scott. It’s a cautionary tale about the nature of greed. The world in which the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), Laura (Penelope Cruz), Malkina (Cameron Diaz), Reiner (Javier Bardem) and Westray (Brad Pitt) inhabit knows no limits. Scott’s movie marks the first original screenplay […]

Freshman Noah Weisskopf in "Into the Woods." Photo by Siena Small.

Review: “Into the Woods” Complex, Stunning

February 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Courtney Foster With a complex plotline, challenging verbal density, and a harrowing musical score, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim did not make the musical “Into the Woods” easy to produce from the standpoint of directors, techies, and actors alike. Yet at the end of last week, SouthStage’s cast of roughly 30 thespians–the majority of them underclassmen–put on a show which stunned viewers equally over all three days of performance. The lights came […]