Chris Ernst

Entertainment

Menopause proves a pleasure no matter age, sex

Menopause the Musical is an uproariously good time, especially for those in on the joke. The cast of four breathed so much life and nuance into what could have been just schtick. They frequently transcended the comedy from their “situation” and the laughs can be enjoyable for those who are not female and/or of a certain age. More words were sung, in Yankovic-esque menopause parody to the tune of the hits of the 50’s and 60’s, than spoken over the course of the show making the entire show easily digestible and energetic.

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Only half of King and I pair entertains

Rogers and Hammerstein’s landmark musical, The King and I, entertains audiences for a limited time at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The culture clash story may entertain diehard fans, but neophytes may find it too simple. This problem is only magnified by the lackluster portrayal of one of the main characters. However, the other lead shined with an impressive voice and great delivery.

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Straw Dogs lacks classic’s ambiguity

Straw Dogs, a remake of a film of the same name waters down the original for modern audiences but maintains a modicum of verisimilitude that is perhaps more salient, or at least more focused. Starring James Marsden, the Mississippi-set film does not pack as many punches or have as many complex themes as the original, but the ones it does explore are interesting. This remake is based on the 1971 original, which is based on the novel, The Siege of Trencher’s Farm.

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Green Lantern underwhelms

The Green Lantern is the most recent big budget import from Hollywood starring Ryan Renolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. The $200 million dollar project introduces yet another superhero to America. This time the offering is helmed by action movie veteran Martin Campell, who is best known for GoldenEye, Casino Royale and The Mask of Zorro.

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Yelle suffers from sophomore slump

Yelle is a French band currently touring with Katy Perry. Safari Disco Club is their second fantastic album after four long years. While many fans will be disappointed by the more mature sound the band found, their music reaches many more people now because it is less flamboyantly youthful. Safari Disco Club is a very fun album, and it is entirely cheerful and infectious.