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Meet the 2016 Mr. NCHS contestants

Meet the 2016 Mr. NCHS contestants

Maneesh Somisetty, Drew Quiriconi, and Jacek Kulak
February 10, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Video

"Why did you decide to audition for Mr. NCHS?" "Who is your biggest competitor?" "What's your favorite song to sing in the shower?" "If Mr. NCHS was The Hunger Games, what would be your weapon and who would win?" The Mr. NCHS contestants answer these questions and more in the Central Times'... Read more »

‘The Sword of Summer’ redeems Rick Riordan

‘The Sword of Summer’ redeems Rick Riordan

Virginia Aabram, vaabram.ct@gmail.com
January 28, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

If you are among the throngs of avid Percy Jackson fans who read your way through the mediocre “Kane Chronicles” and then cringed through “The Heroes of Olympus” series, then rejoice because Rick Riordan is working the magic again!  “The Sword of Summer," the first installment of the “Mag... Read more »

‘Blackstar’ is not just an album, but an experience

‘Blackstar’ is not just an album, but an experience

Sahi Padmanabhan, spadmanabhan.ct@gmail.com
January 27, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

I’ll admit, it took me a minute to work up the nerve to listen to ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”). I love David Bowie. He was an icon, an artist beyond compare and revolutionary for his time. In the 70s, he exploded onto the scene, this strange, androgynous figure who went on stage wearing make... Read more »

Leonardo DiCaprio gives Oscar-worthy performance in ‘The Revenant’

Leonardo DiCaprio gives Oscar-worthy performance in ‘The Revenant’

Emily Ware, eware.ct@gmail.com
January 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

As a personal fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and his never ending battle for an Oscar, I had to see “The Revenant.” And I’m happy to say, I was not disappointed. “The Revenant” was full of beautiful scenery: rushing rivers and crisp pine trees. Throughout the entirety of the movie, I felt as if... Read more »

‘Mr. Robot’: a weird name for a surprisingly addictive show

‘Mr. Robot’: a weird name for a surprisingly addictive show

Inaaz Mirza, imirza.ct@gmail.com
January 25, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Straying from its usual genres, the USA network introduced a psychological-thriller, "Mr. Robot," which fittingly won a Golden Globe for being the best TV show in 2016. Director Sam Esmail created a sharp perception on a basic idea of good vs. evil and soon, I began to contemplate my own values a... Read more »

“Sisters” is an enjoyable, but one-time experience

“Sisters” is an enjoyable, but one-time experience

Sanya Rupani, srupani.ct@gmail.com
January 4, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are definitely my two favorite TV actresses. As a fan of their shows, “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock,” respectively, I walked into this film with high hopes. In this movie, Poehler and Fey play sisters Maura and Kate Ellis, respectively, who walk two very dif... Read more »

Will Smith carries ‘Concussion,’ a valuable story with lackluster execution

Will Smith carries ‘Concussion,’ a valuable story with lackluster execution

Maneesh Somisetty, msomisetty.ct@gmail.com
December 31, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

When Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Will Smith, is assigned the daunting task of finding the true cause of death of retired Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster who supposedly committed suicide, he inadvertently finds himself at war with the National Football ... Read more »

Naperville Central jazz bands play at Frankie’s Blue Room for first time

Naperville Central jazz bands play at Frankie’s Blue Room for first time

Drew Quiriconi, dquiriconi.ct@gmail.com
December 16, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The air was hot but the jazz was cool as Naperville Central’s very own Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) took the stage for the first time ever at Frankie’s Blue Room in Downtown Naperville. The two bands opened for the professional horn ensemble, Brass From the Past. “I’ve called t... Read more »

‘Krampus’ is a cheap thrill, but a good laugh

‘Krampus’ is a cheap thrill, but a good laugh

Emily Ware, eware.ct@gmail.com
December 9, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

As a connoisseur of horror films, I am always up for any scary movie, so when I heard about “Krampus,” I was pumped. My favourite holiday, movie genre and “Parks and Recreation” actor (Adam Scott, for those interested) all combined? Sign me up! The movie was more dark humour than horror. If y... Read more »