Author: James Sanford

Film Review: An imaginative look at the invention of Christmas.

It’s not surprising to see a version of A Christmas Carol hitting theaters this holiday season. Even though there are numerous portrayals of the story, one could justify it was about time to make another rendition of the well-known novella. However, The Man Who Invented Christmas takes a new spin on the story by focusing on Charles Dickens rather than on the atoning Scrooge. The film begins at the height of Dickens’ (Dan Stevens) fame with the release of his latest novel Oliver Twist in 1842. Hailed as a celebrity, Dickens is in the middle of a book tour...

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Murder on the Orient Express brings classic murder mystery to theaters

A murder has happened on the illustrious Orient Express. A man by the name of Mr. Ratchet (Johnny Depp) lay dead in his sleeping car covered with multiple stab wounds — 12 to be exact. The evidence? Ratchet’s loaded pistol unfired and under his pillow, a pocket watch with a broken face stopped at 1:15 am, a button from the coat of a train attendee, a pipe cleaner and a handkerchief initialed with the letter “H.” Only the distinct, flamboyant mustache of Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) can solve this mystery. This is the plot of the Nov. 10 film,...

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Three tips to help you return to the battlefield we call school

  If you woke up today, considered going to class, hit the snooze button and then went back to sleep, you probably weren’t the only one. Coming back to school after a week-long holiday can be a challenge. If you are struggling to adjust, here are three tips to help you not throw in the towel during the last few weeks of school.   Work out in the morning. It’s tempting to want to stay up until 2:00 a.m. and sleep in the next morning but working out in the a.m. can help get you back on a regular...

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Wolverine Fund looks to invest in student entrepreneurial ideas

This fall Utah Valley University will launch the Wolverine Fund — a student run venture capital group that provides a hands-on engaged learning experience in entrepreneurial investing. The fund gives students the opportunity to receive money for business ideas they have. And, the “Wolverine Associates,” a student group who will complete the selection and analysis process to vet those business ideas, will also gather business deals from a network of investors around the nation and the community. The students will be engaged in a similar process to that seen on the nationally syndicated television show Shark Tank. “[The fund]...

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Stranger Things Season 2 not as “Upside Down” as Season 1

Netflix released Season 2 of the ‘80s homage show Stranger Things on Oct. 28 and millions of the Netflix subscribers took to their couches to begin the binge of the 9 episode season. Season 2 definitely lived up to its title and to the anticipation built around its release, but one episode raised some eyebrows. A year has passed in Hawkins since the events of the last season. The group of boys, Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), have gone back to normal teenage lives after last season’s events by playing video...

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