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‘Ma’ serves up a box office flop

“Ma” is much like a car accident: grotesquely horrible but for some reason, you are absolutely unable to look away.  The film, directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, features Octavia Spencer in the titular role of Sue Ann Ellington, soon known to the town’s teenagers as Ma. The …

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ crowns a box office king

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an epic monster fight going back to the dawn of time.  The film, directed by Michael Doughtery, stars the titular ancient titan alongside three major classic kaiju, referred to in the film as “Titans.” The other three giant monsters are Mothra, Godzilla’s recurring insectoid sidekick, Rodan, the …

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Melinda Roelfs takes over as interim registrar

After a long career, registrar Debbie Greve steps away to retirement, but her position will not be filled by an empty suit.  During her 31 years at Pittsburg State University, Greve served in the office of admissions and then worked as the assistant registrar, and eventually the registrar in 2007.  “She’s (Greve) had a great career,” …

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Bicknell Center celebrates rehearsal room completion

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, a standing structure of musical performances and enrichment, is now complete.  University students, faculty and staff, and Pittsburg community members came together Wednesday, April 24 in the newly completed rehearsal room at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the new and last addition to the …

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Marvel characters bring it all home

With “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming to a momentous stopping point. It’s time to ask, “What has it amounted to?”, “What will come next?”, and “Why should anyone care about these movies?”  The MCU had simple beginnings but not exactly smooth ones. For those that remember, …

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‘Pet Sematary’ raises the box office and ratings

“Pet Sematary” is a shocking remake of the Stephen King classic, and it will send a shiver down the spine of any unsuspecting viewer.  The film, directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, follows Louis Creed, played by Jason Clarke, and his family after they move to rural Ludlow, Maine from the busier Boston. Creed …

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‘Shazam!” says the magic word: fun!

“Shazam!” is a stark turnaround from most DC movies released to date: and news flash, that’s incredible.  The film, directed by David F. Sandberg, follows Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, a 15-year old foster kid who discovers a magical power that turns him into a superhero. Batson, after multiple …

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