This Week in Entertainment
Thresher Staff Writer Louis Lesser discusses the upcoming Arts and Entertainment you should look for this week:
This long-delayed sci-fi adventure film, produced by Michael Bay and previously marketed as Welcome to Yesterday, finally is released in theatres. The movie, which is produced as “found footage,” tracks a group of friends who build a time machine to undo past mistakes. Eventually, however, they recognize the dire and unintended consequences of altering the past. PG-13. 106 minutes.
From the creators of The Matrix series comes this CGI-heavy space opera starring Mila Kunis (Black Swan) and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher). The plot follows a normal, hard-working woman (Kunis) who is confronted by an intergalactic warrior (Tatum). When he explains to her that she is fated to a royal destiny that extends beyond her life on Earth, the two set off on a special-effects-laden adventure. R. 127 minutes.
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – The Decemberists:
From Portland, Oregon, the popular indie rock group has just released their seventh studio album, which is their first album since the Grammy-nominated The King is Dead (2011). The collection features 14 new and original songs that reflect the band’s distinct, folk-influenced style, including lead single “Make You Better.”
Blu-Ray, Streaming & DVD:
This action thriller film took viewers and critics by surprise when it was released this past fall. Its modest box office success indicates it could find a bigger audience in home entertainment. The film stars Keanu Reeves (47 Ronin) as a retired hit-man who goes back to work seeking vengeance for the murder of his dog. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes documentaries and audio commentary from the film’s directors.
More from The Rice Thresher
A new paid and audition-only student pep band will replace the Marching Owl Band at men’s and women’s basketball games and some volleyball matches, according to Rick Mello, Rice’s deputy athletics director. Mello said Rice athletics hopes to have a band of 30 students in place for the first basketball game in November.
Rice University experienced a series of thefts this past week. Six laptops and two iPads were stolen from a Duncan College suite and Duncan Hall respectively, according to the Rice University Police Department in a campus-wide email sent out last Wednesday morning.
As prices for various goods and services continue to rise nationally, student-run businesses and Rice departments such as Housing & Dining and Facilities Engineering & Planning are among those on campus implementing changes to handle this inflationary spike, while also working to keep prices reasonable for students.