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    Staff Picks for February 2017

    With movies clambering to make the big screen before the spring awards season rolls around, theaters are often busiest as the year comes to a close. Now that deadlines for the bulk of film awards ceremonies have come and gone, movie enthusiasts may be hard-pressed to find anything new to watch. But who needs to spend nine to fourteen dollars- not to mention the astronomical popcorn prices- at the theater, when there are plenty of great movies to watch in your own living room? One such film is “Ex Machina,” a Frankenstein-esque sci-fi about the concept of artificial human intelligence, released in 2014. With only four speaking roles, the movie…

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    Staff picks: movies, music, and books to fill your winter

    By: Olivia Cohen As winter swiftly approaches, people are beginning to spend more time inside with their favorite form of entertainment. Whether it be music, movies, or books, there is an endless number of possibilities to fill the days off. Read on for the ECHO’s recommendations on how to fill the coldest months of the year. For fans of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Patrick Dempsey is sure to please in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Made in 1987, this movie is full of teen angst, love interests, and perms. Roland Miller (Dempsey), has been treated like an outcast for most of his life. Thanks to his lawn mowing job, he finally…

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    ECHO: Staff Picks

    Fall is a time of transition: autumn arrives in the form of amber-colored leaves that slowly conceal the sidewalk. School is in swing and work must be completed. November is a month of relaxation but also enrichment. Enjoy the ECHO’s list of things to enjoy after first quarter while puttering away at homework or sitting outside with a warm drink. A book that I recommend to be paired with pumpkin spice lattes and trips to Honeysuckle Tea House is undoubtedly essential. “Consider The Lobster” is an eloquent collection of essays and short stories written by the contemporary philosopher and critically acclaimed novelist, David Foster Wallace. It includes stories of all…

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    Staff Picks: Emma Brodey recommends old favorites

    By Emma Brodey The months in-between winter break and spring break can be monotonous, to say the least. Days off of school are few and far between, and no end is in sight. Fear not, however. Dark winter days can be brightened by excellent books, movies, and music. Sports and Online editor Emma Brodey shares some of her favorite entertaining alternatives to cat videos on YouTube. Book: “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maude Montgomery “Anne of Green Gables” is one of the funniest, sweetest, and most beautifully written books you will ever read. Set in rural Canada in the early 1900s, it is the story of a charming, charismatic…

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    Staff Picks: Hannah Schanzer

    By Hannah Schanzer In an age over saturated with entertainment in almost every medium, sometimes it is overwhelming to choose what to watch, listen to or read. Fear not confused peasants! The ECHO is launching a new column with entertainment suggestions from expert staff writers. This week, spread-itor Hannah Schanzer will be fulfilling her a lifelong dream of telling others to like the same things she does. Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I give this recommendation with a grain of salt, because once you start reading this critically acclaimed, pitch black thriller, you will not be able to put it down. I picked it up in an airport bookstore…