Breakthrough is a movie that is based off of a true story. It is a story about a little boy who was playing out on the ice with his friends when he fell through. It tells about his story and what he went through after the incident. This story is very inspiring to me and many others. It kept me interested because it repeatedly showed him in the hospital bed going in and out of death. This movie was directed by Roxann Dawson and the release date was April 17, 2019. The main characters played in the movie are Joyce Smith (played by Chrissy Metz), Brian Smith (played by Josh Lucas), John Smith (played by Marcel Ruiz), Pastor Jason (played by Topher Grace), Tommy Shine (played by Mike Colter), and Doctor Garrett (played by Denis Haysbert). This movie took about 2 hours to watch. I would rate this movie 4 out of 5 because I sort of started to drift off after a while maybe because it was too long or because it was boring. I loved this movie a lot and it sends a good message to people of all ages.
Shazam! was a movie created by David Sandberg that was released on April 5, 2019. The movie’s genre is fantasy and science fiction and also has a lot of comedy involved in the movie. This movie was very entertaining and definitely a movie I would watch again. I would recommend this movie and rate it five stars because it stands out to me. I usually don’t like superhero movies, but the action and comedy definitely kept me intrigued. The movie itself was two hours and twelve minutes, but time flies when your watching the movie because of the fun concept. The plot was a 14 year old boy who ended up in a group home because he lost his mother at a amusement park at a young age. He then had an unordinary incident which turned him into a superhero and he had to figure out how to save the world from evil whilst also maintaining his life as a 14 year old boy. My favorite character was Ross Butler who emerges at the end of the movie. He is my favorite character because he all around seems fit for this role and does a great acting job, but I also know him from different TV shows so I was very excited.
The directors of Captain Marvel are Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. If you love Marvel movies, you will definitely love this movie. It’s interesting because this is the beginning to all Marvel movie, so you would have to see this before you see Avengers: Endgame. It is 2 hours 5 minutes long. The movie is about a woman named Vers, who lives on Kree, and lost all her memories. After she is kidnapped she escapes to earth where she meets Fury and they work together. While working together they uncover her memories and truth about Kree. I would rate this movie 5 out of 5 starts.
A Dog’s Way Home
McKenzie Matheny and Emily Shaw
A Dog’s Way Home is a movie that recently premiered in movie theaters around the world on January 11th, 2019. The movie is about a dog named Bella who got lost and took a journey around the west to find her family again. On the way, she found a baby cougar who she raised as her own child. They soon became best friends and comforted each other through the dark, cold nights. She however, did find temporary homes on the way, but Bella eventually left to continue her journey home. She ran into many obstacles like getting hit by a car and animal control trying to take her away because pitbulls are “Dangerous and threatening animals”. The setting takes place in Denver Colorado and New Mexico. We give this movie 5 out of 5 stars, because it is a heart-warming movie that will certainly make your eyes water.
A Quiet Place
By: Nicolas Rodriguez
A Quiet Place is a horror movie based on a apocalyptic earth. In this place, there are monsters that have very good hearing. John Krasinski is the director of this movie. I would recommend this movie because it has a very good storyline and good actors. It also incorporates the use of sign language. This movie has really great reviews, I believe this movie deserves these reviews. This movie is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. This movie was very interesting; it kept my attention very well. The main characters were the mom, dad, daughter, younger son, and older son. My favorite character was the father because he was trying to find a way to defeat the monsters, and tried to find help. I would rate this movie 4 stars because the characters didn't have names. Overall the movie was pretty good and I would recommend it.
McKenzie Matheny and Emily Shaw
“Nailed it” is a Netflix original tv show that challenges people who don’t normally bake to create masterpieces. There are two rounds of baking in each 30 minute episode with 3 judges. They have to make desserts like a winter wonderland, a castle, etc.. The first round is called baker’s choice where they get to choose an option of what they want to make. For example, if the topic is cake-pops, they could choose between a polar bear, a penguin, or a seal. Since they get to choose what they want to bake in the first round it makes the second round more challenging. The winner of the first round gets a golden bakers hat and a surprise kitchen gift. In the second round, the food that they are challenged to bake is more difficult and intricate. Most of the bakers who attempt the baking challenge don’t in fact, nail it, but instead fail it. The winner of the second round wins $10,000.
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth is a TV show you can find on Netflix. It is about two girls who live completely different lives, but they weren’t supposed to have the lives they have. Waris Hussein is the director of Switched at Birth. This took me about 4 weeks or a little more to watch the whole series. In the movie, they say it is set in Kansas City but really it was shot in South Carolina. My favorite character and also the one I relate to most is Daphne (played by Katie Leclerc). I would rate this 4 out of 5 because in the middle it got less climatic so I stopped watching it, but overall the TV show is good. I would recommend this if you like dramatic and spontaneous TV shows.
Madea’s Family Funeral
By: Emily Shaw and Chloe Stewart
Madea’s Family Funeral was released to theaters March 1, 2019. It is the last Madea movie being made by Tyler Perry’s request. This movie was not only directed by Tyler Perry, but he was also the main character. The movie itself was an hour and forty-two minutes long and was very entertaining, as well as comedic. The plot of this movie was a small family reunion that quickly turned into a family funeral by an unfortunate event. The setting of this movie took place in a small-town in Georgia and some of the main characters were Madea, played by Tyler Perry; Aunt Bam, played by Cassie Davis; Renee; played by Quin Walters; and more. Our favorite character was Hattie, played by Patricia Lovely. We would rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars because of its comedy and great acting. This was keeping our attention because of its hilarious content and amazing actors.
The Perfect Date
By: McKenzie Matheny
“The Perfect Date” is an original Netflix movie that came out Friday, April 12, 2019. The movie stars actors and actresses including Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, and Camilla Mendes. “The Perfect Date” was directed by Chris Nelson and based on the book “The Stand-In”, written by Steve Bloom. The movie is about a poor high school kid named Brooks Rattigan who wants to have the nicest car, go to Yale, and date the most popular girl. While working at the sandwich shop, he takes an opportunity to make more cash by posing as Celia’s boyfriend for a school dance. At the dance, he meets the girl of his dreams, Shelby, and in order to impress her, he needed more money. After the dance, he realizes he can make lots of money off of this and signs up for the app “Stand-In.” With the help of his best friend Murph, Brooks poses as dates to all kinds of parties. At these parties he dresses up to fit the part, he becomes a cowboy, a tennis player, an art enthusiast, an 80s character, etc. While making all of this money he starts talking to Shelby more and more each day. Along the way, Celia booked Brooks an interview at Yale but has to lie in order for the Dean to like him. All the money he is gaining is making Brooks stuck up and only care about his money and popularity. Shelby asks Brooks to her school dance, and they go together, but it doesn’t work out as planned. Brooks decides that since he had to lie for the Dean at Yale to like him, the school wasn’t for him. In the end, Brooks and Celia realize they have a crush on each other and end up falling in love. Overall, “The Perfect Date” was an amazing movie that I would give 5 out of 5 stars. If you love rom-coms, and or movies with lots of drama, you will love this movie.
by: Chloe Stewart
The Glass movie was an amazing, emotional, and exciting movie all at the same time. Manoj Nelliyattu directed Glass and its amazing quality. I would recommend this movie to people who like thrillers, dramas and fantasies. This was definitely an interesting movie, because of it’s exciting scenes. It kept my attention very well. This took about 2 hours to watch. There wasn’t a direct setting it was all over the place. It was shot in Philadelphia and Allentown, PN. The main characters were James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, and Samuel L. Jackson. Overall, I would rate this a 5 out 5 because I loved it and it was an exciting movie.
“Moon Over Manifest”
By: Mackenzie Minniefeild
The author of the book Moon Over Manifest is Clare Vanderpool. At the beginning, I found it boring, but as I continued to read I found it more interesting. I loved hearing the stories that were told in the past and how everyone was connected. It takes about 9 hours and 30 minutes to read in one day. It was about Abilene Tucker, a sweet and adventurous girl in 1936. Her father sent her to a small town called Manifest, Kansas whiled he worked on a railroad. She becomes curious and learns about the past of the town to learn about her father’s childhood, because he grew up in that town.
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
The director of Maze Runner: Scorch Trails is Wes Ball. Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. After gaining help from a new ally, the plan their escape into the scorch. The scorch is a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD. This is the second movie in the series called Maze Runner. If you liked the first movie “Maze Runner” then I recommend you watching this one as well.
Rice cakes are shapes that are made out of sweetened and condensed
rice. In my opinion, rice cakes are really good. I have had a couple of friends that hate them and say they taste like Styrofoam. To me they almost taste like cinnamon, but they do have different kinds of rice cakes. Sometime the rice cakes do taste like Styrofoam to me, but it still has a cinnamon flavor. I would recommend you try it before you judge it (don’t judge a book by its cover). They were developed in Southeast Asia where rice has been grown for nearly 5,000 years. The Chinese got the idea from the Nara Period. They are originally in 710-794 A.D or Nara Period
University of Central Arkansas
The University of Central Arkansas is located in Conway, AR. This is a beautiful campus for students who love the small town feel while still being close to downtown. I took a tour over Spring Break. The campus was very pretty and clean. There are some confusing streets that randomly dead end or are for pedestrians only beyond that point. The Christian Cafeteria (named after a person) was very clean. It had Chick-Fli-A Express (they make the food and you grab what you want), a sub shop, a burger shop, sushi, and more. UCA is known for its psychology and biology/biological sciences programs. It is one of the oldest universities in Arkansas. The library was very large and had a Starbucks in it for coffee needs. Their mascot is the Central Arkansas Bears. Their football field is purple and grey stripes, but they have to redo it because it is now illegal to have different colored fields because it messes up the other team’s depth perception. I would recommend this college for anyone who likes the small town feel while still being close to the city.
El Porton is a Mexican restaurant that is located near Wolfchase. This Mexican restaurant has some of the best dipping sauce ever. I had their nachos, it came with nacho cheese and it was delicious. They also sell tacos, burritos, enchiladas and a lot more. This place was really clean. The bathrooms where also clean. They had a baby changing station on both of the bathrooms.The service was really good, and if you speak Spanish they all also speak Spanish. This place is also very good for large amounts of people and it was really nice.
By: Duncan McArthur
Grammarly is a tool you can download on your computer for free. I use Grammarly whenever I have writing work. The safari extension and the download both have the same benefits and work just as well. I would pick Grammarly over any other writing tool. It has a tool that doesn’t just correct your writing but improve it. I would recommend Grammarly if you want to improve your writing or just want to use the helpful tools.
WonderWorks Pigeon Forge
WonderWorks Pigeon Forge is an upside down house in Pigeon Forge. This upside down house is themed on science most of the time. I liked that it was like a science theme and it teaches you a lot about science. There was also a lot of rides like a face polar coaster that spun all three sixty degrees. But my favorite was not a ride, it was a Tesla coil if you don’t know what a Tesla coil is, a Tesla coil is a form of the induction coil for producing high-frequency alternating currents. The house also had a second floor which was like an arcade type of thin. It had a laser and other games. I had a really fun time in this house, and I enjoyed it.
E’s Café is open 24 hours and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time. I would recommend the Big E’s Breakfast for your first time. In my opinion, the waffles are sweet but not too sweet. If you ever get their hash browns you should try them with ketchup or syrup. The eating area is very clean and you can see them cooking which is very entertaining. It is located in downtown Memphis. It is a perfect place to hang out with friends or with family. In the seating area, you can sit in a booth, or you can sit at the counter. If you ever go walking in downtown Memphis and get hungry, be sure to stop at E’s Café.
El Sabor Latino
El Sabor Latino is a Colombian restaurant that serves really good food. This restaurant has really good service and the food is really fresh. The bathrooms are really clean. The tables are also really clean. But the best part are the drinks. But the food is really good and they serve a lot of it. The reviews online also show that the restaurant is really good and that is really clean, and the staff is friendly.
Five Below is a dollar store with two locations to in the Bartlett area, to my knowledge. If you didn't know all items are five dollars or below hint the name, Five Below. The store has been clean every time I have been to a location in this area. You can get really big bags of candy for $5. I found this really cool item that let’s you watch movie or tv show without having to hold the phone. There are also a ton of cool kinds of life hack stuff all over the store. It has good service and there is music that plays all the time in the store. Over all, 5 Below is a good store and I would recommend it.
“Goats on the Roof”
By: Nicolas Rodriguez
Goats on the roof is a roller coaster in Pigeon Forge which you can control. This was the first roller coaster I’ve ever gone on. This roller coaster was awesome because you could control the speed. The name comes from part of the ride, you get to feed goats on one part of it. This roller coaster can also seat two people but the second person has to be a child. In conclusion this solar coaster was really fun.
By Duncan McArthur
Clickup is an organizing tool and calendar to help you stay on track with your work. To set up an account just put in your email account password and your name and you have made an account. Clickup is a free website and fairly easy to use. I use Clickup every week to submit my article to my editor. All you have to do to make an assignment is to click the new task to make a due date and assign it if need be. Clickup is similar to monday.com but it's free. Overall I would recommend Clickup if you need help organizing.
Stoby’s Restaurant and PattiCakes Bakery
By: Paige Proseus
Stoby’s is a restaurant in Conway, Arkansas. They are known for their Mexican Punch and cheese dip. I personally am not a huge fan of cheese dip, but my family loved it. I was also not a fan of the Mexican Punch because I am not a huge fan of foreign foods. I got the chicken tender plate because it is very hard to mess those up. It was very good. The place was very quaint and charming. Each of the booths had their own light control. You could dim the light or brighten them to your liking. As a result of ordering 4 meals, we got 4 free cupcakes or cookies from their other store, PattiCakes Bakery. The s’mores cupcake was delicious but quite rich. Stoby’s is also known for their possum pie, but we did not get it because the meals were enough for our family especially with the cupcakes from PattiCakes. Overall, I would rate these 2 places a 10 out of 10 for customer service, taste, and cleanliness. If you are every in Conway, Arkansas or passing by I recommend you stop by Stoby’s and PattiCakes Bakery.
Wing stop is a wing place in Bartlett. It’s not the best place to eat, but that might just be because I like Wing Guru better. I would recommend calling in to get your food, because it took them like 45 minutes just to get our food. The restaurant is pretty clean, but the service isn’t the best in the world. I didn’t really like the wings, but the rest of my family did. There is only 2 types of dip, blue cheese and ranch. There are rolls and they were okay, but, I think they were just bought from a store like Kroger or Walmart. My favorite part were the fries. They are almost as good as Five Guys. Over all, Wing Stop is an okay place to get some wings with your family.
Andy B’s Bartlett
By: Nicolas Rodriguez
Andy B’s Bartlett is a bowling ally on Stage Road. This bowling ally also has an arcade part. They sell food like pizza. The pizza they offer is cheese, pepperoni, and more. They also sell drinks of all kinds like sodas, lemonade, and tea. The staff was very friendly and they were super helpful with finding which ball we should use and directing us to our lane. The place was clean and it looks really nice from the inside as well from the outside.
By: McKenzie Matheny
Asher Angel is a 16 year old singer and actor who gained his fame from the Disney Channel show, “Andi-Mack.” Asher has been singing since he was little and he sings on the show as well. Some of his most popular songs include “Chemistry,” “Getaway,” and the theme song from “Andi-Mack” called “Tomorrow Starts Today.” All of these songs were released in 2018 and he is continually creating and recording new songs. In addition, Asher’s songs have millions of views on youtube and he has 2.6 million followers on instagram. Asher also appeared at the Delta Fair in 2018, singing some of his most recent and popular songs. In 2019, Asher Angel announced that he was in a relationship with singer and actress Annie LeBlanc, who appeared in Asher’s music video for his song “Chemistry.” Because of his rise to fame, he is now going to be in the new movie “Shazam” which premieres April 5th. Overall, Asher Angel is a sensational singer and actor who is rising to fame everyday.