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‘The Big Short’ outrages, impresses in retelling of financial crisis

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“The Big Short,” based on the book by Michael Lewis, is an insightful and important look at the 2008 financial crisis, though it is anything but unbiased. The movie follows various investors and traders both on and off Wall Street who realize that the housing market is a bubble years before anyone else does. By […]

College Board approves Redwood to pilot Advanced Placement Capstone

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Redwood was recently approved by the College Board to pilot a new Advanced Placement (AP) program, AP Capstone, for the 2016-2017 school year, according to Principal David Sondheim. According to the College Board, AP Capstone is a two year program which consists of two year-long classes, AP Seminar and AP Research. If students obtain at […]

Best bookstores offer big selections and low prices

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Whether you’re looking to find the latest bestseller or a Pulitzer-winning classic, the Bark has you covered with a review of the best bookstores in Marin. The Bark compared four bookstores: Barnes & Noble, Book Passage, Diesel and Copperfield’s. The bookstores were reviewed based on affordability, atmosphere, and quality of shopping experience.   Book Passage: (4.5 […]

‘By the Sea’ proves a vanity project by Jolie Pitt

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“By the Sea,” the latest film by director Angelina Jolie Pitt, is a visually beautiful movie, but not a particularly poignant one. Vanessa (Jolie Pitt) and Roland (Brad Pitt) star as a couple who visits the South of France, and the movie focuses on their collapsing marriage as Vanessa retreats into depression and Roland retreats […]


Not so ‘Wiped Out!’ by The Neighbourhood’s new album

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In a departure from the alt-rock feeling of its first album, “I Love You,” The Neighbourhood reaches for a more R&B inspired vibe on its new album, “Wiped Out!” Don’t be fooled by the exclamation point―this album is just as melancholy as the group’s debut album was. However, “Wiped Out” has teen-angst written all over […]


Motivation for an education shouldn’t be money

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The impact of work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is quickly quantifiable and impressive―doctors heal a broken bone, researchers discover a pill that will prevent the spread of HIV, engineers design an architectural wonder. The salaries earned by people in these fields are equally impressive. According to data from the […]


Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’ allows her voice to outshine production

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Lana Del Rey’s newest album “Honeymoon,” released Sept. 18, is the singer’s most artistic effort yet. The tone of the album takes listeners on an emotional rollercoaster between the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Del Rey projects a glamorous façade of ethereality with lyrics like, “Club queen on the downtown scene/Prowling around […]


‘Dumplin” serves up sass in coming of age tale

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“Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it,” reads the back of “Dumplin’,” a new coming-of-age novel by Julie Murphy, published Sept. 15. This sentence accurately represents the tone of the book―one of confidence and positivity with a heavy dose of Southern sass. Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson, […]

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Summer sun overshadowed by school pressures

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Summer should be a time to forget about the pressures of school and truly relax. No tests, no essays, no distractions. A time where my friends and I can go on the road trip we’ve always talked about, or spend days on end at the beach. But this summer, I found myself trying to hang […]

CINDERELLA, portrayed by Lily James, stares into the eyes of the Prince (Richard Madden) in the new live action Disney film Cinderella.

Live action film ‘Cinderella’ lives up to expectations

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The clock strikes midnight and Cinderella starts running, her long blue dress billowing out behind her. One glass shoe falls off her foot and she looks back before running on, desperate to make it home before the spell breaks. Kenneth Branagh’s live-action interpretation of “Cinderella” is a charming take on the fairy tale classic. The […]