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Secca Dispatches

Secca Dispatches

Ben Ridgeway December 3, 2016

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) has opened a new exhibit, “Dispatches,” which will be open until Feb. 19, 2017. The word “dispatches,” first used in 1536, is defined as the...

Promising new “Arrival” to the sci-fi scene

Promising new “Arrival” to the sci-fi scene

Ben Ridgeway November 17, 2016

The film “Arrival,” directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”, “Prisoners”) opened on Friday, Nov. 11, to packed theaters. “Arrival” is about a world-renowned linguist [Amy Adams], “American...

“Priceless” receives a poor review this movie season

Ben Ridgeway October 19, 2016

The movie “Priceless” was directed by Ben Smallbone and opened in theaters on Oct. 14, 2016. Reportedly, the movie is based on “true events,” but I am not sure at what level they are true. The...

This new novel-turned-film surprises and entertains

This new novel-turned-film surprises and entertains

Ben Ridgeway October 13, 2016

“The Girl on the Train” directed by Tate Taylor opened in theaters on Thursday, Oct. 6. Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, the film has received mixed and rather harsh reviews from critics and viewers...

New comedy has funny moments but falls short

New comedy has funny moments but falls short

Ben Ridgeway September 22, 2016

Inspired by a true story, the film features a dynamic plot and great on-screen chemistry between actors Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. From the previews, one might think that “War Dogs” is simply a comedy...

“Don’t Breathe” starts slow but finishes strong

“Don’t Breathe” starts slow but finishes strong

Ben Ridgeway September 8, 2016

As Halloween is just around the corner, horror and thriller movie season is beginning. This year,  I ventured to see Director Fede Alvarez’s “Don’t Breathe.” The first scene opens with three...

Discrimination still exists within affirmative action

Discrimination still exists within affirmative action

Ben Ridgeway April 7, 2016

It goes by many names: affirmative action, reservation policy and positive discrimination. In theory, affirmative action is a good thing. It is meant to allow minorities the same opportunities that majorities...

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Netflix series releases its fourth season

Ben Ridgeway March 31, 2016

Eli Rice also contributed to this article. Since the release of its first season in 2013, “House of Cards” has taken its place among the most popular Netflix original series. Three years later, season...

DiCaprio won the Oscar due to weak competition

DiCaprio won the Oscar due to weak competition

Ben Ridgeway March 17, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio — one of the most recognizable names in the film industry — has won an Academy Award. Of course, many people believe that he should have won a long time ago for one of his previous...

Advancement reduces artistry in film industry

Advancement reduces artistry in film industry

Ben Ridgeway March 2, 2016

The film industry — like any other industry — aims to make money. Back in the early years of film, filmmakers could put anything on the screen and people would flock to theaters to see objects moving...

Mental illness doesn’t always qualify for insanity plea

Mental illness doesn’t always qualify for insanity plea

Ben Ridgeway February 18, 2016

In 2012 James Eagan Holmes opened fire on theatergoers killing 12 and injuring 70 others. This was the worst mass shooting since the Columbine high school shooting in 1999. During Holmes’ trial, the...

We should always tip the waitstaff at restaurants

We should always tip the waitstaff at restaurants

Ben Ridgeway February 11, 2016

Let’s talk about tipping.  For the purpose of this discussion, let us suppose that a waiter or waitress works at a restaurant where individual meal orders average $12.75.  If each customer provided...

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