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by Sarah Payne

The Boss – April 8th

It’s been almost a year since we saw Melissa McCarthy at the movies (Spy was released in June), but she’s back this month in another comedy, The Boss, with Kristen Bell. The film was actually written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who often makes guest appearances in his wife’s films (and this one is no exception). McCarthy plays a business tycoon caught for insider trading who tries to change her personal brand by partnering with the Girl Scouts.

Keanu – April 29th

This is another silly—but hopefully funny—movie that will be released this month. Were you a fan of Key and Peele on Comedy Central? The sketch comedy show, which starred Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele ended a three-year run last year. Key and Peele are back for their first feature length film, about a kitten (Keanu) that gets kidnapped by a group of gangsters. Keanu opened to mixed reviews at South by Southwest in March, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if their sketch comedy routine is fit for the big screen.

Movie review – 10 Cloverfield Lane

While I won’t ruin the surprise for those of you who haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane yet, I will say that you need to see this psychological/sci-fi thriller! The director, Dan Trachtenberg, talked about the air of mystery with The Verge: “There’s been no traditional trailer for the movie. All we’ve been doling out are these really interesting teaser pieces. And I think not only does that preserve the surprises of the movie, but it also really celebrates anticipation.” My favorite aspect of the film is the strong female lead, played by the relatively unknown Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Her character is an average person who, when put in extraordinary circumstances, shines through her creative problem solving and unstoppable will to survive. John Goodman is also excellent (and thoroughly) creepy in this film. The ending may throw you a bit, but 10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely worth seeing on the big screen if you get the chance.

TV review – Better Call Saul – Season 2

Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks return to give us more backstory on their Breaking Bad characters, Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut. While Better Call Saul certainly doesn’t have Breaking Bad’s shock factor, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have added enough color to Saul’s character to keep us coming back each week. I’ll admit that I secretly just want Walter White or Jesse Pinkman to make appearances. But until that happens, we get fun cameos from Breaking Bad villains like Tuco Salamanca. I do wonder whether Gilligan and Gould will explore more of Saul’s character in the present day, as manager of a Cinnabon in Omaha. Perhaps that’s a possibility, as AMC just announced it’s been renewed for a third season.

Album review – “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” by The 1975

Back in June 2013, I had the opportunity to see The 1975 when they performed at the 95.5 WBRU summer concert series. They put on a great live show, performing their then single, “Chocolate.” This is their second album since that show, and the one I’ve paid the most attention to. Hailing from the U.K, they give a heavy nod to 80s pop. A few of their songs also have a hint of saxophone, which reminds me of some of M83’s work. By far, my favorite song on the album is “Somebody Else,” a chill, hypnotic track with the refrain: “I don’t want your body / But I hate to think about you with somebody else.” There’s also a juicy rumor that the fourth track, “A Change of Heart,” was written about Taylor Swift, who dated front man Matthew Healy back in 2014.