Take Five: weeks of 10/21 and 10/28


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EP Presnell

Although October has ended and the spooky month is over, there’s no reason to kill the mood! With the end of the month comes brand new shows and movies, and there is much more to look forward to in the future. While you’re sitting at home this four day weekend, consider watching or playing these things at home or seeing some at the theater.

1. The Hate U Give

Police brutality is a serious topic that our country is still dealing with. While Colin Kaepernick arguably brought the most attention to the problem of police brutality, author Angie Thomas brought attention to it with the book “The Hate U Give” a young adult novel that focuses on this topic.
The Hate U Give” centers around Starr Carter, a young African American girl whose best friend, Khalil, gets shot by the police, despite being unarmed. The story goes national and Starr is the only one who knows the truth about the rumors spreading of Khalil.

While the book came out a while ago, the movie was released in theaters on Oct. 5th. The movie features Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything) as Starr, KJ Apa (Riverdale) as Chris, Starr’s love interest, and other famous names in the industry. You can click here to buy tickets from Fandango.

2. Bohemian Rhapsody

Everyone knows the songs We Will Rock You, We are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody, but do you know the story behind the band who made these iconic songs? Queen and Freddie Mercury are two names people know about, but their stories aren’t as well known amongst the general public – but not for much longer. On November second, “Bohemian Rhapsody” will finally hit theaters after it was announced eight years ago.

Rami Malek will take on the role of Mercury with a strong supporting cast who will act as other members of Queen and Mercury’s close friends and family. The movie has been receiving reviews that either love it or criticize it for not opening up enough about certain aspects of Mercury’s life such as his sexuality. Whether or not that is true is up for you to decide. You can click here to buy tickets to the movie from Fandango.

3. Homecoming

This TV show is based on a fictional podcast. A US Department of Defense agent questions a waitress about a secret government program she was once a part of, but she can’t tell him anything. She goes looking for answers, and that’s how the podcast begins. Her investigation opens up a world of psychopathic memory-altering drugs, paranoid soldiers, manipulative CEOs and ambitious civilians. Told through recorded messages, phone calls and old therapy sessions, Homecoming can be listened to for free on Spotify.

The first episode of the TV show will be released for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 2, starring Julia Roberts as the secret government program caseworker-turned-waitress Heidi Bergman, Shea Whigham as Thomas Carrasco, the DoD agent investigating the program, Bobby Cannavale as Colin Belfast, Heidi’s supervisor at the program, and Stephan James as Walter Cruz, the young veteran who only wanted what the program promised in the very name- a proper Homecoming.

4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Although Halloween is over, that doesn’t mean the spooky atmosphere has to go away! Just head over to Netflix to check out “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” a dark remake of the 1996 show, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. Sabrina was intended to be developed by the CW, the company that produces the show “Riverdale,” but was picked up by Netflix for two seasons. The first season was released on Oct. 26.

The show will follow Sabrina Spellman, portrayed by Kiernan Shipka, as she navigates her life as a half-human, half-witch where she’s involved in her family’s legacy, the Church of Night. Although the show wasn’t produced by the CW, it doesn’t shy away from the mysterious world of Riverdale, with multiple easter eggs referencing the show. You can watch the entire first season on Netflix now.

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

In 2010, Rockstar Games created the game Red Dead Redemption, a Western-themed open world adventure game. The first game focused on John Marston and his job of killing members of a gang he was once part of in order to protect his family. Fans patiently awaited another addition to this game and on Oct. 26, RockStar Games released a prequel.

This game follows the story of the gang Marston hunts down in the first game, taking place 12 years prior to the events of the first one. Players will take on the role of Arthur Morgan, the gang leader’s right hand man. You’ll witness the gang at their highest and when things start to go downhill. The game had a $725 million opening, making it the biggest weekend opening to date. You can click here to buy the game from Amazon and it is available wherever games are sold.

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