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Saltburn, a comedy-thriller set in early 2000s England was released on November 17, 2023. The movie tells the story of university student Oliver Quick who befriends wealthy Felix Catton and the chaos that unfolds as he spends the summer at Felixs familys estate, Saltburn.

Saltburn leaves several questions

Sabrina Boughanem, Managing Editor January 5, 2024

Given that I hadn’t looked into the substance of this movie prior to watching it, it’s safe to say I was surprised by Saltburn, a British comedy-thriller that was released on November 17, 2023. From...

Nicki Minajs new album, Pink Friday 2, was released on December 8, 2023. It was a sequel to her debut album Pink Friday which was released in 2010.

Minaj’s new Pink Friday 2 is the cure to all blues

Sabrina Boughanem, Managing Editor January 4, 2024

Following her five-year break, queen of rap Nicki Minaj released her new album Pink Friday 2. Ever since its release in early December, I have had it on repeat. Not only does this album reaffirm Minaj’s...

A comedic and familial take on Christmas, widely released on Sept. 26

Bundle up with holiday media

Hamna Humanyou and JJ Steeg December 23, 2023

Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews - 3.5/5 Mary Kay Andrews’ Bright Lights, Big Christmas is a joy-filled novel that reminds readers of one of the most key parts in life- finding your...

The wide release poster of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes features its all-star cast and is set to premiere November 17th.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes shoots through the heart

JJ Steeg, Reporter December 2, 2023

15 years ago, The Hunger Games was released in print to the public, soon to be the first of a thrilling trilogy. The main antagonist of the stories is Coriolanus Snow, the elderly president of the series’...

Taylor Swift releases re-recording of 1989, last Friday, Oct. 27.

1989 TV surpasses popular expectations

Julia Schildkraut, Fact Checker November 2, 2023

Rating- 4.5/5 Universal sensation Taylor Swift released her rerecording of her iconic pop album "1989" on Oct. 27. The album allows Taylor to regain the rights to yet another one of her albums. "1989...

Cold Stone Creamery advertises their fall ice cream flavors to customers.

A Scoop for the Season

Aileen Wu and Jessica Purevtugs November 2, 2023

As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like indulging in the warm and comforting flavors of fall. Located on Strawberry Lane in the Mosaic District, Cold Stone Creamery,...

Urban Outfitters and Windsor are popular stores at Tysons mall to shop at for homecoming. There are various kinds of dresses to choose from, a variety of sparkly to short and plain.

Hoco dress haze

Gabriela Herrera, Online A&E Editor October 21, 2023

With homecoming right around the corner, McLean High School students have begun their search for the perfect dress. Many have already purchased their outfits, and few have yet to start looking. When ordering...

Godfreys bakery and cafe offer a variety of baked goods, as pictured in the display. Its pastries are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

A local taste of Paris

Addie Harris, Features Editor October 3, 2023

Rating: 4/5 Falls Church City is home to many popular community vendors, with everything from record stores to coffee shops and even a farmers market. Joining the ranks of its popular businesses...

Zach Bryans newest album, Boys of Faith, was released on Sep 22.

Zach Bryan releases new EP

Sandra Cheng, A&E Editor September 23, 2023

Rating: 4.5/5 Oklahoma singer and songwriter Zach Bryan released surprise EP Boys of Faith on Sep. 22, featuring music stars Bon Iver and Noah Kahan. This came just a few weeks following the release...

Olivia Rodrigo’s newest album, “GUTS,” released Friday, Sept. 8. (Courtesy of Geffen Records)

Olivia Rodrigo spills her “GUTS” in latest album release

Audrey Link, A&E Editor September 11, 2023

Since the release of her debut album “Sour” in 2021, Olivia Rodrigo has won seven Grammy awards and played almost 50 sold-out shows across the globe. So how does one follow up an album of such immediate...

Charles Granillo, played by Noah Chlan, desperately pushes the chest containing the body of his murder victim.

Rope swings into opening night

Philip Rotondo, Editor-in-Chief June 14, 2023

TheatreMcLean killed on its opening night of Rope, a brand new blackbox drama created entirely by theater students. The show tells the story of cold-blooded murder and the events that follow in its wake. “It's...

Yido Ramen and Sushi has become a magnet for both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, gathering customers from across the DMV area.

Yido Ramen and Sushi Review

Aileen Wu and Jessica Purevtugs May 26, 2023

Located just off of Leesburg Pike in Tysons, Yido Ramen and Sushi offers an immersive experience in Japanese and Chinese cuisine. In addition to sushi, fried rice, noodle dishes, and a variety of appetizers,...

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