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Review: New Season of ‘Love, Death + Robots’ is Satisfying Smorgasbord

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

The third season of “Love, Death + Robots” offers more of the eye-dropping visual wonders of the previous seasons, with as many odd, compellingly quick-witted and grim stories as the episodes preceding it.

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Milwaukee Film Festival Review: ‘Memoria’ Creates Special Experience

The latest polarizing film from Apichatpong Weerasethakul was a unique highlight of the Milwaukee Film Festival

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

I fell in love with film over the pandemic, and finally, after two and a half years of attempting to become a cinephile, I was able to visit my first film festival. The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival was the first in two years to have in-person showings, and being a high schooler in Wisconsin, it was my first real opportunity to visit a festival. 

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Review: ‘The Northman’ Builds a Mythical World

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

“The Northman” is another great addition to what is best described as a collection of modern myths behind Robert Eggers’ filmography.

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Review: “Secrets of Dumbledore” Revives the Magic

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After a large amount of hype and advertising, the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise was released April 15, to surprisingly weak box-office numbers.

That’s a shame.

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Review: ‘The Batman’ Has More Heart Than Brains

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

With “The Batman,” Matt Reeves delivers a brutal bat noir that is more emotionally potent than intellectually challenging. The movie seeks to be more of an elaborate epic than the intimate character drama of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Instead of giving him the arbitrary origin story, Reeves introduces Batman like a stoic western character, down a long hall out of the darkness.

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Review: Netflix’s Climate Satire Not Worth a Look

Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” lacks comedy and depth

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

The Academy recently gave “Don’t Look Up” four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. However, if audiences are looking for an award-worthy film, they should look elsewhere. 

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Local Teen’s MasterChef Memories Have Marinated for Five Years

Former contestant Sydney Neuser talks about her time on TV and whether she still wants to be a professional chef

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Five years ago today, West Bend’s Sydney “Syd” Neuser made her network television debut as a contestant on “MasterChef Junior.”

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West Bend Graduate Honored at Film Festival

Amber DeRuyter stars in the independent film ‘Lonesome’

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

After decades performing on area stages, Amber DeRuyter has now been recognized for a performance on the silver screen.

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No Worries About ‘No Way Home’

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” overcame the worries of many, using past characters and ultimately leading to a fulfilling conclusion in Marvel’s Spider-Man trilogy.

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Review: ‘The French Dispatch” Ranks Among Anderson’s Best

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After the release date was changed multiple times within a year, Wes Anderson finally released this fascinating film for us. 

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Review: ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Bucks the Original Too Much

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” takes many liberties in the live-action adaptation of the original anime series of the same name.

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How Denis Villeneuve Sold the ‘Unfilmable’

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By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

“Dune” director Denis Villeneuve dazzled the doubters by overshadowing a risky $165 million price tag with a box office run that now nears the $400 million mark.

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West Senior Hired to Promote Historic Theatre

By Cassidy Scherzer, Current Staff

One area student has gained behind-the-scenes experience at the Bend, West Bend’s historic theater that survived the Great Depression and now a global pandemic.

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Local Journalist Interviews Rock Legend for ‘Guitar World’ Cover Story

Former East student finds success as a freelance music journalist

By Nicole Walters, Current Staff

A music writer with local ties has finally reached the Edge.

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Musical Auditions are Back

By Leah Schmidt, Current Staff

If the pandemic era has felt a little like being isolated in a swamp, Tess Breit believes area audiences are ready for a fairy tale experience.

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Review: ‘The Guilty’ Is Too Locked Up

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

“The Guilty” is another American remake of an international success that doesn’t quite live up to what made the original so remarkable.

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All Is Not Well in the MCU

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

With Marvel’s conclusion to the third phase in its superhero film franchise, it seems that there is limited room to move forward and keep its audience engaged. 

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An Oldie But a Goodie

WBHS senior helps revive old baseball tune with local ties

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

As the baseball season starts up again, a lost piece of Brewers history has been found and restored.

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Review: ‘Nomadland’ Is a Modern Masterpiece of the Average American

Acclaimed drama is an Oscar frontrunner

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After “Nomadland” earned six Oscar nominations and rave reviews from critics, I decided to see for myself if the movie deserved the attention it was getting.

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Be Kind, Rewind: Farewell to the Video Store and a Way of Life

Area teachers and former video store clerks ponder what Family Video’s closing means for the culture of film viewing

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

It’s the end of an era.

As of February 28, all Family Video locations across the country are permanently closed, including the location in West Bend. With Family Video being the only remaining video rental store in West Bend prior to closure, local movie lovers must accept a transition from discs to streaming. For many, the transition prompts deep feelings of nostalgia as the culture of film viewing has changed so drastically in the past decades. 

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West Bend Student Invited to the Set of ‘6 Underground’

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

A local student’s hobby of six years landed him the opportunity to watch a blockbuster action movie being filmed. Continue reading

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Take My Temperature, Baby, One More Time

Lead actor in musical was sick during performance week

By Elena Chamberlain, Current Staff

For his first lead role in a high school musical, West Bend West ninth grader Keegan Kainz sacrificed seven pounds.  Continue reading

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Introducing the All-District Strings Festival

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

The orchestra program is putting on their largest performance in history.  Continue reading

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Movie Review: I Lost My Body

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

Among this year’s Oscar nominees is a gripping animated film from France that depicts the extreme aspects of the trials of life.  Continue reading

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Don’t Resist the New “Dark Crystal” Series

Prequel series honors the original film

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

Netflix recently released “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a series that expands the creative world of 1982’s “The Dark Crystal.” That begs the question, how does the new show compare to the original film? Continue reading

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Milwaukee Film Festival Review: The Ground Beneath My Feet

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

Sometimes the most interesting films to examine are the ones that are closest to reality. Continue reading

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East Grad Worked Behind the Scenes at the Milwaukee Film Festival

Twenty short film collections are included in this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Moviegoers may have a West Bend graduate to thank for the forthcoming Milwaukee Film Festival’s setlist of short films. Continue reading

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Aw, Snap! She’s Never Seen a Marvel Movie

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

While the whole world lined up to see the ever-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” one West Bend student opted to save her money.

In the past decade, there have been 22 hit films released in the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but East High School senior Grace Peplinski has never seen a single one. Below, Peplinski explains how she lives life without superheroes. Continue reading

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West Bend Talent Included in Lake Country Film Festival Lineup

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

Three future film directors may currently be walking the halls of the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Trumpet Player Selected for Statewide Touring Revue

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

While most kids will be spending their summer hanging out with friends, one West Bend trumpet player will be touring with a distinguished music group. Continue reading

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Where’s Walter?

The face of visiting orchestra director Walter Muelling can be found in a beloved WBHS mural

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

West Bend High Schools orchestra students never imagined the man painted in their classroom was based on a previous student. Or that the student would return to West Bend 13 years later. Continue reading

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Vandalism Won’t Spoil Black History Month Celebration

Teju the Storyteller headlines Thursday’s event

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

The leader of the West Bend High Schools multicultural club was in disbelief when she saw what had been done. Continue reading

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Hits a Wall

Sci-fi show wastes its potential for political allegory

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The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico” is another attempt to keep the “The Vampire Diaries” magic going. Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the series’ political message. Continue reading

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WBHS Presents First Children’s Play in 11 Years

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By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

The upcoming play “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” is a novelty for the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Dollhouse

WBHS graduate designed the artwork for this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

For Melissa Johnson, working with the Milwaukee Film Festival meant designing a dollhouse. Continue reading

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