60 Second Spotlight


Abby Summers

The Space Between Us

In this outer space-meets-modern Earth adventure, an astronaut helping to colonize Mars dies giving birth to Gardner Elliot on the red planet. At the age of 16, Gardner (Asa Butterfield) is not your average teenager. Having only met 14 people in his entire life, Gardner searches for clues regarding his father and the mysterious planet Earth. In the midst of his search, he develops an unconventional online friendship with a Colorado girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). Gardner decides to make the journey to Earth to meet Tulsa and figure out who his father is. However, when he arrives and begins his exploration, scientists realize that Gardner’s body cannot sustain under Earth’s gravity. With the help of Tulsa, Gardner races to uncover the truth about his life and his place in the universe.

Rating: 6/10


Closing of Club Penguin

When the news broke that the beloved 2000s website, Club Penguin, is closing in March, nostalgic teenagers were heartbroken. After a major decline in users from 200 million in 2013 to six million in 2016, the website is shutting down. However, the virtual world will not be gone for long; in March, Disney will be launching a new mobile app called Club Penguin Island to replace the former website. The app will maintain the basic layout and goals of Club Penguin, but it will better relate to the technology generation. Like Club Penguin, Island will feature games to earn money for your penguin avatar and locations to travel to, with new additions like daily challenges and emojis. As Club Penguin closes and Island opens, it is a bittersweet goodbye to over a decade of endless fun.

Rating: 5/10


Oscar Nominations

On Sunday, February 26, the 89th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show will focus on the greatest achievements for the United States movie industry in 2016. After being nominated and winning seven Golden Globes in January, the hit film La La Land is up for 14 more awards at the Oscars. In the category for Best Picture, this modern musical is competing against other top films like Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea and Fences. The Best Actor and Best Actress categories are also filled with talented, award-winning artists like Denzel Washington (Fences), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (La La Land). All of these movie stars have either been nominated or won Oscars in the past. As we await a night filled with excitement, we would like to thank the Academy for giving us fans such exceptional entertainers.

Rating: 10/10