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Lauren Coates

Lauren Coates, Headlines Reporter

Lauren Coates is a senior and a first year headlines reporter for Metea Media. She loves all things pop culture, including music, TV, movies, and celebrity drama. She’s a member of Youth and Government and English Honor Society, and when she’s not working or writing for Metea Media, she enjoys watching RIP Vine compilations and talking about reality TV on Twitter (@greenlake88).

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Taron Egerton soars to new heights as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

Taron Egerton soars to new heights as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

May 20, 2019

Following closely in the footsteps of the ever-controversial and Academy award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman had an immediate barrier to overcome. Its subject matter would draw immediate comparisons...

Ryan Reynolds stars as a disgruntled yet adorable sleuth in Detective Pikachu.

‘Detective Pikachu’ fails as a mystery, but succeeds as a love letter to Pokémon

May 15, 2019

Wedged squarely between Avengers: Endgame’s reign over the box office and the beginning of the summer box office season, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is somewhat of a dark horse in terms of blockbusters....

Long Shot works as a comedy, but the romance is hard to buy into.

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron prove opposites really do attract in ‘Long Shot’

May 7, 2019

The sentiment “opposites attract” is perhaps one of the most universally well-known romantic tropes and one that Hollywood certainly hasn’t hesitated to make full use of. From The Sound of Music...

Despite the three-hour run time, Avengers: Endgames quick pacing and excellent character development keeps the action rolling.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a dazzling and lovingly crafted finale to a cultural phenomenon

April 26, 2019

Enjoy freely! No spoilers ahead. Jon Favreau and Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008, a movie that marked the beginning of an international cultural phenomenon, and would go on to forever shape...

Hellboy is nothing more than an uninspired and overworked remake of a cult classic

‘Hellboy’ is nothing more than an uninspired and overworked remake of a cult classic

April 16, 2019

Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 (loose) adaption of the anti-hero comic book series Hellboy was an instant classic that carefully blended all the best elements of its source material and combined them with...

Zachary Levi leads DC to Another Victory with ‘Shazam!’

Zachary Levi leads DC to Another Victory with ‘Shazam!’

April 3, 2019

After Justice League’s disappointing turn in terms of both box office revenue and critical reception, DC was left with a rather sizable task- producing movies that not only satisfied the legions of...

Captain Marvel: The MCU’s first female-led movie barely manages to take flight

Captain Marvel: The MCU’s first female-led movie barely manages to take flight

March 11, 2019

Released on March 8, international women’s day, the trailers and promotional material for Captain Marvel promised a high-flying, female-empowering superhero flick that would serve as both a stand-alone...

Oscar Week: Why each best picture nominee can win

Oscar Week: Why each best picture nominee can win

February 22, 2019

Black Panther - Lauren Coates A virtually seamless blend of big-budget action and deeply meaningful drama, Black Panther defied genre conventions by rooting itself in the rich history of African culture....

Black Panther is making history as an Oscar-nominated superhero film that packs a strong modern connections.

Oscar Week: Why Black Panther made history as the first superhero movie nominated for best picture

February 20, 2019

As you might have already heard, a little film called Black Panther came out in February of last year and took the world by storm, shifting Hollywood dynamics and opening the door for a new era of diversity...

On the Basis of Sex Review

On the Basis of Sex Review

January 21, 2019

For a movie that meant to pay tribute to the life of one of the most prominent figures in modern American politics, On the Basis of Sex came off as a confused, if not well-meaning, film that seemed unsure...

Stress busters in the library help students unwind before finals

Stress busters in the library help students unwind before finals

December 13, 2018

With finals week just around the corner, the Metea Valley LMC has started a new project with the aim of helping reduce stress and relax students heading into finals. LMC director Amy Madzinski explained...

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a satisfying and surprisingly profound sequel

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a satisfying and surprisingly profound sequel

November 27, 2018

ix years after the first “Wreck-It Ralph” surprised audiences with its heart and humor, Disney attempts to break their notorious bad sequel curse with “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. While I honestly...

‘Overlord’ is a twisted, sci-fi infused take on world war 2

‘Overlord’ is a twisted, sci-fi infused take on world war 2

November 13, 2018

As far as war movies go, 2018 hasn’t had an excellent track record. With sub-par movies like “12 Strong”, “7 Days in Entebbe”, and the more recent “Hunter Killer”, the war genre has been...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a somewhat weak but ultimately moving tribute to a culture-defining star

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a somewhat weak but ultimately moving tribute to a culture-defining star

November 8, 2018

When I first heard that a biopic focusing on the life of Freddie Mercury would be hitting theatres, I thought that there wasn’t an actor in the world who could capture the essence and personality of...

Stampede Staff Playlist: October Edition

Stampede Staff Playlist: October Edition

October 29, 2018

As fall kicks into high gear, this month's staff playlist is full of chill, mellow autumn songs and spooky Halloween bops. Whether or not you plan on dressing up for the holiday, you'll still enjoy this...

Impressive performances can’t save The Sisters Brothers from tonally confused mediocrity

Impressive performances can’t save ‘The Sisters Brothers’ from tonally confused mediocrity

October 23, 2018

With a cast headlined by Hollywood A-listers like Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, “The Sisters Brothers” seemed to promise to rekindle the dying western genre with a throwback to the classics...

Kennedy Homan selected as Pacemaker finalist

Kennedy Homan selected as Pacemaker finalist

October 17, 2018

ennedy Homan, Graphics Editor for The Stampede, was selected as a finalist for Artist of the Year by the National Scholastic Press Association. NSPA selected eight finalists from a national pool of...

Bad Times at the El Royale is a suspenseful mystery with a killer ensemble cast

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ is a suspenseful mystery with a killer ensemble cast

October 16, 2018

As Oscar season draws nearer, more and more films will be coming out gunning for the coveted awards. Though “Bad Times at the El Royale” may not fit the bill for an Oscar nomination, it is without...

Venom is a rocky but promising start for Sony’s universe of Marvel characters

‘Venom’ is a rocky but promising start for Sony’s universe of Marvel characters

October 10, 2018

While Sony has hardly been the poster child for quality superhero movies, audiences have held their breath in anticipation to see if “Venom” would be a big enough success to finally launch Sony’s...

Night School is a disjointed comedy with a surprising amount of heart

“Night School” is a disjointed comedy with a surprising amount of heart

October 2, 2018

With every new movie he releases, I am more and more convinced that Kevin Hart only knows how to play one character. "Night School" is no exception. From start to finish, it feels like a bloated, over-thought...

Olivia Munn leads a promising but forgettable cast of bumbling misfits in The Predator

Olivia Munn leads a promising but forgettable cast of bumbling misfits in ‘The Predator’

September 24, 2018

early 30 years after the original movie, the studio execs behind the Predator franchise are still churning out sequels. If we as a movie-going public learn nothing else from this new installment, it’s...

Anna Kendrick shines in stylish but overcomplicated thriller

Anna Kendrick shines in stylish but overcomplicated thriller

September 17, 2018

fter a summer full of massive box office hits and groundbreaking independent films, A Simple Favor comes as a much-needed reminder that just because something can be a movie, that doesn’t mean it should....

Twitter, do your thing

“Twitter, do your thing”

September 14, 2018

A screenshot from a Naperville Central High School student’s private Instagram story went viral on social media on Tuesday. The screenshot contained xenophobic and Islamophobic statements and focused...

Black Panther is making history as an Oscar-nominated superhero film that packs a strong modern connections.

“Popular” Oscars category sparks debate among movie fans

September 5, 2018

Every February, Hollywood’s brightest stars gather to acknowledge the greatest accomplishments in film over the past year. The Oscars, arguably one of the world’s most prestigious awards ceremonies,...

BlacKkKlansman depicts a humorous and timely look at race relations in America

BlacKkKlansman depicts a humorous and timely look at race relations in America

August 26, 2018

In the same week that the President of the United States labeled his black female employee as a “dog”, a film is released that centers around black people fighting against racially-based hate groups....

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