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Action-packed “Battlefield 4” successfully builds on predecessor

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer 

Electronic Arts’ biggest franchise is back in full force with a new title this year. “Battlefield 4,” developed by Sweden-based DICE, was released for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 29. At its core, “Battlefield 4” stands as a solid successor to 2011’s “Battlefield 3,” although the unusual amount of similarity between the two games may distress long-time fans of the series.

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Gotta buy ’em all: entertaining “Pokémon X/Y” advances series

By Steven Buchele
 Staff Writer 

“Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” introduce a lot of new, and many long overdue, additions to the game—the most immediate of which is a massive upgrade in graphics. “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” are the first major Pokémon games designed specifically for the 3DS and are the first to use 3D graphics. 

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“Carrie” remake a bloody success

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer 

The 2013 movie, “Carrie” is a remake of the iconic 1976 film (directed by Brian De Palma, starring Sissy Spacek as Carrie White and Piper Laurie as Margaret White). Based on the novel by Stephen King, “Carrie” is the story of shy, outcast teenager Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) who develops telekinetic powers following her first, unexpected period at seventeen. 

Carrie is persecuted by her mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore) and many of her classmates. In one climactic and iconic scene, she snaps and kills most of the students at prom after an ill-advised prank covers her in pig’s blood, unleashing her psychic fury. 

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Tulsa Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro” superbly performed

By Helen Patterson
Staff Writer 

“The Marriage of Figaro” is possibly one of Mozart’s best-known comic operas. The work is based on the second play in a trilogy by French playwright Beaumarchais. It is set on the wedding day of Figaro (Seth Carico) and Susanna (Ava Pine) at the palatial estate of the powerful nobleman, Count Almaviva (Alexander Elliott). 

This year, the Tulsa Opera opened its 2013–14 season, themed “Love, Lust and Religion,” with Mozart’s classic on October 18 and 20. The show was sung in Italian, but English supertitles were projected above the stage, making it easy to follow the story.

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The Restaurant at Gilcrease elegant but disappointing

By Helen Patterson
and Kimberly Poff
Staff Writers 

The Restaurant at Gilcrease has one aspect which recommends it above all others: it accepts dining dollars as payment. It is possibly the only “fancy” restaurant which does so, and is certainly the only one which sells champagne. As such, these intrepid reviewers made the trip down 244 to see what could be purchased with campus funny money.

The Restaurant is nestled within the museum. Although it may be difficult to locate, friendly museum staff are happy to direct patrons, and admission to the museum is free to TU students. Given the fairly remote location of the museum, The Restaurant has an excellent view overlooking the forest. These reviewers even caught a glimpse of a bald eagle while seated near the far wall.

There were several soup and appetizer options, but the most interesting appetizer was the crawfish hushpuppies with chipotle remoulade. The hushpuppies themselves were crispy, and maintained a good texture. Biting into them was delightful. Unfortunately, there was too much cheese, and this overwhelmed the flavor of the crawfish. We did not receive any remoulade, so whether or not it was delicious remains a mystery.

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Tulsa Ballet’s latest enchants

Helen Patterson
Staff Writer

Tulsa Ballet’s 2013–2014 Season opened with three short ballets: “One/End/One,” choreographed by Jorma Elo and set to Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K 218”; “Company B,” choreographed by Paul Taylor and set to a variety of songs from the World War II Era; and “Rite of Spring,” choreographed by Adam Hougland and written by Igor Stravinsky.

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