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Free. That is such a touchy word. And it can be dangerous for a journalist. I, along with most people I know, learned at a very early age nothing in life Ryan can ever truly be free. Richardson It is someSports Editor thing people just come to accept. But what does it really mean? In economics class a couple semesters ago, my professor tried to explain it away. Everything is some sort of tradeoff. It may not cost money, but one thing is being given up for another. OK, that quantifies the idea of free a little bit. It means everything has some sort of value. For journalists, though, it doesn’t end there. We have to approach it from an ethical aspect. Obviously, we get paid by our employers just like any other worker does. But, situations arise often when a writer is offered some sort of gift by a source, by an organization or by the community in general. While that sounds enticing, we must turn our heads. It is not because we are too good for that. Trust me, if you look at the average salary of a journalist, you would think we’re crazy not to beg for everything we can get. Instead, it is accepted by writers across the globe that taking any sort of endowment crosses the line. It casts a heavy shadow on that shiny technique we call being unbiased. I have actually come across this ideological roadblock twice within the past month. The more recent involved me directly. I was conducting an interview with the director of the local golf course in order to write an article regarding the 30th anniversary of the course. After the interview was over, I talked with him about how I played golf in high school and have played a few rounds on his course. Since they have installed new greens, the director offered me two vouchers for free rounds of golf. The golfer on my right shoulder told me to take them and start swinging my clubs. The journalist in my head told me to secretly hang my head and sigh, saying thanks but I can’t take them. I have come to accept it and even embrace it. Professionalism outweighs the inner athlete and love of sports I foster within. That brings me to the second situation. I recently read an article published by the University of Kentucky regarding sports journalist and free food at games. Essentially, the column said if journalists are going to live and die by the hard rule of no freebies, that includes not accepting a free meal at games. I really thought about this article for a while. I understand the thoughts behind the idea, but I disagree with the application. The writer explained that accepting the food is basically the same as being paid by the organization in return for coverage. Hence, it eliminates the true meaning of unbiased reporting. I think this is a legitimate concern, but too much of a stretch. My writer and I eat a meal at every football game we cover. I don’t go to the game for the meal. I go for the sport. The meal is just out of kindness and respect, in my opinion. So yeah, the meal is free. It is not recompense for coverage. I can’t speak for others, but I do not change my writing based on whether or not I get fed. Some chips and a drink don’t cloud my eyes and mind with niceties about the team who provides the catering. So no, it is not unethical to me. But ethical lines can get blurry in journalism. It’s up to us to make the call, to err on the safe side. It may not be illegal, but we have to watch ourselves. Maybe someday, someone will convince me to ignore the food and just report on an empty stomach. For now, I am just going to think about it while I sit here and eat my free sandwich.


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Tennis off to hot start Tom Via || Staff writer

Women’s tennis opened the fall season with a strong showing at the Austin Peay Fall Tournament, with six girls making finals and bringing home four victories. Head Coach Olga Elkin was pleased with the results in the first tournament of the year. “I couldn't be happier with the way they played, the way they fought and competed,” Elkin said. “That showed in the results and overall it was a great tournament from every single one of them.” Murray State dominated the doubles competition, losing only one of eight matches it played in the tournament. The freshmen duo of Eleonore Tchakarova and Verginie Tchakarova defeated three OVC teams on the way to a tournament win. On the path to the championship, the sisters defeated their opening round opponent Southeast Missouri 6-1, followed by a 6-1 rout of Austin Peay. The Racers were joined in the semifinals by teammates, giving Murray State three of the four semifinal spots. Joining them were sophomores Megan Blue and Erin Patton, who won the first two rounds of the doubles tournament. The third Racer pairing in the semifinals was senior Carla Suga and junior Andrea Eskauriatza, who defeated two teams from SEMO. Eskauriatza and Suga lost to UT Martin 6-2, giving the Racers their only loss in doubles competition. The Tchakarova sisters defeated their teammates Blue and Patton to advance. “It was great making finals with all our teams, but with that two teams have to play each other and it's always tough to play your teammates,” Elkin said. In the finals, the sisters easily beat UT Martin 6-3 to bring home the championship. “(The Tchakarova sisters) just love to compete," Elkin said. “They didn't come out nervous and did very well, and I'm proud of them for that.” In the singles competition it was again the

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Eleonore (left) and Verginie Tchakarova took home the championship title in the opening tournament for the fall season

Racers ready to begin conference play Jonathan Ferris || Staff writer

With the nonconference portion of the season finally in the rear view mirror, the football team is now set to begin its quest for an Ohio Valley Conference championship.

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A 48-7 loss to Bowling Green last Saturday concluded what Head Coach Chris Hatcher called the preseason schedule. Through those first four games, the Racers went 2-2, struggling against two higher-level FBS teams, while playing just one FCS opponent. “This first four-week stretch has been awfully difficult to prepare for,” Hatcher said. “You go into every game believing and preparing to win, but realistically you know it’s going

to be a very uphill battle when you play in some of those Division I battles we had to play.” The Racers displayed flashes of success through the first four games, including outscoring Missouri 14-13 in the first quarter of the season. The next week they broke a Murray State modern-scoring record in a big win over Campbellsville and defeated Missouri State with a lastminute touchdown. Senior offensive lineman Harris Bivin attributed some of the bright spots to the offense’s fast-paced style of play. “We’ve tried to press the tempo and keep it simple,” Bivin said. “As long as we press that tempo, that’s the biggest part of our offense and it wears down the defense big time.” The Racers won’t have any time to get adjusted to OVC play, however, as they face one of the toughest tests of the year Saturday on the road against Jacksonville State.

Murray State has only defeated the Gamecocks once in 10 meetings, and has lost the last three meetings by eight points or less.

We’re really talented and we’ve got a lot of seniors who have stepped up and been leaders. We’re about to find out how good we really are. - Harris Bivin, senior offensive lineman Jacksonville State is off to a hot start in 2013, opening the season 4-0, including winning back-to-back overtime games headed into this weekend. The Gamecocks rely heavily on a

smash-mouth rushing attack led by a committee of talented running backs. Jacksonville State leads the conference in rushing and sophomore Troymaine Pope is the second-leading rusher in the conference with 285 yards on the ground. Sophomore Miles Jones and junior DaMarcus James also contribute heavily to the rushing attack. The Racer defense may have to overcome two injuries to critical players this week as it attempts to contain the Gamecocks’ gifted backfield. The team’s second-leading tackler Chavez Sims suffered an ankle injury against Bowling Green and is questionable for the game. Additionally, senior defensive end Ayo Ojolola suffered an injury to his leg and will likely be out of the game against Jacksonville State. There is some good news on the

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Soccer looks to build after losses Tom Via || Staff writer

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Freshman Kylie Lawrence (left) works on her goalkeeping in a practice earlier this week.

The soccer team looks to regain momentum as it heads into conference play after closing its nonconference schedule on a three-game losing streak. Head Coach Beth Acreman said the last few weeks have showed areas that the team needs to make adjustments to. “We have played against some different formations over the last three games, which we have had to be tough to adjust quickly to,” Acreman said. “I think we have a young group and we need to get better at adjusting quicker.” The Racers got off to a rough

start at Arkansas State, who found the back of the net in only the seventh minute. The Red Wolves scored another goal nine minutes later to put Murray State behind 2-0 early in the match. “We have to be able to make other teams adjust to us more than we have to adjust to them,” Acreman said. “Our team is willing to play hard; we just need to remain focused when we don't have the ball early in games.” The Racers cut the deficit in half as junior forward Julie Mooney found freshmen Lindey Hunt from the left side in the 35th minute. The

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injury front, however, as junior offensive lineman Zach Littlefield saw his first action of the season Saturday at Bowling Green after suffering a leg injury in a preseason scrimmage. Littlefield will continue to work his way back into the starting rotation Saturday and will give the Racer line some much needed depth. With a tough matchup to kick off the conference schedule, the Racers will be looking to overcome their recent struggles against the Gamecocks and move to 3-2 on the season. “I really like our team,” Bivin said. “We’re really talented and we’ve got a lot of seniors who have stepped up and been leaders. We’re about to find out how good we really are.” The Racers and Gamecocks face off Saturday at 3 p.m. in Jacksonville, Ala., at BurgessSnow Field.

goal by Hunt was her first goal of season, and the assist was Mooney’s third. “(Lindey) did a fantastic job at remaining calm and slotting it in,” Acreman said. The Red Wolves offense started off strong again in the second half. Arkansas State earned a corner kick and converted with a header in the 47th minute to extend the 3-1 lead. Murray State tried to rally late, shooting four shots in the final 10 minutes, but the Racers were not able to score and lost to Arkansas State 3-1. With the nonconference portion of the schedule behind it, the team now focuses on the second part of its season, OVC conference play. “I think we have learned a lot from our first nine games,” Acreman said. “We have played against a lot of formations and have seen what our players are capable of.”

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Andrea Eskauriatza earned a tournament win in singles play.

freshmen sisters doing well and making finals. Eleonore and Blue competed in the Flight B portion of the tournament. Both advanced to the semifinals after straight set victories over Western Kentucky and SEMO. In the semifinals, Blue fell behind early in the first set and couldn’t recover, losing 6-4 and 6-2. Tchakarova defeated her second Western Kentucky opponent in the tournament to advance to the finals. In a hard-fought final, Tchakarova dropped the opening set 6-4 but rebounded in the second set, winning with the same score. In the decisive set of first to 10, she lost 10-7 to finish runner-up. In Flight C competition, Elkin chose Patton, Suzaan Stoltz and Verginie. Patton and Stoltz both played in the round of 16 and played three sets. Patton fell dropped the first set, won the second and lost the third 10-8. Stoltz played similarly, losing in the final set 10-6. Both players regained momentum in the consolation rounds,

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The team opens OVC play with a pair of home games, something Acreman says her team will be glad to return to. “It will be great to get back for some home games,” Acreman said. “I think we have missed being on (Cutchin Field) and will be looking forward to being with our home fans.” The Racers open with SEMO, who comes off its first victory of the season. The Redhawks are 1-4-1 on the season and have only scored four goals, but Acreman says that doesn’t matter. After playing Southeast Missouri, the Racers welcome twotime defending OVC champion UT Martin, who is 2-6-1 coming into the weekend. “Both teams will be tough competition,” Acreman said. “I don't think nonconference game results mean much once you start OVC play, so we will be preparing for two tough games against good teams.” The team opens up its conference play with SEMO Friday at 3 p.m. and UT Martin Sunday at 1 p.m. on Cutchin Field.


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winning three matches on their way to meeting in the finals. Just like her twin sister, Verginie cruised into the finals of Flight C competition with wins over UT Martin and Western Kentucky. She split the first two sets, and gained an early lead in the third, but lost 10-6 for a runner-up finish. In Flight A competition, Elkin selected her veterans Eskauriatza and Suga to compete. Suga lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets, but in the consolation rounds won in straight sets against her SEMO opponent to advance to the team’s fifth final. In the final, Suga played a shortened match and won 8-3. Eskauriatza handled her opponents easily to make it to the championship round. In the finals Sunday, Eskauriatza needed three sets to claim the tournament victory. “She is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever seen,” Elkin said. “She wasn’t feeling well but wouldn’t give up and played an amazing tiebreaker.” With its first competition behind them, women’s tennis looks to continue the momentum this weekend with a trip to Chattanooga for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Steve Baras Fall Classic.






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Rugby club continues to attract new members Jonathan Ferris || Staff writer

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Erik Schall kicks the ball in a rugby practice on the intramural fields.

Traditionally a sport of Australian and European descent, rugby is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Even in the far reaches of western Kentucky, the Murray State Rugby Club is spreading interest and growing in numbers. Rugby has been a part of Murray State since the 1960s. Originally started by a group of former football players looking for a way to continue playing contact sports, the club team has experienced rapid growth over the last few years and is now one of the biggest club sports on campus. The club began gaining popularity soon after its inception and gradually grew through the 1970s. Interest eventually dropped off, however, and the club disappeared for more than a decade. A group of students restored the team in the mid-1990s, but it again disappeared due to discipline issues with the University. The club reappeared for the third time in 2009 as a new charter was signed with the University, making rugby an official Murray State club sport. From that point on, the rugby team has expanded and now boasts more than 40 members and recently purchased a “rugby house” where several of the team members live together. “We’re just up there throughout the week hanging out and living together,” said junior Matthew Hardison from Louisville, Ky. “We were all living in the dorms and it was hard getting teams together so it’s better for the team to have a place to meet up and just hang out.”

The team hosts weekly practices Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m., and also organizes team workouts each week. In addition to practicing and playing for fun, the team also plays matches organized by the National Small College Rugby Organization, which schedules collegiate club matches across the country. The team has three matches scheduled this semester, including home matches Oct. 5 against Freed Hardeman and Oct. 12 against Western Kentucky. The Oct. 12 match has a unique twist, as both teams will be wearing dresses throughout the match in an effort to attract spectators and promote the two club teams. While most of the members of the team have little to no experience playing rugby prior to coming to Murray State, the team continues to teach the game to new players and attract new fans. “The beauty of the game of rugby is that anyone can play,” said team member Andy Biggs. “We play teams from all sorts of smaller schools around this area, and it’s always a really good time. Rugby is so different from any other sport because after a game both teams get together and socialize. It’s really a cool experience playing with other schools.” While club rugby may be a longstanding tradition at Murray State, the current group has grown to unprecedented heights. With so many new members, the club encourages anyone who might be interested to give it a shot. “We have brand new members all the time,” Hardison said. “We just want people to come out to practice and give it a try. People tend to like it a lot when they just try it.”

Volleyball wins third straight tournament Taylor Crum || Staff writer

The volleyball team has yet to disappoint this season, bringing home its third consecutive tournament championship with another win at the High Point Classic in North Carolina Saturday. Head Coach David Schwepker said he and the team are thrilled with their tournament play so far this season. “We’re excited about the winning, but the girls have been working really hard to make this happen,” Schwepker said. “All the hard work they’ve been doing is paying off.” Schwepker said the team has been working hard in its practices, tweaking the mistakes they have made in past matches.

“We went into this tournament working on certain areas,” Schwepker said. “One was trying to keep our composure as the game goes on. I think the athletes did that a lot better this weekend than we have in the past. I was really proud of how they kept their composure through the tight spots.“ Schwepker said that he is also trying to teach the players to understand that mistakes are always going to be made. “We’re never going to play perfect, so we have to get over it and keep our heads up throughout the rest of the game,” Schwepker said. Despite the Racers’ success, Schwepker said that one major weakness the team had at the High Point

Classic was blocking. “The one good thing about this team so far, though, is that we’ve given them some challenges and things to improve on and they seem to take it to heart and make changes,” Schwepker said. Next, the Racers face Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State respectively, but Schwepker said he is not worried about what the other teams bring to the floor. “What we are really concentrating on is how we perform out there and working on the things that we try to change,” Schwepker said. “We can’t change Tennessee Tech. We can’t change Jacksonville State. We control our side of the court. Let them do their thing and we will see what happens.”

NEXT UP Friday @ Tennessee Tech Saturday @ Jacksonville State Regardless of the team’s achievements this season, Schwepker said the ultimate goal is always the same. “We want to win conference then go to the NCAA tournament,” Schwepker said. “To win the conference tournament you have to win three matches in a row. We’ve already proven that we can win three matches in a row, and I think that’s big.”

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Setting the ball high I watched the anger on the girls’ faces nearly every week. I listened to Head Coach David Schwepker display his disappointment and misplaced judgment on Lexy Gross the floor of the Editor-in-Chief court. Last season was difficult, to say the least, for the Murray State volleyball team. The Racers missed vital plays, dropped balls and hit serves into the net – basic skills just weren’t there. They lacked communication on the floor, the biggest mistake a volleyball team could make. Last season, the volleyball team lost 20 games and won six. Its serve and kill errors surpassed its opponents’ with ease. Something had to be done. The girls remained strongwilled; they were courageous when they walked on the floor. The women knew they had the ability to win games. Now, the team stands with 10 wins and four losses. It isn’t perfect, and there is still work to do, but they have improved monumentally. Errors have shrunk in every category compared to their opponents’ – the Racers are handling the ball with much more precision and communication than last season. To see the women improve the way they have is incredibly rewarding. When I came to The News as a sophomore, ready to write whatever I was given, I rejoiced when my sports editor gave me the volleyball beat. I played the sport as hard as I could in high school, and I miss it every single day. Covering Racer volleyball gave me a connection again to the sport I desperately wanted to play. I cheered the girls on as if they were my teammates and dreaded all of the interviews on the court where the Racers lost. I could feel the disappointment they felt after the close matches and the final dropped balls. So even though I am no longer covering volleyball, and let me say Taylor Crum is doing an excellent job, I follow it closely and praise their success. I want to see them have a winning season; I want Schwepker and his staff to experience victory again. I know that sometimes, sports like volleyball fall behind all of the other sports at Murray State. But if you’ve ever played a sport, you know it doesn’t matter how popular what you play is, it’s about the passion and the energy you leave behind on the court. So I ask you, Racer fans, to cheer on these women with me, and congratulate them for having a season Murray State volleyball hasn’t seen in a few years. Help give them the confidence and support they need.

Women prepare for new format in first SEC matchup of year Mallory Tucker || Contributing writer


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The excitement is building for women’s golf as the Racers prepare for Mississippi State’s Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational tournament Monday through Wednesday. “I’m excited for several reasons,” Head Coach Velvet Milkman said. “One, the golf course is fantastic. And playing in a (Southeastern Conference) tournament, you’re guaranteed good competition, and we’re excited about that because we feel we can compete at that level.” The Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational marks two firsts of the season for the Racers. It is the team’s first SEC tournament and the first tournament to be played over a three-day span. “I like this format because it’s the format of the OVC championship,” Milkman said. She said the team can play 36 holes on the first day and 18 the second day, or it can play 18 each day for three. “We play a combination of both,” she said. “It’s good practice for formats like the OVC championship.” The OVC championship is scheduled for April 2014, giving the Racers plenty of time to get in some practice with this tournament. The invitational is also a tee-time tournament, meaning the Racers will go at a certain time rather than all beginning at the same time with a shotgun start. Milkman plans to use the weekend between the Racers’ last tournament at Louisville and the upcoming invitational to work on the team’s approach shots to the green as well as putting and chipping. She said a different course and style of tournament is something to look forward to for her players, especially the few that have never played at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. “Several of them haven’t played this course before,” Milkman said. “Two of them have. They know it’s a really fun tournament. We get to stay on site at the golf course, and they’re excited to go down and play well.”

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Senior Delaney Howson has led the team in its tournaments so far.


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What to do in Murray during Fall Break Stuck in Murray during Fall Break? No worries, we at The News have compiled a list of the top five things to do in Murray. Compiled by: Savannah Sawyer, Features Editor and McKenzie Willet, Staff writer


Land Between the Lakes - Spend a weekend away at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. There are several lakes to choose from near Murray including Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Rent inner tubes, boats, jet skis and more for up to eight hours. Rent a tent and other camping equipment for little to no cost from the Wellness Center and enjoy a weekend in the wilderness. There are many places to hike, ride bikes and even horseback ride throughout the parks.

Go shopping - Take a short drive downtown and walk the square, go into mom-and-pop shops or grab a bite to eat. Also, check out the local thrift shops and antique stores to find some hidden treasures. Don’t forget to visit some of the locally owned retail shops such as Gate 28, Ribbon Chix, Carrie’s and Penique’s, just to name a few. Take a trip up to Paducah, and check out more shopping options at Kentucky Oaks Mall as well as what downtown Paducah has to offer.

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Treat yourself - Are you craving a sweet treat? Murray has a recently opened frozen yogurt shop, Yogurt Your Weigh. Located near campus, it has multiple flavors and toppings to choose from. The possibilities are endless. You pay by the ounce so it’s generally not too pricey. Fro-yo not your thing? Check out some of the sno-cone stands in various locations throughout the city. The local Dairy Queen will be closing Oct. 31, so get those blizzards, sundaes and milkshakes while you can.

Movie time - Grab some popcorn, because the movie just started. Right across 12th Street from campus is Cheri Theatress, playing new movie releases every week. This week, you could see “Insidious: Chapter 2,” “One Direction: This is us in 3D” and many more. Looking for something to do on a date? Check out the Calvert City Drive-In in Calvert City, Ky. This weekend, it will show “Planes” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”


‘Frog Prince’ teaches life lessons

Local theater adapts for region

Hunter Harrell || Assistant Features Editor

The popular story of a princess and a frog came to life on the stage of Lovett Auditorium. The Murray State theater department presented “The Frog Prince” for not only the students and faculty, but also the community. Special invitations to the event were sent to area schools for classes from kindergarten to eighth grade. The cast and crew were composed of nearly 40 members working hard to produce the play. The theater department works to provide the local community with affordable theater for audience members young and old. The goal of the department is for the community to experience theater and learn valuable lessons through each performance.

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Get crafty – Use this time to flex your creative muscles. Open up Pinterest and do those crafts you’ve been pinning for so long. Try your hand at the pocket T-shirt or decorations for your dorm. Check out the local thrift and antique stores to find something unique to repaint, reupholster and/or recreate. Check out for crafts we’ve attempted and recommend trying yourself. And if it fails? Well, at least you had a good time attempting it.

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“The Frog Prince” is presented by the theater department.

When it comes to a night out with friends or something to do to relax, going to see a movie can be just the thing. In Murray, Cheri Theatres is one of the places to be. Cheri Theatres began as a family owned business in 1966

with only one screen and seated 620 people, said Chris Hopkins, general manager and son of the owner. Over the years, the family expanded the theater. In 1968, the original one screen was split into two, giving each auditorium 300 seats per screen. In 1970, a third auditorium was added with a capacity of 300 seats, he said. Beginning in 1970 and going through 1987, Cheri underwent several small remodels as well as splitting two of the existing auditoriums in 1988. Hopkins said after the split the theater consisted of five screens that

could hold 300 people each. The lobby, concessions and box office were expanded in 1997. During this renovation, two additional screens were added. Cheri Theatres purchased two digital projectors in 2007 to keep up with the changing times. In September 2010, Cheri became the first independent theater in western Kentucky to convert to an all-digital format after it converted all of the original 35 mm projectors to digital cinema projectors.

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Jackman, Gyllenhaal showcase talent in new drama ‘Prisoners’ receives positive review for superb acting John Gruccio Contributing writer

In a year full of great films and equally great performances by actors, director Denis Villeneuve’s child-abduction drama, “Prisoners,” gives you a story that brings you in close and then grips you hard. In the film, Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman is your typical blue-collar working man who just experienced every parent’s worst nightmare – his child is missing. Along with his missing daughter is also the daughter of his neighbors. After frantically searching for the girls, they are still nowhere to be found. Hours become days, and an investigation is started. After coming out of a big case, a young hotshot detective named Loki, played by talented actor Jake Gyllenhaal, is assigned to the alleged abduction and a strange young man is picked up and held for

questioning by officials. Both Keller and Loki know that there is something not right about the suspect. However, when he is released, due to unforeseen technicalities, Keller does something he never thought he would do – he takes someone as a prisoner. Determined to find the girls, Keller will do whatever he has to do to accomplish this, even if it means taking the life of another. The two main stars of this film, Jackman and Gyllenhaal, stand out in perhaps their best performances to date. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought Jackman, the man also known as Wolverine, would be such a great actor. I recognize his true talents after seeing “Prisoners.” Jackman, who has donned the Wolverine claws for almost a decade and stole our hearts in last year’s award winning, “Les Miserables,” is perfect in this role. He embraced a difficult role where he would have to do whatever it takes to find his child. His brutality as we have seen with the character Wolverine is still noticeable, but his determination and passion is what truly wins the audience. Ever since I saw the film, “Donnie Darko” as a teenager, I knew Gyl-

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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in ‘Prisoners,’ a drama about a man searching for his lost daughter. lenhaal was destined for greatness in his career. In the role of Loki, a hardened detective who never gives up, he almost outshines Jackman’s character at times. Embracing a side of emotions we have never seen from him; this role was made for Gyllenhaal and him alone. Gyllenhaal shows he is just getting warmed up as an actor. The film also has a powerhouse of supporting performances from actors Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo. Villeneuve is on his way to being an acclaimed director. Along with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, they captured this film and its chilling

motifs seamlessly. Aaron Guzikowski, who provided the script for the film, did an amazing job capturing the hurt and anger that characters going through this might feel. Because of his amazing script,

viewers never get the feeling that this is an actor acting, but a father who is hurting immensely. With standout acting performances, a great story and truly heartwrenching emotions, “Prisoners” gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Facts & Tidbits Movie: “Prisoners” Starring: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Release Date: Sept. 20, 2013 Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Similar to: “The Town,” “Training Day” and “Law Abiding Citizen” Interesting Fact: Leonardo DiCaprio was originally attached to the film but later dropped out.

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