Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Ivory Tower

Documentary
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/30/14, 01:00 am

According to his filmography, director Andrew Rossi likes to narrate the crumbling of great institutions. He’s investigated the tumultuous traditional newspaper business, followed the demise of formal dining culture through a legendary New York restaurant, and recorded the effort to reshape traditional marriage in Massachusetts. Now Rossi’s attention turns to American higher education in Ivory Tower, a documentary that hits select theaters starting June 13.

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Fast backward

Movie | Days of Future Past is blockbuster fun but not much more
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/30/14, 01:00 am

Now at the seventh film in the X-Men series, one might wonder how much more anticipation the X-Men franchise can draw out from its audience, but fans still dutifully buy movie tickets and buzz about it on social media. The latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past (rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity, and language), pulled a solid $8.1 million on its Thursday midnight opening, and packed a decent $90.7 million over the Memorial Day weekend, the fourth biggest weekend opener of the year.

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Reflective journey

Travel | A cross-country train trip proved to be unpredictable, uncomfortable--and an unmatched period of spiritual focus
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/16/14, 01:00 am

It was around the thirteenth hour, on the third segment of my journey, when I finally questioned my rationality in traveling cross-country on Amtrak.

I was at the café section of the Crescent, slumped over the table with my chin stuck to a book. We had been on a steady speed of 0 mph for two hours since 10 p.m. A freight train had broken down on the rail ahead of us, obstructing the Crescent’s way, so Amtrak called a crew to come haul it away.

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