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Hulu’s ‘Happiest Season’ is a home run

Kristen Stewart (right) and Mackenzie Davis (left) star in Clea Duvall's holiday rom-com,
December 2, 2020

“Happiest Season” is a family holiday romcom that should surely be at the top of your list to watch this holiday season. The movie has put its own spin on a frequently used holiday movie theme. The...

‘Freaky’: an homage to the teen slasher genre

December 1, 2020

“Happy Death Day” (2017) director, Christopher Langdon brings a fresh take on a beloved teen horror genre with his newest film, “Freaky.” Structurally presenting something that breaks conventional...

System of a Down releases new music for the first time in 15 years

System of a Down Creative Commons (Kieran Krud Photography)
November 20, 2020

The Armenian American metal band System of a Down has released two new songs, their first release since the two albums released in 2005, titled “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize.” The two new songs,...

‘The Laramie Project’ tells a universally powerful story

November 20, 2020

“The Laramie Project” premiered via livestream on Nov. 11 courtesy of the department of music and theater. It was second in the series of virtual performances that the department has put on this semester. The...

Ben Wheately’s adaptation of ‘Rebecca’ falls short

November 19, 2020

Filmmaker Ben Wheately’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s tale of second-wife blues is hollow and in desperate need of assistance.   The film starts with a chance encounter between the...

Bill Murray steals the show in Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks”

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray are the stars of Sofia Coppola's newest film,
November 12, 2020

Sofia Coppola’s newest film “On the Rocks” is a bittersweet father-daughter comedy set in the bustling city of New York. Coppola casts actors Bill Murray and Rashida Jones who play a loving father-daughter...

Ariana Grande is switching up positions, but it feels stale

Ariana Grande's
November 4, 2020

After the grieving process that was her 2019 album “thank u, next,” pop superstar Ariana Grande has returned with the much more thematically light “Positions.” Ariana Grande has been through...

Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine’ is the perfect summer playlist—in the middle of October

Gorillaz's new album,
October 29, 2020

What started out as a low-commitment string of singles gradually evolved into a full-fledged album of groovy electropop on Gorillaz’s new album, “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.” The...

Open Mike Eagle is in a slump, but his music isn’t

Open Mike Eagle finds ways to heal on
October 21, 2020

The indie rapper hailing from Chicago, Open Mike Eagle, has returned with “Anime, Trauma and Divorce,” further solidifying him as one of the most consistent hip-hop artists in recent years. As...

‘Savage Mode II’ lost focus on the original concept, and that isn’t a bad thing.

21 Savage's newest album
October 8, 2020

21 Savage and Metro Boomin team up four years after their collaborative “Savage Mode” mixtape for a sequel that doesn’t feel like a sequel at all. When the duo released the original “Savage...

“Unpregnant” a modern day buddy comedy with a twist

Veronica Clarke (Haley Lu Richardson) is a teenage girl who becomes pregnant and embarks on a road trip with her former best friend to become
October 8, 2020

“Unpregnant” is a edgy teen comedy that follows two young women as they take a road trip across state lines in order to get an abortion.  The film stars Haley Lu Richardson who plays straight-edged,...

The Neighbourhood’s new album introduces Chip Chrome, but we still don’t know who he is.

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
October 2, 2020

The indie-pop superstars have returned with a concept album that doesn’t do much to conceptualize anything on “Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones”. With a massive fanbase and a sizable discography,...

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