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‘Rap or Go to the League’ shows 2 Chainz’s maturity and growth

‘Rap or Go to the League’ shows 2 Chainz’s maturity and growth

Mitchell Kret

March 6, 2019


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2 Chainz released his fifth studio album “Rap or Go to the League,” in which he raps about the parallels and differences of his life as a rapper and his life before his fame and success on the streets of Atlanta. It was released March 1 and spearheads 2 Chainz push to make more meaningful mu...

New Hozier album is missing something

New Hozier album is missing something

Rayanne Painter

March 4, 2019


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Six years ago, Andrew Hozier-Byrnes’ “Take Me to Church” took off in the charts as a surprise folk-gospel Top 40 hit. His self-titled debut album gained popularity as well when released a year later, with both the folk crowd and pop followers that had discovered him from his smash hi...

Coen Brothers deliver another stellar period piece

Coen Brothers deliver another stellar period piece

Angel Ortega

March 3, 2019


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Written, directed and produced by Ethan and Joel Coen, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is an anthology film which consists of six vignettes, or short films. Though none of the vignettes are narratively connected, they are all period pieces that focus on pioneers and settlers making their way west...

Three rappers deliver their albums exactly as expected

Three rappers deliver their albums exactly as expected

Mitchell Kret

February 28, 2019


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Three rising stars of rap released their albums the night of Feb. 21, offering rap fans a variety of one-dimensional music. Gunna, Lil Pump and Offset all had albums that are landmarks of their career, however; all show that they heavily rely on their individual music styles. Offset, who gained popularity as a mem...

Oscars Recap: “Green Book” wins Best Picture

Oscars Recap: “Green Book” wins Best Picture

Angel Ortega

February 27, 2019


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“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Black Panther” and “Green Book” were among the winners at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday. “Bohemian Rhapsody” received the most awards with four, in the areas of Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best ...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is all flash but no substance

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is all flash but no substance

Angel Ortega

February 24, 2019


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“Alita: Battle Angel” attempts to compensate a flawed narrative with stunning visuals. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, takes place in the year 2563. A cataclysmic war, known as "the fall," has left Earth devastated. While salvaging through the scrapyard of Iron City, Ido (Christop...

Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico fills Harlen Adams Theatre with energy and spirit

Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico fills Harlen Adams Theatre with energy and spirit

Mitchell Kret

February 18, 2019


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The sound of vocalists and instrumental music resonated as the Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico filled the Harlen Adams Theatre for their "Living the Gospel" performance on Feb. 15. The Choir hosts a concert on the Chico State campus each year for Black History Month, celebrating their faith and sacred...

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

Angel Ortega

February 15, 2019


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“The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr., follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a high school girl who lives in a poor, mostly black neighborhood but attends a private school in an affluent, predominately white neighborhood. Carter struggles to come to terms with her racial an...

‘Apex Legends’: A battle royale game with impact

‘Apex Legends’: A battle royale game with impact

Mitchell Kret

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The battle royale genre could be shifting from the third-person, brightly colored year-long domination of "Fortnite" to a possible rising star from Electronic Arts. “Apex Legends” has been racking up downloads and players since its launch on Feb. 4, and has received well-deserved praise fr...

‘The Lego Movie 2′ is much more than a kids’ movie

‘The Lego Movie 2′ is much more than a kids’ movie

Angel Ortega

February 10, 2019


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“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is a cleverly written comedy with almost no dull moments. In the sequel to “The Lego Movie” (2014), the film picks up where it left off five years ago. The city of Bricksburg is threatened when LEGO DUPLO alien invaders pose a threat to the ci...

Director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Angel Ortega

February 6, 2019


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From Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a romance set in 1970s Harlem, New York. It follows the lives of Tish (Kiki Layne) and her fiancé, Alonzo (Stephan James) who goes by the nickname Fonny. Tish and Fonny are young, in love and ready to...

Maroon 5, Travis Scott deliver sub-par performance

Maroon 5, Travis Scott deliver sub-par performance

Mitchell Kret

February 5, 2019


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Super Bowl LIII will likely be remembered as one of the least entertaining Super Bowls to date, and the halftime show was the laughably bad icing on the cake. Adam Levine sounded (and looked) way past his prime and Travis Scott’s entrance only signified our generation’s crushed dreams of...

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