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‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

Angel Ortega

February 15, 2019

“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

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

“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

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

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...

Long-awaited “Kingdom Hearts III” lives up to 14 years of hype

Long-awaited “Kingdom Hearts III” lives up to 14 years of hype

Ricardo Tovar

February 4, 2019

"Kingdom Hearts III" is here, as hard as it is to believe it. The last numbered title was in 2005-the same year Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" was number one on the Billboard charts. Was the 14-year wait worth it? Yes, yes it was. The "Kingdom Hearts" series has produced four titles since "K...

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

Angel Ortega

January 31, 2019

“The Favourite” captures some of the best on-screen performances and exquisite production values this year. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, follows Queen Anne of Britain (Olivia Colman) in her later years during the late 18th century. As war with France drains the British economy and as...

Boogie puts his life on display with emotional lyricism

Boogie puts his life on display with emotional lyricism

Mitchell Kret

January 30, 2019

Compton rapper Boogie released “Everything’s For Sale,” his debut album, Jan. 25. In it, he envelops his real-life experiences with deep, melodic flows and beats. This is Boogie’s first project released under Shady Records, Eminem’s label.Anthony “Boogie” Dixson was sign...

‘Astronomic’ chamber music by Brahms serenades

‘Astronomic’ chamber music by Brahms serenades

Olyvia Simpson

January 29, 2019

There were many events happening on and around campus Saturday night. But the melodious tune from the trickling of piano keys and plucking of violin strings from within the Zingg Recital Hall of the Arts Building drew quite the audience. The concert was hosted by the North State Symphony and consisted o...

‘Our Town’ brings dramatic opera to Harlen Adams theater

‘Our Town’ brings dramatic opera to Harlen Adams theater

Alex Coba

January 28, 2019

“Our Town: An Opera in Three Acts” is the latest show to come to the Harlen Adams Theatre. Based on the play by Thornton Wilder, this production of the classic play utilized the dramatic art of opera singing to bring the story to life. The show tells the story of an American small town called...

‘The WIZRD’ reveals the emotional side of Future’s past

‘The WIZRD’ reveals the emotional side of Future’s past

Mitchell Kret

January 23, 2019

Mumble-rap nobility offers a new look at artist's life in his 7th studio album.A new viewpoint of Future’s life before fame was made public in the form of a documentary and album on Friday, Jan. 18. Future’s position as mumble-rap royalty has been secured for years - however, the emotional a...

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

Angel Ortega

January 21, 2019

“Roma” is one of the most emotionally intense films of the year with its minimalistic artistic style and strong female lead.“Roma," directed by Alfonso Cuarón, centers around the life of a middle-class family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) who live in the Colonia Roma neig...

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