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May 10, 2019 is a date that evokes many emotions: apprehension, gratitude, relief and bliss. After four unforeseen, cathartic years, I will walk across the stage on that date and remember what it means to trust in timing, overcome adversity and succeed with the help, love and guidance of others.

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In three days I will receive a piece of paper. This piece of paper — better known as a college diploma — will substantiate my belonging within the community of the educated, or so they say.

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It’s almost unimaginable that this is my last story for The Battalion when I can still remember my first ones so well.

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I never realized this, but life, at least for me, has been like a game of football. For those of you who know me, you definitely don’t find it surprising — but hear me out.

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Edgar Wright is a film director known for his hilariously funny movies and, with the release of his 2017 masterpiece “Baby Driver,” his exquisite sound design capabilities.

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Earlier this week, the Academy upheld its ruling regarding Oscar eligibility for Netflix-distributed films, continuing to inadvertently support Netflix’s nonchalant approach to distributing the foreign films it acquires. While it continues to prove its monetary influence at film festivals, N…

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The recent crime committed by a fake rideshare driver in South Carolina was horrifying and heartbreaking. While no words can alleviate the pain felt by the Josephson family, Uber is committed to continuing to take action to help make our communities safer.

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The unfortunate truth of Hollywood filmmaking is the central importance on profit than creativity. The more that Disney continues to dominate the box office, the safer that Hollywood producers will be with their money. This trend may be most obvious with the numerous Marvel adaptations and s…

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The art of film is just that: an art. But while movies are very good at telling stories and conveying meaning, they are also very good at making money. As technology advances, theaters are coming up with more and more creative ways to sell more and more expensive tickets to audiences. Some o…

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The Joker is a character who’s had many representations over the years. Similar to James Bond, the Joker isn’t tied to one specific actor. His face changes all the time. However, some of the Joker’s many faces have been better than others. This list takes a look at some of the best versions …

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I really wanted “Missing Link” to be good. Not only am I a huge fan of stop-motion, but I also love Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana, the film’s three stars. But while the movie did deliver with a rich, colorful and intricate stop-motion style, it didn’t have a lot going for i…

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Rachel Hollis has proven herself to be a huge motivational presence for women of all ages. Her newest book “Girl, Stop Apologizing” highlights the distinct ways women can improve themselves and bring real joy back into their lives.

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With next-generation consoles rumored to release later next year, some might refrain from looking forward to current-generation releases this year. However, there are some highly anticipated sequels and new titles set to release in 2019 — potentially the last big releases of this generation’…

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Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Pet Sematary” is equally as bizarre as it is unintentionally corny. Yet, since its general unfavorable feelings original reception, the film has found a dedicated group of fans that praise the film for its memorable horror images and ex…

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Harmony Korine has represented the boundary-pushing spirit of American independent cinema since the 90s, famous for his distinctive, trailblazing depiction of the lost voices of the United States. His latest work, “The Beach Bum,” provides a sharp critique of American culture’s obsession wit…

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Sebastián Lelio’s film “Gloria Bell” is a self-indulgent movie that drags on far too long for its own good.

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Among science-fiction high-tech action movies of the past two decades, you can’t get much more iconic than “The Matrix” trilogy. Lana and Lily Wachowski’s intense story of false reality and heroes in trench coats blew audiences away with a previously unprecedented plotline and pioneering spe…

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In 1967, Arthur Penn’s film “Bonnie and Clyde” captured the American obsession with the infamous lovers on the run and cemented the cultural narrative of their legacy.

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When filmmakers release movies, they intend for them to be popular. The title of blockbuster is typically one of the most coveted, and films are judged based on financial success. But for some niche filmmakers and some unique fans, there is a loftier goal; a higher title than blockbuster. It…

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Dear Lexi: Recently I’ve found it hard to stay motivated. At the moment, things feel out of place, and lately when I’m faced with tasks that I would normally knocked out of the park, I get scared. I’m having trouble finding motivation for basic things like going to class and studying. How sh…

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With Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, they have solidified their corporate influence over America’s pop culture.

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After his widely popular 2017 film, “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s sophomore film, “Us,” continues Peele’s dissection of American culture. Even after its first weekend at the box office, “Us” has proven that Peele is established at the forefront of pop culture, and his creativity will continue to…

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Hulu’s new weekly true-crime drama series, “The Act,” follows the strange story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter, Gypsy Rose, as they move to a new town, and their secrets are slowly revealed. I had conflicting opinions about the show while watching the first episode, and it was hard to…

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Francis Ford Coppola is a genius among men. The legendary director is known for his detailed, brutal and extremely long works. Coppola directed and otherwise contributed to a host of films through his lengthy decades-spanning career, most if not all of which were met with critical praise. So…

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“Captive State” has a hugely promising premise but is a giant swing-and-miss when it comes to execution.

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In the wake of the immensely popular 2014 film “The Fault in Our Stars” Hollywood has cranked out numerous films with lovers dealing with serious illness. “Everything, Everything,” “Midnight Sun” and “Me Before You,” are just a few titles of the subgenre that continues to grow in popularity …

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Unlike a majority of films recently acquired by Netflix, “Triple Frontier” was heavily advertised and anticipated by many. It seems to be a growing trend for Netflix to swipe films from production limbo and fuel the dead projects with top stars and Hollywood funding. “Triple Frontier” certai…

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“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” tells the touching true story of William Kamkwamba, a young African boy who used his knowledge of electrical systems and his school’s library to design a wind turbine system that would help save his village from famine during a dry season. The artfully shot f…

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Genre film has always existed between the ambiguity of conscious use of genre cliches and subversions. Horror films usually advance the expectations of audiences while working to try and find the balance between the familiar and unfamiliar. This directorial process is no easy task, especiall…

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Wes Anderson is a director known for his very identifiable, very quirky style. His films feature a variety of similarities, from thematic motifs, to recurring actor ensembles, to indescribably odd color palettes. Wes Anderson is an indie film fanatic’s dream. He has developed a mainstream fo…

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Assisted suicide is usually a topic that generates harsh, binary responses from politicians, so the issue is usually never discussed past the politically-charged meaning of the term. However, Alexandre Lehmann’s latest film, “Paddleton,” analyzes assisted suicide within the context of friend…

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In order to better understand the Aggie Spirit in the present, we must acknowledge the historic and public moments of marginalization within the timeline of Texas A&M University. On Feb. 14, President Young acknowledged our past with photos that included “markers of bigotry and prejudice…

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I have to admit that I wasn’t all that surprised when news first emerged that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and a friend had appeared in a racist blackface/KKK photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook. (It’s not clear who is in which costume.) My reaction wasn’t so much a judgment on Northa…

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The latest addition to Hulu’s anthology holiday-themed horror movie series Into the Dark, “Down” is a film with an ambitious premise. However, it wastes that premise and the promise of the first scenes by quickly devolving into some sex-driven story of violence and blood.

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Normally, I am not that into audio dramas. In fact, almost every one I’ve tried thus far has been a big miss for me. Many come off as cheesy and trying too hard to be “serious media,”while some go too far in the other direction and are completely goofy in a way that gets draining after a per…

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Every February, Hollywood’s biggest names get together to celebrate their films from the past year. Within the last 40 years, the politics that surround the Oscars have grown at an alarming rate. The show has created a ranking system of the categories, and true filmmaking talent usually take…