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The year 2000 saw the arrival of the modern superhero flick in the form of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men,” which skyrocked the subgenre into popularity, making movies like “The Avengers” possible in the 2010s. While not the first superhero movie to grace the silver screen, Singer’s “X-Men” encapsula…

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In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 opus “Magnolia,” John C. Reilly’s benevolent police officer shares his life philosophy with the audience as part of his character introduction, stating that as “we move through this life, we should try and do good ... And if we can do that, and not hurt anyone …

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Amy Heckerling’s iconic teen classic “Clueless,” a modern reimagining of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma,” turns 25 this year. Set in Beverly Hills circa 1995, “Clueless” follows Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, who is the most popular girl in school.

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It seems as though artists have been slowly coming to the realization that everyone is stuck in the house bored right now and turning to music for relief. This past week, numerous artists have released singles, from covers to stripped songs, or even entirely new tracks. It truly was a magica…

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Directed by Bryan Singer and released in August 1995, “The Usual Suspects” leaves people shocked and speechless even 25 years after its release. Through Christopher McQuarrie’s complex dialogue, Singer’s attention to detail and Kevin Spacey’s phenomenal acting, this film creates an alternate…

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The title crawl to the 1936 anti-marijuana exploitation film “Reefer Madness” (alternatively entitled “Doped Youth” and “Tell Your Children”) reads “its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations — space expands — time slows down, almost stan…

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To have a 21-year-old feel a connection with a 40-year-old fictional character says a lot about the quality of an author’s writing and characterization. Jessica Francis Kane can boast this with her 2019 release “Rules for Visiting.” Her main character is one readers can bond, sympathize and …

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Many films in the crime genre can leave the audience speechless, appalled or just plain surprised, but “Se7en” does more than that. Directed by David Fincher, this film was released on Sept. 22, 1995, and will soon celebrate 25 years since its release. There are various familiar faces that a…

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I think we can all agree the world deserves a do-over with the year 2020. With summer right around the corner and the coronavirus showing no signs of stopping, summer will likely be put on hold for the year. Here are seven movies to capture the summer vibe without breaking shelter-in-place orders.

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Peach Pit recently released an album titled “You and Your Friends.” Fans were extremely excited to hear the band decided to still release their album amid everything going on right now. Peach Pit’s music is always so incredibly versatile. Their tracks are always great for vibing with friends…

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s sleazy, painfully cringe-inducing classic “Showgirls,” I am going to take a look back at what is arguably the director’s most accomplished works, from 1987’s “RoboCop” to 1997’s “Starship Troopers.” A master satirist with a taste for outra…

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It is not uncommon for readers to read books as a means of escapism. Immersing yourself in a fictional world can help distract from the troubles of everyday life. Even more so when the book centers around characters becoming so immersed in other worlds they can no longer cope.

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s directorial debut “Pusher” is available on Shudder, as well as its two sequels (simply entitled “Pusher II” and “Pusher 3”). Refn made his cinematic watermark in the 2010s with the stylish neo-noir crime drama “Drive,” a film which has garnered a reputation for its dis…

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During this uneasy time, many are turning towards the film industry for an escape from reality. Directed by Andy Tennant, “Hitch” is a romantic comedy that brings an uplifting and heartfelt atmosphere. This upbeat film was released in 2005 and recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary.

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Gus Van Sant’s crime comedy-drama “To Die For” turns 25 this year, making this mockumentary-style film way ahead of its time. “To Die For” follows Suzanne Stone, played by Nicole Kidman, a small town journalist who has big dreams about becoming the next Barbra Walters. This was one of Kidman…

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Joywave’s newest album, “Possession,” dropped on March 13. It has been nearly three years since the release of their last album “Content,” when they produced their second most popular track, “It’s a Trip.” The band hasn’t changed a great deal with this collection, but that does not make it a…

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For cinephiles and horror junkies, this quarantine is the perfect time to catch up on classics of the horror genre. Shudder, a horror and genre film streaming service catering to every taste whether it’s a classic of the genre, a deep cut or a genre-bending art-house film, will satiate your …

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The film “El Silencio de la Ciudad Blanca (Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City)” is a Spanish film directed by Daniel Calparsoro released by Netflix on March 6. This thrilling film, which is adapted from the novel by Eva García Sáenz, takes many twists and turns while displaying a va…

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Written for both readers who love poetry and readers who usually don’t, “Water Runs Red” by Jenna Clare is a poetry collection that takes the fairytale princess in love theme and flips it. Instead of focusing on love in a romantic relationship, it focuses on love in a friendship.

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During this time around the world, there has been a common theme of widespread panic and overall solemnity. While our health should be taken very seriously, there are still plenty of reasons to smile during this time. To help jump-start some joy back into the world, I made a playlist in an a…

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Pixar’s latest film, “Onward,” is far from the animation studio’s best movie. However, while the movie ultimately fails to live up to the likes of “Up,” “WALL-E,” “Toy Story” and “Coco,” “Onward” is still a decent, heartfelt and fun film on its own merits.

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HOUSTON — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Deep Sea Diver opened for Joseph at the House of Blues in Houston. The concert was held in the small “Peacock Room,” which gave the performance a more personal feel. Both bands complimented each other quite well, and good vibes were flowing through the room dur…

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Autumn de Wilde, an American photographer known for her work in the music industry, recently transitioned into filmmaking by adapting Jane Austen’s internationally famous book, “Emma.” With Wilde’s inclusion of the period in the title as already an unfunny, heavy-handed jab at period pieces,…

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"All The Bright Places," a book written by Jennifer Niven, was brought to life by Brett Haley through a Netflix original film released on Feb. 28. This film focuses on the two opposite characters of Violet Markey, played by Elle Fanning, and Theodore Finch, played by Justice Smith. The entir…

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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin may not have the international attention of larger festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival or Festival de Cannes, but the SXSW programmers’ unique approach of selecting an equal mix of Hollywood blockbuster premieres and American in…

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Norwegian metal band Kvelertak return with their first new album in almost four years with “Splid,” another worthy addition to their discography of a mosh-worthy blend of hardcore punk, black metal and classic rock. Kvelertak have distinguished themselves in the modern metal scene with these…

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King Krule’s prime directive is creating a sea of mood through dark, dream-like instrumentals and spat, distressed vocal performances. Born Archy Ivan Marshall, the English musician made a career in something between garage-band punk and New York jazz. With abstract, moody cover art and song…

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s “The Goop Lab” is an excellent example why we may need to censor certain shows. The show explores “alternative medicines” through tests which run the course of each episode. It sounds dubious, and it is.

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At the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, the streaming superpower Netflix purchased an artistic, off-beat approach to drama in “Horse Girl,'' directed by Jeff Baena and co-written with Alison Brie. This film missed the mark severely. The plot follows what can be presumed as a socially awkward you…

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With the release of their latest single on Wednesday, Feb. 19, Glass Animals has reached new depths while sticking to their usual sound. The track first aired twice on BBC radio in London that evening and was later released on music platforms.

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“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” based on Jenny Han’s book by the same name, is a teen romance film focusing on the struggles of Lara Jean and her relationship with her first boyfriend Peter Kavinsky. This Netflix original film was directed by Michael Fimognari and is a sequel to th…

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This past Valentine’s Day, Tame Impala released their anticipated album called “The Slow Rush.” With this release, it is clear there has been a shift in tone from past albums. While many songs in his past work have shown a clear internal conflict between Kevin Parker’s negative and positive …

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Over the last two decades, the three-piece rock band Green Day has progressed from an icon of 2000s punk rock to the pinnacle of mediocrity, with what must be age and apathy watering down the acidity and authenticity of their music. Billie Joe Armstrong and Co. can consistently be counted on…

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Many fantastic films are turning 60 this year, but one in particular has remained a timeless story of family life. Director Ken Annakin created a heartfelt family adventure story with a handful of surprises in the film “Swiss Family Robinson.” Released Dec. 10, 1960, “Swiss Family Robinson” …

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“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” directed by Cathy Yan, isn’t nearly as cool as she wants it to be. However, the film has an infectious energy, mostly due to its performances.

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While Valentine’s Day will, and arguably should, be a time of reflection on the concept and meaning of how love manifests itself within us, the corny Hallmark-holiday doesn’t capture what love is to everyone. Netflix is certainly pushing its new release “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love Yo…

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The 92nd Academy Awards took place Sunday, Feb. 9. Below is a list of which films and individuals won and which should have won for a few of the most prominent awards.

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As the riddle goes, a man walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the evening and three legs in the afternoon. Spanning a watery hour and 16 minutes, Lil Wayne’s latest release “Funeral” is further proof the rapper has long been in the afternoon of his career.

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PARK CITY, UTAH — This past week, I was given the special opportunity to attend the pinnacle of the American independent film circuit, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Since 1985, the Sundance Film Festival has represented diversity in American filmmaking and serves as the heartbeat of Ameri…