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“Freaky,” directed by Christopher Landon, is a clever take on the slasher genre, despite occasionally suffering from clunky dialogue and some weak characterization. Landon, known for directing the “Happy Death Day” films, focuses his narrative on Millie, a high schooler who exists on the per…

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“Rocky IV,” directed by Sylvester Stallone, continues the storyline of Rocky Balboa, a boxing Heavyweight Champion played by the director himself. As sports films go, the Rocky franchise is known for its iconic scenes and music, but the films don’t overly consume themselves with the sport of…

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“Yes, God, Yes,” directed by Karen Maine, is a deceivingly simple film, utilizing its minimal plot to tell a complex story. Few would call “Yes, God, Yes” ambitious, especially since the film clocks in at a modest 78 minutes, shorter than some episodes of Netflix’s most banal content, a la “…

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Brandon Cronenberg’s new sci-fi gore thriller “Possessor” is magnificent. Released back in January at Sundance, the film is jam-packed with innovative visuals and eloquently conveyed themes, making the violent and occasionally horrifying film one of the best movies of 2020.

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“The Da Vinci Code” is a name that has lived in infamy through the early 21st century. Based on Dan Brown’s 2003 book of the same name, its story sent shocks through Christendom not just for centering on a secret that would upend Christianity as the world knows it, but for Brown promoting th…

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Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix political courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a fairly solid film. Not totally adept at anything, the film also contains no serious mistakes, making it a very mediocre piece of cinema.

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On Oct. 27, JAWNY, formerly known as Johnny Utah, released his first album “For Abby," which consists of 10 tracks. However, whoever keeps up with JAWNY’s releases would know that the majority of the songs were released as singles before the album was dropped, with some released back in 2019…

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This November marks 20 years since writer and director M. Night Shyamalan released his hit film “Unbreakable.” As with any anniversary, it’s worth reflecting on how the film has withstood the test of time and where it stands now.

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There are plenty of horror films that make their way back to screens during the Halloween season, and “The Strangers” is a good addition to the list. Directed by Bryan Bertino, “The Strangers” focuses on multiple intruders that cause Kristin McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) …

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Noah Baumbach’s coming-of-age dramedy “Kicking and Screaming” turned 25 this October. The film, unrelated to the more popular Will Ferrell movie of the same title, is a roaringly funny examination of several recent college graduates as they are forced to come to terms with the fact that they…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past 10 years.

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October has brought the Halloween season again, and many are looking to celebrate the spooky spirit through films. While some typically imagine dark nights, haunted settings and malicious monsters, Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction film “Alien” wouldn’t necessarily come to mind. However, i…

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Stephen King, the “king of horror,” gets the popular nickname from his many horrific narratives. “IT” and “Pet Sematary” are only a couple of newer films based on King’s widely popular stories. As the cinematic experience progressed, so did the adaptation of King’s scary stories. Based on a …

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past 10 years.

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On Oct. 9, Bahamas released a new album titled “Sad Hunk.” The album has generally a more melancholic feel than his previous albums and this is certainly due to the country’s current political and social climate. Though the album is less positive than those in the past, it is still not lacki…

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“Save Yourselves!” is a new indie comedy written and directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson. The film follows a hipster millennial couple as they take a weeklong technology-free vacation at a remote cabin in the woods. Unfortunately for them, their plans to relax and better thems…

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On Oct. 2, LANY released a new album titled “mama’s boy.” While listening, one may question whether LANY is attempting to change their general sound and their general audience. Most of their tracks on this album stick to their relaxed sound, but some contain a more biblical twist. This album…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past ten years.

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Not a moment too soon, indie-rocking folk auteurs Fleet Foxes have returned, or more accurately, Robin Pecknold has. The band’s projects have most often been a display of Pecknold’s personal and artistic growth, though this is the least linear progression yet in a relative sense. “Shore” is …

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Known for his creepy and wacky stories, Tim Burton typically shines during the Halloween season. Originally based on a drawing Burton made when he was new to the directing world, “Edward Scissorhands” tells a unique story of isolation by following the life of an awkward, pale man with scisso…

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On Sept. 25, Joji released a new album titled “Nectar.” For the most part, Joji stuck to his usual sound throughout the album, with the exception of one or two tracks. Most dedicated fans of Joji will enjoy this album. Though the album is not ground-breaking, it is good enough to play withou…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past 10 years.

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“Enola Holmes” is not a good film. Netflix’s take on a Sherlock Holmes story stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, Sherlock’s lesser known teenage sister, as she is thrust into the world of murder and political terrorism following the disappearance of her beloved mother.

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On Friday, Sept. 18, Elderbrook released a new album titled “Why Do We Shake In The Cold?” Yet again, Elderbrook was able to create an album full of such range that listeners could listen while either focusing and doing homework or engaging in an intense workout. Elderbrook is an underrated …

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“The Skeleton Key,” directed by Iain Softley and released in 2005, is a decent enough film that it could make its way onto that “must watch list” that comes around during the month of October. Starring Kate Hudson as Caroline Ellis, “The Skeleton Key” focuses on a hospice nurse living in the…

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“Gloria” is a film written and directed by the famous American independent director John Cassavetes. Released Oct. 1, 1980, the film follows a woman forced into caring for and protecting a young boy after his family is murdered by the mob. The unlikely duo go on the run all through New York …

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past ten years.

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Authors seem to love writing about the struggles they have while trying to write. “Writers and Lovers” follows Casey Peabody as she works through her writing career, her love life and her post-grad student debt. The author, Lily King, pulls readers along as she puts Casey through trials and …

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I am not completely sure where to start with this one. So I guess I will make my point 100-percent clear from the beginning. Netflix sucks.

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On Sept. 4 Declan McKenna released a new album titled “Zeros.” It was a pleasant surprise to see this artist pop up on the Release Radar playlist on Spotify after his previous album three years ago. McKenna is back and better than ever with this new release and stays strong throughout the en…

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The average American spends most of their childhood in the states, but this was not the case for Keena Roberts. She spent her adolescent years switching between living in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and an island camp in Botswana. “Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button…

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“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter and director known for his surrealist perspective, heavy and thematic subject matter and frequent use of sci-fi elements. Kaufman’s latest outing lives up to the man’s reputation for the bizarre. The s…

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“The Devil All the Time,” directed by Antonio Campos, is a Netflix original film released on Sept. 16. This film stars Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård and Robert Pattinson with Riley Keogh in a supporting role. Based on a novel of the same name written by Donald Ray Pollock, “The Devil All the T…

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“Feels Good Man,” a documentary by Arthur Jones which screened at Sundance 2020, isn’t so much about a cartoon frog who became synonymous with the alt-right as it is slicing through the seemingly endless barrage of negativity that has captured the public consciousness.

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“Remember Me,” directed by Allen Coulter, recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in March. This romantic drama takes a different approach to storytelling and aims to explicitly shock viewers. “Remember Me” stars Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan and has appearances from …

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Perhaps more than any other film in the genre of comic book adaptations, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is the closest to visually replicating the medium of comics and graphic novels. Only someone as playful and inventive as Edgar Wright could have done it justice in what is one of the best m…

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Christopher Nolan is a director known for his complex, intelligent and artistic take on the action blockbuster film. Unfortunately, his latest action blockbuster creation, “Tenet,” is neither intelligent nor artistic. The film is a mess. It is by far Nolan’s worst work, and that includes the…

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On Friday, Aug. 28, Bob Moses released a new album titled “Desire.” Many may know Bob Moses because of his song “Tearing Me Up,” which is one of his most catchy releases. Though that song may compare to Chet Faker’s creations, his new album veers away from the quality of this hit song.

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The overnight classic status of My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade” in 2006 wasn’t something that was going to be surpassed easily. The album embodied a ferocity that had been lacking in the rock genre for the past couple of decades. The band felt there was an urgent lack of theatricali…

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Initially released in Australia, “Predestination” made its way to the United States in 2015. Writer-directors Michael and Peter Spierig decided to bring the short story “All The Zombies,” written by Robert A. Heinlein, to the screen and ponder its unique concept by combining the paradoxical …

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The movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a quintessential 80s classic. Endlessly quotable and patently ridiculous in the very best way, the film follows the story of two high school slackers, played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. The lackadaisical duo’s delusions of grandeur are r…

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After years of relative silence, Suzanne Collins has released a prequel to the best-selling “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Collins’ reappearance into the literary world with her 517-page novel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” comes ten years after the final book in the original trilogy, “…

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The Netflix original action and science fiction film, “Project Power,” directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman was released on the platform on Aug. 14. Joost and Schulman partnered in the past on the 2016 film “Nerve,” which showed a few similarities to their newest release with both film…

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On Aug. 7, Glass Animals released possibly the best album of the year. The album was on track to release back in June, but was worth the wait. Following drummer Joe Seaward’s devastating bike accident in 2018, the band was unsure if they would ever make music together again. Luckily, Seaward…

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It is only apt that 2020, the most tumultuous year in recent memory, sees the return of Bright Eyes in top form and ready to take on the world’s current existential crisis. “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was” is appropriately ripe with apocalyptic imagery with Conor Oberst’s signat…

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It’s been 22 years since Christopher Nolan’s low-budget feature directorial debut “The Following” premiered. It’s been 15 since his realistic and gritty “Batman Begins” reimagined the superhero genre and paved the way for a new generation of comic book films. It’s been one day since his late…

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Josh Gordon’s film “The Switch” is approaching the 10-year anniversary of its release in August 2010. This romantic comedy, set in New York City, is based on the short story “Baster,” written by Jeffery Eugenides. “The Switch” follows characters Kassie Larson, played by Jennifer Aniston, and…