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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…

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On July 17, Oliver Tree released his first full album, titled “Ugly is Beautiful.” With his first single “When I’m Down” gaining traction as far back as 2016, Tree has grown a long way from his roots. It is obvious that the young artist is still trying to figure out his style, but there is s…

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On June 26, Louis the Child blessed the world with a new album titled “Here For Now.” The band has released a few singles prior, each setting the bar relatively high. Fortunately, the band did not disappoint with the new album. Just about every song is upbeat and catchy, which is great for t…

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On June 12, Kodaline released a new album, “One Day at a Time.” Most people know the band for one of their two most popular songs, “All I Want” or “High Hopes.” However, since this album has been released, some new tracks have been getting some serious attention, coming to rival even the ban…

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An adaptive step in the advertising process for releasing a movie in a global pandemic, director Judd Apatow hosted a virtual roundtable with ten journalists from universities across the United States on Zoom. During the call, Apatow answered questions regarding his professional journey whic…

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American singer Michael Alden Hadreas, known professionally as Perfume Genius, released his latest album, “Set My Heart On Fire Immediately,” on May 15. With summer classes starting back up, this album could be a great one to study to, or even just sit back, relax and enjoy. Overall, this al…

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Recently The 1975 released a new album titled “Notes on a Conditional Form.” The album takes listeners through a rollercoaster of emotions while addressing major issues prevalent in society.

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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.