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Who among us never underwent the emotional throes of a teenage emo phase? Even if only for five minutes and eleven seconds of “Welcome to the Black Parade,” I would venture to say we’ve all been there.

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Spoiler alert: Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes from bondage, saves 300 slaves during successive trips to the South and frees 750 more during the Civil War. Hopefully one learned all that in middle school. But therein lies “Harriet’s” central problem: As a critic once said after readin…

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Rex Orange County is the indie pop artistic output of English 21-year-old Alexander O’Connor, whose popularity has grown exponentially since the release of his debut project “bcos u will never b free” on Soundcloud in 2016. O’Connor built an audience from his lo-fi production and down-to-ear…

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“Motherless Brooklyn” is a decent detective story revolving around Edward Norton’s Tourette’s- afflicted private eye, Lionel Essrog, as he investigates New York City corruption and his partner’s killer. However, many flaws make “Motherless Brooklyn” a less-than-quality film.

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A sequel to the 1980 film, “The Shining”, “Doctor Sleep” greatly expands on the lore set up in Stanley Kubrick’s film, while also creating an identity of its own. With an impressive cast lead by Ewan McGreggor, “Doctor Sleep” works tremendously as a sequel to Kubrick’s film and Stephen King’…

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It’s been fifteen years since Kanye West professed that Jesus Walks. On the lead single from his now-venerated debut album, “The College Dropout,” the rapper, producer and fashion icon rapped about his faith in no uncertain terms. With the very chorus including lines such as “God show me the…

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On Halloween night, you may find yourself wanting to sit back, relax and scare yourself out of sleeping. And if you’re looking to be made inexplicably uncomfortable or incredibly confused, this is the list for you. These horror movies ditch the conventional rules and gimmicks and instead off…

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I recently stumbled across a Bandcamp page featuring a program titled DADABOTS. The purpose of this program was to use the magic of fine-tuned algorithms to synthesize large swaths of an artist’s musical output and fabricate entirely computer-generated songs. It was as though I was listening…

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“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is arguably one of John Hughes’ greatest works. The 80s classic is the go to “sick day” watch in my family, but the movie is more than a sick day fantasy. It exemplifies the beauty of being a teenager. If Matthew Boderick’s Ferris Bueller were a child he would neve…

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Vince Gilligan’s new “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” isn’t really a movie. It’s more of an extended epilogue to “Breaking Bad,” a conclusion to the story of Jesse Pinkman. One could consider it an episode of the show. Unfortunately, this final “episode” of one of the greatest drama series …

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If you haven’t caught wind of Big Thief, it certainly isn’t because music journalists aren’t trying. Since the relatively humble release of their debut album, “Masterpiece,” music publications large and small have proven less and less capable of keeping Big Thief’s name out of their mouths. …

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“Bob’s Burgers” is unique. The adult cartoon comedy television show has what sounds like a basic premise: it follows the day-to-day lives of an average family as they struggle to operate a burger restaurant in a colorful town by the ocean. But the way it delivers on that premise, the way it …

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“Sic Semper Tyrannis!” Those words, preceded by the muffled sounds of a gunshot and a scream, cut through the mirth and lighthearted joking of the play that opens, “1865.” What follows is an epic story, full of manhunts and hangings, spy craft and subterfuge and political gamesmanship for th…

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The Joker has shot Barbara Gordon. Her father sits naked in a cage, his face buried behind his knees. Batman is nowhere to be found.

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Almost 50 years of memories and stories from Texas A&M’s former play-by-play sports radio announcer can be found in one book.

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With quotes, stories and tapes that have a way of blurring the line between reality and “just a show,” “13 Reasons Why” has walked into unchartered waters.

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Ameer Vann rose to prominence in 2015 as a member of alternative hip-hop collective Brockhampton. After several years of relative obscurity, the group released a trilogy of fresh-thinking, boundary-pushing and deeply expressive albums in 2017 and exploded in popularity. With this success cam…

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It’s become common in recent years to hate on the so-called “sequel and remake culture” of Hollywood today. A good number of film enthusiasts have called out Hollywood for producing too many remakes, sequels and shared universes and for no longer producing original content. They chastise blo…

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Visually reminiscent of “2001,” “Interstellar” and “First Man,” “Ad Astra” tells the emotional story of a man and his father separated by a solar system. The film is a journey both physical and emotional for the main character, and it is told exquisitely. The plot revolves around Roy McBride…

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To many, blink-182 is foundational to their love of music. The band has been the soundtrack to house parties and teenage bedrooms for almost 20 years now. They are the reason I started going to Warped Tour, where I became a fan of bands vastly different from the pop-punk that initially drew …

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The first time I saw Fitz and the Tantrums was in 2009, when they opened as a rather unknown band for Maroon 5 in the gymnasium of San Angelo State University. I was the only one of my group allowed onto the floor in front of the stage because I was at least 16. It was one of those shows whe…

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New wave rock musician and producer Ric Ocasek passed away on Sept. 15, 2019, in his home in New York City, at the age of 75.

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As a woman business major, I’m constantly reading about women in the workplace. Because of the studies I’ve read and the anecdotes I’ve heard, I have dual fears: my personal fears that I won’t be good enough, and the external fear that no matter how much I do, it won’t be good enough to beat…

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In September 2017, Andy Muschietti’s horror film, “It,” was propelled by an enormous amount of hype stemming not only from the adaptation of a popular Stephen King novel, but a time-period shift presumably preying on the nostalgic appeal of Netflix’s cultural phenomenon “Stranger Things.” Th…

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Hitting theaters last weekend, “Hustlers” is an energetic, empowering and hilarious film that provides a refreshing take on a heist movie. The film showcases the comradery and relationships its lead actresses have with one another, while also highlighting the great lengths they will go to be…

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“The Goldfinch” is a highly underrated if flawed film. Master cinematographer Roger Deakins brings glorious sparkling beauty into a film that teems with potential and emotion but ultimately falls a little short on delivery and compelling messages.

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The 9/11 terrorist attacks were one of the worst tragedies America has ever faced. The deaths of thousands on that 2001 morning forever changed the landscape of our nation’s culture. But while the redefining effects of the senseless tragedy can still be clearly felt and identified 18 years l…

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The year so far has been decent, if not great, for movies. The release of the long-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame” marked the end of an era for Marvel, the industry’s biggest movie-making titan right now, and “John Wick: Parabellum” saw the continuation of a different beloved series. “Toy St…

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Quentin Tarantino is one of the most skilled directors of our time. The writer/director is responsible for such masterpieces as “Kill Bill,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django: Unchained.” Despite the success and importance of all those films, none shine brighter than the mo…

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“Ready or Not” is a gleefully dark film that relishes in its motifs and delights in its own black humor. Part action movie, part character study, and part straight-up bloodbath, “Ready or Not” is difficult to define. While it never fully capitalizes on any of these parts and ultimately fails…