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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…

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Posthumous releases are a recurring theme sweeping across the modern hip hop genre. At this point in the industry, the premature death of popular young artists is a guarantee of a forthcoming collection of half-baked, reanimated and would-be tracks put to a beat. With subpar albums released …

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The new year looks promising for film. The titles below all have an exciting cast, director, writer or story — sometimes all of the above. On this list, there are proven directors, ensemble casts, top-notch screenwriters and fascinating story concepts. From Anderson, Wright and Nolan to Kras…

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Although cinema in 2018, and across the latter half of the past decade, was dominated by women and people of color masterclass directors from across the world, 2019 featured significantly less diversity across the international cinema stage. Domestically, notable films such as Joe Talbot’s “…

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While much of the American cinema scene in the 2010s was filled with comic book movies breaking box office records and Disney’s monopolistic tendencies slowly turning its overwhelming monetary success into a tight control on blockbuster films, a boom among independent films took place in the…

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As the song goes, video killed the radio star, but it appears nothing ever actually kills the artist. Or at least, nothing truly buries the debris left in their back catalog. In an age where relatively inexpensive digital remastering can work unprecedented magic, record companies can package…

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I don’t know about you, but usually the first thing I do when I wake up is turn on the TV, always set to CNN. Something about the warm company of Anderson Cooper and friends as I brush my teeth and prepare for the day is beautiful. Plus, I get caught up on the start of the day’s news. Betwee…

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The days surrounding Thanksgiving have long been some of the busiest travel days of the entire year. The holiday is a time for families to unite, often travelling long distances to meet with their loved ones. In honor of the yearly Thanksgiving travel scramble, here are the top five travel a…

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"Knives Out" is a hilarious take on the classic whodunit genre of days old, as the film takes a fascinating approach to its murder mystery. The follow-up film from "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, the film moves at a fluid pace, as it unravels the mystery for the characters and audienc…

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Hootie & the Blowfish is a touchstone of the very best of 90s joy and nostalgia, and the last thing I wanted to hear from their latest album “Imperfect Circle” was something that was a pale reflection of their former selves. To my utmost pleasure, from the very first track I knew this wo…

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English R&B singer/producer FKA twigs, Tahliah Barnett, is a mad scientist of the genre, throwing vitalizing electricity at a track until it lives. Her approach is avant-garde but not difficult to access, even for a casual listener. Her latest album “Magdalene” is the first recorded musi…

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A period piece which explores the Ford Motor Company’s venture into the racing scene, the film follows a group of men who are determined to push beyond the limits of practicality. With phenomenal emotion and heart, “Ford v Ferrari” takes the audience along for the ride, giving them the excit…

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Streaming services are one of the most important advancements of cinema in recent years. They have revolutionized the way we consume films. No longer do audiences have to travel to the theater for every new release due to fear of missing out. They can rest easy knowing it’ll be on Netflix or…

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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…