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‘Tenet’: A thrilling film for return to theatres

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Katherine Daly, Staff Writer

September 18, 2020

Christopher Nolan’s newest science-fiction thriller “Tenet” faced a daunting task as it released exclusively in theaters on Sept. 3, being one of the first films to do so since multiplexes were forced to shut their doors six months ago. The months-long shroud of secrecy around the film’s plot was no...

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake is a shallow telling of the original

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Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 18, 2020

The original “Mulan” is fondly remembered as a charming film that uniquely depicted Chinese culture in an animated setting while telling an empowering story about a young girl who trains to prove herself. The live-action remake of the animated classic markets itself as being a more serious, culturally accurate telling of t...

Saying peace out to ‘That ‘70s Show’ on Netflix

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Owen Conway, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2020

The removal of a fan-favorite television show from Netflix brings a new kind of sadness unique to the digital age we currently live in but is without a doubt a real kind. The streaming service lost another popular series and received negative feedback on social media when the beloved sitcom “That ...

Whitney plays to musical strengths on new cover album

Whitney plays to musical strengths on new cover album

Owen Conway, Contributing Writer

September 1, 2020

As a band, Whitney is good at what they do. As the kings of soft indie rock, Whitney’s signature high-pitched vocals and incredibly chilled-out sound earned them critical acclaim on their 2019 sophomore album “Forever Turned Around.” Seldom does a Whitney song stray far from the style...

‘Project Power’: A messy thriller that doesn’t live up to its potential

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Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 1, 2020

For five minutes, one pill could give you superhuman speed, the ability to turn invisible or any other number of incredible powers. Much like its premise, “Project Power” as a film had great potential. The movie could have been a unique commentary on the harsh struggles of rampant drug use that minority groups fa...

Netflix’s ‘High Score’: A fun but barebones look into the gaming industry

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Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 1, 2020

For as massive of a medium as video games are, the industry has been infamously secretive about the production of the games that people across the world have fallen in love with. Many fans have clamored for a true, all-encompassing look into the making of games, but unfortunately, Netflix’s ...

Second season of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ introduces new family dynamics

Koreena Harnaraine, Contributing Writer

August 19, 2020

“The Umbrella Academy,” a Netflix series about a family of seven skilled superheroes known as the Hargreeves, ended its first season by having siblings Five, Allison, Klaus, Luther, Diego, Vanya and Ben’s ghosts jump back in time to stop the apocalypse. The ending left fans speculating...

‘Howard’ shines light on life of late Disney composer

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 19, 2020

One of the core elements of many Disney films that has allowed them to culturally resonate with people throughout the years is their music. The soundtracks of movies such as “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid” have resonated with people across all ages. The late composer Howard Ashman is ...

Beyoncé uniquely represents African culture in ‘‘Black is King”

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

August 19, 2020

Beyoncé’s newest visual album, “Black is King,”, celebrates the beauty and richness of African culture. Directed by Kwasi Fordjour, alongside additional input from creatives across Africa, the film retells the story of “The Lion King” through a series of music videos. “Black is King”...

The Invisible Man

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

The fear of the unknown delivers a sense of dread that can cause distress even when no immediate threat is apparent. Horror movies often capitalize off of this fear by making viewers uncertain as to when danger will surface. By having the main threat of the film be completely unseen, The Invisible Man...

Strong script, revamped animation help ‘Sonic’ soar

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Film adaptations of video games are notoriously low quality, and “Sonic the Hedgehog”initially seemed to be another failure. Originally, the famous video game character’s initial, freakishly realistic design scared off fans. After being delayed to completely rework the character’s appearance,...

New rom-com provides fun, crucial representation

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 27, 2020

Romantic comedies are a longstanding tradition for Valentine’s Day. They provide a relatable, romanticized fantasy for couples to cuddle up to or a single pringle wanting something to indulge in. The key ingredient in rom-coms is relatability. Watching a relatable character find true love in a relatable...

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