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Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

March 20, 2018


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There’s fashion, sex, espionage and violence, but not even Jennifer Lawrence can make this bloated spy thriller work. “Red Sparrow” follows prima ballerina Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence) who, after a career-ending injury, is forced to join a Russian secret intelligence school that trains studen...

“Black Panther” brings black superheroes into the spotlight

Alec Collins, Arts Columnist

February 28, 2018


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The latest addition to Disney’s sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther,” is the most important superhero blockbuster since “Iron Man” reinvented the genre in 2008. “Black Panther,” released Feb. 15, has a majority-black creative team and cast, as well as an unabashedly...

“Phantom Thread” enchants and surprises

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

February 8, 2018


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Silk, lace, muslin, taffeta, chiffon and satin. In every instant of “Phantom Thread,” fashion pours out of the frame and couture overwhelms the eye with bold elegance. There are sleeves, crisp collars, bow ties, trimming, devilish coats and dress trains trailing behind. Fabric, and the bodies th...

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

January 31, 2018


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I am stumbling out of a movie theater, turning a line of dialogue from the film I’ve just seen around in my head, over and over: “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” In the process of trying to understand what it means, I’m met by brutal winter wind. I’m stunned, having...

St. Vincent’s new album is an epic of self-reflection

Kelsey Neubauer

November 10, 2017


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Annie Clark has been deemed a contemporary “female Bowie,” by critics since she first began producing music as St. Vincent. In her most recent album, she examines the personal veracity of an imposed on her - Bowie’s androgynous indie-pop successor. Reviews of her album by esteemed music...

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

Allie O'Connor, Cynic Columnist

November 2, 2017


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Video games are one of my favorite pastimes, whether I want to have fun with friends or wind down after a rough exam. With Halloween coming up, I’ve compiled a list of games to try out between the spooky parties and candy binges. Make some popcorn, shut out the lights, put Spooky Scary Skeletons...

Wu-Tang Clan’s storied saga survives on new album

Wu-Tang Clan’s storied saga survives on new album

Dhalia Maleh

October 25, 2017


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It's time for mumble rappers like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty to move over because Wu-Tang Clan is back. “Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues” is an album here to remind everyone who truly runs the rap game. Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group made up of MCs and DJs, began in the early ‘90s. RZA, the group's...

“It” balances scares and laughs

Dahlia Maleh

September 30, 2017


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I have seen my fair share of scary movies, but the 2017 movie adaption of Stephen King’s novel “It” had something beyond the typical jump scares. The movie follows a hilarious group of boys in Derry, ME, who refer to themselves as the “Losers Club.” They try to find who, or what, is kidnapping...

Hip-hop boy band takes personal approach to new album

September 17, 2017


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America has never been more ready for a new boyband, and BROCKHAMPTON is ready to fill that void in all our hearts. The 15-member ensemble changes the standards for what a rap group should be in 2017. Only 45 days after dropping their first album, “Saturation I,” they blessed their fans with...

LCD Soundsystem makes thoughtful return

Kelsey Neubauer

September 9, 2017


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In 2011, America and the rest of the world said goodbye to LCD Soundsystem, a band that played a major role in the indie scene of the 2000’s. Now, LCD Soundsystem is back and examining a nation with a different face - giving a reality check on the complexity of the “American Dream,” as the...

Rapper comes into his own on debut album

Kelsey Neubauer

September 9, 2017


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Twenty-four year old Vic Mensa’s first studio album, “The Autobiography”, formally introduces the world to the talents of a rapper who has double-vision– personally, politically and musically. Mensa’s deeply personal account of his life as a biracial, middle-class native Chicago South Sider...

Electronic artist doesn’t let technology get in the way

William Cottiss and Rachel O'Neill

April 28, 2017


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Cashmere Cat, the moniker of electronic producer and artist Magnus August Høiberg, presented himself on stage at Higher Ground, casually placed a potted plant beside his soundboard, and began. Cat set his scene with cascading melodic lines and layered walls of low-frequency sound reminiscent of...

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