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Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

April 19, 2018

If you enjoy feminist perspectives and John Cena butt chugging beer, “Blockers” might be the film for you. “Blockers” stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz, and follows three parents as they try to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night. Although it...

Culture Staff Recommends: Books

Culture Staff

April 18, 2018

Summer is only a few weeks away and beach reads will soon be a necessity, so the Culture staff has five book recommendations for you. Check the Culture section weekly for our staff’s picks.   “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson Autobiography, $12.63 Hunter McKenzie’s pick This gorgeous, experime...

Recommendations: WRUV’s top music of the week

Recommendations: WRUV’s top music of the week

WRUV

April 13, 2018

Looking to update your Spotify playlist? Need some new tunes for your next dance party? WRUV has got you covered with their top artists of the week. Yo La Tengo Frankie Cosmos Bahamas Young Fathers Caroline Rose Dent May Nap Eyes The Brian Jonestown Massacre Loma Alvvays ...

Lorde hypnotizes Boston with new album

Lorde performs the song Buzzcut Season at her Melodrama World Tour show, April 3 at TD Garden. She has brought Khalid, Tove Styrke, Mitski and Run The Jewels for her opening acts on her seventy city tour across Europe and North America.

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

April 11, 2018

Whenever I attend a concert, the aftermath is the only thing I remember clearly: running up cement staircases into cement garages, holding onto a new t-shirt and sweating. My mind always unable to catch up with itself, spinning from the lights, the sounds and the stage. These were the events that unfolded after I ...

Culture staff recommends: Netflix movies

Arts Staff

April 3, 2018

Did you forget to grab a free movie ticket this week? Don’t want to make the trek down the hill to the Roxy? Culture staff writers have you covered with five Netflix movies you can watch from the comfort of your own bed. Check the culture section weekly for our staff’s picks.   “Ma...

Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

March 20, 2018

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

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

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

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

January 31, 2018

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

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

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 new album, “The Saga Continues.” This is the Staten Island-based rap group’s seventh album, the first in three years.

Dhalia Maleh

October 25, 2017

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...

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