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Review: “13 Reasons Why”

May 4, 2017

WARNING: This review discusses the end of “13 Reasons Why” and includes discussion of rape and suicide. Since its debut on March 31, the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has shocked...

Moviegoers Flock to Mid-Budget, Well-Reviewed Movies This Summer

September 24, 2015

It’s easy to be cynical about the state of the film industry these days when it is seemingly driven by nothing but greed and producing nothing but expensive franchise sequels (or remakes) and restricting...

Horror movies scare with lack of story

Horror movies scare with lack of  story
November 6, 2014

Illustration by Sophie Cooper-Ellis. After Halloween last week, I was reminded how much I hate being scared and how the horror movie genre is the worst.  Nothing (and I mean nothing) about horror...

‘Thrones’ Entertains Vast Audience

'Thrones' Entertains Vast Audience
May 8, 2014

For the past three years, my buddies have tried to get me to watch the HBO series, "Game of Thrones." I steadfastly resisted because my weekly TV-viewing dance card is sadly overbooked. All I heard...

Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede Hz’ takes their sound in new direction

September 20, 2012

Animal Collective has always been there for me. When I reached the pinnacle of college application stress during my senior year, I could take 48 seconds of solace in their strange experimental song "College."...

Entire Summer Movie Season Recap

August 23, 2012

MMMMOOOVIES were my great escape from working a zillion hours at two minimum-wage jobs lifeguarding and scooping balls at the golf-driving rang. Thankfully, this summer was filled with great flicks. Here's...

Ingrid Michaelson explores dark vulnerability with ‘Human Again’

May 3, 2012

With the release of her fifth album, Human Again, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson exposes us to a darker, less romantic side of her talents. In a time when audiences eat up whimsical indie performers...

‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’: Audience should stay home

April 26, 2012

  Some movies are decent, and yet, you just don't enjoy watching them. "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" was one of those movies for me. Maybe I still have not recovered from the adrenaline rush...

‘Talk That Talk’ rarely ‘walks the walk’

February 23, 2012

Rihanna, the pop world's most prolific star, has released six full-length albums over the past seven years. Her most recent one, Talk That Talk, is an uneven, but cohesive collection of songs that center...

Bring tissues for ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Illustration: Binta Loos-Diallo
February 2, 2012

Friday night I wanted to see a movie that would make me laugh and forget about the looming work of the new semester. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was not that movie: it was horribly sad ....

Best of recent album releases

December 13, 2011

M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming released Oct. 18 Celebrated electronic act M83's latest album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, is a massive departure from more ambient past albums, providing an emotive journey...

“Happy Feet Two” fails to find its wings

Illustration: Alex Bailey
December 1, 2011

Little baby penguins singing and dancing are only cute for so long. "Happy Feet Two" tries to rekindle the love of the first dancing and singing penguins movie but falls flat like a penguin trying...

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