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Review: 'We Can Be Heroes' isn’t the next 'Endgame,' but it’s a fun superhero flick anyway

Review: ‘We Can Be Heroes’ isn’t the next ‘Endgame,’ but it’s a fun superhero flick anyway

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent February 21, 2021
If you’re looking for a serious superhero film or even something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, “We Can Be Heroes” likely isn’t the film you’ll want. However, if you want to indulge in some updated childhood nostalgia for films like “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D” or the “Spy Kids” franchise, or even just a fun family action flick, “We Can Be Heroes” is the perfect choice.
Jude Anogwih's art was on display at the McEachern Art Center in Macon, Ga. Jan. 23.

McEachern holds thesis exhibits for MFA graduates 

Ashley Pemberton, Lead Arts & Culture Writer February 19, 2021
Mercer University’s McEachern Art Center has offered its space to a choice group of MFA graduates to exhibit their theses and tell their stories. Each exhibit offers a glimpse into the artists’ worlds, and each piece has a unique story to share.
The titular poem of Gordon Johnson’s debut poetry book.

Review: Mercer professor’s debut poetry book demonstrates finding solace in nature

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor February 7, 2021
Mercer Professor of Creative Writing Gordon Johnston's collection has been long-anticipated and is well worth the wait. The 47 poems are grounded in the natural world and supplemented by trust in God while weaving in Johnston’s life experiences and observations, from youth through adulthood. 
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Review: Ubisoft ends 2020 with three games that challenge dominant notions of gender and sexuality

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief January 30, 2021
Major video game publisher Ubisoft ended 2020 with three games that challenge the gaming industry’s dominant narratives surrounding gender and sexuality, which was a refreshing—though imperfect—reminder of the industry’s progress.
A student scrolls on their phone.

Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer October 9, 2020
The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.
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As theaters open their doors again, “Tenet” plays the role of cinema savior

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor October 6, 2020
COVID-19 has meant a lot of industries suffering, but movie theaters are among the often forgotten ways of leisure in the new hyper-serious and uneasy wake left by the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters across the country have had to close as a result safety problems due to COVID-19, and the sole movie theater here in Macon was no exception. But as communities everywhere begin to try and establish a new normal, what does a trip to the movies look like as 2020’s chaotic course comes to a close?
Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens

Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens

Jenna Sanders, Contributing Writer October 2, 2020
On Sept. 25, Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, “The Ascension." Each track adds another level to the hypnotic feeling this record gives off. The album is incredibly dense, instrumentally and lyrically.
Charvis Harrell's art went on display at the McEachern Art Center on Aug 29.

Charvis Harrell seizes Black autonomy amidst America’s white gaze

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer October 1, 2020
Charvis Harrell has been showcasing the disparaging impact of negative Black stereotypes at his art exhibit, “Cartoon Violence: Elegy and Testimony,” at the McEachern Art Center since Aug. 29.
Miriam Kennedy listens to a podcast.

Podcasts to check out this fall

Jenna Sanders, Contributing Writer September 29, 2020
Podcasts are a way to pass time that also let you learn about random things. Obscure facts make or break a podcast, and these podcasts do that all too well.
Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer September 12, 2020
The second season of the Umbrella Academy takes the best parts of the first season and builds on it. All of the siblings are given important character development throughout the season and grow both as individuals and as a family. A far cry from the distant and hurt siblings from the first season, the Hagreeves siblings are all given separate and unique plotlines that allow them to shine. Their development is all natural and leads to many heartwarming moments as they begin to heal from their respective traumas and find themselves as a family again.
The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor September 8, 2020
Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 
Swift suddenly announced the release of her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” at midnight on July 24. 

Review: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” indicates a mature new persona

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor August 25, 2020

Taylor Swift’s success has in part been owed to the massive promotions of her albums, even to the extent that she changes her personal aesthetics to correspond with the sounds of her new music. You may...

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