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Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 12, 2019

Swift isn’t just writing pointed songs about her exes anymore but attempting to tackle more grown up topics like self-love, her mother’s illness and actually falling (and staying) in love. 

The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 

The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 

Christian Watson, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

It’s easy to sing about teenage heartache normally, but we’re in fundamentally abnormal times; The 1975 gets this. And as a result, their message is resonating.

Review: Disney’s “The Lion King” offers realistic animation within a classic film

Review: Disney’s “The Lion King” offers realistic animation within a classic film

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor

August 13, 2019

Since this was a live-action remake, the most obvious change was the visual quality -- the scenery is absolutely stunning. Between the music and opening scene, I was left with goosebumps.

Review: Amazon’s “The Boys” is a unique experience in a world oversaturated with superheroes

Review: Amazon’s “The Boys” is a unique experience in a world oversaturated with superheroes

Chas Pridgen, Copy Editor

August 13, 2019

The world loves superheroes: they're the good guys, and they always save the day. Amazon’s “The Boys” takes this concept and throws it out the window.

Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2019

“Us” takes Peele’s knack for social commentary within horrific storylines to an entirely new level.

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Full disclosure: I was incredibly hesitant to review this show in fear of just not getting it. The trailers definitely portrayed a very “mindscrew” view and other reviews I read marked it as a very thought-provoking show. However, I was very pleasantly surprised upon watching that while it’s definitely...

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Mandi DeLong

March 14, 2019

Inspired by the comic series of the same name, Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” centers around a dysfunctional superhero family trying to save the world while dealing with their own myriad of personal issues. The ensemble cast consists of the Hagreeves children and members of the titular Umbrella...

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Connor Cable

March 14, 2019

When the first “How To Train Your Dragon” film burst onto the scene back in 2010, the world was really caught by surprise. Production company Dreamworks is no slouch when it comes to animation. With franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” under their belt, no one though...

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

Chas Pridgen

March 11, 2019

“Captain Marvel” is the first female-led addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it only took a little over a decade. While this movie is an exciting, well-made step toward representation in the massive franchise, it is not without its faults. “Captain Marvel” is lighter than some of...

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Mahima Sultan

March 2, 2019

It’s no secret that within the past year, the infamous YouTube sensation Shane Dawson went from his classic vlog-style videos with friends to more hard-hitting, documentary-style videos. His most recent documentary-esque series focused primarily on conspiracy theories. In two episodes that were re...

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Mandi DeLong

February 28, 2019

Based off of the edutainment franchise of the same name, Netflix’s newly released “Carmen Sandiego” revamps the eponymous character from a gentlewoman-thief to a classy version of Robin Hood. Voiced by Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame, the series starts with a two-partner flashback to...

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Connor Cable

February 12, 2019

Over the past few years, Netflix has changed the way we watch television. Ever since they started out as a DVD-by-mail service, they have been at the forefront of the television and movie business, revolutionizing the way we access and view content. As soon as they started their on-demand service, viewers were sp...

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