Movie Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Score: 9/10 I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into the movie, just because it seemed like the last movie wrapped everything up very nicely. The movie follows Aurora after becoming Queen of the Moors, trying to create a union between the two kingdoms, and Maleficent, as she attempts to find where she belongs […]

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Artist Review: Frank Ocean

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Frank Ocean’s cryptic yet genuinely original public presence in pop culture has created a cult following — and it’s well-deserved. Ocean’s two albums, Channel Orange and Blonde, both achieved excellence. His songwriting has the precise ability to feel like firsthand narratives but also transcend into the universality of growing up and falling in love. The […]

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Game Review: Mario Kart Tour

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Rating: 6.5/10 The new Mario Kart app may be racing around it’s competition right now, but is it really up to speed? With the release of Mario Kart: Tour on iOS and Android, the spirit of its predecessors is transferred over beautifully, but the game as a whole is nowhere near flawless. The expected polish […]

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Artist Review: Little Simz

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Rating: 9/10 At 25, Little Simz is already proving her place in the rap hierarchy. Her verses are smart and assured; the London-born, stardom-bound rapper says it like it is. In “Venom,” Little Simz’s razor-sharp flow darts in and out of an entrancing beat drop; it literally sounds like she’s spitting a carefully calculated poison. […]

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Movie Review: Joker

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Rating: 8/10 Todd Philips’ Joker is a psychological thriller, a chillingly plausible take on its infamous central character. The movie follows the journey of Arthur Fleck who is a mentally ill failed comedian, and how certain events lead him to a point of no remorse. The storyline is essentially a commentary on the current state […]

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Album Review: Ginger by Brockhampton

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Rating: 9/10 Publicized as a “Summer album” for the months before its release, Brockhampton’s Ginger fulfills that claim only in the broadest of senses, yet still knocks it absolutely out of the park. Opening with a somber guitar and the resounding cry of “I don’t know where I’m going,” the  project immediately marks itself as […]

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Artist Feature: Surfaces

Della Johnson | Staff Writer 8.5/10 Amidst the heavy rap beats and repetitive pop choruses on the forefront of the music charts, Surfaces’ upbeat, minimalistic songs provide a breath of fresh air. The music group, based out of Texas, is made up by Colin Padalecki and singer Forrest Frank. Their songs feature positive lyrics, and the tropical instrumentals that back […]

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Movie Review: IT: Chapter 2

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Rating: 6/10 It: Chapter Two revealed potential not quite met, in spite of the massive 3 hour run time it had to do so. Set 27 years after the previous It movie, the Losers’ Club reunite in the seemingly sleepy town, Derry, Maine, to conquer the clown back for more, and with it, their deepest […]

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Review: ARIZONABABY

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer After a successful four albums with boy band BROCKHAMPTON, Kevin Abstract has returned to his solo career to release a stellar second album. Following up his debut ‘American Boyfriend’, a concept album exploring issues of race, sexuality, and social standings, ARIZONA BABY goes even further in that direction, abandoning the former’s storytelling in exchange for […]

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Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Score: 95% Story/Characters: It is almost impossible to talk about this movie without mentioning the absolutely immense cast that it carries with it during its three hour runtime. Almost every character from past Marvel films is here, including some that you may not even remember existed until now. The original six avengers take the spotlight […]

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Review: ‘Us’

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer Score: 85% After directing the wildly successful Get Out, Jordan Peele’s Us is a stunning thriller which paints a portrait of haunting parallels. Establishing itself in dark symbolism and playing off of an overarching feeling of uncanny, Us works to create not simply a suspenseful film, but one which raises questions about the world around […]

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Review: Czarface Meets Ghostface

Ryan D’Souza | Visual Editor With Wu Tang’s Ghostface Kilah and Inspectah Deck joined with underground hip hop legends 7L MC Esoteric, ‘CZARFACE MEETS GHOSTFACE’ is a star studded album that refuses to disappoint. Ghostface’s effortless flows combined with the trio that makes up CZARFACE, provide nonstop entertainment full of witty bars, insane beats, and endless superhero references. The chemistry […]

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Reivew: The Lego Movie 2

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Score: 86% After the critical and commercial success that was the original Lego Movie, many fans were nervous about how the second entry in the series would hold up. Surprisingly, the film turned out to be just as clever and funny as the original, while bringing to the table many new themes and ideas that […]

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Album review: Neon Future III

Ryan D’Souza | Visual Design Editor Steve Aoki’s “Neon Future II” is a cross-genre experience featuring the likes of K-pop supergroup “BTS”, eco legends “blink-182”, and TV personality “Bill Nye.” Similar to the other two “Neon Future” installations, Neon Future III Plays more like a playlist curated by Aoki than an actual album. Jumping from mumble rap to folk, you’re […]

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