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Review: “Sweetner” shows cohesion and growth

Ariana Grande is one of the ex-Nickelodeon acts that continue to prove to everyone why the “ex” is a good thing. Grande is always trying to move pop music forward for future generations, and her fourth studio album, “Sweetener,” was nothing different. Out of her four studio albums, this one shows the most growth and cohesion as a body of ...

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“It Chapter Two” – cutting edge horror or simply controversial?

For a movie whose opening scene includes the brutalization of a young gay couple, you’d think that the writers just wanted to catch your attention quickly with shock value writing. In the case of It Chapter Two, you would be sorely mistaken. One of the first lines you hear in the movie is, “you got a problem [explicit]?” A young ...

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Review: Dragon Ball Super: Broly crushes expectations

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the definitive Dragon Ball experience. One that has been years in the making. Though the movie came out in U.S. theaters on Jan. 16, fans have been waiting for this movie since its first trailer. Even before that, for some. Spoilers beware because they’re coming. The movie is the most story-driven Dragon Ball movie yet ...

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Review: ‘Apocalypse’ continues to impress

Since the first season’s release in 2011, FX Network’s “American Horror Story” has been shocking and exciting viewers across the nation. It’s no holds-barred storytelling, graphic violence and occult themes have kept it at the forefront of American television popular culture. “Murder House” was jolting, edgy. It was definitely an outlier on the broadcasting scene. The second season began the ...

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Review: ‘A Star is Born’ lives up to hype

It’s in the dying embers of a star that one will find the perfect ingredients for a new celestial body, and after watching “A Star is Born,” you’d probably think this doesn’t just apply to the stars in the sky. In the newest remake of the 1937, “A Star is Born,” a film loosely based on the 1932, “What Price ...

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Take a journey with ‘Hands on a Hard Body’

VSU’s Resident Fine Arts Department kicked off their 2018-19 season with the production of “Hands on a Hardbody,” a musical based on the 1997 documentary that was first performed on Broadway in 2013.   This is a story of 10 contestants hoping to win a “hardbody” truck by being the last person to let go of it and drive away with their ...

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Review: “Destiny 2” brings new installments

To say “Destiny 2” has been a divisive game is putting it lightly. Polygon put it in the top games of 2017, but the player base simply crashed midway through the game’s lifetime. The previous expansions to the game were met with criticism, but Bungie has put all their bets on the latest addition, “Forsaken.” The update was released this past week with high praise at ...

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Microsoft introduces more affordable gaming with a catch

If you don’t already own a game console or if you’re still a generation behind, here’s a well-known fact: game systems cost a ton. Do you want any newly released games after already emptying your wallet? You’ll need to wring out another $60. Luckily for the United States, Microsoft’s decided to make peace through their new service Xbox All Access.   The perk of Xbox All ...

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Review: Watch out for the shark cliché

What happens when a scientific deep-sea exploration releases a prehistoric 60 foot killing machine? Based loosely on the novel “Meg,” “The Meg” tells the story of Rescue Diver Jonas Taylor and a group of scientists who encounter rough waters when one of their missions leads them to a dangerous encounter with a Megalodon shark. According to Box Office Mojo, “The Meg” has grossed over $300 million worldwide surpassing the newest installment of “Mission ...

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Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ a silent killer in the box office

“A Quiet Place,” the latest thriller/horror film directed and written by “The Office” star John Krasinski, tells a suspenseful story of a family that avoids deadly monsters by staying silent and communicating via American Sign Language. The movie is set in 2020 in a post-apocalyptic world.  The family has been able to survive in their town for over a year ...

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Review: All hail the king

Black Panther debuted Feb. 16 and might just be Marvel’s most political movie yet. With only a few months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther tells the tale of T’Challa and teaches us that teenage nervousness never fades even when you’re a grown man in a bulletproof cat-suit. First of all, no other Marvel movie can ...

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