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Big K.R.I.T.’s New Release Fulfills Expectations

Big K.R.I.T.’s New Release Fulfills Expectations

February 28, 2019

In late 2018, multitalented Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. dropped a set of three EPs, "Thrice X," "Double Down," and "Trifecta," which he has since assembled into one short album, TDT. Only eight tracks, this project is far less imposing than K.R.I.T.’s 2017 classic, "4eva Is a Mighty Long Time," and while this compilation does not quite reach the level of that album, it still is a good contribution with some excellent tracks on it.

Earl Sweatshirt’s Awaited “Rap Songs” Altogether Impresses

Earl Sweatshirt’s Awaited “Rap Songs” Altogether Impresses

February 3, 2019

In his third album, "Some Rap Songs", Earl Sweatshirt continues to explore his unique voice on a very intimate and experimental project. Following a three-year wait, many fans may have been disappointed to see the album’s 25-minute runtime, but Earl gives the 15 tracks a cohesive feel and a great deal of substance, making it much greater than the sum of its parts.

“Vice’s” Portrayal of Dick Cheney Drowns in Its Own Irony

Andrew Mello, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 3, 2019

It wasn’t until I saw a weeping Dick Cheney choking out what was meant to be his dying words that I finally understood why I was so angry with Vice. It took the man until the possibility of death, and the end of the film, to feel the weight of his sins pour out in his tears, and to know that what he had done was wrong.

21 Savage’s “i am > i was” Branches Out, Provokes Emotion

21 Savage’s “i am > i was” Branches Out, Provokes Emotion

February 1, 2019

21 Savage released his second solo album, "i am > i was," on December 21st. As the title suggests, this album showcases a great deal of artistic and personal growth for the Atlanta rapper. He continues with many of his usual trap bangers but supplements these with personal songs that touch on more complex themes. The album also is loaded with big name features, some being 21’s usual collaborators like Offset and Post Malone, while others are less expected, like ScHoolboy Q, J. Cole, and Childish Gambino.

“Beale Street” Doesn’t Just Talk, It Dazzles and Moves

“Beale Street” Doesn’t Just Talk, It Dazzles and Moves

February 1, 2019

Few movies in 2018 came close to the level of artistry and grandeur displayed in Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ beautiful adaptation of James Baldwin’s romantic novel "If Beale Street Could Talk." This elegant and intricate work of cinematic poetry, set in 1970s Harlem, follows the ups and downs of young couple Tish Rivers (Kiki Layne) and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James).

“Roma” Leaves Viewers Inspired

“Roma” Leaves Viewers Inspired

January 31, 2019

"Roma" is a stunning depiction of love in the face of loss and pain. Set in the ’70s in a suburb of Mexico city, "Roma" tells the story of a wealthy family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio). While she spends the majority of her time cleaning, cooking, and caring for the family with another maid named Adela, Cleo seeks the same thing as everyone else: love from a man she believes to be hers. Throughout the film, which is shot in black and white, women take the lead and are the hidden strength behind each day. When Sofia, Cleo’s employer, is left by her husband for another, Cleo and Sofia support each other as the new leaders of the family.

Redefining the Genre, “Birdbox” Offers a New Apocalypse

Redefining the Genre, “Birdbox” Offers a New Apocalypse

January 31, 2019

The it’s-the-end-of-the-world-and-everyone's-dying movie genre is an incredibly underrated one. From "World War Z" to "The Day After Tomorrow," apocalypse movies rarely disappoint. For those looking for a new but thrilling take on the genre, "Bird Box," a new Netflix original, is both an exception and a welcome addition to the genre.

“Vice”’s Portrayal of Dick Cheney Drowns in Its Own Irony

“Vice”’s Portrayal of Dick Cheney Drowns in Its Own Irony

January 31, 2019

It wasn’t until I saw a weeping Dick Cheney choking out what was meant to be his dying words that I finally understood why I was so angry with Vice. It took the man until the possibility of death, and the end of the film, to feel the weight of his sins pour out in his tears, and to know that what he had done was wrong.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Review

Will Bavier, Contributing Writer

December 23, 2018

Three days after the release of Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, the record-breaking franchise hit $500M in sales worldwide. Although the Call of Duty (CoD) series has been around for over 15 years, it still hasn’t faltered in popularity.

“Creed II” Surpasses Expectations, Doesn’t Disappoint

“Creed II” Surpasses Expectations, Doesn’t Disappoint

December 23, 2018

The much-anticipated continuation of the Rocky/Creed franchise has finally arrived and I can honestly say that it did not disappoint. As the eighth film in the 40-year-old franchise, Creed II builds upon the characters and stories of the older films in a way that we haven’t seen before. It tells the story of Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who was killed in the ring by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

2018 in Review: Top 20 Songs

Alfred Taylor and Luka Berman

December 23, 2018

Like every other year, 2018 featured new music from a plethora of artists. And with the rise of the indie scene, the amount of great new music coming out each week from all corners of the globe has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of. From artists new and old, there was a myriad of great singles and deep cuts, making this an extremely difficult list to craft.

Mortal Engines Could be the Start of a New Saga

Jupiter Westbard, Contributing Writer

December 23, 2018

Today's technology is advanced enough to create worldwide chaos and even wars, but what if we had weapons that could break apart the Earth's crust, reducing most of society to ruins? That is the setup for Mortal Engines, the new movie produced by Peter Jackson, famous for his Lord of the Rings films. The grand scale and spectacularly choreographed fight scenes from Mortal Engines are reminiscent of the epic battles from the Tolkien adaptations.

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