Category: A & E

‘Nomadland’ Wins Big at Chaotically Low-Energy 2021 Oscars

The prolonged 2021 Oscar season finally came to an end on April 25 with an unusual ceremony that maintained the energy of a business convention populated by exhausted and bored patrons with the occasional burst of sentimentality. Though most of the telecast was just dull, once the announcer notified viewers that Best Picture would be [...]

‘Music’: A Mellow and Contagious Collection

It’s a Saturday morning. You wake up to the sunlight peering into your room and the birds chirping loudly outside your window. You yawn, stretch and move to the kitchen, where you begin to make your coffee or prepare your breakfast. Despite your eyes wanting to close again, you begin to mentally map out your [...]

‘The New Mutants’ Does Little to Advance the Superhero-Horror Genre

Over three years ago, the first trailer for “The New Mutants” (2020) enticed viewers with the promise of an X-Men horror film. An avid horror fan who grew up indulging in superhero media, I was hopeful that this film would connect the two genres. Teenagers trapped in a mental hospital facing off against their fears [...]

‘The Infernal Machine’ Provides Hope for Virtual Theater

Among the many types of art affected by COVID-19, theater has taken one of the sharpest blows. One of the beauties of theater is its live aspect — the audience can take in the setting firsthand and return another night for the promise of something new. Although virtual performances have attempted to reignite the flame [...]

The Criterion Channel Turns Two: Here’s What to Watch First

The company Criterion Collection began restoring and rereleasing classic, art house and foreign films in 1984. Since then, the word “Criterion” has become synonymous with quality movies. The collection includes some of the greatest films ever made, from big-budget Hollywood classics such as “The Silence of the Lambs” to international art house masterpieces like “Portrait [...]

The Impact of the Strokes’ Charmingly Detached ‘Is This It’

When the Strokes released their 2001 debut album “Is This It” in the United States, fans were quick to dub them the “saviors of rock.” In a year when popular music was dominated by R&B giants like Usher and Destiny’s Child, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas emerged as the closest thing to a rockstar audiences in [...]

High Museum’s ‘Underexposed’ Exhibition Kindly Asks Viewers to Resist Stereotypes

Identity is paramount in the High Museum’s latest exhibition, “Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection.” The show’s conception attempts to correct a historic imbalance by honoring the underappreciated contributions of women and the intersectional challenges experienced by women of color. The museum labels do an exemplary job of this, constructing a historical narrative of women [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

‘In the Heights’ is a Dazzling Return to the Cinema

Anthony Ramos as Usnavi and Mellissa Barrera as Vanessa in "In the Heights." (Warner Bros./Macall Polay) “In the Heights” is a film of contradictions. It is an ode to Washington Heights, the Manhattan neighborhood above 155th street, yet its characters struggle with the desire to break free from their home. It is both a celebration [...]

‘The Circle’ Continues To Make Several Points

After an intense second season, Netflix’s hit-reality competition series “The Circle” finally declared its winner on May 5. When the show first aired in 2020, many brushed it aside since a show where random people competed through a voice-controlled app called “The Circle” seemed like a corny attempt to bring an episode of “Black Mirror” [...]

Deja Vu: Olivia Rodrigo and the ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Kids Are Back in Season 2

I know you got deja-vu: Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett and the rest of the (presumably more amicable) “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” cast are back for season two!  Again airing in weekly installments on Disney+, “HSM:TM:TS” season two premiered Friday, May 4. The series returns from an “unplanned hiatus” due to the pandemic, [...]

‘Invincible’ Season 1: A Delightfully Raw Superhero Reimagination

This review contains spoilers.  After coming off the bombastic season two finale of “The Boys,” the Amazon Prime Video queue recommended to me “Invincible” — a show whose existence I only vaguely associated with its comic-book creator, Robert Kirkman. I wearily thought it looked like a stereotypical superhero coming of age story filled with the [...]

‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ a B-Tier Marvel Film in Bite-Size Pieces

Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) team up to battle Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flag Smashers in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” (Marvel Studios) *This review contains minor spoilers for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”* The first season of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” features many of [...]

‘Nomadland’ Wins Big at Chaotically Low-Energy 2021 Oscars

The prolonged 2021 Oscar season finally came to an end on April 25 with an unusual ceremony that maintained the energy of a business convention populated by exhausted and bored patrons with the occasional burst of sentimentality. Though most of the telecast was just dull, once the announcer notified viewers that Best Picture would be [...]

‘Music’: A Mellow and Contagious Collection

It’s a Saturday morning. You wake up to the sunlight peering into your room and the birds chirping loudly outside your window. You yawn, stretch and move to the kitchen, where you begin to make your coffee or prepare your breakfast. Despite your eyes wanting to close again, you begin to mentally map out your [...]

‘The New Mutants’ Does Little to Advance the Superhero-Horror Genre

Over three years ago, the first trailer for “The New Mutants” (2020) enticed viewers with the promise of an X-Men horror film. An avid horror fan who grew up indulging in superhero media, I was hopeful that this film would connect the two genres. Teenagers trapped in a mental hospital facing off against their fears [...]

‘The Infernal Machine’ Provides Hope for Virtual Theater

Among the many types of art affected by COVID-19, theater has taken one of the sharpest blows. One of the beauties of theater is its live aspect — the audience can take in the setting firsthand and return another night for the promise of something new. Although virtual performances have attempted to reignite the flame [...]

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