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Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction

Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The tight confines in which “The Vast of Night” operates –– a hazy, distinctly and intentionally low-budget look, a script that essentially limits real characterization to Everett and Fay and a lean 89-minute runtime –– only heighten the frequent moments of real heart and legitimately interesting experimentation.

Review | “Trolls: World Tour” is mindless fun

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By Sinead McDevitt, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

“Trolls: World Tour” is one of the first films to be made available for digital home release at the same time as its theatrical release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ sets the patriarchal roots of the film industry ablaze

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” follows a young aspiring painter named Marianne in 18th century France.

By Vikram Sundar, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Lesbian representation is scarcely found in cinema and global film industries still largely considered it taboo.

Sex, drugs and R&B: The Weeknd recreates earlier sounds with ’80s-inspired ‘After Hours’

“After Hours” album cover.

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

March 24, 2020

“After Hours” has more hits than misses, with something for everyone and every mood, sliding effortlessly between upbeat and slower emotional tracks.

“Emma” is a joyous, low-stakes escape into the past

“Emma” is a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel of the same name.

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

“Emma” delivers a slate full of great performances, a witty script, top-tier design and cinematography to give you a wildly entertaining two hours of fancy dress and snippy Brits.

“Sex Education” season 2 brings realness to teen relationships

“Sex Education” season 2 brings realness to teen relationships

By Siddhi Shockey, Senior Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

With its raunchy and sometimes cringeworthy opening scenes of failed attempts at sex and nuanced relationships, “Sex Education” offers a hilarious and sometimes deeply moving view of adolescence.

Review | “P.S I Still Love You” opens its heart to more than romance

“To All The Boys I Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You” release poster.

By Diana Velasquez, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

“To All The Boys I Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You” carries on the story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) who, after the last movie’s conclusion, is finally starting her new relationship with certified heartthrob Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), one of the most popular boys at school.

Mac Miller’s legacy lives on with ‘Circles’

A gallery to commemorate the release of Mac Miller’s posthumous album “Circles” was set up in Pittsburgh’s North Side on Friday and Saturday.

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

January 21, 2020

The opening lyrics to Pittsburgh native Mac Miller’s posthumous album “Circles” left me feeling eerie and somber.

Review | Figure skater debunks Netflix’s newest drama ‘Spinning Out’

“Spinning Out” is a new Netflix Drama about a 21-year-old figure skater named Kat (Kaya Scodelario) attempting to make a comeback to the sport after a devastating head injury.

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

January 14, 2020

A poster for the new Netflix show “Spinning Out” reads, “It may be cold, but there is no chill.” This might be the perfect way to describe the show, a drama about a 21-year-old figure skater.

Review | Cat(s) fight : A movie that transcends critique

Review | Cat(s) fight : A movie that transcends critique

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

January 9, 2020

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Hooper’s film adapts has always been a bizarre creature of the ’80s — music and lyrics heavily inspired by a collection of T.S. Eliot poems, structured around an idea that’s referred to by some generous people as the show’s “plot.”

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