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Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie Will Disappoint Both Die-Hard Fans of The Series and Incoming Fans

Review of Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie  *Spoilers for seasons 1-5 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir and Ladybug and Cat Noir: The Movie* For 8 seasons, fans of the wildly popular French Cartoon (which premieres on Disney Channel in English in the U.S.) Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir have dealt …

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Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman Make Their Directorial Debut With the Nostalgic, Energetic Theater Camp 

A film as niche and personal as Theater Camp could only have been made by unabashedly eccentric theater kids themselves. It probably also didn’t hurt that the cast and crew were incredibly close knit.  Childhood best friends Molly Gordon (Booksmart), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), and Nick Lieberman along with Platt’s fiance and Gordon’s Booksmart …

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Emmrose’s New Single Illustrates a Slow-Dance Gone Wrong in a Beautifully Intoxicating Haze

Review of Emmrose’s new single “Electric Nights“ Emmrose’s singles have always been deeply personal, tackling love, loss, and even being Waitlisted by NYU.  Using her New York City background as constant inspiration, the 19-year-old singer has continuously enticed listeners with her dreamy vocals, relatable lyrics, and various experimentations in genre. This time, Emmrose is Taylor …

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Barbie is so Much More Than A Campy Film Wrapped in a Glittery, Glamorous Package

Review of Barbie  It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly the hype for the Barbie movie began considering the multiple promising attachments the film had secured, generating massive conversation even before the first teaser trailer dropped in late 2022.  The very idea of a live-action film depicting the various intricacies and complexities of the massive toy icon …

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Oppenheimer is a stunning spectacle of filmmaking but you’ll probably need a rewatch to catch everything

Review of Oppenheimer  Despite their drastic contrasting tones, two of 2023’s Summer blockbusters in particular have dominated the collective consciousness of movie fans around the globe: Barbie and Oppenhemier. Dubbing July 21, the release date of the two films “Barbenhemier” day, fans flocked to the theater to catch both films on the same day resulting in …

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A24’s Past Lives Will Dazzle You With its Moving Story and Enchanting Visuals

Review of Past Lives    “[In-Yun] means providence or fate,” says Nora Moon to her future husband right before their first kiss. A canopy of string lights hanging from the tall Montauk trees surround them, encasing them in their perfect moment and yet, this isn’t the love story audiences are attracted to.  Distributed by entertainment darling …

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The Flash Fails to Revive Hope for the Future of the Now Reset DCU

Review of DC Studios’s The Flash  DC Studios has seemingly always remained a step behind its rival studio Marvel, both critically and financially.  With four Marvel films in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time and DC not even making the top 30, the studio has struggled with gaining positive reception from fans and critics …

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Elemental Delivers A Charming Love Story Despite Box Office Failure

Disney Pixar’s latest film Elemental had the lowest opening weekend performance the studio has seen grossing $29.6 million. In comparison, Pixar’s last film Lightyear grossed $51 million in its opening weekend.  Elemental’s financial failure is largely in part due to the fact that Spider-Man: Across The Spiderverse continues to dominate the box office, currently standing …

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Human Resources Goes Out With a Raunchy and Rageful Bang

Season 2 of Netflix’s Human Resources has just concluded its run with its second and final season- but it didn’t go away without a celebration.  Featuring the immaculate voice talents of Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Maya Rudolph, Nick Kroll, and many more as well as some fresh voices to liven up the season, …

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Across The Spiderverse Surpasses its Predecessor With Stunning Visuals and Compelling Story

Casual moviegoers and critics alike have always generated discourse surrounding superhero movies and animated movies-and it’s only grown in recent years. As both vie for recognition beyond just being “just for kids” or “just for comic book nerds” many creators have expressed their unrelenting dedication to their art. After winning the 2022 Oscar for Best …

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Emmrose Explores the Horror of Panic Attacks and Importance of Mental Health Support With “Falling Again”

Review of “Falling Again” by Emmrose    Anxiety is a feeling many are familiar with and yet it can be so hard to describe and illustrate. New York-based singer Emmrose has given words to this potent feeling with her new single “Falling Again” which was written during a panic attack.  “I wrote Falling Again in …

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a Love Letter to the Entire Franchise and That’s All it has to be

Review of Illumination Entertainment’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie   Ever since the announcement of The Super Mario Bros. Movie and the subsequent cast in September of 2021, fans were ecstatic that the culturally defining game was coming to the big screen in an animated form.  However, the announcement that Nintendo would be partnering with Illumination …

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“Portals” Brings to Life a New Era For Melanie Martinez

Review of Portals by Melanie Martinez After almost 4 years of a musical hiatus, Melanie Matinez is back from the dead with her 3rd studio album Portals. Like her other concept albums, “Portals” follows the death of Martinez’s former musical persona crybaby as she enters into her reincarnated nymph form and explores the various portals …

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Fall Out Boy’s So Much (For) Stardust is an Electrifying New Era with Hints of the Band’s Old Sound

So Much (For) Stardust Album Review  Fall Out Boy fans are not easily satiated but the band’s new album So Much (For) Stardust has something for every fan, new or old.  After many older fans speculated that this new album would be a “return to form”-reminiscent of the band’s songs from the early 2000s, bassist …

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The Stalker Becomes the Stalked in “You” Season 4 Part 1

Review of Part 1 of Season 4 of “You”   Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) has been capturing and dismembering hearts since 2018. After traveling from coast to coast in search of love and a happy life, he’s now journeyed to England to avoid suspicion and start anew.  *Spoilers for seasons 1-3 below* After the devastating …

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Knock at the Cabin has a Skeletal Story but not Much Plot on its Bones

Review of Knock at the Cabin  M. Night Shyamalan has remained one of the most talked about horror/thriller directors since his rise to fame in 1999 with The Sixth Sense. Since then he’s had other commercial and critical hits such as Signs, Unbreakable, and Split. He’s also known for not so memorable and even laughably bad …

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The Tracy’s A Soviet Mistakes-An Unconventional Valentine’s Day Tune

The Tracy’s A Soviet Mistake Humorous pop-punk band The Tracy’s are back with a late 90s video tape-inspired music video and a ridiculously fun track to back it. “A Soviet Mistake” implements instrumentations from the likes of Blink-182 and the lyrics of a Weezer song, culminating in a wildly entertaining music video/song combo.  Telling the …

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Paramore’s Sixth Studio Album Delivers A Headbanging Good Time and Relevant Subject Matter

Paramore’s Sixth Studio Album – This Is Why Paramore has always been a staple in the pop-punk/emo community known for their angry, fiery tracks discussing everything from high school love conflicts to divorce and now a topic that many musicians are diving into: the climate of our current world.  But what separates Paramore from other …

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M3gan is the latest Horror/Thriller, but will she haunt the hall of horror classics?

Review of M3gan    4 feet tall and sprouting a titanium build, M3gan is the latest terror to come out of Blumhouse Productions in association with Atomic Monster. The film was directed by Gerard Johnstone who is most known for his 2014 horror film Housebound. An AI robot built by robotics genius Gemma (Allison Williams) …

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The Whale: One of the Most Controversial and Emotional Movies of the Year

Review of Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale    If you’ve been subject to a conversation of recent film discourse lately, you’ve probably heard of A24’s The Whale. The film, based on the play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter follows Charlie, an online English teacher who due to an eating disorder resulting from an immeasurable …

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Wednesday’s Spooky Atmosphere and Memorable Performances Make for a Perfect Watching Experience

Netflix’s Wednesday Review    The Addams Family has seen a resurgence in pop culture recently with Illumination acquiring the rights to the iconic franchise, releasing The Addams Family and The Addams Family 2 in 2019 and 2021. The films sported less than positive reviews that worried fans of the classic films and comics that The Addams would …

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The Mayor’s Live At The Acropolis Delivers Rampaging Tracks and a Hell of a Good Time

Review of The Mayor’s Live At The Acropolis  A follow-up to their Grammy-submitted and considered album There Will Be No Miracles Here, Live At The Acropolis is New York-based metal band The Mayor’s latest EP. Members Mike (Tyson) Abiuso, Kevin (Bacon) Otto, James (Bond) Ryan, and Joe (Pesci) Occhiuti have teamed up with Kill Iconic records …

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Strange World Makes History for Disney but was Barely Seen by or Heard of by Audiences

Strange World Review Following Encanto, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 61st animated feature, Strange World, had a lot to live up to. After the widespread success of Encanto as a vibrant musical and beautiful story, Disney fans were anticipating what was next. Despite initial excitement, it was soon clear Strange World wasn’t meant to ride the …

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Disenchanted Fails to Capture the Charm of the Original Film

Disenchanted Review  In 2007, Disney’s unconventional fish-out-of-water fairytale film Enchanted soared its way into the hearts of fans with catchy songs, energetic performances, and an upheaval of overdone Disney tropes. Now, 15 years later, the original cast including Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel have reunited for Disenchanted, the highly-anticipated sequel which …

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Season 6 of Big Mouth is All Over the Place, and That’s not Necessarily a Good Thing

Review of  Season 6 of Big Mouth  The raunchy, gross, and heartfelt Big Mouth is back on Netflix. After an emotionally volatile 5th season complete with the introduction of hate worms and love bugs as well as the release of the spin-off series Human Resources, season 6 is diving into an integral part of any growing, …

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