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Review: Chance the Rapper’s ‘Be Encouraged Tour’ promotes self-confidence, individuality

Review: Chance the Rapper’s ‘Be Encouraged Tour’ promotes self-confidence, individuality

Izzy Leviton

May 16, 2017


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Tickets for Chance the Rapper’s performance on May 12 at the Xcel Energy Center sold out within hours of being on sale. Approximately 15,000 fans packed the arena on the night of the show. The show was one of 43 on Chance’s spring tour of his newest album, “Coloring Book,” which won the 2016 Gra...

Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ brings to light dark parts of life

Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ brings to light dark parts of life

Adah Koivula

May 1, 2017


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*Contains spoilers about ‘13 Reasons Why’ Netflix’s original show ‘13 Reasons Why,’ based off the book by Jay Asher, draws awareness to uncomfortable aspects of life as a teenager, with no healthy discussion involved. ‘13 Reasons Why’ follows a high schooler named Clay Jensen, played by Dylan Minne...

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Review: Disney live action adaptation leaves audiences satisfied

Sam Birnberg

April 6, 2017


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A live action remake of the classic Disney story, “Beauty and the Beast” demonstrates the power of true love as the beastly prince must win the affection of the imprisoned Belle before his curse becomes final. Director Bill Condon delivers a faithful retelling of the original animated film. Fr...

Review: ‘Before I Fall’ ends with shocking cliffhanger

Review: ‘Before I Fall’ ends with shocking cliffhanger

Adah Koivula

April 3, 2017


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The surprising end to “Before I Fall” leaves viewers open-mouthed with shock, and makes viewers forget the rest of the movie. The plot doesn't have a climax until the end, resulting in no resolution. The lack of any rising action until the last 10 minutes makes most of this movie simply borin...

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Isabelle Becker

March 9, 2017


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“The Space Between Us” was a cute story, but some of the characters had qualities that were not very enjoyable. The movie follows teenager Gardner (Asa Butterfield) as he comes to Earth for the first time after living his whole life on Mars. The romance comes in when he goes to find Tulsa (Britt...

Hallström yanks dog lovers’ chains

Hallström yanks dog lovers’ chains

Eleanor Kline-Olson

March 3, 2017


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The director of “A Dog’s Purpose,” Lasse Hallström, specializes in making movies the same way Hallmark makes movies — he will leave the audience a crying mess. The film is based on W. Bruce Cameron’s book “A Dog’s Purpose.” “A Dog’s Purpose” was released Jan. 27. The film is show...

John Mayer makes comeback with new album

John Mayer makes comeback with new album

Will Huyck

March 3, 2017


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There is a little bit of everything in the first two ‘waves’ of John Mayer’s album “The Search for Everything,” which he is releasing four songs at a time. Mayer dropped off the grid in 2010 after he was accused of misogyny and racism due to his comments in several highly controversial intervi...

‘Get Out’ uses stereotypes in subtle lesson on racism

‘Get Out’ uses stereotypes in subtle lesson on racism

Alec Pittman

March 2, 2017


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Throwing everyday interactions concerning racial undertones in the face of the audience, “Get Out” addresses subtle racism in society. “Get Out,” released Feb. 24, explores the events that follow after a Black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his White girlfriend's parents (Catherine Keene...

“The Lego Batman Movie” doesn’t stack up

“The Lego Batman Movie” doesn’t stack up

Lukas Levin

February 23, 2017


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“The Lego Batman Movie” is visually gorgeous and at points very clever with its use of the lego toy within the plot, but, overall, is overhyped and generally boring. Will Arnett voices Batman in the film. At first, his impression of the caped crusader is hilarious and entertaining. Then, about 45 mi...

Foxygen reemerges with flamboyant new record

Foxygen reemerges with flamboyant new record

Will Huyck

February 10, 2017


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Three years after its last album release, indie group Foxygen is taking the musical community by storm with their colorful, innovative new album, “Hang.” “Hang” replaces the band’s previous psychedelic, Tame Impala esque style with a forty piece orchestra, collaboration with The Flaming Lip...

Kehlani’s debut album reinvigorates her drive

Kehlani’s debut album reinvigorates her drive

Isaac Wert

January 31, 2017


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After earning a 2016 Grammy nomination for her mixtape, “You Should Be Here,” Oakland-native R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani released her debut album: “SweetSexySavage.” Kehlani’s emergence in the music industry began after a short stint on America’s Got Talent with her former high sch...

Gosling, Stone headline vintage masterpiece

Gosling, Stone headline vintage masterpiece

Ethan Brown

January 4, 2017


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Marketing a musical in the 21st century that isn’t “Hamilton” can prove to be a nearly impossible task. In “La La Land,” the improbable comes to life as director Damien Chazelle delivers an instant classic while reinvigorating the movie musical. The film, given a wide-release on Dec. 24, t...

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