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Netlix’s “the goop lab” delves into the wellness practices championed by goop founder, Gwyneth Paltrow.

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‘the goop lab’ is awesomely absurd

February 27, 2020 0 comments

“At the center of this glass bottle is rose quartz — the crystal of compassion, tenderness, and comfort,” describes an $80 water bottle on Santa Monica-based lifestyle brand goop’s web store. 

“MOTS: 7” boasts seven solo tracks, one for each member, that tell their individual stories and reflect on their climb to world success.

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Latest BTS album dominates international charts

February 25, 2020 0 comments

On Feb. 21, the South-Korean boy band BTS (Beyond the Scene) released their seventh studio album “Map of the Soul: 7.” The album is made up of 20 tracks, five of which come from their previous album “Map of the Soul: Persona.”

Adapted from the second book in Jenny Han’s “To All the Boys” trilogy, the sequel released two days before Valentine’s Day disappoints viewers after the success of the first movie.

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‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ fails to woo viewers

February 20, 2020 0 comments

On Feb. 12 — just two days before Valentine’s Day — Netflix released “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to the sensational 2018 rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Folk-pop artist Okay Kaya explores personal trauma in her second studio album, “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself.”

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Okay Kaya bends genre to explore melancholic humor

February 13, 2020 0 comments

Okay Kaya’s second studio-length album is a cathartic recollection and release of intimate memory. “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself,” released Jan. 24, pushes Kaya’s genre-bending sound further than past experiments; here, she oscillates between moments of wistful, folkish R&B and bullish disco.

Opening up about her struggles with body image, sexual assault, career pressures and feminist views, Swift finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story through a medium beyond music in “Miss Americana.”

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‘Miss Americana’ sparks empathy for Taylor Swift

February 11, 2020 0 comments

On Jan. 23, the release of Taylor Swift’s intimate documentary “Miss Americana” took Netflix by storm. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Lana Wilson, the documentary follows Swift on her search for “happiness without anyone else’s input,” highlighting her struggles against criticisms, loneliness and constant visibility.

“Hair Love,” which played at the Avon alongside other Academy Award nominated animated shorts last week, won the Oscar Sunday night.

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Oscar-nominated animated shorts examine diverse personal relationships

February 11, 2020 0 comments

Last week, the Avon Cinema screened the 92nd Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominees in anticipation of the awards show. Out of the 92 short films that qualified for Oscar consideration, “Hair Love,” “Kitbull,” “Daughter,” “Sister” and “Memorable” were selected to compete in this category.

Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline

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Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline

February 5, 2020 0 comments

“Uncut Gems,” an American crime thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, is an action-packed cinematic masterpiece. Adam Sandler plays the movie’s main character, Howard Ratner, a gambler and businessman who runs a jewelry store in New York’s diamond district.

The Netflix docuseries "Cheer" follows the Navarro College cheerleading team as they prepare for the National Cheerleaders Association National Championships in Daytona, Florida.

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‘Cheer’ redefines, challenges existing stereotypes of cheerleading

February 4, 2020 0 comments

“Five, six, seven, eight, one!” That’s the cue for Navarro cheerleader Morgan Simianer to hurl herself thirty feet into the air, flip twice at the top, then land back in the arms of four of her teammates. She groans upon impact but hops out of the stunt nonchalantly, clearly used to the pain.

070 Shake’s first studio album examines emotional, relational turmoil

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070 Shake’s first studio album examines emotional, relational turmoil

February 4, 2020 0 comments

In 070 Shake’s debut album, “Modus Vivendi,” the rising artist employs sanguine, dreamy studio production while lyrically reflecting on relationships. But, the 22-year-old still seems to be polishing how studio experimentation can serve her genre-less introspection. Released Jan. 17, the GOOD Music-produced record showcases the highly anticipated voice heard first […]

Portraying main characters Nicole and Charlie, Scarlett Johannson and Adam Driver communicate the painful process of divorce in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix last December.

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‘Marriage Story’ examines the judicial arbitration of love

January 23, 2020 0 comments

In his characteristic imitation of the mumblecore aesthetic, director Noah Baumbach tackles the transformation of love in his most recent project, “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix in December.