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Boasting the rom-com power duo of director Darren Star and costume designer Patricia Fields, ‘Emily in Paris’ seeks for a French revival of the pair’s canonical ‘Sex and the City.’ But Lily Collins’ as Emily fails to bring the classic chicness of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie.

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‘Emily in Paris’ is a buttery bore

October 20, 2020 0 comments

French confections, frilly outfits from 2016 Pinterest boards and a naïve millennial American are the centerpiece of the new bingeable Netflix series “Emily in Paris.”

An otherwise half-hearted film far from her best, Sofia Coppola’s newest dramatic comedy ‘On the Rocks’ relies heavily on Bill Murray’s effortless charm.

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The short-lived, lighthearted allure of ‘On the Rocks’

October 15, 2020 0 comments

The latest drama-comedy ‘On the Rocks’ reunites writer-director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill Murray, as he takes on the role of Felix, a seasoned debauchee and wealthy art dealer. Rashida Jones joins Murray as Felix’s daughter Laura, a writer troubled by the disinterest of her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans).

Pandemic pop-ups: five podcasts produced during the global pandemic

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Pandemic pop-ups: five podcasts produced during the global pandemic

October 6, 2020 0 comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, podcasting has managed to provide a sort of creative emulation of social experience. The disruptive, isolating public health crisis has been the source of inspiration for many artists, musicians and authors.

In “The Album,” members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa showcase sleek, tightly-paced, compact collections of new sounds in their first full length album.

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Blackpink releases long-awaited debut album

October 5, 2020 0 comments

South Korean girl group Blackpink finally released their first, full-length studio album Oct. 2, simply called “The Album.”

The Social Dilemma, which has gained popularity on Netflix, was released on the site Sept. 9.

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‘The Social Dilemma’ unveils dangers behind social media but offers blank solutions

September 29, 2020 0 comments

“Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” Director Jeff Orlowski opens his documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” with this ominous quote from Sophocles, reminding audiences of the downside of powerful social media tools. 

Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

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Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

September 23, 2020 0 comments

In Disney’s 2020 attempt to resuscitate the 1998 animated film, much of the nostalgic charm of the original “Mulan” is deadened for the sake of aesthetic value and purported maturation — not to mention political controversy beyond the screen. 

The Award-winning A24 Documentary “Boys State,” which follows high school students participating in the Texas Boys State conference, will be screened by the University on Oct. 9.

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Documentary ‘Boys State’ exposes ideological failures in the American political system

September 21, 2020 0 comments

“Boys State,” directed by filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, swept 2020 festival circuits and won the U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

‘Tenet’ revives flatlining film industry amid pandemic times with exhilarating, mind-bending spectacle

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‘Tenet’ revives flatlining film industry amid pandemic times with exhilarating, mind-bending spectacle

September 16, 2020 0 comments

Morale is low in the entertainment industry. With Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1988 animated classic Mulan all-but-abandoned on streaming services and the forthcoming Bond film delayed for months, the COVID-19 pandemic has sunk the film industry to new lows.

‘#Alive’ falls short as the perfect quarantine movie

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‘#Alive’ falls short as the perfect quarantine movie

September 16, 2020 0 comments

Among the many apocalyptic films introduced in the wake of COVID-19, writer-director Cho Il attempted to deliver an alternate perspective on the usual action-packed zombie survival category with his debut film, “#Alive.”

Quarantine collection: seven albums produced during social distancing

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Quarantine collection: seven albums produced during social distancing

September 14, 2020 0 comments

Perhaps the isolationist existence provokes some sort of artistic intuition. Many famed artists have produced their most iconic works during periods of self-isolation: Virginia Woolf during depressive dazes, Edvard Munch after contracting the Spanish Flu, John Adams during a self-induced Californian cabin fever.