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‘Arrival’ Makes a Smooth Landing at Pollock

'Arrival' stresses the coming together of people in spite of differences, the circularity and recurring connections of all things.
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‘La La Land’: A Hollywood Story Turned to Cinematic Gold

Los Angeles is essentially its own living and breathing character, leading the audience to believe that the film is as extravagant as the city itself.
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Artsweek’s Favorite Albums of 2016

All in all, 2016 was one hell of a year. And, as with any particularly tumultuous time, it left us with some amazing music.
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A Rogue New Step into a Larger World

The timing of Carrie Fisher's death has caused Leia's appearance at the film's end to transform from something that, upon first viewing, just served as a nostalgia-tickling moment but turned into some...
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‘Jackie’ Highlights the Horror of Making History

There is no way to escape Jackie’s situation, and we as an audience are stuck with her in this disturbingly surreal hell.
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‘Moana’ is a Vibrant Disney Masterpiece

Moana is strong-willed and cares for her people, willing to take any risk she can when setting out on the open sea.
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Get Groovy with Marc E. Bassy at Velvet Jones

Several of us will be experiencing a different kind of pain as we endure finals week, which is why seeing Marc E. Bassy when he hits Velvet Jones next Wednesday will be the perfect remedy.
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‘Beasts’ is Not So Fantastic

'Beasts' is brave enough to detach just enough from its enormously successful predecessor, however, the film relies too much on its pre-established and well-realized setting and lore.
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Ten Songs for the Turkey Drop

If you were a victim of the Turkey Drop, the excitement of seeing your significant other back home after months away at college turned to crying by a leftover turkey sandwich when they said it wasn’...
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21 Savage to Hit Velvet Jones

21 Savage is young, charismatic and will not filter himself for anyone.
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Neko Case Enchants Campbell Hall

There was something pure of the way Case poured her heart into her own words, making them echo against the walls of Campbell hall with intention.
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Poet Paul Tran Enlivens Santa Barbara

“This war is not over, America. This war is not over, America,” Tran repeated as they elaborated on the adversity their mother faced in her efforts to establish a new home.
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The Orwells Set to Rock Velvet Jones this Saturday

Imperfection is The Orwells’ comfort zone, and no live performance is exactly as recorded. The Orwells are consistently off the wall, but behind the leather-clad punks, there is immense musical tale...
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Art of the Black Panther Party Celebrates a Revolution

Douglas had constructed iconic images, that embodied the Black Panther Party’s persona of the militant and revolutionary poor, one that resonated with and began to define the insurgent minority.
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‘Moonlight’ Glimmers on the Silver Screen

For African Americans and the LGBT community, 'Moonlight' is a personal and poignant representation of a queer African American male, a character not commonly portrayed in film, struggling with the ha...
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