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The Top 10 Most-Hyped Action Movies of 2021 (So Far)

What follows is a comprehensive list of the most anticipated action films, and yes, I have taken extreme liberties with the definition of “action film.”
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In Memoriam of MF DOOM, “Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Rapper”

Being the perfect fictional anti-hero of rap, DOOM consistently maintained a villainous shroud of mystery, while audiences could only stand back and watch him flex his rapping superpowers.
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On This Day: “1984” and Van Halen’s Jump into Superstardom

“1984” is an important body of work for modern listeners as a timestamp in the evolution of rock music — the birth of hedonistic rock with pop appeal.
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What To Expect With Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy”

Given Drake’s success with his stylistic charisma, the naming of his next album hints at the project being symbolic of a victory lap filled with allusions to his previous work.
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In Review: Taylor Swift’s Storytelling Saves 2020, Again

Swift’s new album, “evermore,” both lyrically and sonically picks up where “folklore” left off.
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In Review: “Mank” Marks David Fincher’s Big Return in a Small Way

“Mank,” a film about filmmaking in the Golden Age of Hollywood, never quite manages to elevate itself above the trappings of the repetitive trope. 
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Carsey Wolf-Center Virtual Presents: An Afternoon with “The Queen’s Gambit” Creator Scott Frank

On Dec. 3, the Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) invited showrunner and UC Santa Barbara alumnus Scott Frank to talk about the show and its success.
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In Review: “The Queen’s Gambit” Should Be Everyone’s Next Binge

The series documents Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) from her life as an orphan in rural Kentucky to her journey in Moscow, where she becomes the greatest chess player in the world.
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UCSB Arts and Lectures Presents: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

The renowned Ma and Stott by no means need to prove themselves, yet every performance demonstrates their musical capabilities and their ability to work in tandem together. 
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In Review: “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞” by Kali Uchis

Uchis not only proves her artistic creativity and her ability to blend genres but also successfully embraces and highlights her Colombian roots in defiance of criticism.
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The Best Romantic Films to Get You in the Fall Spirit

Here is a selection of classic romantic movies that capture the feelings of the season!
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UCSB MultiCultural Center Presents: International Student Experiences During COVID-19

The main purpose of the event was to spark an open discussion about the impacts of the pandemic felt by UCSB’s international student community, providing a forum for them to share their stories.
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A.S. Program Board Presents: A Virtual Q&A with John Mulaney

During the 45-minute Q&A, the comedian touched upon everything from ghosts, one of his earliest jobs as a host of Saturday Night Live (SNL) and his advice to undergraduate students.
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A.S. Program Board Presents: Music and Meditation with Raveena

Last Thursday, A.S. Program Board virtually hosted up-and-coming R&B singer Raveena as she led viewers in a guided meditation followed by a live musical performance and Q&A.  
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“Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” Screenwriter Christina Hodson Delights in Pollock Theater’s Script to Screen Series

As part of the Script to Screen series, Ryan moderated a lively discussion with “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” screenwriter and co-producer Christina Hodson.
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