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‘Encanto’ review: Latest Disney film teaches us to live authentically

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ released its newest animated feature “Encanto” in theaters on Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day. The movie lived up to every expectation I had. “Encanto” is refreshingly comedic while also powerful, serving as a reminder that the act of storytelling is intrinsic to living a good life because stories can remind us of what is truly important.

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‘King Richard’ review: Will Smith delivers as the passionate father of Venus and Serena Williams

“King Richard” was released in theaters on Nov. 19 as well as on HBO Max the same day. It was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the unconventional but determined coach and father of the legendary tennis sister duo, Venus and Serena Willams, played by Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, respectively. The film additionally features Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn. “King Richard” is a delightful movie that follows Richard Williams and his ultimate plan of making his daughters into “the next two Michael Jordans.”

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‘Music of the Spheres’ review: Coldplay’s stellar new album will take you into space

Coldplay did it again with their new album called “Music of the Spheres,” a space-themed pop record filled with songs about their fictional system called the Spheres. Released on Oct. 15, the album was inspired by the “Star Wars” movies, according to lead singer Chris Martin. Space music is one of the best types of music to listen to when you want to de-stress and have fun. Each of their songs has a meaning to it that makes up a part of the Spheres.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is Marvel’s Multiversal Masterpiece

After years of buildup, the final movie in Marvel Studios’ first Spider-Man trilogy is here with “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” This movie takes place immediately after the previous film, and follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as his identity is revealed to the whole world. In an attempt to fix this problem, Peter goes to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help, but after a botched spell, things only get worse as villains from throughout the multiverse threaten their reality.

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‘C’mon C’mon’ Review: One of the Best Films of 2021

“C’mon C’mon,” released on Nov. 19th, is the newest A24 film directed by Mike Mills. It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann and Woody Norman. “C’mon C’mon” follows Phoenix's character Johnny, a radio host who interviews children across the country on their views of the future. When Johnny’s sister has to take care of her ex-husband, who is dealing with mental health issues, she appoints Johnny to watch Jesse, her 9 year old son. This film tackles loss, complex family relationships, and gives an insightful view of how kids view the world and how hard it can be to feel misunderstood.

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I just wanna go back to 1999: CUB’s Nineteen Ninety Nooner

A Dance Dance Revolution machine, a CD painting station, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air playing on a projector and sheets upon sheets of Lisa Frank stickers. Piles of face gems with a mirror right next to them, buckets of thread and beads for friendship bracelets, and “Wonderwall” by Oasis blasting from the speakers. While this sounds like a scene straight out of the 90s, it was what one was met with once stepping into room 225 of the Brower Student Center Friday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. for CUB’s Nineteen Ninety Nooner. 

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‘House of Gucci’ review: full of talent, great historical fashion

“House of Gucci” is the newest release from director Ridley Scott and the crime-drama is based on a true story, telling the tale of the relationship and tragic murder of Maurizio Gucci by his wife, Patrizia Reggiani. The cast consists of exclusively a-list celebrities, with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver starring as Patrizia and Maurizio respectively, but the film also showcases actors such as Jeremy Irons in the role of Rodolfo Gucci, Al Pacino in the role of Aldo Gucci and Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci.

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College faculty share their knowledge with high school students during 2021 Honors Festival

The lights turned on, the stage was set and high school students were dropped off by their parents for the return of the Honors Festival at the College. Every year, high school students are invited to audition for the Honors Festival where they will study under College faculty and perform a concert in a short period of time. This year, the students had two rehearsals and a concert all on Sunday, Nov. 21. The rehearsals happened at both the Music Building and at Kendall Hall while the concert happened at Kendall at 5 p.m. 

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What We’re Listening To: ‘Anything Goes’ with Emma Chamberlain

“Anything Goes,” the podcast hosted by YouTube personality Emma Chamberlain, has been and continues to be a popular form of entertainment for young people across the globe. The 20-year-old influencer has become well known for her honesty and relatability that she translates to her viewers through her multiple platforms. She gained her following after starting her YouTube channel in May 2017 and since then has branched out to create a series on Instagram Reels, her own coffee brand and her highly-rated podcast “Anything Goes.”

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Kombucha girl visits the College for talk show with CUB

“Fear of failure? Get over it.” These were one of the first words spoken by Brittany Broski, better known as famous Tik Tok influencer Kombucha girl, during her talk show with CUB on Monday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. Everyone in the student center was treated to a bountiful amount of laughs and some “real talk”

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The College hosts high school marching band competition

On Halloween, the college awoke to cymbals crashing, drummers drumming and trumpets warming up their sound for the New Jersey Marching Band Championship hosted by the College. This is a high school marching band competition where 40 schools competed between four different categories to see which marching band was the best. The competition started at 6:30 a.m. and finished at around 9 p.m.

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WTSR’s first ever jam session brings musicians together

Amidst the fluorescent lights and acoustic panels on the walls, four students sat in the basement of Kendall Hall tuning their guitars. WTSR 91.3 FM hosted their first ever jam session on Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. allowing any College student, regardless of their major or skill level, to bring their instruments and make music in a freewheeling environment. 

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ does justice to the original while keeping things fresh

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” released in theaters on Nov. 19th and was directed by Jason Reitman, who is the son of Ivan Reitman, the director and producer of the original two “Ghostbusters” films. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” stars Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon. The film follows the family of Egon Spangler, the former Ghostbuster played by Harold Ramis who unfortunately passed away in 2014. The Spangler family moves onto their grandfather’s old farm as they uncover the secret past of their seemingly normal small town in Oklahoma. 

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