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Friday January 27th

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‘Spencer’ review: An impressive yet strange look into the struggles of Princess Diana

After receiving a five-minute standing ovation and overwhelming support at the Venice Film Festival this past September, Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer” premiered on Nov. 5 with high critical acclaim and audience anticipation. For those wanting a more truthful telling of the events surrounding Princess Diana’s eventual departure from royal life, “Spencer” might not live up to the anticipation. “Spencer,” as the opening shot says, is “a fable from a true tragedy,” opting for a more artistic telling of Princess Diana’s Christmas weekend at Sandringham. 

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‘Eternals’ tells a unique, beautiful story that exceeded my expectations

Marvel Studios’ newest film “Eternals” is finally here.  Directed by Academy Award winner Chloé  Zhao, the film promised to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, giving us a look at how the entire universe came to be. We focus on the Eternals, a team of ancient aliens who have secretly been living on Earth for thousands of years and swore to not interfere with humanity unless their sworn enemy, the Deviants, were involved. After an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows, they are forced to reunite to stop the Deviants once more. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Kumail Nanjiani among others.

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SOUND/BATH creates relaxing space for students, faculty with music

The Department of Music hosted its first-ever “SOUND/BATH” Tuesday Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m..  The lights in the Mayo Concert Hall were dimmed, and members of the audience appeared to be asleep. Heads leaned against chair arms, feet were propped up, and a couple of audience members lay down in front of the seats. Tuesday marked the first of the yearlong series in order to bring music that “heals and soothes,” according to Chairperson Colleen Sears of the Music Department.

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‘No Time To Die’ review: A bold, beautiful send-off to Craig’s James Bond

With over a nearly 60-year career on film, the character of James Bond has found himself in numerous lethal situations and always seems to wander out of them, dusting off his jacket and offering a cocky sort of grin for the viewer; his invincibility has always seemed a sure thing. The franchise is too enormous to ever feel like the titular character is in any real, legitimate danger. 

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The 73rd Emmy awards bring color to the red carpet

One of the most recognized award shows of the year is the Emmy Awards, which honor the most dedicated actors, writers, and directors in the television industry. On Sept. 19, celebrities dazzled the red carpet in ensembles in fun colors and unique silhouettes. Below are my favorites, as well as my picks for best-dressed male and female of the night. 

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The top 10 Met Gala looks that stole the carpet

The Met Gala, the annual themed fashion show hosted by world-famous celebrities and fashion designers, was brought to light after being postponed last year due to the pandemic. On Sept. 13,  the event reopened with previous and new guests of the gala — presenting the theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Below, we ranked the top ten outfits of the greatest fashion night of the year.

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‘What If…?’ finale brings an exciting first season to a satisfying close

Marvel Studios’ anticipated animated project, “What If…?,'' aired its season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 6, wrapping up an impressive first season in a satisfying way. The Disney+ show stars Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher — an omniscient being who swore an oath to watch over the multiverse without interfering in it — who serves as the series’ narrator, guiding us through these vast new realities as we explore how major Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) moments would change if things happened differently. Wright is part of a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more familiar faces. 

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‘Squid Game’ review: What is the real horror of the game?

“Squid Game” is a 2021 Netflix Korean thriller and horror show that has taken the world by storm. If you are not already familiar with the show's premise, in the simplest of explanations, it is about 456 people who are all living on the brink of financial ruin. All of these people are invited to play childhood games in order to win a massive amount of money, enough to pay off all their debts as well as allow them to live comfortably for the rest of their lives. The games played are all childhood games that everyone is already familiar with, having played them as children. The catch? If you  break the rules of the game, you are shot execution-style by the mysterious masked guards who help run the games. 

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‘Dune’ is a technical masterpiece with an emotional void

Dune” is the newest film from Academy Award-winning director Denis Villeneuve and promises to bring a faithful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name to the silver screen. Set in the year 10,191, “Dune” takes place on the desert planet of Arrakis and follows the gifted Paul  Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) who is troubled by dreams of the future and must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to stop a war and save his people. 

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