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Jordan Peele’s Latest Feature Reviewed: “Us”

Jordan Peele’s Latest Feature Reviewed: “Us”

Jewel Antoine, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Following his 2017 Oscar-winning film “Get Out,” Jordan Peele released his most recent horror film “Us” on March 22. Known for his psychologically riveting work, Peele’s use of foreshadowing and symbolism cites an episode of “Twilight Zone” as inspiration for the film. The episode “Mi...

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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In honor of Women’s History Month, the legendary Apollo Theater and WOW Foundation partnered to bring the “Women of the World Festival.” This festival which ran from March 12-17, included workshops, programming, performances and panels with a variety of topics that discussed prevalent issues that...

“Captain Marvel”

“Captain Marvel”

Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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I tend to be very critical when it comes to films, but “Captain Marvel” is one of the few films that I’ve seen where I am left with zero complaints, I’d go so far as to call it perfect. “Captain Marvel,” directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, follows the origin story of Carol Danvers, ...

“Five Feet Apart” Movie Review

“Five Feet Apart” Movie Review

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Allow me to preface by saying that the trailer gave me very high expectations going into this film. I was prepared for what was probably going to be a predictable teen romance film; a passionate, yet tragic love story between two ill teenagers, something along the lines of 2014’s “The Fault in Our...

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

March 20, 2019


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Fans of the adorable yet fierce Toothless — the night fury dragon of the “How to Train Your Dragon” film series — are in for another ride. Sadly, this next adventure is the last of the heartwarming “How To Train Your Dragon” trilogy that began with the titular film in 2010. In this last inst...

Netflix’s “Queer Eye”

Netflix’s “Queer Eye”

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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When it was first announced that “Queer Eye” would premiere as a reboot on Netflix, many noticed the omission of “For the Straight Guy” from the original Bravo title, “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.” This distinction implied that the show would no longer feature makeovers strictly restricted t...

Java Johnnies “Black Rhapsody”

Java Johnnies “Black Rhapsody”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month. Some celebrate it through art; such as reading a poem or drawing some paintings. Others celebrate through musical performances such as hip-hop or dancing. But for this special occasion, many students from St. John’s University decided to celebrate...

Shared Shelves: Dr. William Murphy – Legal Studies

Shared Shelves: Dr. William Murphy – Legal Studies

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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Courtroom dramas and true crime have been some of the most popular genres over the past few decades because of the passion they ignite in the viewers. While these works have become mainstays of the American media’s depiction of the legal field, not all of them provide the most diversified or realist...

Female-Directed Films of 2018

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

February 27, 2019


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The 91st annual Academy Awards were this Sunday, and while there were some great takeaways (looking at you Spike Lee, Regina King and Alfonso Cuaron), there were also decisions that left audiences walking away with a bad taste in their mouth. In a highly contested award season — complete with controversi...

Disney Aladdin: The Hit Broadway Musical

Disney Aladdin: The Hit Broadway Musical

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

February 27, 2019


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Disney’s legacy lives on not only through its animated classic tales, but also on the Broadway stage. From “Beauty and the Beast” to “Frozen,” Disney has won the hearts of millions — including mine. Broadway’s adaptation of the 1992 Disney classic, “Aladdin,” is directed and choreographed b...

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Album Review

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Album Review

Anna Boylan, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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You may know Avril Lavigne for her iconic 2008 bop, “Girlfriend.” This Canadian singer made headlines again with the release of her sixth studio album, “Head Above Water,” on Feb. 15, 2019, a whopping six years after her self-titled fifth album, “Avril Lavigne.” Lavigne took a break from the spotlight for ...

Kygo’s “Think About You” Single Review

Kygo’s “Think About You” Single Review

Caroline Wang, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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Superstar DJ and producer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – better known as Kygo – dropped his first single of 2019 on Valentine’s Day, just in time to inspire lovers and single people alike. On the track, titled “Think About You,” Kygo joins forces with American singer and songwriter Valerie Broussar...

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