Category: Arts and Entertainment

ALBUM REVIEW: Foo Fighters play it safe in ‘Medicine at Midnight’

By Stephanie Arenas Foo Fighters have made yet another comeback with their new album “Medicine at Midnight.” The album was set to release in 2020. However, due to the events of COVID-19, the release date was pushed back. Singer Dave Grohl had finally had enough and decided to release the album as his fans may

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Cheech Marin talks Riverside’s soon-to-be Chicano Art Museum

By Alyssa Aldrete For many, Cheech Marin’s name is synonymous with his comedic partner Tommy Chong and the boom of stoner comedy back in the 1970s. Soon, however, Riverside residents may hear this name and have something entirely different come to mind – the world’s largest collection of Chicano art, right in our own backyard.

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Series Review: ‘A Teacher’ tackles dynamics of student-teacher affair

By Kyiesha Chavez In 2013, writer and director Hannah Fidell created an indie film about a lonely high school teacher who has an affair with a student.  “A Teacher” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that January and had a limited release in the U.S. later that year. The following year, it was announced that

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Movie Review: Flakey plot drives ‘Freaky’ film nowhere

By Stephanie Arenas Director Christopher Landon created an interesting twist inspired by the likes of “Freaky Friday” in his new film “Freaky.” The film revolves around a 17-year-old girl named Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) who switches bodies with the town’s serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn).  While an interesting idea, the movie

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Book Review: Robert Lifton studies brainwashing in China

By Liv Drobny The first time he was brought before a judge, the Catholic missionary felt confident in his innocence.  He was no spy or agitator, he never spoke against the Chinese Communist Party, nor disparaged government officials. Yet, by his third encounter with the judge, he was admitting to fabricated crimes meant to placate

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Movie Review: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ shines light on Appalachian culture

By Kyiesha Chavez Glenn Close, Amy Adams and Gabriel Basso star in the film adaptation of J.D. Vance’s best selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy.”  The film is a modern analysis of the American Dream through three generations of the Vances. It focuses more on J.D.’s relationship with his mother and her ongoing heroin addiction, as well

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August Burns Red satisfies fans’ need for music

By Alyssa Aldrete A metal barricade crushing your ribs. The sweat of other people seeping into your own pores. The instant push of a crowd of people screaming alongside you: these things may not be welcome in the time of COVID-19. But even if some of you cringed reading those words, I know there are

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Five fall flicks to watch with the family

By Justin Yoth Nothing to watch on Netflix or any other platform?  Well, as we approach winter, there are some phenomenal family-friendly movies that provide us with the ambient, nostalgic taste of the seasons of autumn and winter.  At least one of the movies on this list brings us back in time to a moment

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BMTH’s “Post Human: Survival Horror” is the soundtrack to 2020

By Alyssa Aldrete About 14 years ago, British metal band Bring Me The Horizon burst onto the alternative rock scene with their MySpace-era metalcore and were met with a lot of sneers from anyone not in their target audience.  Their lyrics were vulgar, their thrash metal sound was hard for mainstream magazines to praise, and

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Nothing’s ‘The Great Dismal’ soothes the soul

By Stephanie Arenas This year has been dismal for many people across the country.  Many have gotten sick, others have lost jobs, and many feel isolated due to quarantine. Times are tough for everyone, but some have still found ways to begin appreciating the little things in life. Fans of the Philadelphia rock band Nothing

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