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The movie adaptation of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” was released on Sept. 24. The film, which stars Ben Platt as Evan, has disappointed fans of the stage musical. (Photo by Alexandra Mettler)

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ movie is an embarrassment

By Holden Lay, Staff Writer October 7, 2021

Greek tragedy, excessive hubris — “Dear Evan Hansen” made Ben Platt shine on Broadway, but the film breaks him into pieces. The director, the creative team and the producers — one of which is his...

Netflix has released the third season of the critically-acclaimed show Sex Education. Despite audience anxieties, the show continues to defy expectations. (Image courtesy of Netflix)

Review: ‘Sex Education’: S3 is emotional and revolutionary

By Mariana Trimble, Contributing Writer October 6, 2021

Spoiler warning: this article contains spoilers for the third season of “Sex Education.”  The students of Moordale Secondary School are coming back with a new head teacher, Hope Haddon (Jemima...

“The Nowhere Inn” is a mockumentary starring St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein that was released on Sept. 17. The film is an experimental look at the role of the modern performer.  (Image courtesy of IFC Films)

Review: ‘The Nowhere Inn’ is a trippy exploration of persona

By Isabella Armus, Deputy Arts Editor October 4, 2021

Warning: the 2021 mockumentary “The Nowhere Inn” is a little weird. Directed by Bill Benz and written by and starring Carrie Brownstein and rock musician Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent, as...

Struggling to find something to watch this spooky season? The arts desk has compiled a binge list of 31 Halloween movies, one for each day of October. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Thirty-one Halloween movies to watch this October

Between the smell of burning leaves, convenience stores filled with your favorite candy bars and pumpkin spiced lattes, it’s hard not to feel sentimental during the month of October. Everywhere you look,...

Camila Cabello makes her acting debut as the titular character in the latest adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella.” Unlike previous incarnations, Cabello’s Cinderella is a career-driven independent woman. (Image courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Review: ‘Cinderella’ flounders in its lack of originality

By Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer September 29, 2021

“Cinderella,” the classic fairy tale best known from its 1950 animated Disney feature, is a story ripe for a live-action version. However, it has already been told in live action, twice. In 1997, Disney...

The D’Amelio Show offers a look into the everyday life of the internet-famous DAmelio family. Following the lives of teenage influencers Charli and Dixie, it explores the challenges their fame brings. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Review: ‘The D’Amelio Show’ is a surprisingly humble look at TikTok’s most famous family

By Mariana Trimble, Contributing Writer September 27, 2021

When you don’t want to think, reality shows are the easiest kind of television to watch, but the current preponderance of shows these days that just reuse the same tired tropes can be exhausting. With...

Amalia Ulman, an Argentine performance artist, makes her directorial debut with the narrative-driven “El Planeta.” The film, shot in black and white, depicts post-recession contemporary culture. (Photo courtesy of Utopia)

‘El Planeta’ Review: A witty, ethically complicated dramedy

By Ana Cubas, Arts Editor September 27, 2021

A middle-aged woman struggles to carry two boxes while sporting a dashing fur coat. The first words spoken in “El Planeta” are “I’m not returning your online purchases ever again!” In post-recession...

The 5th Dimension performs at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. In his directorial debut, Questlove’s Summer of Soul creates a time capsule of the essential music of Black America. (Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures)

Review: The spirit of ‘Summer of Soul’: An archive for the modern day

By Ava Emilione, Contributing Writer September 24, 2021

My memories of living in Harlem endure within me: the mixtapes sold along 125th Street, the bright lights of the Apollo Theater and the pride of living in a mecca of Black culture. To live in Harlem is...

Billie Eilish’s second album “Happier Than Ever” and its accompanying concert film mark a shift in the singer’s sound and tone. The film is dedicated to Los Angeles, where Eilish grew up, and features songs of varying genres. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Review: Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles’ is comfortably intimate

By Candace Patrick, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

In her Disney+ debut, singer-songwriter and alternative pop star Billie Eilish brings her latest album to her home city. Staged at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, Eilish performs “Happier Than Ever”...

The attacks of September 11 leave behind scars that havent healed twenty years on. Charles Wolfs film tells the stories of those stills feeling the effects of 9/11. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Review: ‘Worth’ speaks to the political and emotional toll of 9/11

By Sophie Mulgrew, Contributing Writer September 15, 2021

Amid a slew of shows, documentaries and movies memorializing the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “Worth,” directed by Sara Colangelo, details the establishment of the September 11th Victim Compensation...

Faya Dayi was released on September 3rd, 2021. While the timeline of the movie is hard to track throughout, its film texture and focus have made it a well-functioning documentary. (Image courtesy of Janus Films)

‘Faya Dayi’ is a meditative journey to the khat farms of Ethiopia

By Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

Home is the jumping-off point for an array of passionate thoughts, sparking opinions on a variety of subjects from youth culture to economics — too much for a quick conversation. With her first feature-length...

HBO’s The White Lotus was the streaming darling of the summer. The show attempts to probe Americas colonial past in this satire of the tourism industry. (Staff Photo and Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Review: The white existentialism of ‘The White Lotus’

By Isabella Armus, Deputy Arts Editor August 30, 2021

Cradled by lapping tides, a boat full of white, wealthy and unreasonably attractive patrons arrive at the paradisiacal island of Maui as doting staff members wave from the distance, relegated to a mere...