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The Banshees of Inisherin is a story of loneliness and failing friendships set on the fictional Irish island Inisherin in 1923.)

“The Banshees of Inisherin” is a coming-of-age film for men in their midlife crises

Ian Lloyd, Staff Writer November 30, 2022

This review contains minor spoilers for “The Banshees of Inisherin” As we come closer to the end of the year, the final film in the 2022 Colin Farrell trilogy has arrived (the previous two films being...

Love it or hate it, Christmas music is on its way to your car radio and local shopping malls. Which albums are worth listening to? (Graphic by Maliah White)

Five classic Christmas albums for the holiday season

Tegan Ruhl, Assisstant Lifestyle Editor November 29, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Get out your jingle bells and hot chocolate as you prepare to dust off your grandparents’ old Christmas records for the holiday season. I’m always excited...

Tom comforts Catherine about her diagnosis. “These Shining Lives” tells the true story of the Radium Girls.

USI Theatre puts on a tear-jerking performance with ‘These Shining Lives’

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor November 23, 2022

USI Theatre put on its first student-directed show of the 2022-2023 academic year with “These Shining Lives” Nov. 17-20. The production was directed by Amelia Schmitz, senior theatre major, who has...

Shuri must rise to her new role of heir to the Wakandan throne while mourning her brother in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Shuri honors her brother’s legacy while also becoming her own version of a leader.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is an enthralling, touching sequel

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor November 16, 2022

When “Black Panther” released in January 2018, it was the first Marvel film in which the titular character was a person of color. Fans around the world celebrated seeing underrepresented groups and...

Spider-Man perches on a rooftop. The success of Spider-Man at the start of the millennium led to a trend of superhero films for the next two decades.

Reflecting on “Spider-Man,” 20 years later

Ian Lloyd, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, superhero films were sparse and rarely achieved a high level of quality. Upon its release in 1978, “Superman” became a surprise hit that led to three underwhelming...

Babel by R.F. Kuang is in part a critique of the dark academia aesthetic, exploring how affluent nations and institutions thrive on the oppression of others.

“Babel” is a tantalizing tale of academia, secret societies and deadly privilege

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor November 9, 2022

“Babel” by R.F. Kuang was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. It promised everything I love in a book: magic systems, a poignant narrative, diverse characters, a rich academic setting and...

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story delivers a fictionalized story about Weird Al that makes fun of music biopics.

The “Weird Al” Movie is the Perfect Response to Music Biopics

Ian Lloyd, Staff Writer November 9, 2022

“Weird Al” Yankovic has been around for nearly 40 years, making music for weirdos and geeks. His music was a beacon of silly fun unlike anything else in the music industry. The mixture of polka influence...

Elden Ring is an open world, role-playing game focused on exploration and challenging enemies. (Photo courtsey of Bandai Bamco Entertainment)

“Elden Ring” rekindled my faith in the video game industry

Ian Young, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

If there is one game that will define the year 2022, it is “Elden Ring.” “Elden Ring” has quickly become one of the highest rated and highest sold games of the year with millions of copies sold...

 Were All Going to the Worlds Fair hides its horror in the underlying dread of being a kid on the internet.

“We’re All Going to the World’s Fair” is an unsettling depiction of growing up on the internet

Ian Lloyd, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

Many of us grew up with access to the internet. It’s been present our whole lives and, in many ways, has been beneficial. We can make new friends, find communities that align with our interests and have...

As time goes on, streaming becomes more popular and other forms of film-watching grow outdated. With so many options on the market, how do you know which services are the best pick for you?

The Streaming Guide: Which service is best for you?

Ian Lloyd, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

It has never been easier to find content to watch without leaving the house. The evolution of streaming services over the last decade has produced a mountain of content that will keep you satisfied for...

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is USI Theatres first play of the 2022-2023 academic year performed Oct. 20-23.

Everyone shines in USI Theatre’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor October 25, 2022

USI Theatre put on their first performance of the 2022-2023 academic year with Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” Oct. 20-23. With all of the current...

Taylor Swifts album Midnights was released Oct. 21. Midnights was Swifts tenth studio album. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift)

Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ is a surprisingly vulnerable must-hear

Alyssa DeWig, News Editor October 25, 2022

Taylor Swift’s newest release and her tenth studio album, “Midnights,” is a stark contrast to her previous albums. Its intensity and vulnerability, paired with the altered vocals and electro-pop...

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