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A Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse poster at a bus stop in China. The animated film released in theaters in May. (Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s what you missed in theaters this summer

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | August 27, 2023

If you’ve been busy this summer or haven't had the funds to make it to the theater, here are three of the most worthwhile films you missed. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” The Marvel Cinematic Universe continued its third installment of the...

Actors Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Melanie Laurent, Dany Boon and Kuhoo Verma from Murder Mystery 2 at the films premiere is Paris. The film is one of many films releasing next week.

Films, comics coming out next week

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 23, 2023

There are a number of films, TV shows, books and video games that are releasing the week of March 27. Here’s some media to look out for next week that may pique your interest. “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” “Dungeons & Dragons:...

Pedro Pascal star of The Mandalorian on the red carpet premiere of season 3 of the show.

See a horror film, witness the peak of the rock-and-roll era next week

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | February 23, 2023

Next week has quite a few movies and TV shows coming out, each suited for viewers with different tastes.  “The Mandalorian” season 3 Everyone’s favorite space duo is coming back on March 1 after nearly three years of patiently waiting for their...

The Studio Ghibli logo in English and Japanese over a blue background.

How to prepare for Studio Ghibli’s new summer release

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | February 22, 2023

Japanese animator and artist Hayao Miyazaki is the genius behind Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation company that was founded in 1985. In 2013, Miyazaki retired from Studio Ghibli after directing 11 animated films.  On Feb. 23, 2017, Miyazaki came...

Mobsters, rock music and the ’60s folk revival featured in movie picks

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | February 16, 2023

I often go out of my way to watch difficult films, perusing through the Criterion Collection's selection of French New Wave and Italian Neorealism cinema. But sometimes, I need to give my brain a rest and relax with an old favorite. When I don’t...

A woman watching television with a remote in one hand and a bowl of popcorn in the other.

Free streaming services to consider

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | February 16, 2023

With the rising cost of streaming service subscriptions and cable, many people might feel limited by what they’re able to watch. It’s important to be able to unwind after a long, stressful day at work or school with a great movie or TV show, but the...

The Netflix home page shows a list of trending shows on a laptop screen.

What I’m watching this weekend: Anika Haley

By Anika Haley, Lifestyle Writer | February 15, 2023

After a crazy Valentine’s Day, try out an even crazier weekend watchlist that consists of  James Baldwin, gambling and lesbians. “HIGH CARD” (Crunchyroll) “HIGH CARD” is an anime that focuses on Finn, an orphan who decides to make money for...

Directors Peter Ramsey and  Bob Persichetti, Actors Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld and Producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord at San Diego Comic Con.

A film collection to celebrate Black joy and love

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | February 15, 2023

In honor of Black Heritage Month, here are five rapturous films that center Black stories.  Love Jones (1997) Set in Chicago, Nina (Nia Long) and Darius (Larenz Tate) are two artists who meet at a club one night and decide to take a chance on each...

Director Steven Soderbergh and Actors Salma Hayek and Channing Tatum during a premiere of Magic Mikes Last Dance.

Booker Prize-winning author releases new book, ‘Magic Mike’ ends

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | February 2, 2023

As the year goes on, more and more content comes out. Here are a few pieces of media coming out next week that you should pay attention to.  “Victory City” by Salman Rushdie “Victory City” is the newest novel by Booker Prize winner and fatwā...

Stars of My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard and William Powell pose in a promotional photo for the film.

Movies to watch this Valentine’s Day

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | January 31, 2023

So you’re looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day that doesn’t star Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Maybe you’re tired of watching cliche, unimaginative love stories that you feel like you’ve seen hundreds of times before.  It can be difficult...

The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Yang presents at the 95th Oscar nomination ceremony.

Oscars oust heroes, owe the overlooked honors

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | January 30, 2023

Award show season is in full swing, and the Oscars draw millions of viewers in each year. The 95th Academy Awards will take place at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 12.  ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE There are five nominees for the best Actor In A Leading Role...

Actor Rupert Grint, Director M. Night Shyamalan, Actor Nikki Amuka-Bird and Actor Ben Aldridge at a special screening of Knock at the Cabin.

New Shania Twain, M. Night Shyamalan coming out next week

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 26, 2023

Shania Twain - “Queen of Me”  On Feb. 3, Canadian pop-country musician Shania Twain will release her first album in six years, titled “Queen of Me.” This will be her sixth studio album. The album features lead singles such as “Waking Up...