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“Ex Machina” director Alex Garland follows up with wicked, weird, wonderful “Annihilation”

Cells, high-school biology and protagonist Lena tell us, divide and proliferate, creating life as we know it through self-sustaining processes of growth. But what...

“Black Panther” is a superhero movie with heart

Shuri is a lot like most younger siblings: Her most defining feature is her spunk — she’s unwilling (or perhaps unable) to engage in...

“Peter Rabbit” is expectedly crass, surprisingly fun

“Peter Rabbit” is the second live-action film of 2018 about a British anthropomorphic animal in a blue jacket based on a series of children’s...

Writers Week returns to UCR

UC Riverside will be hosting its 41st annual Writers Week this week, from Monday, Feb. 12 to Saturday, Feb. 17. Writers Week is the...

“Winchester”: Guns don’t kill people, atrocious writing does

There’s something uniquely satisfying about films, especially in the horror genre, that market themselves as “inspired” by true events. What does that even mean?...

You’re so this summer: How we embraced emo

When I look back at my formative years from middle school leading into the beginning of high school, a tenderness fills my heart. I...
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RADAR Sessions: Daydream Time Machine

It can be difficult to define what it is to be a band in the Inland Empire music scene, especially when so many of...

How Oscar bait-y is “The Post?”

This isn’t a matter of whether or not “The Post” is Oscar bait — that much is obvious; rather, it’s about the degree to...

“The End of the F***ing World” is brilliant in its brevity

This article contains spoilers for “The End of the F***ing World.” A lot of the shows on Netflix don’t exactly bring attention to themselves, which...
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Things We Enjoyed …

American Pleasure Club - “Let’s Move to the Desert” The band formerly known as Teen Suicide (the name change is a wholly welcome decision, long...