Friday, February 26, 2021

Reviews

Pentatonix’s ‘The Lucky Ones’ blends the worlds of pop and mental health

Five years after the release of their first original album, Pentatonix, the five-member sensational pop acapella group — known for their creative covers of popular songs and their five holiday albums — released their newest album, “The Lucky Ones” on Feb. 12. This 11-track album was two years in the making, said Scott Hoying, the baritone, in a celebratory Instagram post.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: a startling look at the life and death of a Black Panther

There are many words one could use to describe director Shaka King’s new film “Judas and the Black Messiah” — amazing, remarkable, spectacular. Basically, you could look in a thesaurus and look under the word “excellent,” to be able to justifiably apply any of its synonyms to “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The movie is that good.

‘Red Dot’ fails to address dead-ends

I say we draft up a constitution and send it to every director in the world to tell them that we have had enough with bleak snowy horror movies. I am tired of seeing completely unlikeable characters prance around in strawberry snow for an hour and a half. 

‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever’ is a love letter to the trilogy

In the third and final installment of the “To All The Boys” series, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) prepare for the college experience and what the future holds. As senior year progresses and the two reflect on their passions, careers and relationship, Lara Jean must decide whether or not her college plans include her beau at all. 

Hayley Williams tackles heartbreak on surprise follow-up solo album: ‘FLOWERS for VASES / descansos’

Just eight months after her chart-topping debut solo album gave fans a pleasant surprise during the early months of quarantine, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams is back with her second effort, “FLOWERS for VASES / descansos"

‘Framing Britney Spears’ sheds light on pop sensation’s precarious conservatorship

“The New York Times Presents,” a series of standalone and rather dramatic documentaries, attempted to defog the air around Spears and her conservatorship in its newest addition entitled, “Framing Britney Spears,” which is streaming on Hulu. 

‘Malcolm & Marie’: how art meets life

“Malcolm & Marie” follows a couple’s intimate relationship as truths arise, insecurities become clear, and art’s relationship with life is debated. 

‘My Music Story: Yoshiki’: a documentary of loss and triumph

“My Music Story: Yoshiki’ is a documentary where Japanese musician Yoshiki tells his story and connects it to Disney songs. The theme of this documentary connects with audiences of all ages, especially during a pandemic — when surrounded by sadness and anger, one just has to keep moving forward.

‘Finding Ohana’ reminds us of the importance of family

As many have discovered in the past year, family is tough, but family is important. “Finding Ohana” shows us the adventurous journey of a family with clashing dynamics. 

‘The Little Things:’ leaves big questions unanswered

Even before starting “The Little Things,” I had great expectations. With a star-studded cast and famed director John Lee Hancock, the film held promise. Unfortunately, the promise that “The Little Things” held was just not delivered on. 

Weezer partially evolves with ‘OK Human’

Weezer surprises fans with the release of “OK Human,” an album that was announced less than two weeks ago, and an album that is as different and distinct as Weezer has ever been.

‘Penguin Bloom:’ the power of healing together

If we have learned anything from the events of the past year, it’s that we are never truly sure of what tomorrow will bring. Based on the Australian novel by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive, “Penguin Bloom” follows the Bloom family and the aftermath of the unexpected.

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