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‘Cruel Summer’ is the latest binge-worthy thriller series to hit Hulu

“Cruel Summer,” a ‘90s psychological thriller following a young woman who goes missing is the newest binge-worthy drama to hit Hulu.

‘Things Heard and Seen’ tells a confusing, frustrating story

When artist Catherine Claire (Amanda Seyfried) and her family move to the Hudson Valley, she begins to suspect that her marriage and new home are overtaken by a haunting darkness that has to do with the previous owners. As Catherine tries to learn more about the tiny town and its history, her family suffers from haunting memories, mental illness and infidelity. 

The Oscars air despite a two-month delay

Over the years, award shows have lost the once-prominent momentum and interest. Performances are lackluster, speeches are trivial and the gilded glamour has been viciously scratched away. With the subtlety now exposed, the shows go on without a hitch, rendering a bitter feeling of pretending everything is alright. 

Alfa Mist’s ‘Bring Backs’ brings the forgotten beauty of jazz to life

Alfa Sekitoleko, professionally known as Alfa Mist, is a British jazz pianist, composer and rapper. He is seen as a pioneer of the modern jazz genre who creatively mixes in hip-hop elements. Sekitoleko’s second studio album “Antiphon” was released in 2017 and was very well received, with the YouTube video of the full album currently standing at nearly 8 million views. 

‘Mortal Kombat’: a forgettable, disappointing adaptation of the video game series

Many people were excited for the new highly anticipated adaptation of the video game franchise, “Mortal Kombat.” The popular fighting game is considered one of the most successful video game series of all time, with many of its characters, such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion, considered some of the most recognizable and iconic characters in gaming fandom. 

‘Shadow and Bone’ is a thrilling fantasy adaptation

In a world overtaken by darkness and war, the people of Ravka look for the light. Based on “The Grisha” Trilogy and the “Six of Crows” Duology, both written by Leigh Bardugo, the series follows an orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) after she discovers she has a power that could save her country from the monstrous Shadow Fold. The Grisha are people with the ability to call earth, fire, wind, flesh. Alina has the rarest gift of light.

Netflix’s “Tell Me When” falls flat

The newly released Netflix original film written and directed by Gerardo Gatica, “Tell Me When,” (Spanish: “Dime Cuándo Tú”) had its debut on the streaming service on April 21. The plot follows a workaholic and Mexican-American, Will, who decides to go ahead with the plans his late grandfather made to help him discover his roots and heritage in Mexico. “Tell Me When” stars Jesús Zavala as Will, Ximena Romo as Dani (Will’s love interest), Verónica Castro and José Carlos Ruiz. The romantic comedy was already released in Mexico late last year. 

‘The Circle’ season two is off to a strong start

Netflix reality TV show “The Circle” is back for another season, and will be releasing episodes weekly until the beginning of May. With eight new contestants, drama is already through the roof, and the tension is high as they try to navigate who they can trust to win $100,000.

What We’re Watching On Hulu: ‘Brooklyn 99’

“Brooklyn 99,” a fan-favorite sitcom that aired in 2013, follows a funny, lovable cast of detectives who work for the NYPD’s 99th precinct. The characters fight crime while bringing humor to the real-life personal situations they deal with on a daily basis.

The original ‘Fearless’ may hold my heart, but ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ is just as beautiful

Love, heartbreak, young adulthood — Taylor Swift captures these themes just as strongly in her re-recording of her second 2008 album, “Fearless,” an album that takes me back to my childhood.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ leaves more to be desired

Monster movies are hard to make. The pressure on the part of the moviemaker revolves around making a movie that seems balanced between intense action sequences focused on the monster, along with some interesting human characters to propel the film’s main narrative forward. Few movies have been able to do this well and the newest addition to Legendary Entertainment’s “MonsterVerse” franchise, “Godzilla vs. Kong” only partially delivers.

‘A Week Away’ is a fun movie musical for young audiences

"A Week Away" is exactly what I expected it to be, playing out like a Disney-esque movie musical with the addition of organized religion and a less stimulating soundtrack. It definitely reads like any other YA musical, but this familiarity is almost comforting to those who were raised in the 2000’s with similar projects coming out regularly. 

Is the ‘Snyder Cut’ an improvement on the original ‘Justice League’?

I should probably clarify for anyone wondering: no, I did not see the original 2017 “Justice League,” namely due to the fact that everyone I spoke with who had seen it actively spoke about how bad it was. So let me be clear right off the bat — I am not here to evaluate whether the “Snyder Cut” is an improvement upon the original 2017 film at all. I am simply here to judge Snyder’s new “Justice League” on its own merits and as its own movie. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave no stone unturned in down-to-earth interview with Oprah

The anticipation of this interview led us to believe that drama will rise and we would all be left on the edge of our seats. We were high on both the award-winning Netflix series, “The Crown,” and our innate curiosity due to celebrity culture. However, we were met with a down-to-earth memoir of a young couple going toe-to-toe with the world.

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