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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’— a feel-good Netflix film to watch during the holiday season

“The Christmas Chronicles 2” is a family-oriented film, perfect for enjoying with your loved ones this holiday season. The Netflix original and sequel to “The Christmas Chronicles” emphasizes why it is important to believe in yourself and one another, and to never forget what it means to be a “true believer.”

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘The Royal House of Windsor’

To celebrate the 100th year of the Windsor's reign, Netflix released “The Royal House of Windsor” in 2017. The docuseries explains and examines the lives of the royal family using never-before-seen televised documents including letters, photographs and video evidence.

Hulu’s ‘Happiest Season’ brings LGBTQ+ representation to their lineup of Christmas classics

If you were to randomly select a Hallmark Christmas title, odds are that the cover work would include a smiling, straight white couple dressed in green and red. It’s no secret that most Christmas movies aren’t known for diverse and complex plots. With the release of “Happiest Season” on Hulu, this genre added some much needed LGBTQ+ content to its portfolio. “Happiest Season” is a brand-new film that, for the first time, features a lesbian couple.

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘American Vandal’

“American Vandal” nostalgically epitomizes modern American high school, backing painfully familiar memories to college students. As a Netflix crime mockumentary, the two seasons follow high school students in pursuit of a different “vandal,” venturing deep into high school drama and uncovering seriously funny scandals. 

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘Marriage Story’

“Marriage Story” is emotional, dramatic and full of heartwarming moments. The movie is a great one to watch if you need a cry.

Ava Max new release: is it ‘heaven’ or ‘hell?’

Ava Max is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter best known for her single, “Sweet But Psycho.” Following her hit song that was released in August of 2018 and has topped the charts since, she started recording her debut album “Heaven & Hell” which the 26-year-old released on Sept. 18.

Machine Gun Kelly knocked down every wall with ‘Tickets to My Downfall’

Most people know Machine Gun Kelly as the rapper who traded diss tracks with Eminem, or as the artist on “Bad Things,” the chart-topping hit he had alongside Camila Cabello, that took over airwaves between late 2016 and early 2017. 

The Killers leave ‘Mr. Brightside’ behind with new album, ‘Imploding the Mirage’

If it weren’t for Brandon Flower’s chiseled punk guyliner and sultry voice, I probably would have tried to move on from 00’s rock bands. The Killers have been held in limbo for quite some time in the midst of these trying times, so why not shoot 2020 in the foot and release their new album, “Imploding the Mirage?” But this foot sets off running with quite an explosive array of figments in a time capsule.

“The Umbrella Academy” returns to fight a new doomsday

In a time where it seems like the world could be ending any day now, the second season of “The Umbrella Academy” couldn’t have hit Netflix at a better time. The live-action adaptation of the 2016 graphic novel by My Chemical Romance lead singer, Gerard Way, returned July 31, throwing returning fans and newcomers into a binging frenzy.

‘Newtown’ documentary shows aftermath of the tragedy

The documentary included commentary from a few of the victims’ families, specifically from the families of 7-year-old Daniel Barden, 6-year-old Dylan Hockley and 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler. Each of the families discuss how their lives have changed since the tragedy and how they plan to live for their children and honor their memories.

Noname’s mixtape ‘Telefone’ fuses rap and slam poetry

Noname’s use of this genre as a staple of her music marks a key difference in her style of rap in comparison to other popular female hip-hop artists. In short, it allows her to do what so many others in the genre fail to do in their attempts to mimic their more mainstream predecessors. She does not try to rap in the harsh, aggressive ways that are characteristic of some prominent female rappers like Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, and the result is something raw and genuine, a refreshing and honest work of art.

‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ goes from novel to Netflix

The Netflix adaptation is not a failure in any sense, but it doesn’t quite hit its mark. The suspenseful storyline, coupled with the star-crossed lovers theme and controversial subject matter, all but ensure the popularity of the series.

Joey Bada$$ speaks ‘For My People’ on ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’

These lyrical themes are evident from the first track on the album, “For My Pethis track, Joey raps about how difficult it can be growing up black in America. It’s a great opening track, and its calming, yet upbeat production draws the listener in with soft synthesizers and horns behind a groovy drum rhythm. His lyrics also seem to summarize the purpose of the album. “Music is a form of expression,” Joey raps. “Imma use mine just to teach you a lesson.”

The Chainsmokers change sound on ‘Memories’

The majority of the songs were still very enjoyable even if the sound was a little repetitive. You can hear little bits of “I Want Something Just Like This,” featuring Coldplay, in the group’s other tracks like “Don’t Say” and “Bloodstream.” But the consistency isn’t bad. It gives off a relaxed pop sound.
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