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Lily Reinhart and Austin Abrams in

REVIEW: “Chemical Hearts,” mediocre teen angst

Brenna Flanagan , Editor-in-Chief August 29, 2020
Pulled out of the overdone genre of 2000s teenage angst flicks, the only new things “Chemical Hearts” does for audiences today was to recruit experienced teenage players Lili Reinhart from “Riverdale” and Austin Abrams from “Euphoria.”   What follows is a mediocre love story of two teenagers somehow fully aware of how confusingly misguided their actions are but still doing them anyway.  
Island Records, the Killers

REVIEW: The Killers new album ‘Imploding the Mirage’

William Becker, Staff Writer August 27, 2020

If you want the definition of a mega-hit, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers might just be that. It was always really impressive to me just how successful “Mr. Brightside” ended up becoming. It was...

REVIEW: ‘John Was Trying To Contact Aliens’

William Becker, Staff Writer August 25, 2020

You would be forgiven for thinking John Shepard, the subject of “John Was Trying To Contact Aliens,” is a strange man. You would also be forgiven for thinking (at least before viewing) that “John...

REVIEW:  The quiet nostalgia of 'The Secret Garden'

REVIEW: The quiet nostalgia of ‘The Secret Garden’

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer August 21, 2020
It’s still a shame that lukewarm reception will likely hold this film back from being a hit—when done right, films like The Secret Garden can become designated as classics. But for now, if this film plants seeds of inspiration for other film projects, it will likely be doing so in secret

REVIEW: “Project Power” is mid-grade at best

William Becker, Staff Writer August 19, 2020
The instant picture this brings to mind is of a thrilling battle between throngs of superheroes and supervillains filled with tons of explosions and unique superpowers slamming together for a fast-paced, end of the world style battle. The premise here is exceptional based on those details alone, setting the creators of “Project Power” up for an intensely exciting and culturally relevant piece of art. If this writeup so far has managed to make you excited to watch, I’m sorry, I was too. 
Dave Bayley, lead guitarist of Glass Animals performing at Coachella

REVIEW: New Glass Animals album is a sleepy, psychedelic listen

William Becker, Staff Writer August 11, 2020
Shimmering in glossy production, creamy synthesizer, and deeply autobiographical lyrics that all manage to be surreal, psychedelic, and dream-like, “Dreamland” is (pun intended) a walk-through dreamland that manages to be impressively accessible.
Beyonce, Donald Glover, and Chiwetel Ejiofor at the World Premiere of Disney's

REVIEW: The glory of Beyoncé’s “Black is King”

Cierra Noffke, Lifestyles Editor August 11, 2020
The visual film is a culmination of energetic, high-tempo dance sequences set to the beat of rich music, overlaid with the voices and native tongues of various artists. It is an intricate weaving of images, rhythmic dancing, flashing symbolism, laughter, poetry, darkness, and light threaded together by the narration of Beyoncé herself and the sweeping music from “The Lion King: The Gift” into one swirling visual display.  
REVIEW: Immigration Nation

REVIEW: Immigration Nation

William Becker, Staff Writer August 5, 2020
"Immigration Nation" focuses quite specifically on illegal immigrants, their families, and officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (also known as ICE.) It's personal and you can't help but find a lot of care and interest in the stories presented, particularly from that of the immigrants and the people directly impacted by immigration policies in the United States.  

2 new novels from ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’ authors offer different experiences for the same audience

Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief July 23, 2020
We don’t have to wonder because both authors have released their next novel, each one taking a different step forward: Roth chooses to move on from the past success to a new one and Collins tries to prolong the attention of past success. 
Charlize Theron in “The Old Guard.”

REVIEW: ‘The Old Guard’ is the Right Film for the Right Time

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer July 20, 2020

As the number of the coronavirus cases increase in America, films seeking to release theatrically are forced to watch their release dates tumble further and further back in the calendar year. As...

UNCW to host weekly drive-in movies beginning July 10

UNCW to host weekly drive-in movies beginning July 10

Cierra Noffke, Lifestyles Editor July 1, 2020

In response to the continued throes of COVID-19, UNCW, StarNews, WHQR Public Media and the Cucalorus Festival have partnered to present a Curbside Cinema series. Beginning with the second week of July, films will...

Introducing Flair Magazine:  An inside look at UNCW’s newest fashion and culture magazine

Introducing Flair Magazine: An inside look at UNCW’s newest fashion and culture magazine

Cierra Noffke, Lifestyles Editor June 26, 2020

Flair magazine, UNCW’s newest fashion and culture magazine, made its debut with its first issue on June 8. The new magazine is dedicated to forming an inclusive, safe space for students to make unique...

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