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5 Seconds of Summer differentiates itself from boy bands with new album ‘CALM’

5 Seconds of Summer attends the Jingle Ball 2015 red carpet on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Do you know what I really hate? I really hate advertisements. When you really sit down and think about it, ads are everywhere. If you turn on your phone, if you google something, if you check Instagram, Facebook, Reddit or Twitter, you can expect to see some company trying to sell you something. If you g...

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is perfect to dance to

Dua Lipa backstage during the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Dua Lipa is a good example of what feels like an overnight success story. Okay, maybe not overnight, but the model-turned singer was 19 years old when she signed a record contract with Warner Music Group. She released a handful of singles, including hit "New Rules," and her debut album, all by the...

Introducing The Seahawk’s Quarantine Book Club

Re-shelving a library takes time, but there are unexpected rewards. (Christopher Knight/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Brenna Flanagan, Lifestyles Editor

March 30, 2020

In the midst of COVID-19, with the university closed and North Carolina issuing a shelter-in-place order to start Monday, UNC Wilmington students are going to be spending a lot more time indoors. What better way to spend the extra time than with a good book? Starting on Monday, March 30, Lifestyles Edit...

‘I Still Believe’ is a movie America needs

K.J. Apa and Britt Robertson star in

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

The film industry and theatrical exhibitors are not in a good position during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Major theater chains such as AMC and Cinemark have closed, and many upcoming movie releases are delayed indefinitely. "I Still Believe" is not the only film caught in the middle of an unprecedented...

‘The Invisible Man’ offers a thrilling escape despite COVID-19 setbacks

Elisabeth Moss faces off against an unseen antagonist in

William Becker, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

“The Invisible Man” has an interesting history in the world of entertainment. Originally, it was published as a novel in 1897 by H.G. Wells, who is often remembered as the father of science fiction. In 1933, the first film based on the novel came out, with a sequel arriving in 1940, followed by a...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: running on fumes

James Marsden, left, and Ben Schwartz in

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

"Sonic the Hedgehog," the live-action adaptation of Sega’s flagship video game franchise, surprised both the film industry and the public when it grossed $70 million at the box office over President’s Day Weekend. This is the highest opening weekend ever for a video game movie, surpassing the previous...

“Joker”: portrait of a jester

Joaquin Phoenix stars in

Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer

October 20, 2019

It would be no lie to suggest that DC Comics is Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc.’s most important intellectual property in terms of worldwide theatrical film exhibition. "Joker’s" stunning box office gross, amassed in the span of three weekends as of this writing, is just another in a long line...

Lana Del Rey releases highly anticipated new album

Lana Del Rey performs at a concert on the second day of Aerodrome Festival in Panensky Tynec, Czech Republic, Friday, June 29, 2018. Photo by Ondrej Hajek/CTK/Zuma Press/TNS.

Gabrielle Maynor, Contributing Writer

September 5, 2019

It has been eight years since “Video Games” launched Lana Del Rey to acclaim, seven years since a disastrous performance on SNL dimmed her rising star and six years since the Cedric Gervais’ remix of her "Summertime Sadness" cracked the top ten, her only song to do so. That is where many left ...

Netflix Picks: ‘The Highwaymen’

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Samantha Dickerson, Lifestyles Editor

April 6, 2019

Buddy-cop, comedy, thriller, action, mystery and suspense; do any of these genres sound like a movie about two 60-year-olds who lose their breath when they jog? If it does and it is not horribly cheesy, you may be watching “The Highwaymen,” Netflix’s latest in a series of film releases that have heart. ...

CJ’s top 15 best films of 2018

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Jonathan Montague, Staff Writer

December 29, 2018

Well, we made it everyone! 2018 certainly flew by, and now, I’d like to use the last bit of the year to showcase what I felt were the best films your local theatre had to offer!

REVIEW: “Aquaman”

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Jonathan Montague, Staff Writer

December 28, 2018

DC Entertainment does not yet have a favorable track record when it comes to their film adaptations. Maybe now that fear can be put to rest, thanks to their newest blockbuster to end 2018, Aquaman.

REVIEW: “Bumblebee”

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Jonathan Montague, Staff Writer

December 28, 2018

The Transformers franchise, so far helmed by infamous blockbuster director Michael Bay, has been managed to be one of the most financially successful film series of all time, despite well-deserved critical lambasting of nearly every installment. Does Bumblebee deserve the buzz around it or is it a stinging experience for all involved?

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