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Film Review: “Their Finest”

During the height of World War II, screenwriters Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) and Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) are recruited by the British Ministry of Information to write a morale-boosting film for a war-weary nation...

Concert Review: Father John Misty

Josh Tillman, an indie folk rock singer-songwriter performing under the moniker “Father John Misty,” is a pretty polarizing figure. A subject of devout idolatry to some and discarded “hipster trash” to others, the eccentric...

TV Review: “Samurai Jack” (Season 5)

“Samurai Jack” was a cartoon far ahead of its time with a straightforward story and breathtaking animation unlike any predecessor. These attributes deemed it a unique gem for the modern age, cultivating critical praise...

Film Review: “Cézanne and I”

Perhaps anything really lovely is never left without the concomitant boringness poachers of beauty train themselves to withstand. Placed squarely before beauty’s blushing face, the only thing to do is yawn at her. Maybe...

Retrospective Review: “The Graduate”

One of the defining movies of the 20th century, “The Graduate” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, this film was ahead of its time in both...

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2017

"Sunday Beauty Queen" In Hong Kong, Filipina domestic workers slave 24/7. They must house themselves with their employers, receive meager wages and have few opportunities to return home to their families. It is never a...

Film Review: “Gifted”

Marc Webb, director of “500 Days of Summer,” excelled with his latest indie drama, “Gifted.” It tells a moving, personal story about the relationship between Mary Adler (McKenna Grace), an intellectually gifted seven-year-old, and...

Film Review: “The Promise”

Taking place in the Ottoman Empire at the start of WWI, “The Promise” centers around Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), a young Armenian man who aspires to be a doctor. In order to fulfill his...

Book Review: “Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism”

Like anyone great, Camille Paglia is not for everyone. For the people she is for, she is everything. She is, for a certain type of well-read and out-of-vogue feminist, what Christopher Hitchens was to...

Calvin Harris, Free From the Shackles of Mediocrity

So far, 2017 has been a fascinating year composed of the rote and irregular. Frank Ocean has returned and is releasing music semi-regularly, but Playboi Carti remains steadfast at depriving his remaining fans. Drake...