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Rick Singer, mastermind behind the college admissions bribery scheme, on the right; Matthew Modine, who portrays Rick Singer in Operation Varsity Blues, on the left.

“Operation Varsity Blues” & The Deceit of College Admissions

Jinny Kim, Staff Editor May 12, 2021
So: you want to get into a “top 10” school. What do you do?
“On Your Left”: The Legacy of Captain America

“On Your Left”: The Legacy of Captain America

Guhan Karthik, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, the magical spells of WandaVision left viewers with innumerable questions and speculations for the future of this beloved superhero film studio....

Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Arabela Damarillo and Naomi Carvalho May 12, 2021
We were first tipped off to this video game by its criminally good animation and killer trailer. Needless, to say, we entered this case with stars in our eyes. However, despite the optimistic start, this case quickly cracked us.
Shadow and Bone: Light of My Life

Shadow and Bone: Light of My Life

Jessica Hsu, Guest Writer May 12, 2021
The story of Shadow and Bone is perfect for anyone aimlessly searching through the fantasy genre. Set in a fantasy kingdom inspired by 19th-century Tsarist Russia called Ravka, a treacherous, impassable area filled with deadly monsters and shrouded in darkness called the Fold divides the country and dominates its citizens’ nightmares.
Falling Down a Manhole: Soul, A Review

Falling Down a Manhole: “Soul,” A Review

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer March 16, 2021
Picture this: you’re a struggling artist who has been working for years, and finally, you land your dream gig—only to be dunked into a manhole right after. Such is the plight of Soul’s main character, Joe Gardner. That description also aptly fits the 34-year-long struggle to land a Black lead in a Pixar film; it takes far too long to finally happen, and when it does, unfair circumstances send it right down the toilet (manhole).
To All the Viewers: This Series Isnt Always and Forever

To All the Viewers: This Series Isn’t Always and Forever

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
The first two movies were a buildup to the pair finally having a solid relationship, but once they finally established one, it seemed as if the writers had no idea how to keep that charm. TATB: AaF spent way too much time solely on Lara Jean and Peter's relationship, reducing the characters themselves to just one-half of a couple.
Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Arabela Damarillo, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
The quality of Netflix's Carmen Sandiego is as elusive and wonderful as the eponymous heroine herself.
A Mix of Horror & Comedy: Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye

A Mix of Horror & Comedy: “Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye”

Sophia Fijman, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Missing campy horror-comedy in January? Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is the cheesy thriller you’re in search of. Gravity Falls meets Welcome to Nightvale in this new web series about twin journalists—Artemis and Paul Schue-Horyn—investigating the strange and unusual of a small mining town for their podcast. In this hilarious yet thrilling story, the duo becomes wrapped up in a string of mysteries about the unexplained corruption and hidden evils of Connor Creek.
All the Gossip on Gossip Girls Reboot

All the Gossip on Gossip Girl’s Reboot

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer January 7, 2021
Now, they say good things always have to come to an end, but thankfully that's not always true. Case in point: a Gossip Girl reboot! HBO Max announced a new show set eight years after the original series ended, and it features a whole new cast of characters—except, of course, the iconic Kristen Bell, who will be returning as the voice of Gossip Girl.
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish

Christina Mau, Staff Writer November 15, 2020
Fifteen years ago, the world was introduced to Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood. After two five-installment book series, Rick Riordan closes the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles with The Tower of Nero, the fifth and final installment to his series Trials of Apollo. 
Emily in Paris: Netflix’s Newest Trashy Romcom

Emily in Paris: Netflix’s Newest Trashy Romcom

Riana Henry, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Despite its numerous shortcomings and impracticality, "Emily in Paris" may just be the perfect trashy binge watch during quarantine. With its cheesy plotline and insanely attractive cast, the show is an addictive, temporary escape from reality and leaves audiences wanting more.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A Slow Descent Into Insanity

I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A Slow Descent Into Insanity

Mariana Camara, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Categorized under the cerebral and dark genres on Netflix, Kaufman’s adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things certainly doesn’t disappoint.
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