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    Umbrella Academy returns to Netflix for second season

    After a year-long hiatus, Netflix’s hit TV show The Umbrella Academy debuted its second season in July.  The first season, which came out in 2019, followed the six members of The Umbrella Academy, an adoptive family of seven siblings overseen by an absent father, a robot mother, and an ape caretaker as they fought to save the world from its impending end. The first season revolved around one of the main characters, Vanya, unlocking her distempered powers, which had been moderated for almost her entire life, and causing the end of the world to go into effect. In the final moments, the family ensemble clasped hands and zapped into a…

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    Creed 2 is an emotional GUT PUNCH

    The Rocky films hold a very special place in my heart, they were a staple of my home while growing up. From the endlessly quotable lines, to the fight scenes,  to the undeniable sense of inspiration that comes from them, the Rocky Films range from cinematic gold to guilty pleasures. Rocky IV, which this film is following up on, being the height of mid glorious 1980s cinematic shlock!   When I went into the first Creed film I was extremely skeptical, but two hours later I was floored by what a well crafted and well executed film it was. So when the sequel was slated to be released this year…

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    Luke Cage is a winner for Marvel Studios!

    Ever since the unexpected critical success of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” its follow-up season and the first season of “Jessica Jones,” people have been clamoring for another dose of Marvel content from Netflix. However, many fans were wondering if Luke Cage as a character could carry a show on his own without Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter) or her supporting cast. Well, it gives me great pleasure to say that not only can Luke carry a show all on his own, but his show, “Luke Cage,” might just be the best of the Marvel Netflix shows so far! The great thing about the Marvel Netflix shows is that they have truly pushed the…

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    “Beasts of No Nation” provides insight for fighting in West Africa

    There are more than 120,000 child soldiers under the age of 17 enlisted in rebel and government fighting forces in West Africa. Americans may ignore that fact. They may even feel surprised and cite it as a reason why the world sucks. But “Beasts of No Nation,” a 2015 film written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, is a beautiful and brutal film that reminds people of the troubling fact. “Beasts of No Nation” is a hard, but worthwhile film to watch as it does more than entertain; it educates and challenges the viewer to empathize. The film, based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel by the same name, begins with an honest…

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    “Rosemary’s Baby” still gives chills even after Halloween

    Halloween may be over, but Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” is still an excellent horror film to watch for scares. This film, released in 1968, is a masterful horror film as the terror comes not from what is seen, but unseen. Though the film is about witches and demons, the horror of the film is found through the character’s psychological emotions. “Rosemary’s Baby” is a story about the insanity of daily life and the oppressive force placed by others, which in this case is a satanic cult. The movie follows a young married couple, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, looking for an apartment to raise a child. They find a wonderful, spacious place…