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Mason P. Sands

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Film

'A Bag of Marbles' a Worthy Addition to the Holocaust Story Tradition

Ultimately, “A Bag of Marbles” highlights that even in great hardship, one can still find and enjoy times of happiness, love, and lightheartedness, a testament to Jewish resilience during the Holocaust.

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Arts

‘The Crossing’ Makes a Lot of Promises, But With No Sign of Fulfillment

The pilot of “The Crossing” provides a lot of questions, but it fails to define the context in which these questions exist. Moving forward, the series will need to do a lot of world-building and character development for any of its revelations to have some weight.

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Books

From Page to Screen ‘Love, Simon’ Forgets It’s a Coming Out Story

Whereas, in “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” Simon learns to accept himself with his newly realized sexuality, in “Love, Simon,” Simon learns to accept himself despite his sexuality.

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Books

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ Continues to Revolutionize Stories We Tell

Tomi Adeyemi’s “Children of Blood and Bone” is an enthralling tale that will revolutionize the perceptions of YA and fantasy literature.

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Theater

‘Waitress’: Jovial But Generic

While Tony-winning director Diane Paulus leads an entertaining show, “Waitress” is not incredibly impressive and falls short of the expectations popular buzz has given it.

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On Campus

Roving Reporter: 'The Square' at the ICA

"What was so great about this film showing is that it was making fun of contemporary art in a contemporary art museum.”

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Arts

‘Queer Eye’ Reminds Us That Love Is Universal

While the producers of “Queer Eye” stated that the show’s purpose is “to turn Red States pink”, the show accomplishes far more than that. The show emphasizes our commonality and reaffirms that, despite the divisions of today, we are all human.

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Arts

‘The Joel McHale Show’’s Topical Potential Is Undermined by Shoddy Writing and Annoying Marketing

The video compiler for “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” needs to be given a large bonus for being the sole saving grace in the otherwise lousy production of this new Netflix comedy show.

Konrad Klapheck
On Campus

Contending With Germany’s Complex Post-WWII Art History in ‘Inventur’ Lecture

The artist struck an emotional chord with the audience in the packed lecture hall—and through the simulcast—about the personal tragedy that affected his art.

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