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Samantha J. O'Connell

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Arts Vanity: Give Gen Z What It Wants: Five Musical Artists from the 2000s That Deserve Dramatic Biopics

Here are five movie pitches guaranteed to hit these fledgling adults with some gut-punching nostalgia about using PictoChat on their DS’s with wrists covered in Silly Bandz.

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Arts

HBO’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ Pilot Marks a Surprisingly Dull Start to the Highly Promising Comedy Series

The title of HBO’s new comedy “Mrs. Fletcher” sounds like something fit for a “Downton Abbey” spin-off. In fact, it’s a series that stars the beloved Kathryn Hahn as single mother rediscovering her identity thanks to online porn — not exactly as buttoned-up and proper as its innocent name might suggest.

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Film

Renée Zellweger Delivers Dazzling, Tour-de-Force Performance in Judy Garland Biopic ‘Judy’

Striking a balance that any film based on real-life events must grapple with, “Judy” manages to sprinkle in sudden moments of elation and awe while ultimately leaving the audience with a more profound, empathetic sense of grief.

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When Harvard Beat Yale 29-29

The headline was, clearly, inaccurate. Harvard had simply tied Yale 29-29 in the fourth quarter. But according to William M. “Bill” Kutik ’70, one of the Crimson editors credited with running the headline, there was a general consensus that Harvard had won in spirit.

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Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Dinner & Diatribes' by Hozier

Combining the rather upbeat, catchy tune with these creepy visual elements, Hozier has produced a video that is bound to leave fans energized and slightly mystified.

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Arts

This Year in Pop Culture: 1964

The increasing conflicts of Johnson’s presidency were reflected in what Americans watched, what they wore, and what they ultimately rooted for in this decisive year.

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Arts

Unpopular Opinion: Ariana Grande Needs to Start Putting Her Voice to Good Use

Grande’s problem is not whether she has vocal prowess but rather that the quality of her music rarely matches her potential.

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Film

‘Greta’: Just When Horror Movies Were Starting to Get Good Again…

A screenplay can make or break the film, and in this case, it turns "Greta" into a borderline-comedic dumpster fire.

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Film

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Has All the Building Blocks of a Fan Favorite

After a five-year wait, screenwriting duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have delivered “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” a worthy sequel that is wonderfully meta, colorful, and fun for all.

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Film

'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' Has All the Building Blocks of a Fan Favorite

With all its energy and goofiness, “The Lego Movie 2” is a masterclass in how to make a great family movie that appeals to both the young and the old.

Books

Ieva Jusionyte Discusses Her New Book and Its Pressing Importance in Modern America

Nov. 9 marked both the 29th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s official fall, and coincidentally, Ieva Jusionyte’s discussion on her book “Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border” at the Harvard Bookstore.

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Arts

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Manages to Both Scare and Stir Emotions

A classic plot of a family living inside a house filled with ghosts stretched out into 10 hours is risky, but Flanagan and his committed actors have created something thoroughly gripping, terrifying, and equally refreshing.

Film

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Was My Gateway Drug into Horror

“The Shining” was scary in a way that didn’t seem cheap, but rather profound and touchingly personal.

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Books

‘The Witch Elm’: Brilliant, Exciting, Yet Overly Thorough

If there’s any topic that has the ability to stir the pot in today’s boiling political climate, it’s the idea of entitled white men.

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Film

The Cast of ‘Mid90s’ Discuss Their Journey, On and Off-Screen

The cast of “Mid90s” focused much more on being real and honest with their responses than being dryly serious and professional.

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