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Samantha J. O'Connell

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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Arts

‘Maniac’: Where Weirdness Might Become Wonderful

“Maniac” and its talented cast deliver something refreshing, unpredictable, and surprisingly hilarious.

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