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Zachary J. Lech

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‘If a Picture Never Lies’: A Thesis Sung By a Tenor

A chamber opera is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a senior thesis. But as Harry Sage shows, the two can go hand in hand.

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A Preview of the 94th Academy Awards

On March 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the 2022 Oscar winners.

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‘Wolf’ Review: A Perplexing Look at Mental Illness

The film maintains a perpetually serious tone, revealing how its institution is a place of suffering and mental anguish — what the film seeks to achieve within that framing is less clear.

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ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ Review: A More Mature, More Varied, Less Catchy Comeback

“Voyage” is a more mature, stylistically diverse album, but one without the disco appeal of ABBA’s greatest hits.

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'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:' A 10-Year Retrospective

The richness of Skyrim's world and its story ensure its longevity and continued appeal.

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‘The Souvenir Part II’ Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman.

Hogg creates a masterfully executed picture that elevates the prose of life into an emotive story about the making of a young director.

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‘Belfast’ Review: An Evocative, Sober Exploration of Family Struggles

Branagh’s film tells a touching, unabashedly human story of eerily normal family struggles in the midst of nightmarish circumstances.


‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Review: The Many Sins of The Many Saints

The title, a lazy pun on protagonist Dickie Moltisanti’s last name, couldn’t be more fitting: The movie is an uninspired pastiche of a great show, a perfect example of fan-pandering gone hopelessly wrong.

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‘Chasing Magic’ Review: Ayodele Casel Leaves the Audience Enchanted

“Chasing Magic” — a deeply personal ode to positivity, trust and cultural pride — is magical indeed.

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Activism After The Activist: Reality TV’s Potential for Impact.

One takeaway from the scandal should be that the pairing of activism and reality TV is a potent, inevitable match, one that — thanks to the conversation started by “The Activist”  — can be executed more tastefully in the future.

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‘Free Guy’ Review: A Disappointing Exercise in Intermediality

“Free Guy” is, overall, an exercise in mediocrity. Unfortunately, for Lieberman and Levy, the confluence of video games and cinema meant bringing in real-life Youtubers at the expense of making a quality action movie.

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“Cox and Box” Brings Joy in a Gloomy Time

Undeterred by the circumstances, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players are using the unusual setting to stage a return to semi-normalcy.

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Big Wins for Diversity, 'Nomadland' at BAFTAs

The BAFTAs didn’t disappoint this year, proving an exciting bellwether for the Academy Awards, and correctly calling some of the most competitive races.

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Harvard Dance Project: A Virtual Premiere to Life-Changing Performances

HDP’s ambitious and varied goals point to the ambition and variety of the co-creators and their work.

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Custody or Captivity? Britney Spears and the Problem with California’s Conservatorship Laws

On Feb. 1, 2008, a California court handed over control of Britney Spears’ life and finances to her father, Jamie.