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Carpenter released her six-track EP Fruitcake, on Nov. 17, featuring five original Christmas songs — and a classic Chrismas song with a twist. Graphic by: Journey Quan

Cougar Critique: “fruitcake” by Sabrina Carpenter

Journey Quan December 17, 2023

Sabrina Carpenter starts the holidays in November with Christmas EP, “fruitcake” Sabrina Carpenter rose to fame in 2017 when she starred in the Disney Channel show “Girl Meets World” alongside...

Naima Tovar26 said My favorite part is the different friend groups. Graphic by: Isabel Andrade

Cougar critique: “Mean Girls”

Isabel Andrade June 15, 2023

“Mean Girls” is still the most iconic movie of the 2000s “Mean Girls” is a film that was made in the blank year and is one of the most iconic movies of the decade. The movie follows Cady Heron,...

The original voice of Ariel in the cartoon The Little Mermaid film, Jodi Benson, appeared in the new film as a seller at the town market. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Cougar critique: “The Little Mermaid”

Ava Mohror June 12, 2023

The new live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid” made a splash in theaters   Disney’s cartoon film “The Little Mermaid” was originally released in November of 1989. Over 30 years...

Loop 83s second album Petrichor was released on May 27. Art by: Charles Dwyer

Cougar critique: “Petrichor”

Jane Armstrong June 8, 2023

The local band’s indie rock album defines and expands the group’s sound On May 27, student band Loop 83 released their seven-track album “Petrichor” across multiple streaming platforms. The...

Anton Chigurh, one of the characters in No Country for Old Men, looks completely devoid of human emotion, and incapable of feeling any remorse for his victims. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

Cougar critique: “No Country for Old Men”

Christian Montecino May 11, 2023

How the Coen brothers crafted one of the most iconic villains to date Ethan and Joel Coen are no strangers to making movies with incredible antagonists. Tom Chaney from “True Grit,” Marge from “Fargo”...

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Kendall Garcia May 10, 2023

This non-fiction No. 1 New York Times bestseller leaves readers questioning things about their own lives “Untamed” is a memoir by Glennon Doyle published in March of 2020 by The Dial Press. The book...

Barry has the makings of a modern classic, a black comedy exploring deeper themes of morality, growth, trauma and the cyclical nature of violence. All actors involved are on their A game, making the comedic moments irresistibly funny and and emotional scenes devastating. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Cougar critique: “Barry”

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy April 28, 2023

HBO Max hit series, “Barry,” is entering its final season as one of the best shows on television “Barry,” the widely acclaimed series on HBO Max, has started its fourth and final season. HBO...

Tyler Williams and his girlfriend, Alexis Lopez. The quote below came from the Williams father. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Movie review: “Waves”

Soraya Stegall and Julian Martinez February 24, 2023

 A journey of forgiveness and coming together in the wake of loss The 2019 film “Waves,” starring Taylor Russell and Alexa Demie, is the work of the independent film company A24. The company has...

The Banshees of Inisherin tackles many heavy topics including depression, grief, self-doubt and abuse. Luke Hansen 23 said, The theme of grief resonated with me because of how well and accurately it was displayed in this movie. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Opinion: “The Banshees of Inisherin” explores the human condition through a dark and twisted sense of humor

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy February 24, 2023

Martin McDonagh’s magnum opus glistens from the performances of its two stars “The Banshees of Inisherin” was released on Oct. 21, 2022. The film has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including...

The film Bones and All was released in 2022 and has been nominated for numerous awards at indie film festivals around the world. Graphic by: Avery Cameron

Book review: “Bones and All”

Avery Cameron February 17, 2023

 Is the book always better? Yes Luca Guadagnino's 2022 film “Bones and All,” starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet, is a coming-of-age story that follows Russell’s character, Maren Yearly,...

Book review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a hot mess

Book review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a hot mess

Kendall Garcia February 17, 2023

This suspenseful thriller may have the most unreliable narrator of all time “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was published in 2015 as a psychological thriller. The book revolves around Rachel...

SZAs SOS cover was inspired by Princess Dianas famous paparazzi photo of her on a yacht diving board in 1992 while in India. Graphic by: Sophia Denzler

Music review: SZA has returned with breakthrough album “SOS”

Sophia Denzler February 1, 2023

 Five years since her last album, SZA has delivered “SOS” to her fans  On Dec. 11, R&B singer SZA came out with a 23-track-long album “SOS,” featuring artists Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers,...

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