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Movie Review: ‘7500’

Movie Review: '7500'

Arlina Yang, Junior Editor

September 25, 2020

The worst thing a director can do to a film is have a pedestrian plot with zero elements of surprise to it whatsoever. And this movie, sadly, did exactly just that. It felt almost copy & pasted from other movies with practically identical plot-lines, aside from featuring the talented actor, Joseph ...

Movie Review: ‘Devil All the Time’

Movie Review: 'Devil All the Time'

Jasmine Andrea, Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

The dark and slightly disturbing Netflix thriller, The Devil All the Time, follows multiple characters who constantly debate and disobey their own morals. Viewers are drawn in by headliners like Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgård to this old-western style film. Holland plays the main ch...

Movie Review: ‘Chemical Hearts’

Though the plot was subpar and the acting could be considered average, the directional and lighting choices made in

Arlina Yang, Junior Editor

September 9, 2020

With a smoldering hot kiss scene as it’s interesting movie trailer, the same cannot be said about the plotline and characters in the movie, Chemical Hearts. While the movie can be said as having filled with raw emotions of heartbreak and that it had perfectly expressed that love may not always be beaut...

TV Show Review: ‘Cobra Kai’

The television series Cobra Kai, a comedic and action-packed show, is a must-watch during the pandemic.

Leila Touati, Senior Editor

September 6, 2020

Cobra Kai is a television series that is the sequel to The Karate Kid, a hit movie that changed a generation’s views on the art of karate. The Karate Kid was released in 1984 about a boy who is taught karate to defend himself against his school bullies.  The boy, Daniel LaRusso, learned karate from...

The Owl House: Disney’s First Openly Queer Cartoon

A student watches

Sierra Deaver, Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

Disney’s new animated series, The Owl House, is confirmed to have a queer main character. Dana Terrace, the creator of the series, disclosed this in a series of tweets earlier this month. Luz Noceda, the show’s main character, is a 14 year old Dominican-American living in a magical realm called ...

Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Folklore

Millions of fans excitedly streamed

Imogen Rogers, Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

On July 24, 2020, Taylor Swift released her eighth studio album Folklore. This collection of alternative, lo-fi pop songs is a bit different from previous releases. “Her music style has changed a lot, going from country to pop to I guess alternative. This album isn’t as upbeat as her earlier ones. I think it...

People Are Refusing to Watch Disney’s Mulan—Here’s Why

One outright critique of the movie was that viewers could only watch if they paid an extra charge for Disney Premium on Disney Plus.

Arlina Yang, Junior Editor

September 3, 2020

Disney’s Mulan is set to be released on September 4, 2020. However, comments from the lead actress and controversy surrounding the production team have sparked a wave of backlash.  Protests have sprung up in Hong-Kong after amendments were proposed to China's extradition laws. These protests largely stem from...

Book Review: ‘Crier’s War’

Mickey Lonner, AVT Editor-in-Chief

August 27, 2020

When it comes to LGBT fantasy, it’s hard to find books that deliver—especially when it comes to books about queer women. That’s why I was so excited to pick up Crier’s War, the dystopian fantasy book by Nina Varela with a central lesbian romance.  Crier’s War is a story about Ayla, a hu...

Book Review: ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir’

Book Review: ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir’

Elyssa Lieu, Senior Editor

August 24, 2020

“Call me Ishmael. I won’t answer to it, because it’s not my name, but it’s much more agreeable than most of the things I’ve been called” (Chapter 1, “I Was a Three-Year-Old Arsonist”).  These are the first lines of the first chapter of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and boy, are the...

Book Review: ‘Midnight Sun’

The cover of Midnight Sun, book five of the Twilight Saga.

Mickey Lonner, AVT Editor-in-Chief

August 17, 2020

On August 4, 2020, Stephanie Meyer released a new installment in the Twilight Saga—for the first time since 2011. The new novel, Midnight Sun, was met with curiosity from fans and critics alike, and received generally positive feedback. Whether or not you’re a Twilight fan, you’re probably fam...

Movie Review: ‘Palm Springs’

Zachary Nicholas, AVT Editor-in-Chief

July 27, 2020

The “time loop” premise is not new. It has been done time after time in Hollywood. Some movies use this structure exquisitely, and others feel like a recurring bad dream.  Groundhog Day is a great example of a “time loop” film done right, as are Edge of Tomorrow and Happy Death Day. On July ...

Rapper Logic is retiring and releasing a new album

Sahana Kumar, Editor

July 21, 2020

After a long break from social media (again), Logic, the “1800” and “44 More” rapper, deleted all his posts on Instagram and posted one last pic on July 16. The cover for his latest and supposedly last album, ‘No Pressure’. He also stated that this album would be his last and he would so...

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