Jack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ feels fresh and new

Weird, definitely weird. But good-weird. That would be one way to describe the new concept album, “Boarding House Reach,” by former White Stripes and The Raconteurs frontman Jack White. White is known for doing things his way, and that way ...

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You won’t want to talk during ‘A Quiet Place’

The dystopian movie trope has been far overplayed after “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and even “Maze Runner.” I thought I was done with apocalyptic films altogether. But then I saw “A Quiet Place,” and I, too, was drawn back into ...

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On ‘Golden Hour,’ Musgraves shines

In the liner notes of Kacey Musgraves’ third album, “Golden Hour,” the country songstress writes: “There are certain junctures that you can’t think your way through – you just have to feel. I found myself at one making this album.” ...

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Taylor Swift put out another ‘Delicate’ music video. Why?

Taylor Swift debuted her music video for her latest single, “Delicate,” in March at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards – and I was disappointed. When she announced that she would be dropping another video for “Delicate,” I was kind of ...

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‘Ready Player One’: pop culture references and a lesson in living life offline

I had very low expectations for “Ready Player One,” mostly due to its trailer doing such a disservice to the plot. On the outside, it looked like a weak dystopian film that plays on the set of a virtual reality ...

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ brings the wonder and imagination of childhood

I remember reading the book “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. I was in the fourth grade. I couldn’t tell you now what it was about even if I tried. Which is funny, because watching the newest movie adaptation ...

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‘The Hate U Give’ is a masterpiece

A #1 New York Times Bestseller. A William C. Morris Award for a debut author writing for teens. An Odyssey Award for excellence in audiobook production. A Printz honor. A Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor. A film adaptation. “The ...

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‘OMG, The Things I Learned in College’ offends and misrepresents modern college students

As a college student, I see the value in taking advantage of resources and getting involved in order to prepare myself for the “real world.” But after reading “OMG, The Things I Learned in College,” I felt inadequate, ill-represented and, ...

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Lambert lacks liveliness in Fresno

Miranda Lambert slowly walked onto the stage of the Save Mart Center as her band played, lacking much of the staging or choreography of other artists who have come to Fresno. It was a low-key entrance and set the tone ...

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Paisley performs hit after hit

Country music star Brad Paisley captivated the Save Mart Center Friday night on the second stop of his 2018 “Weekend Warrior” world tour. The night began at 7 p.m. sharp with opener Lindsay Ell, who was a nice addition to ...

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‘The Post’ reminds journalists, citizens of need for free press

It’s 1971. The Washington Post staff awaits the Supreme Court decision following New York Times, Co. v United States, where the Nixon administration took the Times and the Post to court for publication of the “Pentagon Papers.” Editorial writer Meg ...

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‘12 Strong’ shows the pride and pain of war

The hardest part about watching a movie based on or inspired by true events is the harsh reality of it. A part of me wants to shake my head, close my eyes and say, “That’s not real. It’s just a ...

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‘HAZE’: Not your parents’ college movie

“HAZE” is not your typical movie about hazing. Sure, it may depict college life similarly to other college-themed movies, but what sets it apart is the exploration of choices in the lives of young adults. Inspired by research done by ...

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‘Jumanji’ sequel lacks nostalgia with its updated version of a family favorite

Being a ‘90s baby and a huge fan of the original “Jumanji,” I went into a screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” excited, but with low expectations. All I knew was that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson was in it, ...

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Why these cruelty-free beauty products are my go-to

Some may think cruelty-free beauty products are expensive, don’t work well or smell funny. But, I am here to say, they are not any of those things. You’ll rarely find me in Ulta or Sephora looking for makeup because a ...

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Brush up on your Shakespeare for ‘Verona’

I’m going to be honest. I had no idea what was going on while viewing the latest production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Fresno State’s University Theatre. This adaptation, directed by Brad Meyers, takes one of William Shakespeare’s ...

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Foo Fighters finally visit Fresno

If Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, says it is going to be a long night – believe him. Last Friday night, the rock band played to thousands at Fresno’s Save Mart Center for over three hours straight ...

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‘Mr. Either/Or’ is action-packed and worth your time

Reading and understanding poetry can be a challenge for some, but with Aaron Poochigian’s latest work, “Mr. Either/Or,” it can also be very immersive and have you on the edge of your seat. “Mr. Either/Or” is a novel written in ...

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