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What BTS’ American Music Awards performance means to a K-pop fan

Korean pop boy group BTS left me as a proud Army as they finally held their American TV debut performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Seeing the seven-member group transition from walking out of a school bus in ...

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Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?

My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i”  turn into Roman numeral number “ii”. And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms ...

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Why ‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages

Unlike other coming-of-age films, “Wonder” is different. While the film may center around the life of one character, its focus on the separate storylines of each person makes for an engaging watch that is relatable for viewers who can identify ...

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How ‘Justice League’ just missed the mark

Following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the new movie, “Justice League,” tells the story of a grief-stricken world coping with the death of Superman. Meanwhile,  Bruce Wayne hunts for heroes to form a team to stop ...

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‘Last Flag Flying’ actors give excellent performance

The Iraq War remains one of the most trying and divisive times in this nation’s history, and Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Last Flag Flying,” tries to encapsulate those emotions through its three main characters. The film is based off the ...

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Track-by-track review of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’

Last Friday, Taylor Swift released her sixth album, “Reputation” — possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2017, and certainly one of the most talked about whether you’re a fan of Swift or not. Three years ago, Swift ditched ...

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The latest ‘Thor’ film is not worth your time. Here’s why.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, is the third movie focused on Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his adventures as Asgardian royalty.    In this go around, Thor faces ...

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‘Native Son’ is ‘disorienting, but purposefully so’

Fresno State’s University Theatre premiered “Native Son” last Friday in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre to a full audience eager to get immersed in Chicago’s cold winter of 1939. The play is an adaptation of the novel by African-American ...

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‘Happy Death Day’ brings nothing new to the party

Stop me if you’ve heard this plot line before: Protagonist relives the same day over and over, and in the process is able to self-analyze ‒ and eventually rediscover ‒ his or herself. It is a premise that has been ...

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Fresno Foodie: The Big Fresno Fair Edition

Fairs have been widely known to be a haven for food adventurers. With the rise of social media and Instagrammable food, more than ever there is a race for food vendors to create the next best thing. In comes The ...

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Fresno Foodie: Le Parisien Cafe

What’s the hype? Le Parisien Cafe is a French style bakery that serves a variety of items that will give you a taste of France right here in the Central Valley. Le Parisien specializes in its pastries and baked desserts ...

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‘American Assassin’ is the action movie we’ve been searching for

Watch your six because “American Assassin” is an unconventional thrill ride with epic fight scenes, big guns, fast cars and shameless characters around every corner. The screenplay, inspired by the novel by Vince Flynn, ditches the typically formulated action plot ...

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The Seeds make a stop in Fresno. Where were the hipsters?

In the late ‘60s, The Seeds were likened to The Rolling Stones by Muddy Waters and had the attention of Iggy Pop. Now, self-proclaimed as one of the most “iconic American rock bands,” The Seeds performed at The Tower Theatre ...

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Fresno Foodie: Ampersand Ice Cream

What’s the hype? Ampersand Ice Cream has been serving up handcrafted, small-batch ice cream year-round to the Central Valley for two years. Every ingredient Ampersand uses is locally-sourced, and makes for unique flavors like Lost Bread (Cajun French Toast), Enzo ...

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Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ album is perfect for our time

It’s a wild world out there, but luckily we have good music to make us feel better. That is exactly what British indie-pop band Bastille’s second album, “Wild World,” gives us. The album turned one year old Sept. 9 and, ...

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‘It’ humor ‘pales in comparison with the horror’

“It” does exactly what it was expected to do. It scares and it frightens. For many, it will induce nostalgia for the novel or original miniseries. However, for those new to the story, it may confuse. The film focuses on ...

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SWMRS is making waves

SWMRS, pronounced “Swimmers,” is a punk rock band from Oakland that is taking over the punk scene with its fearless lyrics and unique sound. Members of SWMRS are lead vocalist and guitarist Cole Becker, lead guitarist Max Becker, bassist Seb ...

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Students need to watch “13 Reasons Why” – with caution

  Netflix dropped an instant hit among millions of viewers in March with “13 Reasons Why.” The 13-episode series touched on topics like: alcohol abuse, rape, stalking, sexual abuse, anxiety and of course, suicide. The television-adaptation is based on the ...

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