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New series ‘The Crown’ reigns drama over all of Netflix

Netflix has recently released the first season of its new period drama, “The Crown.” Season one follows Queen Elizabeth II, the current Queen of England, in the early days of her reign. Every frame is regal and downright beautiful. From the palace to the costumes, the show exudes grace and refined taste. The actors each bring to life believable and deeply compelling characters based on real life people — which is no easy task. Claire Foy plays the young Queen Elizabeth II. She carries herself with the grace of a real monarch and is so sincere in her delivery...

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Fantastic Beasts come to life

The magic came back to life again with the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Warner Brothers needed a series to save them, and J.K. Rowling was happy to provide. While the premiere night was lackluster, the movie was far from disappointing. It was entertaining, emotional and nostalgic. Potter fans, or people just looking for a movie to watch this weekend, can all enjoy this film. “Fantastic Beasts” takes place in the 20s, and follows Newt Scamander, an English wizard who comes to New York City help magical creatures, and teach the wizarding world about them....

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‘Arrival’ explores themes of space and time

The space-themed thriller, “Arrival,” tackles the sci-fi genre with a surprising side story — world peace. “Arrival,” which hit theaters Nov. 11, offers a poignant message about finding interconnectedness in a world divided by oceans, languages and opposite political atmospheres. The sci-fi thriller explores the complex ideas of space and time while centering around the life of Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), a brilliant linguist who is called into action when 12 mysterious pods from space touch down on Earth’s surface. Banks’s job is to attempt communication with the aliens as she teams up with a bright...

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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ earned second season after major success

The new FX series “Atlanta” finished its ten-episode first season, with its season finale airing Nov. 1. “Atlanta” began airing on television Sept. 6, and has offered television viewers a unique, fresh perspective about a young black man trying to make a better life for himself in rural Atlanta, all while trying to support his daughter and the mother of his child. The show has received critical acclaim since its first episode. Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 100 percent approval rating, and has a score of 90 out of 100 on Metacritic. The show’s acclaim and following has...

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‘Logan’ to be final film in ‘Wolverine’ franchise

20th Century Fox released the trailer for the upcoming film “Logan.” The film is based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. This will be the third and final installment to the stand-alone “Wolverine” franchise and the tenth installment overall to the “X-Men” film series. The trailer shows Hugh Jackman returning to play the superhero for one last run, while Patrick Stewart reprises the role of Professor Xavier. The trailer doesn’t give a ton of information about the plot of the film, but it looks to be about Professor Xavier and Wolverine protecting a little girl with similar mutant abilities...

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‘The Walking Dead’ is back with a vengeance

In case it isn’t obvious: there are spoilers ahead for the season premiere of “The Walking Dead.” This season started off with not one, but two intense character deaths. The end of season six had all of our favorite characters down on their knees at the mercy of Negan, a new addition to the story who could out-crazy any of the show’s past antagonists. The guy uses “Eenie, meenie, miney, mo” to decide who he’s going to kill. So, after seven months and 20 days of waiting, the audience had to wait until halfway through the episode to find...

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‘Rocky Horror’ revamp deemed a success

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) still has the hearts of musical and horror lovers everywhere. So, it’s easy to understand the mix of excitement and trepidation that fans had when Fox announced the remake: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again.” The trailers were full of glittery dance numbers and a musical side of Laverne Cox that we haven’t really seen yet. It was all very exciting, but with the original being such a beloved classic, there was definitely room for worry. Well, worry no more. There can never be a version as perfect...

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ is a must-see for any Tim Burton fanatic

The creative insanity behind the magic of “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” is transparent; as many movies before it, the screen captivates the essence of director Tim Burton’s witty and twisted sense of humor and fun. Adapted from the Ransom Riggs New York Times best-selling novel, the cast of Miss Peregrine’s couldn’t have been better selected, as actor Asa Butterfield portrays main character Jake Portman — a dark-haired, bright blue-eyed Floridian who seems to be lacking in friends and Vitamin D. The plot of the film begins as Jake gets a cryptic phone call from his grandfather, Abe...

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AHS introduces new ‘true story’ narrative on screen

Dark, scary woods; dead, bloody pigs and human teeth falling from the sky all set the stage for your new nightmares in season six of “American Horror Story,” in which the words “Based on True Events” float eerily over the screen. The series began on Sept. 17, when creators finally unveiled the new season to fans who have been curiously waiting for the past several months. AHS put out no traditional advertising for the show and never released the theme or cast, leaving fans wondering what its 30-second adverts could possibly be leading up to. When creators refused to...

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‘Blair Witch’ earns No. 2 spot in box office

In 1999, horror movie fans flocked to theaters to see the psychological horror film, “The Blair Witch Project.” This year is no different. Horror movie fans rushed yet again to see a reboot of well-known horror movie “The Blair Witch Project.” “Blair Witch” hit theaters Sept. 16. “An improvement over its predecessor in almost every way, Blair Witch is a worthy successor to ‘The Blair Witch Project,’” said Matthew Parkinson of “The Escapist.” The original story of students who went missing before their footage was found under an old house, creates a well-known story arc. While this story has...

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