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Well-acted and directed, “Concrete Cowboy” is a movie that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. The story is very cliche and the writing does not give much in terms of character development. Despite this, I found myself intrigued by the story and characters.

Hailey Kadolph is a junior at Valpo with a major in art and a focus in studio. Her passions include photography, painting and recently, ceramics. Kadolph has accomplished a lot since coming to Valpo. Some of her accomplishments include having a piece of her work displayed in the Christopher …

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is expanding rapidly. “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) saw most of the characters that fans had grown to love over the past decade find conclusions to their stories. Despite this, the MCU rallies on with a new era of heroes. 

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Eliot Aust is a freshman mechanical engineering major with a knack for photography. While Aust primarily considers photography a hobby, he is also currently the Photography Editor at The Torch. 

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that was formed in 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band includes Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill. Crazily enough, this band is full of family members. The band started their music career with a mix of southern …

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It’s been over 30 years since the release of “Coming to America,” a hit comedy starring Eddie Murphy. Unfortunately, the long awaited sequel to the memorable comedy, recently released on Amazon Prime, does not live up to the success of its predecessor.

If you’re interested in a gritty, nostalgic think piece, or follow films with critical acclaim for award season, “Nomadland” on Hulu may be the perfect watch for you. Since its premiere in September of 2020, “Nomadland” has been ranked as one of the top movies of the year, as well as being n…

Amazon Prime’s “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” released for streaming on Feb. 12 and I was pleasantly surprised with this film. 

I can usually always count on Netflix to release some sort of docuseries right when I need it most. This time, however, I was disappointed with the streaming service’s latest release. This disappointment comes in the form of “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel,” a four-episode ser…

“Malcolm & Marie” centers around a filmmaker and his girlfriend and the trials and triumphs of their relationship. The title couple, played by John David Washington and Zendaya respectively, arrive back home after the premiere of Malcolm’s new movie. From there, the movie dives into the …

Foo Fighters’ newest album, “Medicine at Midnight”, is a large departure from the band’s typical sound. While the band has done experimentation before, it has never been as potent as here, combining alternative/hard rock with more pop and EDM-style music. As someone who isn’t a major listene…

I’m guessing most of you have heard of or seen pictures of a white tiger. Did you ever think about the meaning that the white tiger can have for someone and their beliefs? If not, Netflix’s new film “The White Tiger” may be able to help you with that. 

Nick Davis, a junior digital media major who works as a graphic designer, serves as the University Programming Council (UPC) graphic designer and has also done art for the Black Student Organization (BSO). Although he does custom graphic design in general, his primary focus is fashion, a pas…

“Vampires vs. the Bronx,” a Netflix original film released in Oct., follows three friends, Miguel, Luis and Bobby, as they try to fight for their neighborhood. 

Imagine an album created to make you fall in love with yourself or someone else. Within this album consisted songs of wanting to find love again and not being afraid. Other songs containing the unspoken words of heartbreak and depression. Artist Sam Smith and their new album “Love Goes” give…

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John Claudy, a theatre and music double major, is a name that you might want to look out for in the future. His work in the theatre community is already prevalent and I’m sure it will only grow.

A horror film that works both as a great set-up for jump scares and as a dark, poignant commentary on the UK immigration system (and immigration in general), Remi Weekes’s “His House,” available on Netflix, is the perfect thriller for this time. I came into this knowing very little about it …

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a straight-to-Netflix docudrama that recounts the events of the protests at the Democratic National Convention in 1968 in Chicago. It is a very metaphorical look at the protests, as the characters too often point out when they are speaking metaphorically, whic…

Emily Gustin, a senior majoring in digital media arts and minoring in communications, works with The Torch as a graphic designer and photographer.  After she graduates, she hopes to work in graphic design in either marketing or advertising.

When most of us think “superheroes” we often think of DC comics or Marvel, two comic book universes which revere superheroes as gods amongst men who were brought to save humanity from impending doom. “The Boys” definitely does not depict its heroes as such.

Sarah Engles is a junior psychology and criminology double major who discovered a new passion of hers during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown earlier this year. 

Senior Jennfier Perkne is majoring in music education and she loves what she chose to pursue. After graduation, she wants to be a choir director for high school students. Perkne has also thought about becoming a strings teacher for fourth and fifth graders or a church choir director. 

Malachi Smith is a sophomore philosophy major with a minor in art. He takes pictures of a lot of different things, but is mostly focused on portraits. Smith has a website and is a freelance photographer, but also takes pictures around campus. 

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Netflix released their newest documentary “The Social Dilemma” on Sept. 9. The documentary follows the very well-known idea that social media is addictive and lacks privacy. This documentary, though, focuses on exposing this creepy addictiveness as a feature of the platforms and not just a s…

It's no secret that for the past few years Disney has been making live action versions of their greatest animated classics, the ones we all sat down and watched as kids. Some of these include “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.” The next movie on the docket is “Mulan.” 

Natalia Thompson, a senior music education major, wants to become either an elementary choir teacheror a middle school choir teacher after graduation. 

From really fanatic Christians, to a boy with anger issues and a very shady preacher, the movie “The Devil All the Time” was a very interesting film to say the least. The new Netflix movie based on the book of the same name is one of a very bizarre nature. 

Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the band The Killers, recently had a move from Las Vegas to Utah. Throughout the move, his wife had a hard time dealing with her mental illnesses. Flowers and the band took these events and made them into their 6th full-length album, “Imploding the Mirage.”

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The last film in Fox’s X-Men franchise before the series is to be rebooted in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “New Mutants” is a spin-off that attempts to add horror and teen elements to the comic book genre. While watching, I found that this film clearly had good intentions to do …

Netflix’s newest original movie, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” is certainly not what I expected it to be. I didn’t watch any trailers going into this one, I simply read the description provided by Netflix and started my viewing. 

Christopher Nolan’s new film “Tenet” released this past week and I had the pleasure of viewing it in a theatre, something I have truly missed doing since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Since leaving the White House and her role as First Lady in 2016, Michelle Obama has released her book “Becoming” and has continued to grow in popularity as a public figure. In late July, she decided to try a new avenue and released the first episode of her podcast “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” 

Megan Martinez is a senior creative writing major with a minor in professional writing. She has been writing since she was a little kid and has decided to continue writing throughout college with the hopes to someday publish her own book.