Kanye aims for open-mindedness, misses the mark

It’s tradition by now: right before the release of a new record, Kanye West makes waves in the news. This manifests itself in his rageful tirades in interviews promoting 2013’s “Yeezus” and in the incoherent, shambly rollout of 2016’s “The Life of Pablo.”

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Post Malone’s album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” gets real

“Beerbongs and Bentleys” follows Post’s debut album “Stoney,” which was released in 2016. This new album has already been certified platinum by the RIAA, within four days of being released. Many artists take pride in their album receiving platinum after months or even years, but Post didn’t even need a week. Credited to the many collaborations on this album, it was bound to do well.

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The Shape of Disagreement

“Beauty and the Beast” fables are good at breaking hearts and haunting viewers. Beloved by many and berated by others, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is the latest installment of film’s foray into this common fable.

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‘Ready Player One’ is pop culture nostalgia at its most extreme

There’s a scene about halfway through “Ready Player One” in which the story’s hero, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), is approached by the villain, corporate CEO Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn). Both parties are after the same thing: total control of the virtual reality  technology Oasis, which has become the most important economic resource in their dystopic future, as well as an amount of shares which equates to nearly half a trillion dollars. Wade wants to preserve the Oasis as a fun playground for geeks and everyday people alike, while Sorrento and his company, IOI, want to litter the platform with advertisements and monetization.

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