‘GATHERING BLUE’ WEAVES TOGETHER ART AND POWER

The vague and threatening world of “Gathering Blue” is established almost immediately when a swarm of angry women try to throw an orphan girl into the “bone fields” to be devoured by beasts, an unanticipated beginning for a story that’s ultimate message is one of hope.

‘The Flick’ refreshingly explores empathy

The opening of “The Flick” appropriately mimicked the beginning of a movie. A single lamp flickered on and illuminated the back wall of Studio 88 with different colors simulating a projection. Brassy opening music swelled to a crescendo and the audience settled in for a unique slice-of-life story.

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Drake defines and defies identity with ‘More Life’

To be a pop trendsetter is to have the weight of an industry on your back. Music’s biggest pop stars — Taylor Swift, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry—have been taking huge amounts of time crafting new albums, fighting against the tide of copycats and determining which sonic trends are simply fads or the next big thing. Drake doesn’t have that problem. His new albums are almost an annual affair, each release breaking streaming records and amassing hordes of fans.

Comedy meets cannibalism in Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’

In Netflix’s horror-comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” Joel and Sheila Hammond (Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore) are realtors that have built a nice, if not routine, life in beautiful suburban California, complete with gossipy neighbors and an eternally ungrateful teenage daughter. That routine is quickly thrown out the window when Sheila begins vomiting an absurd amount, coughs up a strange red ball and falls unconscious.

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