Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé create a ‘Perfect’ duet

Last Thursday night, Ed Sheeran surprised fans by releasing a duet of his song “Perfect,” featuring Beyoncé. It’s a beautifully unexpected hit from a well-matched pair. Originally written and recorded by Sheeran, the remix does a wonderful job of showcasing Beyoncé’s vocal ability and expressing her personal experiences. This is not the first time Sheeran and Beyoncé have paired up. They performed together at a Stevie Wonder tribute in February 2015, and again in September of that year at the Global Citizen Festival, where they sang Beyoncé’s hit “Drunk in Love.” Despite their prior performances together, many questioned how...

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Pop culture picks: Thanksgiving edition

Here’s what the Miami Student editors listened to, watched and read over Thanksgiving break.   Podcast: “You Must Remember This” This podcast (and “Reputation,” admittedly) got me through the four-hour drive to Cleveland. The last six episodes have focused on Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, but there are over 100 more that unapologetically delve into the private lives and scandals — but mostly scandals — of other old Hollywood heavyweights. (Kirby) Book: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir” by Jenny Lawson I used to think I was a funny writer — then I read the first page of Jenny...

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‘Lady Bird’ is a witty, heartbreaking revelation

There are a lot of reasons why I drove around for 20 extra minutes after seeing “Lady Bird” so I could cry about it in peace, and why two of my friends texted me after watching it this weekend to say that it broke them too (in a good, cathartic way). The film is witty, moving and almost tragically comedic. But what elevates it from an average coming-of-age tale to a complete revelation is its brutal honesty about being a female in high school. The only recent film that’s come close to tackling this subject with such brazen authenticity...

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ goes off track

“Murder on the Orient Express” is dated, in a sense that goes beyond its 1934 setting and director/star Kenneth Branagh’s exaggerated facial hair. The film, whose title is pretty self-explanatory, starts as a zany, borderline slapstick comedy. It gradually morphs into drama once the titular crime is committed, but never fully embraces either of these genres. It’s not a comedy, but it’s not quite a sleek period piece, either. Even if that’s the point, as a whole it just feels preachy, stilted and almost silly. This is the second big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name....

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Taylor Swift reclaims her ‘Reputation’

Last Friday, the world stood still for Taylor Swift fans as she released her highly anticipated album “Reputation.” Upon first listening to the album, it’s clear that “Reputation” is a vengeful masterpiece and a vast difference from her earlier work on albums like “1989” and “Fearless.” While her songs’ subject matters haven’t really changed, Swift finds ways to innovate her sound while remaining true to herself. “Reputation’s” release marks the end of a year of negative headlines, public feuds and two very public breakups for Swift. This included a Colorado trial where Swift countersued a radio DJ for sexual...

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