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The biggest story of the 2017 awards season was "Moonlight"'s Academy Award for Best Picture after "La La Land" was incorrectly announced as the winner.
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Recess roundtable: Why criticism?

Much discussion has erupted in recent weeks regarding the (purportedly) fading necessity of reviews. In an age of discontinued Netflix-star-ratings, Amazon top customer reviewers and enraged YouTubers, the long-form reviews of movies, books or music that once dominated newspapers are increasingly seen as antiquated or downright ignorant


Does Valentine’s Day have you down in the dumps? It’s okay — we’re here to help. (Or maybe make it worse, depending on how you feel about love songs.) Listen away!
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Recess' 2019 Valentine's Day Mix

Love got you down? Finally found your one true love? Trying to avoid any and all couples on February 14th? Whatever your feelings are toward Valentine's Day, Recess has got you covered with our songs describing love, loss and everything in between:


"You" originally premiered on Lifetime Sept. 9, but moved to Netflix Dec. 26.
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Does 'You' normalize gender violence or criticize harmful romance tropes?

If you’ve seen one romantic comedy, you’ve seen them all. The genre’s tropes are well-known: There’s the misunderstood brooding male love interest, the quirky yet loveable female heroine we can’t help but root for, the dowdy best friend whose main plot point is to encourage the heroine until she gives in to the hero’s strange quirks and learns to love him anyway.


Girlpool released their third studio album, "What Chaos Is Imaginary," Feb. 1.
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'What Chaos Is Imaginary' highlights Girlpool's metamorphosis

Girlpool have already outgrown the minimalism that both elevated and plagued their first album. Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker stripped their debut “Before The World Was Big” down to its most barebones components in an attempt to expose their imperfections. The effort was sometimes clumsy, sometimes earnest and always teenage in its self-sabotaging expression of vulnerability.


'Bedlam' director Ken Rosenberg and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
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Sundance 2019: Q&A with 'Bedlam' director Ken Rosenberg and BLM founder Patrisse Cullors

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health-related illnesses every year, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, but many individuals are not fully aware of the workings of the mental health system. The haunting documentary, “Bedlam,” which just premiered at Sundance, marks a unique opportunity to shed light on this crisis to the masses.