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Lucrecia's Martel's "Zama" was screened at the Rubenstein Arts Center Jan. 14.
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'Zama' and the ethics of representing colonialism

Listed by more than a few reputable publications as one of the best movies of the year, Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” has received praise by the bucketful. The film was screened Jan. 14 at the Rubenstein Arts Center and was introduced by Dr. Keiji Kunigami, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Romance Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. 


The Backstreet Boys released their ninth studio album "DNA" Jan. 25.
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Backstreet's back: 'DNA' fails to live up to '90s nostalgia

For years, late '90s nostalgia seemed to litter modern media, from a resurgence of butterfly hair clips and cargo pants to a new obsession over '90s brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Birkenstocks. This love for '90s culture has extended its grasp into the music industry through the newest Ariana Grande music video, “thank u, next,” filled with cult classic film allusions and artists like Iggy Azalea wearing “Clueless” outfits.


"Glass," M. Night Shyamalan's conclusion to the "Unbreakable" trilogy opened in theaters Jan. 18.
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'Glass' is a disappointing finale to the Shyamalan trilogy

“Glass” begins three weeks after the events of “Split.” Kevin Wendell Crumb, the villain of "Split," is still on the loose and wreaking havoc on Philadelphia, abducting young girls and sacrificing them to his 24th dissociated personality, the Beast, in an attempt to show his strength to the world


The Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" was released Dec. 25 and garnered eight Academy Award nominations.
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Cheney biopic 'Vice' wastes stellar work from Christian Bale

Everyone on “Vice"'s marketing team deserves a raise. I could not wait to see the movie, mostly due to a stellar trailer that mainly focuses on the conversation where George W. Bush asks Dick Cheney to be his Vice President. The scene is tense and captivating, but nothing else in the movie comes close to echoing its greatness.


"The Favourite" follows scullery maid Abigail and Lady Sarah Marlborough as they compete for Queen Anne's affections.
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Personal rivalries become political in 'The Favourite'

Director and auteur Yorgos Lanthimos has captured the attention of critics for his audaciously peculiar imagery and unorthodox storytelling. His repertoire includes “Dogtooth,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Lobster,” films that have split the opinion of viewers. Some call his work clinical and unrelatable, while others praise it as fresh and iconoclastic. 


Chinese Novelist Yan Lianke, author of "The Day the Sun Died," pictured in 2010.
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Novelist Yan Lianke underlines Nobel Prize ambitions in 'The Day the Sun Died'

 Larry Moneta’s recent comments concerning China were heavily debated among Duke students, but they also revealed a much larger truth: Chinese culture is still a foreign world for most Americans, though more and more Americans now recognize China as a country worthy of their business interests. The language barrier is often perceived to be too large; therefore, its literature tends to receive only sparse attention.