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Based on a comic book series of the same name, “The Boys” strikes a balance of amusing and serious critical portrayals of a massive corporation breeding celebrity superheroes.
CULTURE  |  TV

Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ is a critique of superheroes and the media that creates them

“The Boys” is Amazon Prime Video’s latest contribution to the behemoth that is the superhero genre, a slightly grunge, antihero story that turns what audiences have come to know and expect from action on its head. Based on a comic book series of the same name, the show strikes a balance of amusing and serious critical portrayals of a massive corporation breeding celebrity superheroes.


The Losers Club returns to Derry for a final showdown with Pennywise in “It Chapter Two.”
CULTURE  |  MOVIES

‘It Chapter Two’ isn’t scary — and that’s not a bad thing

Twenty-seven years after the terrifying events of “It” (2017), the Losers Club returns to Derry for a final showdown with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) in the recently-released “It Chapter Two.” The film features incredible performances, a phenomenal character driven story and stunning set pieces and special effects — but it’s just not that scary. 


Jimmie Banks is a Duke Facilities Management electrician of 22 years who moonlights as an artist.
RECESS  |  CAMPUS

‘It’s like breathing’: Duke electrician Jimmie Banks reflects on his passion for art

Fittingly enough for a modern-day Renaissance man, Jimmie Banks lists Leonardo da Vinci among his chief artistic heroes. In addition to being an exhibiting artist at the Rubenstein Arts Center, Banks is a Duke Facilities Management electrician of 22 years, a former head cook of a barbecue restaurant, a breakdancer and a friend to everyone he meets along the way.


RECESS  |  CULTURE

Learning how to do nothing

I spent this summer in New York, a cesspool of sights, sounds, and — mostly to its detriment — smells. Armed with a class and an internship and living just a few blocks from Union Square, my days filled quickly.