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Sarah Derris


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A loss for words

I’ve had to do an egregious amount of writing in the last few weeks. Not that much writing for Recess, admittedly, but writing for classes, internships, scholarships and the like.


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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. 


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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ evokes sympathy for estranged author Lee Israel

In Marielle Heller’s film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” 90s era Manhattan possesses a melancholy that seemed to seep out of its very being. In an ever-damp and ever-cloudy setting, we are introduced to the now-unemployed Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a foul-mouthed and cynical writer known for her biographies of Dorothy Kilgallen and Estee Lauder. The film is an adaptation of the real Lee Israel’s terminal publication by the same name, one that she published late in her career before succumbing to cancer.  


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An ode to Halloween

There are 10 most commonly celebrated holidays in the United States — among those are of course Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. They all boast their customary frivolities: turkeys, trees, chocolates — but never have I been excited by these marked dates. 


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"Hala" director Minhal Baig, actress Geraldine Viswanathan and executive producer Jada Pinkett-Smith at Sundance Film Festival.


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A downtown Durham staple, the Pinhook is an intimate live music venue host to both local and national acts.


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Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage visited Durham's The Pinhook last week in support of his debut solo album "Thawing Dawn."


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Indie musician Mac DeMarco played at Carolina Theatre Monday, Sept. 25, after recording a live podcast with Murmur Radio host Rob Milazzo.

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