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People who write memoirs generally fall into two categories: those who were talked into it, and those who should have been talked out of it. In the former we have people like electronica musician and DJ Moby, whose first memoir “Porcelain” was a rock-solid account of rising to the top of the…

Anyone can make a bland, bullet-ridden summer action flick and then degrade its message with 17 sequels spanning several generations. The “John Wick” movies, all directed by Chad Stahelski, do none of that. In fact, they have brought a new generation of hip action films to a now increasingly…

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Congratulations seniors! You’ve finally made it to graduation. Whether you’re counting down the days until you hear “Pomp and Circumstance” or you’re dreading what the future will hold, chances are you’ll be reflecting on your college experience before you walk across the stage on May 17. Si…

There’s a reason Jimmy Buffet sang about Margaritaville –– this classic cocktail is an easy, delicious and refreshing drink. Typically made with tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur, the margarita is thought to have originated in Mexico. With the Mexican-American holiday Cinco de Mayo upon…

Glossier is a millennial-targeted makeup and skincare brand that has swept the nation in the past few years. Glossier embodies the idea of no makeup makeup, meaning the products are formulated to enhance your skin, not change the look of it. This brand is a great choice for those days when y…

“Avengers: Endgame” is the perfect, bittersweet ending to 11 years of Marvel movies. It made me laugh, it made me cry (six times) and it made me feel empty inside because my favorite movie series was finally over.

Qdoba, Chipotle and Moe’s each serve an assortment of delicious Mexican fast food, but despite the similar cuisine, each restaurant has its perks and deficits. The real question is which Mexican takeout restaurant is truly the best in Blacksburg? As far as determining the winner, there are t…

I’ll admit it: my middle- and high-school self thought I was way too cool for any of the shows on ABC Family. The overly-manufactured drama of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Switched at Birth” and their equally soapy companions prompted many a swift eye-roll and channel-change …

It’s been 15 years since Sara Bareilles’ warm, rich vocals first melted onto the scene with her intimate debut album, “Careful Confessions,” and six long years since the release of her last full album, “The Blessed Unrest.” Now, at last, she’s back — this time with “Amidst the Chaos,” a well…

Arthur Penn’s boundary-busting 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde” ends with an abrupt bang — well, dozens of them, really — as the titular outlaws are graphically showered with machine gun fire, in a scene so gruesome and frantically shot that it hardly seems a product of its own time. Over half a…

They say the thing we fear most is the unknown, and perhaps they’re right. But if “Us,” the newest film by Jordan Peele, is any indication, the greatest of all terrors might just be that which we thought we knew best: ourselves.

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It doesn’t feel so long ago, really. I was sitting on a charter bus, on a field trip with my middle school classmates, looking up at a small screen — one of many, hanging below the carry-on luggage. I remembered the “How to Train Your Dragon” book series from the elementary school library. T…

After four years of silence, Avril Lavigne has made a comeback, releasing her new album, “Head Above Water” on Feb. 15 via BMG. It features a number of songs ranging from a collab with Nicki Minaj to more serious songs that are filled with emotion.