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‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ does too much with too little

With a mere six-episode season, Fate: The Winx Saga —a teen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s hit Winx Club series—already lacked the space to do much with the vast world it inherited from its predecessor. While it uses the rich Winx world to its advantage, Fate tries to do too much with the little it has.Continue...

‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,’ the production of all our dreams

When the pandemic caused theatre doors to close last year, musical theatre didn’t immediately find its footing in the online world. Fair enough—its appeal draws from the raw power of a live performance and booming applause. By the end of 2020, however, a new recipe for the musical had emerged, and Ratatouille was the final dish.Continue...

‘The Crown’ brilliantly portrays the decline of the British monarchy

I swore I would never be one of those people who watched The Crown . From the outside, it seemed like another series about the uptight British monarchy, layered with dry political humour and hidden history lessons in every episode.Continue...

Stick with ‘WandaVision’—it’s headed places

It’s easy to fall in love with the tried-and-true format that has made Marvel movies so successful and reject anything straying from that formula, but WandaVision is a good reason to keep an open mind.Continue...

The sole problem with ‘Soul’

Disney and Pixar’s Soul could be a perfect knockout, but it plays things too safe.Continue...

What’s the deal with Squishmallows?

In 2017, Squishmallows, a new line of soft toys by Kellytoy, hit the shelves. Only four years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a young person without one somewhere in their bedroom.Continue...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ doesn’t properly depict addiction

While stylish and bingeable, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit fails to portray an authentic struggle with addiction.Continue...

‘Fresh Prince’ reunion reveals the emotional journey behind the iconic sitcom

’90s Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of my first real crushes: there was something about the way he lit up a room wearing baggy shorts and a ridiculous pattern that somehow looked good, and the way booming voice made everyone, including my parents, genuinely laugh.Continue...

Travesty in the ‘Ton: ‘Bridgerton’ slips up

Without holiday plans to look forward to and with the incoming frost chasing us all indoors for good, I entered a lull in November—then the Bridgerton trailer dropped.Continue...

Harry Styles’ ‘Vogue’ cover isn’t a threat to masculinity

If you opened Instagram on Nov. 13, you likely saw images of Harry Styles shared across your friends’ stories.Continue...

‘You’ and ‘Barry’ are quiet commentaries on white male privilege

Joe Goldberg, the protagonist of the television show You , and Barry Berkman, the titular character from HBO’s Barry , have a lot in common: they both want nothing more than to fit in and feel loved, they’re both striving to become better people, and they’re both self-centred killers.Continue...

‘Supernatural’ shouldn’t have buried its only gay lead

If you’re a fan of Supernatural , you might be feeling down for two reasons: last night’s series finale, and the show’s disappointing execution of its final bid for positive queer representation.Continue...

The rise of the virtual concert

The year 2020 has been the year of cancelled events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of concerts, festivals, and tours have been cancelled or postponed. With touring being the largest source of income for the world’s most famous artists, it makes sense that fans wouldn’t be the only ones disappointed.Continue...

Clare & Dale’s romance highlights the odd format of ‘The Bachelorette’

As the almighty Chris Harrison has stated many, many times, this season of The Bachelorette is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”Continue...

The Kardashians are setting a poor example for pandemic behaviour

It has been almost eight months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Everyone has felt the harrowing effects of social isolation and quarantine.Continue...

Examining the ethics of family vlogging

We’re all familiar with YouTube; boasting about every genre known, its videos range from beauty tips and toy unboxings to gaming videos and everything else in between. One genre which has cropped up in recent years is family vlogging, racking up millions of views and attracting a number of families to give the format a shot.Continue...

To the Hallmark movie critics: stop hating on romance

Hallmark movies have a reputation. Unfortunately, unlike Christmas trademarks like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life , that reputation isn’t particularly favourable. The question is: why?Continue...

The new Disney+ disclaimers help us step forward into an era of conversation

Last month, Disney made a small but significant change to how it presents certain films on its streaming platform—and it’s one for the better.Continue...

‘Emily in Paris’ tests negative for COVID-19

Netflix’s latest bingeworthy show, Emily in Paris , has been the perfect way for me to escape the harsh realities we’re facing today. From the bright, vivid colours to its amazing soundtrack, the show captures the magical essence of Paris. I was a little hesitant to watch the show, but gave it a chance after realizing Darren Star was the mastermind behind Emily in Paris—surely the creator of Sex and the City wouldn’t let me down.Continue...

Ranking Jane’s love interests on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Jane the Virgin centres around a young woman obsessed with writing, thinking about, and living out romance novels. As the title indicates, the series initially centres around Jane saving her virginity until marriage—a commitment which is complicated when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated.Continue...

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