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Mace & Crown | March 27, 2017

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Lives up to Every Expectation

March 24, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera Contributing Writer

Disney continues to recreate beloved classics into live action movies, ranging from “Cinderella” to “Maleficent.” “Beauty and the Beast” is the most recent to join the category, which took many movie-goers on a nostalgic trip.

The movie begins … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Future, Born of Osiris, José James

February 25, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

Future – ‘HNDRXX’ 💿💿💿💿

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, surprised fans by dropping “HNDRXX” on Feb. 24, one week after releasing his eponymous, fifth studio album, stylized as “FUTURE.”

The Atlanta rapper’s sixth studio offering enlists the help of … Read More

‘The Great Wall’ Isn’t So Great

February 17, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart

Technology Editor

It’s no secret that China is an up-and-coming global superpower (if not one already), and in the world of movies its presence is just as tangible. No studio working today would dare make a mega blockbuster without China’s … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: The Regrettes, SOHN and Chief Keef

February 17, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

‘Feel Your Feelings Fool!’ – The Regrettes 💿💿💿💿💿

For any female warrior wanting to attack the patriarchy one angsty song at a time, “Feel Your Feelings Fool!” is the perfect soundtrack to your tirade. An ode to feminism … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: AFI, Nicky Jam, Nathan East

January 27, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

AFI – ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Goth punk veterans AFI (A Fire Inside) have returned with their self-titled release also subtitled, “The Blood Album.” A solid offering by the Ukiah, California quartet, the compilation incorporates their signature punk, … Read More

‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ Review: Back to Basics

January 27, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

The Resident Evil video game series is one with a storied and troubled history. It began as one of the greats of the survival horror genre in 1996, then peaked with “Resident Evil 4” in 2005. After … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Anomalisia,’ ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ and ‘Yoga Hosers’

January 20, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge

Staff Writer

‘Anomalisia’ (2015) | R | 90 min | 🎬🎬🎬🎬

When watching a movie from Charlie Kaufman, viewers are submerged in a surrealist world of crisis and doubt in the self. In movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless … Read More

Future’s ‘Used to This’ Builds Anticipation for ‘Beast Mode 16’

January 20, 2017 |

Alexa Mann Contributing Writer

The lyrics, “Mexicano, working like I’m Mexicano,” open to Atlanta rapper Future’s hit, “Used to This.” Featuring Drake, the track was produced by the legendary hit-maker Zaytoven. “Used to This” is from the highly anticipated upcoming mixtape, … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Dropkick Murphys, The XX and Run The Jewels

January 20, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Dropkick Murphys – ‘11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’ 💿💿💿💿

There is no better cathartic release than good, loud rock music. Dropkick Murphys have always been a reassuring voice in times of trouble and … Read More

‘Pacific Heat’ Isn’t So Hot

December 10, 2016 | 1

Fatima Rivera Contributing Writer

When it comes to Netflix Originals, the high expectations for quality are due to the success seen in series such as, “Jessica Jones,” “Daredevil,” “The Get Down,” “Stranger Things” and more. One of newest additions to Netflix, … Read More

Hopsin Brings ‘Savageville’ to Norfolk

November 20, 2016 |

Brooke Nicholson Contributing Writer

Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name “Hopsin,” has had a particularly hard journey getting to the success he has built up. The Los Angeles native had always wanted to pursue a career making music … Read More

Sci-Fi’s New Classic: ‘Arrival’

November 20, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

“Arrival” is a science fiction drama based on a short story by Ted Chiang called “Story of Your Life.” Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, the film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: STRFKR, Alicia Keys, Sleigh Bells

November 18, 2016 |

Richard Gabrintina Staff Writer

STRFKR – ‘Being No One, Going Nowhere’ 💿💿💿💿

Because of IFC’s Portlandia, the city of Portland brings to mind the humorously eclectic. STRFKR, based out of The City of Roses, is certainly different but approaches music with seriousness. … Read More

Grouplove Takes Over The NorVa

November 12, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

After a week of what felt like mostly downs, Grouplove brought some much-needed joy to Norfolk. Their bubbly personalities and over the top act was the cure to everyone’s post-election blues.

No one could feel down as the band … Read More

Get Trippy with Empire of the Sun

November 12, 2016 |

Elizabeth Proffitt Contributing Writer

Empire of the Sun dropped their third album, “Two Vines,” on Oct. 28. With an album fit for a psychedelic fever dream, they did not disappoint. The band explores new sounds and themes while managing to connect … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘4th Man Out’ and ‘Knock Knock’

November 12, 2016 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

‘The Neon Demon’ (2016) | R | 118 min. 🎬🎬 Anyone familiar with the work of writer and director Nicholas Winding Refn knows that his films tend to divide audiences. While the look of his films are … Read More