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“Birthmark: A Gospel / Hip-Hop Experience” excites UCR during its 10-day run

When The Sugar Hill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight” in the fall of 1979, not only did it introduce all but New York to the exciting, new, distinctly black genre of music known as hip-hop,...

“Deadpool 2” learns from past mistakes, making for an enjoyable, over-the-top thrillride

I’ll be honest: Going into “Deadpool 2,” I wasn’t expecting much. I was extremely excited going into the first one two years ago, and was thoroughly disappointed. My expectations of a smart, two-hour, tongue-in-cheek,...

From the pilot to Pickle Rick: “Rick and Morty’”s future moving forward

Throughout the latter half of 2017, “Rick and Morty” was inescapable from conversations. With the third season in full swing and a fanbase that only grew with each episode, it became Adult Swim’s highest...

Long live 03 Greedo

Walking through the parking lot of Santa Ana’s The Observatory, a familiar aroma wafted between car to car. A cocktail of blunts — the distinctive smell of a Backwood was hard to miss —...

A spoiler-filled discussion of the ups and downs of “Avengers: Infinity War”

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the biggest superhero movies of all time. It has already made $1.5 billion and marks the culmination of 10 years’ worth of previous movies in the Marvel...

Spring Splash and I are not friends anymore

  I shouldn’t try (but can’t help myself from) finding any amusement in the pre-gaming consequences that rock the much livelier patrons at Spring Splash around me. Partially because there’s little reward in laughing at...

Motherhood is tough in “Tully,” an unglamorous yet triumphant comedy from the creators of...

Full disclosure: I am not, have never been and never will be, a mother. Most of my insight into motherhood is informed by my own mother, other mothers and the occasional reading. Did you...

How “My Hero Academia” has “gone beyond” and become the newest heir to the...

During the winter season of 2016, shounen fans found themselves in a predicament. At the time, the big three of shounen, “Naruto,” “One Piece” and “Bleach,” were notoriously underperforming. “Naruto” was on the tail...

Politics in gaming, or the “Far Cry 5” fiasco: You can do better Ubisoft

There comes a point across the 40 or some hours of “Far Cry 5’”s expansive open world where you realize that the bold leaps it suggested it would take turn out to be mush....

“God of War” isn’t perfect, but it’s an unequivocal masterpiece

No spoilers. You’re welcome. Few games are as deserving of the descriptor “epic” as much as those in the “God of War” series. It plays like a Japanese-developed hack-and-slash but is presented with the grandeur...