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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Top 20 Albums of 2019

January 4, 2020

2019 was another faithful year that reminded us that there’s no hope whatsoever for anything: Our political system continues to fail us in a remarkable number of ways, cultural institutions continue to decay from lack of funding and relevancy, and the nearly-decade long rise of continued support for far-right nationalism stretched its hands even further. The damage that has taken place, and will continue to take place, shows a general moral failing on the part of society at large —…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 20 Films of 2019

It’s been a year of confrontation at the movies, as the domestic and international conflicts of the past several years have reached varying degrees of terminus, seemingly (but just as likely not). Battles in the world between tradition and (r)evolution, in all the myriad…

January 2, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Cats | Tom Hooper

Arguably the most indelible Broadway show of all time, it might be surprising that Cats took nearly forty years to be turned into a movie. At least until you see the movie they made. The King’s Speech’s Tom Hooper has put away the 18mm…

December 19, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Queen & Slim | Melina Matsoukas

A Tinder date between the two title characters in Queen & Slim (Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, respectively) goes horribly wrong after they get pulled over by a cop (Sturgill Simpson, weirdly) so cartoonishly racist that he draws his gun when Slim mentions that…

November 26, 2019
#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

Earthquake Bird | Wash Westmoreland

For some inexplicable reason, Netflix seems to have set its sights on reviving the early-to- mid 90’s boom of erotic thrillers, old-fashioned melodramas mixed with vague neo-noir trappings and done up with a patina of sex and slick, gauzy cinematography (think anything with Rebecca…

November 22, 2019
#StreamingScene by Matthew Lucas Film

Lady and the Tramp | Charlie Bean

At this point, the Disney live action remake is a fact of life, a part of the current moviegoing landscape as ubiquitous as superheroes and unwanted remakes. So far, their quality has ranged from solid (Cinderella) to unnecessary (The Lion King) to dreadful (Aladdin).…

November 19, 2019
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