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Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Review: ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ doesn’t quite capture the magic of its predecessor

Julianne Panaro, news correspondent October 24, 2022

Almost 30 years after the Black Flame Candle was last lit in “Hocus Pocus,” the Sanderson sisters have returned to the big screen — and yet, this sequel fails to hold a candle to the original film. Bette...

Review: In ‘Amsterdam,’ a cast full of stars fails to lift off

Ben Churney, news correspondent October 24, 2022

“Amsterdam” had so much promise on paper, with its cast of award-winning heavyweights and an interesting-enough storyline, but the film does not seem likely to be nominated for an Oscar (or any award)...

The American Roommate Experiment is author Elena Armas second novel. The novel follows protagonist Rosie as she navigates a relationship with a man she has been internet-stalking.

Review: ‘The American Roommate Experiment’ yields mixed results

Cynthia Chen, news correspondent October 23, 2022

Ever had an internet crush? Something small and innocent on a celebrity, or a friend of a friend or a best friend’s cousin who’s a professional surfer that lives in Spain? Checking an Instagram profile...

Faye Webster headlined the Common Cents Music Festival Oct. 3. Artists Armand Hammer, Winkler and Eph See joined Webster in the festival lineup.

Common Cents Music Fest hits Northeastern with show-stopping performances

Christina McCabe, news correspondent October 20, 2022

The lights turned low, and the music ramped up. Illuminating strobe lights from the stage cast a halo of light around Faye Webster as she belted out a melody from her top hit, Kingston. Students in...

The working world is no stranger to unpredictable layoffs. But the less-than-conventional, often unregulated, world of theatre has become a hotbed of tension over labor rights and ethics as productions close abruptly with little warning.

Theatre productions closing without notice leave cast, crew in difficult situations

Laura Emde, news correspondent October 20, 2022

Katie Dolce has always been familiar with the world of theatre — her father owns a theatre on Long Island. She knows many actors that have been mistreated in professional productions. Recently, she’s...

Review: Queer love, history, culture are front and center in deftly humorous ‘Bros’

Jake Guldin, news correspondent October 16, 2022

This year has seen a widespread rejuvenation of romantic comedy films. From massive theatrical releases like “The Lost City” to streaming juggernauts like “Fire Island,” audiences have been presented...

Olivia Lux led The Disco Ball drag show at the Curry Student Center. She was one of three performers at the show.

The Disco Ball drag show takes a bow on campus

Petrina Danardatu, news correspondent October 10, 2022

The Disco Ball drag show was a night of excitement, entertainment and shimmering, colorful glamour. Hosted by Northeastern’s Live Music Association, or LMA, in collaboration with the Council for University...

Review: Rina Sawayama’s Hold the Girl is unfocused in the best way

Juliana George, deputy lifestyle editor October 7, 2022

Rina Sawayama earned a political science degree from the University of Cambridge long before her debut album SAWAYAMA launched her into pop stardom, and in her sophomore record Hold the Girl, she doesn’t...

Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominiks Blonde. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © 1997-2016 Netflix, Inc. All rights reserved.

Review: ‘Blonde’ lacks anything substantive beneath its gorgeous facade

Jake Guldin, news correspondent October 5, 2022

After 10 years of production stalls, casting switch-ups and distribution struggles, Andrew Dominik has finally completed his quest to bring “Blonde” — author Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized account...

Students from the Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy performed a lion dance for visitors at the Experience Chinatown Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of Lee-Daniel Tran.

Experience Chinatown Arts Festival finishes live performances with kick

Christina McCabe, news correspondent October 5, 2022

On Sept. 24, spectators crowded the Chinatown Gate, catching the last of the live performances at the Experience Chinatown Arts Festival. The Pao Arts Center, an organization that celebrates Asian culture...

Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through October. Boston marks the final stop of the portraits national tour.

MFA Obama portraits exhibit beckons new era for art, community

Gretchen Hofmann, news correspondent October 5, 2022

The Museum of Fine Arts is the final stop of the seven-city tour — which has included Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta — of an iconic pair of portraits rendering former president Barack Obama and former...

Identity-building becomes less an exploration of individuality and more a measure of one’s socioeconomic status as self-expression begins to focus solely on the means of material possession.

Column: When the consumer goes commercial, ‘that girl’ becomes toxic

Julianne Panaro, news correspondent October 3, 2022

At a time when social isolation runs rampant, there is a certain comfort in thinking that you can buy your way into a sense of belonging for the low, low price of a $599 Dyson Airwrap or a $119 button...

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