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Drake defines and defies identity with 'More Life'

To be a pop trendsetter is to have the weight of an industry on your back. Music's biggest pop stars -- Taylor Swift, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry--have been taking huge amounts of time crafting new albums, fighting against the tide of copycats and determining which sonic trends are simply fads or the next big thing. Drake doesn't have that problem. His new albums are almost an annual affair, each release breaking streaming records and amassing hordes of fans.


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Latest play a 'BLISS'ful, humorous heroine's journey

Doo-wop meets amphetamines meets Greek tragedy. The Miami Department of Theatre's production of "BLISS (or, Emily Post is Dead!)" by award-winning playwright Jami Brandli explored the heroines' journey in a thought-provoking way that didn't fail to keep the audience laughing.


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Comedy meets cannibalism in Netflix's 'Santa Clarita Diet'

In Netflix's horror-comedy "Santa Clarita Diet," Joel and Sheila Hammond (Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore) are realtors that have built a nice, if not routine, life in beautiful suburban California, complete with gossipy neighbors and an eternally ungrateful teenage daughter. That routine is quickly thrown out the window when Sheila begins vomiting an absurd amount, coughs up a strange red ball and falls unconscious.


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M. Night Shyamalan disappoints with "Split"

M. Night Shyamalan is known for his captivating horror movies such as "The Sixth Sense," "Signs" and "The Visit." So, I was excited to see how his most recent addition to the world of psychological horror films, "Split," measured up to his chilling predecessors. However, "Split" ultimately fails to deliver the suspense and thrill promised by this genre, and resorts to using a mental disorder and childhood sexual abuse as plot devices to add shock value.


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