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‘Despicable Me 3’ – Film Review

Gru, the reformed super-villain at the heart of the Despicable Me series, has long been overshadowed by his own support cast. The Minions, that indistinguishable rubble of bad guys who…

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‘Baby Driver’ – Film Review

Calling any new film a “future cult classic” feels a bit off. After all, that kind of fanbase is meant to grow organically as movie buffs pore over key scenes…

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TLC – ‘TLC’ Review

OressSome pop comebacks seem unnecessary, but TLC’s first album in 15 years arrives with a genuine sense of defying a career unfulfilled. After supplying some of the 1990s’ defining R&B…

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DJ Khaled – ‘Grateful’ Review

Entrepreneur, Snapchat king, possessor of life’s “major keys” – there are so many strings to DJ Khaled’s bow that you might be forgiven for overlooking the fact that he also…

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Lillie Mae – ‘Forever and Then Some’ Review

Lillie Mae’s storybook background sounds so perfectly folksy that you’d be totally within your rights to think that ‘Forever And Then Some’ producer Jack White came up with it one…

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Vince Staples – ‘Big Fish Theory’ Review

While it’s a touch reductive to lump them both together, parallels between the careers of Vince Staples and fellow Californian Kendrick Lamar are uncanny and numerous. Both have found success…

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Imagine Dragons – ‘Evolve’ Review

If success is determined by numbers, then Imagine Dragons are bathing in riches. ‘Night Visions’, their 2012 debut album, has racked up over 7 million worldwide sales to date, while…

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Okja – Film Review

Controversy has courted Bong Joon Ho’s Okja at every turn. First, it drew criticism as Netflix’s debut entry at the Cannes Film Festival, where cinephiles booed at one of the…

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Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ Review

Talk about pressure. Lorde’s 2013 debut, ‘Pure Heroine’, saw the New Zealand teen – real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor – lauded by the press, praised by David Bowie (he believed she was…

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Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’ Review

Kevin Morby’s solo career can quite succinctly be defined by the concept of place. His debut album ‘Harlem River’ was an ode to New York City, and 2016’s brooding ‘Singing…

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SZA – ‘Ctrl’ Review

Debut albums will often claim to be fully-formed statements of intent, or the sound of growing pains and self-discovery. SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ is neither of these. That might be because she’s…

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Film Review

When Whitney Houston was found drowned in a hotel bathtub in 2012, with a variety of drugs in her system, the primary global reaction was shock. Not just that she’d…

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