Following the massive success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody last year, it’s no surprise that Rocketman — a biopic about Elton John’s rise to fame – is already one of the year’s most beloved movies. Starring Taron Egerton in the lead role, Rocketman seeks to be more than just a jukebox musical by using the songs and performances as a way of pushing the plot forward and bringing an added depth to the story. The combination of strong performances and direction with the film’s magical, almost surreal musical sequences make Rocketman a must see. Fans of Bohemian Rhapsody are sure to fall in love with this new musical.
I haven’t actually watched most of Chernobyl, HBO’s limited series chronicling the 1986 nuclear disaster in Pripyat, Ukraine. It took exactly one set of scenes (screened on YouTube) to scare me far away from the complete project; watching one victim die by agonizing inches, literally melting from radiation burns, was about as much nuclear horror as I could handle. But these scenes, as well as reading deeper coverage on Chernobyl the series and the actual event, also impressed on me how vitally important it is that the series was made. Chernobyl illuminates the human cost of a poorly-understood and often sensationalized event. I’ve heard nothing but grim praise from those who have made it through; if you can bear it, it is unquestionably worth your time.
Not Your Backup, the third book in the Sidekick Squad series, is everything I wanted and more in this resistance against corruption and propaganda filled YA fantasy book. The main character, Emma, is the only one in her friend group without powers. C.B. encapsulates the feeling of being on the outside of a group you’re supposed to feel included in perfectly. The Sidekick Squad is one of the most inclusive series out right now, so don’t sleep on this one!
Pop serves as the perfect base for Happiness Begins — an album that finds the Jonas Brothers experimenting with adding in undertones of R&B. funk, reggae, and more. The result makes for a sound that effortlessly marries the soulful vibe of Nick’s solo stuff with the fun, freewheeling sound of Joe’s DNCE.