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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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5 Oct 2015 // 9:00 AM

PLAYLIST: The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s

We spent last week counting down the 100 best alternative singles of the '80s and now we present the 98-song Spotify playlist.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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1 Oct 2015 // 8:10 AM

20 Things to Love About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

What do we mean when we talk about Star Wars now? Do we still mean the movies? Or do we mean the culture that sprouted up around it almost 40 years ago and refuses to go away?

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

Beginning today and continuing all week, we present one critic's best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s

Even if you pay no consideration to the rankings, which is always subjective, here's a great starting point for exploring some of the amazingly diverse and powerful music from the '80s that still holds up today.

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The Best and Worst of Summer Film 2015

From the same old superhero entries to a singular visionary epic, more mediocre Adam Sandler to some surprising new comedic voices, the Summer of 2015 was a rollercoaster of excellence and awfulness. Here are our choices for the best and worst of the popcorn movie season.

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Eight Films That Defied Their Low Budgets

Money isn't everything, although in film making it counts for a lot. These eight films defy their minuscule budgets.

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The Enemy Is Everywhere: The Top 10 Titus Andronicus Songs

The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers.

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11 Aug 2015 // 7:38 AM

Top 5 Left-Wing Action Films

Which are the best heart-pounding action films that lean towards the left of our political spectrum?

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20 Songs from the ‘90s That Time Forgot

Rather than dig through the discount CD bin, give the tunes from this reminiscence of lost '90s singles a spin.

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Eight Films That Didn’t Deserve Their Initial Reception

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.

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6 Jul 2015 // 12:00 PM

Captain Comics: Characters Who Lived Large As Tiny Creatures

It’s hard to imagine why getting smaller than your opponent is a useful super power, but shrinking has been a staple in comics since 1939.

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10 of the Best Fleetwood Mac Member Solo Albums

Fleetwood Mac is the rare project that features both a fine discography and a successful series of solo LPs from its many members. Here are ten examples of the latter.

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22 Jun 2015 // 10:54 AM

‘Inside Out’, ‘The Matrix’ and More: Ranking Cinema’s Notable Head Trips

We’ve collected seven notable mental movies and rated them on a scale of 1-10, from the ones that handle the challenges sharply to those that are, well, just noodling.

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10 Classic “So-Bad-They’re-Good” Films

Success sticks out in memory, but so too do failures -- especially the bad ones. Here are ten films that fall so flat on their face that you can't help but hit rewind.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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