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Friday, March 27 2015

Ben Stiller Takes on a Woody Allen Persona in ‘While We’re Young’

This examination of documentary filmmaking, of truth and not-quite-truth, is somewhat undercut by the neuroses of its male lead (Ben Stiller).


Jim Parsons Can’t Escape Sheldon Cooper in ‘Home’

Even though Jim Parsons is trying to distance himself from his Big Bang Theory character, his role in Home, like the film itself, feels awfully familiar.


‘Serena’ Re-Teams Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Amidst Clichés

Every time the movie makes the claim that its protagonist is a "strong woman", it just as quickly reduces her to the worst clichés.


Is ‘Get Hard’ Humor or Hate Crime?

You may find yourself laughing at the homophobia and hate on display in this borderline despicable film.Said snickers are nothing to be proud of.


‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ Finds Riches in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Fargo’

This film about a woman so obsessed with Fargo she thinks it contains clues to buried treasure turns into a beautiful, chilly odyssey.


Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock

Morningstar plays like a Star Trek episode that forgot to add in a moral message about the nature of humanity at the end.


Tinseltown Has Rarely Seemed More Terrifying Than in ‘Starry Eyes’

Starry Eyes presents a twilit world of hysterical ambition that would put Norma Desmond to shame.


Liturgy: The Ark Work

Religious music, black metal, electronic, and 8-bit all come together in this bizarre yet ultimately captivating philosophical tome from Liturgy.


Zu: Cortar Todo

It roars, dilutes, squeals, shrieks, pulsates and squawks. Welcome to the world of Zu.


Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home

Chastity Belt brings the '90s nostalgia, but forgets to bring the variety along with it.


Joe Pug: Windfall

Pug fought through some tough times to produce this optimistic, rewarding record.


Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

The candor of Bingham on Bingham reveals an intimate portrait of love and hope on Fear and Saturday Night.


Theophilus London: Vibes

True to its name, Vibes comes chock-full of different vibes for different situations.


Thursday, March 26 2015

No One Gets Away Unscathed in David Joy’s Latest

Where All Light Tends to Go is unflinchingly violent, difficult to witness, and tragic from its outset.


‘Stranger at My Door’ Is a Western That Doesn’t Settle for the Obvious

This isn't some towering milestone of the genre, but it's something harder to pull off: a quietly intelligent, handsomely made, satisfying B-western.


Laura Marling: Short Movie

The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.


On “the Agony of Becoming”

Green Girl is Kate Zambreno's searing meditation on a young American girl's coming-to-being in London.


The Go! Team: The Scene Between

With heavier rock influence and toned-down electronic methodology, The Scene Between represents the Go! Team's greatest deviation from their original template yet.


Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon

Goon isn’t great, but it is a fine example of what might evolve from pure pop purpose.


Andrew Combs: All These Dreams

Andrew Combs is either ignorant of or recording in deference to the past by rekindling the gilded countrypolitan spirit on his sophomore release, All These Dreams.


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