Friday, April 17 2015
Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience.
By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore.
As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage.
Playing a one-eyed special forces soldier, Kurt Russell has to save an inexplicably British president of America from a dystopian New York in this early '80s classic from director John Carpenter.
Cherry Bomb is the first time in a long time that we’ve gotten to see Tyler grow up at all, but is it too much to ask for this 24-year-old man to mature a little faster?
The tightly woven harmonies of these three sisters evoke the old souls and sounds of British folk while offering an updated feminine perspective.
Therapy? never seemed to be programmed for longevity, but Disquiet shows us they aren't close to running out of gas.
Umphrey’s McGee’s ninth album finds the band taking a sojourn of sorts with a session at London’s landmark Abbey Road studios.
Underground-turned-super producer Emile Haynie (KiD CuDi, Lana Del Ray, Eminem) stunt-casts his debut like crazy (Randy Newman?!) and against the odds crafts a very firm pop record out of the attention deficit.
Thursday, April 16 2015
As this Estonian-Georgian film shows, in harsh wartime conditions, something as unassuming as bringing in a tangerine crop safely becomes a significant metaphorical act.
Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?
Punch Brothers proved to the crowd at Tuscon just why they're one of the most celebrated bands in modern bluegrass.
These eye-popping '60s French capers feature the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo hopping the globe in a series of illogical but zanily fun adventure pieces.
Lustmore is a widescreen vision narrowed by delicate sonic focus that, unlike so much beat music, commands attention.
Summoning Suns is a perfect entry point into James Blackshaw's eclectic musical journey.
Times Beach is less a collection of poetry as it is an anthology of performance art presented under the guise of poetry.
The fifth album by this Brooklyn-based quartet provides a tribute to their dogged persistence.
This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.
Detroit troubadour merges the shimmering decadent of '70s glam rock, the subtleties of indie rock, and the danceable innovation of synth pop on sophomore solo LP.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Tenor Ian Bostridge has sung Winterreise hundreds of times and here gives it the equivalent of 33 1/3 entry -- only denser in substance, more elaborately written, and with some fascinating tangentials.