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Sunday, November 23 2014

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Will Have You Seriously Considering That the Rich Really Should Be Eaten

'Crazy Rich Asians' takes pains to emphasise the difference between the crass newly-rich mainland Chinese (yay!) and the rich-for-like-forever distinguished Chinese families (boo!).


Saturday, November 22 2014

‘Foxcatcher’ Is Another Tale of Men Being Men

None of the men in this telling of John du Pont's murder of Dave Schultz are able to say what's going wrong -- they might not even know themselves.


The Heavy Absence of Star Presence

If trying to grasp screen presence is like reaching for the stars, James Harvey shows noble reach in his book, Watching Them Be.


Friday, November 21 2014

In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’, Propaganda Wins

This penultimate installment of The Hunger Games film saga is all about perception, the film frequently has you watch someone watching someone while being watched by someone.


In ‘Extraterrestrial’, Cliché Counts as Comedy

Extraterrestrial's "formula-as-purpose" style doesn't make it the "meta" movie it wants to be; instead, it's just grating and mired in cliché.


‘Never Alone’: The Rise of the “Docu-Platformer”

Never Alone feels like an old Discovery channel special in game form.


The Meaning and Power of Memory Are at the Heart of ‘There Was and There Was Not’

As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide approaches, a new generation struggles to understand its meaning, and role, in their lives


Houndmouth + The Drive-By Truckers: 30 October 2014 - Athens, GA

Houndmouth and the Drive-By Truckers brought a healthy dose of rock to a Halloween-captivated Athens, Georgia audience.


‘To the Ends of the Earth’ Is a Metaphor for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Career

The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch.


Captain Beefheart: Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972

Sun Zoom Spark gives us a chance to re-evaluate the post Trout Mask Replica-era of the Captain Beefheart story.


Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Deluxe Edition)

Angel Olsen expands her 2014 triumph with five bonus tracks that further exemplify her reliable talent for passionate, powerful songwriting.


Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class

Angaleena Presley steps away from the Pistol Annies for a solo album that cements her status as country music's great moralist.


The Who: Who Hits 50!

It's not a perfect intro nor a set for the hardcore, but this anniversary set shows the Who are still vital after 50 years.


Dana Stephens: Peace

A rare saxophonist who is comfortable playing baritone, tenor and soprano records an album that is, simply, beautiful.


I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Dust

I Love You's... attempts at wedding theatrical, celestial rock with low-down, pulsing post-rock is a miss in many ways.


Thursday, November 20 2014

DOC NYC 2014: ‘The Great Invisible’ + ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime.


TCM Classic Film Festival 2014

Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar.


Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Lovely, Dark, Deep’ Is Not Bad, Pretty Good, Okay

A line in one of the stories here neatly summarizes Oates’ works: “In private, a nervous collapse is an illness. In public, it can be a career.”


‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’ Is a Movie Outstripped by Its Extras

The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans.


Bryan Ferry: Avonmore

Bringing along a few old friends, Bryan Ferry returns to form, crafting a sophisti-pop masterpiece.


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