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Even IMAX Can’t Make Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Impressive

ABC/Disney’s IMAX debut of its newest series does nothing but emphasize the series' considerable flaws.

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The Characters in ‘Every Kind of Wanting’ Are Caught in a Messy Web

How three unique families and assorted loved ones deal with modern love, desire, and family.

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The Slits: Return of the Giant Slits

The post-punk pioneers' second album gets a reissue/remaster, but its anarchy and tumult still sounds one step too beyond (just as it did in 1981).

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Gary Numan: Savage (Songs From a Broken World)

In the age of climate science denial, synth legend Gary Numan offers up a bleak dystopian landscape as a cautionary tale.

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Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven

Wolves in the Throne Room return in blazing fashion with Thrice Woven, a work that defines the very substance of the black metal band.

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Eilen Jewell: Down Hearted Blues

Jewell and company offer pristine versions of wonderful blues tunes from America’s past.

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‘Gotham’ Season Three’s Unique Take on Batman’s Origin Continues to Ramp Up the Crazy

Gotham relies on its fast pace and embrace of the insane to work as the diverse and bizarre show it wants to be, but occasionally the show is too surreal for its own good.

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‘The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature’ Opens Doors Hitherto Closed to Us

Yunte Huang grapples with some monumental subject matter, and the results are spellbinding.

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Jack Kirby’s Influence Is Felt on Nearly Every Page of ‘Marvel Year By Year’

All of the important in-continuity events are here: the death of Gwen Stacy, the Kree-Skull War, the death of Jean Grey, Civil War.

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‘Band Aid’ Serves as a Plaster for What Ails the Jaded Movie Lover

This winning indie comedy-drama splits those two genres as neatly as an atom but gets the most energy out of the comedy side.

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Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold

Veteran rockers Foo Fighters join forces with pop producer Greg Kurstin, and the unexpected result is the finest album of their long recording career.

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Luna: A Sentimental Education / A Place of Greater Safety

True to his predilections, Dean Wareham moves the band and song, in covers and instrumentals, and usually away from too much volume.

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Chris Hillman: Bidin’ My Time

The former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers member revisits classic musical pathways on the sturdy Americana release Bidin’ My Time, his first effort in more than ten years.

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F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice

Available once more, F.J. McMahon’s stark and sobering assessment of the decline of ‘60s idealism and impending introspective ‘70s is the rarest of rarities: a true lost masterpiece.

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‘The Violins of Saint-Jacques’ Is a Lush Portrait of a Lost World

This only novel from Patrick Leigh Fermor, a master of travel writing, is a culturally astute depiction of a Caribbean island's lavish, last Mardi Gras.

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‘mother!’ Is Poignant and Powerful, and Not At All Pleasant

This is a grotesque, two-horned beast of a marital drama, a nightmarish vision of emotional abandonment and psychological abuse, all for the sake of art.

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The Trials, Battles, and Victories of a Pussy Rioter

Maria Alyokhina, one of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, relates her saga of protest, imprisonment, and advocation for human rights in Riot Days.

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Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ of All Head Trips

Bold, pretentious, and divisive, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller is an exhilarating (and exhausting) cinematic experience.

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Hundred Waters: Communicating

Hundred Waters' third album has many appealing parts, but a core that feels unstable or even nonexistent.

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Nothing But Thieves: Broken Machine

On Broken Machine, Nothing But Thieves have crafted a hook filled modern rock album that matches the ambition and intensity of any guitar band around today.

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