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The Kids in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Are Adorable. You Know They’re in for Trouble

The kids in The Edge of Seventeen can't anticipate their mistakes like you do.

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23 Nov 2016 // 10:15 AM

The Peace: Black Power

When the Summer of Love meets 1970s Zambia, the result is fuzzy, free, and guaranteed to make anyone cooler.

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Biography of X-Men Comics Writer Chris Claremont Is Weighed Down With Words

Claremont's long-form X-Men story, told over 186 issues, proves he's the master of the form. Jason Powell's new book offers an exhaustive issue-by-issue commentary.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Third World Pyramid

Psychedelia has a tendency to seem unhurried while keeping a tempo it can’t quite enjoy, and Third World Pyramid finds Anton Newcombe honing in on a progression that works.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:38 AM

Nicolas Jaar: Sirens

Sirens is a masterpiece. Melding pop and experimental music, it reflects the uneasiness of our difficult times.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:31 AM

DAWN: Redemption Heart

DAWN concludes her Red Heart trilogy with an enigmatic yet polished dance album.

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‘Allied’ Fizzles Despite Some Sizzle From Pitt and Cotillard

Half the fun of a movie like this is rushing to judgement, only to be proven wrong by a clever twist in the script.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:06 AM

Prince: 4EVER

Prince 4Ever is a look back at some of the legend’s most familiar work, and a refresher for fans who want the big hits but might also be exposed to some singles they missed along the way.

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Alexander von Humboldt Carried the Spirit and the Genius of Goethe

Humboldt knew that nature, when properly channeled and understood, is something felt and experienced deeply and personally, that stimulates the imagination as well as the intellect.

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‘Ballistick’: Looking for the Most Efficient Kill

The stick figure killer never looks badass, but you'll feel like a badass playing him, and that’s a much more impressive accomplishment.

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Free Nelson MandoomJazz: The Organ Grinder

Leave it to a band like Free Nelson MandoomJazz to remind us that jazz and metal can be fused so easily.

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22 Nov 2016 // 8:50 AM

Ken Sharp: New Mourning

Ken Sharp’s first new studio album in nine years, New Mourning is a deceptively sunny 14-track song cycle that contemplates the beauty and endurance of the human spirit in the face of crushing emotional darkness, loss, and regret.

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‘Small Radios Big Televisions’: Small Game Short Review

Games like Jazzpunk make me laugh and make me think. Small Radios Big Televisions just reminds me of staring into a lava lamp for a couple of hours.

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22 Nov 2016 // 8:42 AM

Phil Collins: Singles

The main question with Singles is this: does Phil Collins really deserve all the critical revilement he's gotten for decades?

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Planes Mistaken For Stars: Prey

Post-hardcore outsiders reconvene to unleash a harsh and harrowing assessment of modern society.

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22 Nov 2016 // 8:30 AM

Sad13: Slugger

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz leaves her guitar and arch songwriting behind for sweet synthpop and a more direct, heart-on-sleeve lyrical perspective.

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Smile! You’re on Cinerama

According to these "consumer celebration" films, the world -- even Russia -- was once a carefree, glowing place of gracious living.

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22 Nov 2016 // 2:15 AM

Font Matters

Simon Loxley's Type Is Beautiful will have you realizing that you haven't fully lived until you've stared into the depths of Louis John Pouchee’s 18 Lines No. 2.

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‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ Captures the Remaining Days of This Wonderful Artist

Barbara Kopple’s documentary accomplishes a great deal in shining a light on such a dynamic figure at such a difficult time.

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Weird “Watkin” Is Nonetheless the Most Coherent ‘Dirk Gently’ Episode So Far

More focus and mind games lead to the most fulfilling Dirk Gently episode yet.

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