‘All American High Revisited’ Is Hardly Typical

Torrance High School was used as the setting for both Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be one reason it seems like a “typical American high school".

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Locrian: Infinite Dissolution

Locrian can branch out while still laying it on thick. In other words, they can have it both ways.

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Romance and Rebellion in the Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Charlotte Gordon's dual biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley is an engaging read, but it's hampered by pedestrian writing and a too reverent perspective of its protagonists.

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Horror Has Many Faces in ‘Harrow County #5’

Man and monster alike hide dark intentions.

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‘Love & Mercy’ and the Dualities of Brian Wilson

Operating through a series of simple juxtapositions, Love & Mercy is kept riveting due to the stellar and nuanced performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack.

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Margaret Atwood’s Latest, ‘The Heart Goes Last’, Takes Us Back to Our Future Dystopia

True love ultimately endures in The Heart Goes Last, but so do the real terrors ever-present in Atwood's novels.

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15 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

Battles: La Di Da Di

Battles have figured out exactly what they want to do as a trio, making La Di Da Di feel more focused than their last album.

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Motion City Sountrack: Panic Stations

Cut in two weeks, Motion City Soundtrack get raw while taking essential leaps forward.

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15 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

a-ha: Cast in Steel

Cast in Steel is a triumphant return. It's wonderful to hear one of the most underrated bands of the last three decades back with such a powerful musical statement.

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Amorphis: Under the Red Cloud

Amorphis in 2015 are doing a great job keeping themselves from getting bored, but only fleetingly succeed in turning that internal drive into external enthusiasm.

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‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’ Is Not as Salacious as It Sounds

Given the choice of the numerous film depictions of Monroe's life, this is the one to watch.

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John Zorn / Forro in the Dark: Forro Zinho: Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn

Here's the kind of covers album that deserves to become a future trend -- bands like Forro in the Dark performing the works of an artist like John Zorn.

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There’s a Perverse Thrill in Reading a Book That Presages the Possible Extinction of Humankind

Superintelligence is a serious, intellectually disorientating treatment of ideas, imagining the inevitable future when we are able to create an artificial general intelligence.

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John Howard and the Night Mail: John Howard and the Night Mail

John Howard and the Night Mail offers more lush, sophisticated chamber pop from the unlikeliest of comeback artists.

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TIFF 2015: ‘Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)’

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) offers another way to see teen sex and desire; not as deviant and deserving of punishment, but as a step toward maturity.

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The Fury of the Moment in ‘Savior #6’

Savior #6 tells a powerful and moving story. It is a story told in moments, as human beings stand face to face, bump into one another at coffee shops, gather together in mourning, respond to tragedy and faith.

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‘Heaven Knows What’ Offers Little Hope to an Invisible Subculture

Despite some stylistic flourishes, this film's portrayal of the harsh world of drug addiction could make viewers "just say no" to Heaven Knows What.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Makes for a Furiously Good Time

Fury Road is a tour de force that may be the definitive Mad Max film, with a rich story world and intriguing characters and a Blu-ray featuring 90 minutes of making-of material.

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‘Imaginary Cities’ Is a Book to Enjoy Getting Lost In

In charting the cities of human fancy, Darran Anderson has created the opposite of an atlas.

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14 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

Duran Duran: Paper Gods

Hearing Duran Duran sounding as good as they ever have with an exhilarating collection of expertly crafted pop is a pure joy.

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Indie Horror Month 2015: 'Dark Echo'

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"Dark Echo drops you into a pitch back maze and then renders your core tools of navigation into something quite life threatening.

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