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Preacher: Season 1, Episode 5 - “South Will Rise Again”

Preacher gets cocky, Tulip gets jealous, Cassidy gets laid, and Quincannon serves God (kinda) in season one's halfway point.

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1 Jul 2016 // 8:53 AM

Broods: Conscious

Broods continue to refine their infectious, high-stakes electropop on Conscious. Here, the songs are higher in intensity and wider in scope, and Georgia Nott delivers some of her most arresting vocal performances to date

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Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

On her third solo release, Sara Watkins struggles to find a true sense of self following the end of a relationship, resulting in a multi-level transitional exercise in soul-baring and genre-hopping.

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‘Swiss Army Man’ Is a Boundlessly Creative Freak-show

Terrific performances and a whip-smart script propel this fearless dramedy to dizzying heights of sublime stupidity.

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Feminist Classic ‘Antonia’s Line’ Is Still Rewarding, Still Relevant

Given the wider "war on women", and an intensified "rape culture", Antonia's Line, now on Blu-ray, is as relevant as ever.

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‘The BFG’ Is a Modestly Magical Film for a Grimly Realistic Age

In a deft interplay of shadow and hint, Spielberg shows again his organic genius for the long reveal.

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BrainDead: Season 1, Episode 3 - “Goring Oxes…”

After a week in which this series finds its groove, the BrainDead universe hits a speed bump.

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If Only ‘Everything Is Teeth’ Had Been Content to Remain a Mood Piece

It's as though Wyld is, ironically, scared of writing a story willing to give fear its due.

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30 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

Maxwell: blackSUMMERS’night

Just over 20 years after his debut album wowed audiences, blackSUMMERS'night is upon us.

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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: July 5, 1973

Their partnership lasted about four years and 250 shows but a new archival record suggests that it was some of the best music either Merl Saunders or Jerry Garcia made at the time. And just who is that mystery trumpeter?

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‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Is a Very Western Guide to Afghanistan

Out on Blu-Ray, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot brings a few laughs and some mixed messages.

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Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus

It takes more than “balls”, as Cook used to sing, to get through life. Being tough is not enough.

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Various Artists: Studio One Dub Fire Special

Studio One Dub Fire Special is as clear an overview of dub’s most basic essence as you could ask for.

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A Shakeup in Wonder Woman’s Mythology Becomes Flat and Confusing

Although there's some intrigue, Wonder Woman #1 leaves too many unanswered questions, and too few reasons to get excited.

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‘The Neon Demon’ May Shock, But It Won’t Challenge

Gorgeous and grotesque, The Neon Demon's metaphors of predation may be campy or self-serious, critiques of clichés or just clichés.

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Outlander: Season 2, Episode 11 - “Vengeance Is Mine”

The focus on politics and war sacrifices the necessary character moments that made season one so compelling.

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Yearning for Re-enchantment With the World in Jessa Crispin’s ‘The Dead Ladies Project’

Meditations on love, life, and art in a book that combines travel writing and memoir with cultural criticism.

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29 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Invisible: Patience

After four years and a couple brushes with death, the eclectic UK indie trio return with their most fully-realized meeting of the funky and the sublime.

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Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death

Three years after their unlikely ascent into synthpop stardom, Tegan and Sara continue down the same path with minor shifts to their thematic compass.

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Next Stop Mars? ... Maybe

This breathless celebration of space travel in the post-shuttle era is long on beautiful pictures, but short on hard truths.

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