9 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Darlingside: Birds Say

Gloriously striking and serene, Birds Say demands attention from the first notes on.

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Help Is Hell in ‘Clean Room’

Gail Simone brings the scares in her new Vertigo project.

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Bond’s ‘Spectre’ Is Full of Spectacles and Stunts and Surfaces—and Some Impressive Camera Work

Spectre's first shot is precisely lovely, a dance of framing and figures, a display of craft and thoughtfulness and ingenuity. Then the rest of the film happens.

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Both Old Fashioned and New Fangled, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Is a Throwback Delight

A movie which combines the best of the late Charles Schulz's legacy with the technological tweaks of today.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 7 - “Sent on Tour”

Trying to find character among caricature; with so much time spent on the two leads, does the supporting cast matter?

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Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog

The companion to the film of the same name, Heart of a Dog is a welcome and beautiful story from an American great.

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Christopher Bissonnette: Pitch, Paper & Foil

With his latest, Christopher Bissonnette crafts a wholly immersive listening experience, one ideally suited for headphones and quiet minds.

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Old Dominion: Meat and Candy

Old Dominion lives in our current social-media era while twisting country cliches just enough to make them feel fresh.

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New Dinosaurs, Old Plot

Jurrasic World is big, loud movie with a smaller, quieter movie inside of it, peeking out at unexpected moments.

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‘All Things Must Pass’ Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Music Supermarket

In Colin Hanks’ admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn’t just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply.

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Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 2 - “Mr Hyde”

"Mr Hyde" adds more violence and a dash of cultural insensitivity to this strange brew of a series.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 5 - “The Darkness and the Light”

Once again, this episode of The Flash offers a nice balance of super heroic science fiction mixed with just the right amounts of humor and drama.

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Trials, Tribulations, and Chaotic Sub-Plots in ‘Uncanny X-Men #600’

An end to an era is rushed and riddled with errors.

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Arrow: Season 4, Episode 4 - “Beyond Redemption”

Sara's resurrection, Oliver's mayoral run, and a sleek new Arrow cave make "Beyond Redemption" as action-packed as it is emotionally charged.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 6 - “The Bear and the Bow”

The latest episode finds Belle continually caught in the middle, and Merida's Scotland something of a disappointment.

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A Look Back at the Only Lynyrd Skynyrd That Matters

A sometimes eerie and often revealing examination of Lynyrd Skynyrd's initial run and the unfortunate events that sealed the band's place in history forever.

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What’s the Plural of Roland Barthes?

Andy Stafford offers readers this overwhelmingly funny and delightfully obvious argument: Roland Barthes was not a Barthesian.

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Elvis Costello: Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

A compilation of rarities, deep cuts, and alternate mixes, Unfaithful Music serves as an excellent soundtrack and companion to Costello's new memoir.

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Various Artists: Joy of Living - A Tribute to Ewan MacColl

A lovingly compiled tribute album that does justice to the work of one of the British folk revival's key figures.

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The Hanging Stars: The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill is a melodic, blissfully appealing trio of rootsy rock songs, rife with dark lyrics that channel sadness and cautionary tales.

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