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Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 9 - “Nailed”

For the first time all season, "Nailed" is in a hurry to give not only answers, but plenty of action to go along with them.

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‘Green Room’ Strikes Visual and Emotional Balances

Jeremy Saulnier's film underscores the basic drives and manipulations of belonging, of social existence.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 6, Episode 16 - “Our Decay”

Hades forces Rumpelstiltskin to bring Zelena and child down to the Underworld, because it turns out that he and Zelena have a bit of a past.

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‘Day of the Tentacle Remastered’: Remastering a Classic

Day of the Tentacle follows the structure of a Saturday morning cartoon. It also has the stakes of one.

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The City as Autobiography in Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

Leaping from one fragmented city to the next, Pinckney’s narrator uses history to simultaneously define and obscure himself.

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Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson's latest musical offspring is a love letter we can all cherish.

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14 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

Ben Watt: Fever Dream

Ben Watt’s Fever Dream resembles those dark Impressionist paintings where everything bleeds together in the rain.

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The Coathangers: Nosebleed Weekend

More weekend than nosebleed, the Coathangers deliver a mix of sluggishly performed garage rock and passable punk attitude.

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Eric Bachmann: Eric Bachmann

Eric Bachmann continues to age gracefully without sacrificing his youthful essence.

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New Kids on the Block’s Fans Are Hangin’ Tough

The 33 1/3 book on New Kids on the Block highlights the perils of aging gracefully.

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Free Cake for Every Creature: Talking Quietly of Anything with You

These indie pop kids describe themselves best: "All you gotta be when you're 23 is yourself."

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The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 16 - “Last Day on Earth”

Rick and the rest of the survivors finally face off with Negan's full force of Saviors; for the first time, they're the hunted rather than the hunters.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 19 - “Myriad”

Superman makes an appearance in this episode of Supergirl, but he's hardly needed.

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13 Apr 2016 // 9:01 AM

Brett Harris: Up in the Air

We soar with Harris up in the air, and are plummeted back to Earth with powerful emotion.

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A Partridge Compendium That Probes Some of the Best Parts of XTC’s Rich Pageant

In lieu of an XTC biography or a Partridge memoir, we take a trip through the notebooks and brainwaves of the master.

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Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

Mayer Hawthorne returns to form with a pop-soul record that echoes his first two albums.

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Keb’ Mo’: That Hot Pink Blues Album

Hot Pink essentially proves that all Keb' Mo' albums should be live albums.

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Cheap Trick: Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello

On album number 17, the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees show just why they got there.

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Is Chinese Martial Arts Cinema Underexamined or Undervalued?

Stephen Teo's updated academic appraisal of the action genre delivers fascinating historic and cultural context.

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Clark: The Last Panthers

The Last Panthers eschews the thumping beats of his back catalog for open, airy compositions and more traditional instrumentation intended to serve a purpose beyond the music itself.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'The Anthropologist'

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"Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.

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