It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Hits Its Stride in the Third Season

Amy Schumer has been inspiring her share of imitators, but this third season of her acclaimed Comedy Central series demonstrates exactly the things those imitators will never get right.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Mogwai: Central Belters

Mogwai celebrate 20 years of racket in style with Central Belters, a box set primed for fans to hair-split.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

They Might Be Giants: Why?

It’s never too early for parents to introduce their children to one of the best indie rock bands of all time, and their latest kids' album is a great place to start.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Ellie Goulding: Delirium

Captivating, danceable synthpop that Goulding is hoping will take her to the upper echelons of pop stardom.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

Zombi: Shape Shift

Synth-driven duo returns with a stellar example of why the world still needs post rock.

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The Third Time, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Is Not the Charm

The extended edition of the third Hobbit film is just as bloated as the second one, but the bonus features are a must-have if you're a fan of the film.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

J Dilla: Dillatronic

Ma Dukes digs into her late son's backlog of unreleased work for a 41-track album of instrumental cuts influenced by electronic music.

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A Master Storyteller Is Revealed in ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’

Lucia Berlin paints portraits of environments and people with an attentive, sympathetic and often cinematic eye.

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Ben Caplan: Birds with Broken Wings

Ben Caplan embraces the jocular with a vaudeville resurrection.

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‘Mimi and Dona’: Sunshine in Our Sorrow

At once hopeful and harrowing, Mimi and Dona looks at situations common in many families, situations concerning aging parents and children who need them.

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23 Nov 2015 // 1:00 PM

The Nightowls: Fame Sessions

For their latest, Austin’s the Nightowls head straight to the source to create an album worthy of inclusion alongside the many classics to have come out of the legendary Fame studios.

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23 Nov 2015 // 12:00 PM

Made of Oak: Penumbra

Penumbra, Nick Sanborn's new EP, is a complex, thumping set of instrumental pieces that shouldn't be overshadowed by his work in Sylvan Esso or Megafaun.

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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 10 - “Face the Raven”

Trap streets and teleport bracelets abound in this week's stand-out installment, with writer Sarah Dollard delivering the first masterpiece of the Capaldi era.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 9 - “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”

Returning to a characteristically meandering, unfocused plot, this week's Gotham is at least punctuated by the promise of a fiendish friendship.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 7 - “Abra Cadaver”

The humor in the episode works precisely because it feels like the show is taking a breath in the middle of a season that’s been unapologetically serious and bleak, despite its moments of humor and silliness.

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Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70 - Live at Royal Albert Hall

In celebration of his 70th, Clapton returns to the main stage in fine form.

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Various Artists: To Love the Bee Gees: A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb

Fifteen stylistically diverse artists take on the equally stylistically diverse Brothers Gibb with largely satisfying results.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Danzig: Skeletons

This long-awaited covers collection from the venerable vocalist features some surprising (and not-so-surprising) choices.

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The Emotional Pitch Can Run High in ‘A Room With a View’, But It’s Also a Very Funny Film

Ornate title cards place the filmmakers in a position similar to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enjoying the human carnival while at the same time proclaiming “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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