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Outlander: Season 2, Episode 12 - “The Hail Mary”

On the eve of Culloden, it's the twists and turns in everyone's relationships that are front and center.

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‘The Naked Blogger of Cairo’ Combines Erudition With Style and Wit

Dwelling on the role of social media in political upheaval risks ignoring the human body, which lies at the root of creative insurgency.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

ScHoolboy Q: Blank Face

This is some 74 minutes of dark nights on the West Coast, looking for temporary satisfaction in women and drugs, with a production and feature roster that’ll make you drool.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Kaleo: A/B

Kaleo exhibit raw, aggressive talent with their first American full-length, eager to showcase their wide skillset of styles and genres.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Ben Trickey: Choke & Croon

The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter serves notice that he is ready for a larger stage, offering nine songs that embody our age of anxiety.

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‘Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC’ Is a Radical Revelation

Period adaptations, pagan pastorals, hard-hitting experimenta, and Bowie in Brecht: the BFI’s collection of Alan Clarke’s work at the BBC is essential, revelatory viewing.

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‘Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles’ and the Balance of Fandom and Criticism

George Plasketes has to balance fan appreciation and critical detachment here. He succeeds in providing a deep compendium of all things Zevon.

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‘Zero Days’ Makes Clear: Innovation in Warfare Is Governed by Short-sightedness

The US, so brilliantly networked, so technologically advanced, is "the most vulnerable nation on earth".

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‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ Abandons Comedy at the Altar

A collection of stupid people doing stupid things that even the stupidest person wouldn’t do.

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Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’ Is Art—Now More than Ever

Robert Altman's multi-layered sarcastic skewering of Hollywood culture still has to be seen to be believed, from the first moment to the last.

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Róisín Murphy: Take Her Up to Monto

Róisín Murphy's fourth album is an ambitious, intoxicating blend of art pop, jazzy cabaret, and cautionary love songs.

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Preacher: Season 1, Episode 6 – “Sundowner”

The true battle lines are finally drawn in a revelatory and impressive episode.

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Familiar Tones Bring New Life to Spider-Man on the Internet

Hannah Blumenreich's Spidey Zine takes the classic character through old paths on the digital highway.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 2 - “What Would Phil Do?”

Roadies shifts from the magic-surrealism of music love to the down-to-Earth mishaps of a road comedy in a big, entertaining step up from the pilot.

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‘Haven: The Final Season’ Barrels Like a Freight Train Toward Its Conclusion

The "final Season" of Haven rushes toward a satisfying end through inordinate amounts of death and destruction so that love can ultimately triumph.

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Like Its Titular Character, ‘The Phenom’ Is an Uneven Film, But Holds Promise

The Phenom is at once remarkable for both its transfixing cinematography and Johnny Simmons's tightly coiled performance, but it's mired by its over reliance on exposition.

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In ‘Cool Characters’, a Cultural Monstrosity Is Wrangled

Lee Konstantinou provides America with the definition of "Irony" it probably needs. As long as there's a dictionary nearby.

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‘Inside’ Embodies the Horrors of Collectivism

Like Limbo, Inside never tells you what you should do. Instead, by killing you, it only suggests, “Don't do that”.

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Roadies: Season 1 Episode 1 - “Life is a Carnival”

Rock 'n' roll is still the untellable enigma that us plebes will never understand in the pilot for Cameron Crowe's show about the backstage lives of our idols.

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UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 4 - “Treason”

Regardless of the state of Quinn and Rachel’s current relationship, theirs is the central one on UnREAL.

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