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'Big Sur' Brings Kerouac to the Screen with Fury and Force

Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel is a perfect example of how a flowing, Beat classic can be transcribed to the screen with its spirit intact.

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'Dancing, a Man's Game' and '50s-era Masculinity

Masculinity, athleticism and grace take center stage in the newly released Omnibus special from 1958 featuring a young, fiery Gene Kelly.

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Brothers Together Again in Fox's 'Enlisted'

The show's two central flaws work against each other, as interactions among the characters are consistently unfunny and unrealistic.

Books

'Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks' Offers a New Look at the Cult Classic

This new collection of critical essays on Twin Peaks has bright moments, but suffers from poor curation.

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Anabel Hernández's 'Narcoland' Is a Definitive Work on Cartel History

Behind the rhetoric of the drug war and the feverish promises of politicians lies an incredible network of corruption that has turned one of the world's most notorious criminals into one of its most powerful men.

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Can 'Oka!' be More than Another White Savior Story?

Based on the life of noted ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, Oka! is a story about life, sound and love overshadowed by ethical problems.

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'War Witch' is a Remarkable Statement on Resilience and Agency

Set in war-torn sub-Saharan Africa, War Witch presents a teen's view of war without political overtures.

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You Won't Find Real Love in 'Arthur Newman'

Colin Firth and Emily Blunt turn in quirky performances, but Arthur Newman, the man and the movie, is not one you'll warm up to.

Music

Living Inside the Song: An Interview with Mike Doughty

He didn't play his old band's songs for years. Now, with CIRCLES SUPER BON BON, Doughty tackles the ghosts of his past and tells PopMatters all about it (and guitar pornography).

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'The Secret of Crickley Hall' Is Strong in Atmospherics, Not So Much in Narrative

Based on the thriller by James Herbert, The Secret of Crickley Hall falls short on chills and fails to leave a strong impression -- until its final act.

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'Southland' Cements Its Legacy with a Stellar Final Season

One of the most critically celebrated cop shows of the last decade, Southland confronted the realities of policing in a hard-to-watch final season that not even loyal fans understood at first.

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'North America' Impresses with Great Nature Footage, Stellar Narration

Anchored by the narration of Tom Selleck, this nature series is a spectacular look at the North American ecosystem and the many characters which populate it.

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The Kelly Brothers Take Surfing Global in 'Drift'

Watching a story about the mavericks of surfing is a lot like watching a story about the mavericks of the Wild West.

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'The World Before Her' Is Not an Easy Place to Live In

Whether sashaying down a runway or learning how to use a double-edged dagger, these young women are caught in social forces larger and more powerful than themselves.

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It's No Wonder These People are 'Slightly Single in LA'

It's only five minutes into the movie, and already we're inundated with images of how poor, normal Dale suffers in a world of deviant sex freaks.

Music

Pretty Time Bomb: An Interview with Sam Phillips

After releasing things online for some time, Sam Phillips tells PopMatters about the joy of a physical release, how technology is impacting music today,

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Fathers and Futures and the 'Sons of Anarchy'

"Straw", Season Six's premiere episode, offers the series' usual propulsive action and bloody violence, as well as Kurt Sutter's typically cutting dialogue.

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The 'Stories We Tell' and the Multiplicity of Truth

Director Sarah Polley navigates the gap between our memories and our inability to ever really reconstruct the past with grace and determination.

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This Young 'Billy the Kid' Ain't Nothin' Like the Man He Would (Briefly) Become

In a new look at the legendary outlaw, Christopher Bowman plays a teenage Billy the Kid whose fate is shaped by violence in the small New Mexico town where he lives with his mother.

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Youthful Curiosity is the Focus in 'What Maisie Knew'

Newcomer Onata Aprile is perfect as Maisie, a six-year-old girl whose sensitivity and wit shines despite her parents' bitter divorce and custody battle.

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'NCIS' Celebrates Its 10th Season with Stellar Guest Stars, Formula Changes

In its 10th season as one of America's most-viewed shows, NCIS brings the action closer to home with attacks against Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his beloved crew.

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