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V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
Sure, she looks good now. But wait till you see her in the morning.

Film Review


Can odd indie romance get its act together for love or monsters?

Oddball indie Spring mixes monsters and amore.
V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015
“Bacon, bacon, bacon!”

Film Review

White God

Canine coup strikes Hungary in animalistic revenge flick

Every dog has its day in animalistic revenge flick White God.
V.24 No.12 | 3/19/2015
Northern Ireland: Come for the car bombings, stay for the ethno-nationalist conflict.

Film Review


Fast-paced British thriller drops viewers into the middle of the Northern Ireland conflict for some bruising action

Gripping thriller ’71 looks at the conflict in Northern Ireland from behind enemy lines.
V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
“You ever see Booty Call, kid? I was great in that.”

Film Review


It’s a hard-knock life for a former orphan and a guy who used to be Daddy Warbucks in this not-so-expertly updated musical

Tone-deaf update of Annie can’t find its rhythm.
V.23 No.45 | 11/6/2014
You know it’s a bad day when your imaginary, superhero alter ego is giving you shit.

Film Review

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in high-flying show biz satire

Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in heady, high-flying show biz satire Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014
“You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?” “Yeah ... snacks.”

Film Review

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)

WWII chiller illuminates the art of survival

Insular WWII drama delves into two young brothers’ survival training.
V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Cigars and Jiffy Pop? Now that’s camping.

Film Review

Land Ho!

Old friends are the best friends in slow-moving road trip through Iceland

Old friends reunite for a slow-moving road trip through Iceland in the indie comedy Land Ho!
V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Whatever they’re watching, it’s not a very popular movie.

Film Review

Life Itself

Poignant documentary points the camera at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert

Filmmaker goes from being reviewed by Roger Ebert to making a movie about the famed critic’s final days in Life Itself.
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Spaceships! Yay!

Film Review

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Surrealist filmmaker’s long-lost masterpiece comes to life in imaginative, inspirational documentary

Cult filmmaker explores sci-fi classic in Jodorowsky’s Dune.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talk sex and fly-fishing.

Film Review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
“I feel the need ... the need for a movie career.”

Film Review

Need For Speed

Aaron Paul is in the driver’s seat for zippy car chase film that ends up “braking bad”

Need for Speed is based on the popular EA series of the same name. In the original games, players race exotic sports cars and ... Nope, that’s pretty much all there is to it.
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Film Review


Honest Chilean drama admits love isn’t any easier the second time around

Gloria doesn’t spend a lot of time introducing us to its main character. This isn’t a first-date situation. Lelio’s sensitive romantic drama simply drops us into her life and lets us discover who she is over the course of time.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013

Feature: Film Guide

Holiday Film Guide 2013

Film Guide: Get the lowdown on all the movies hitting theaters between now and Christmas

V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
The Looove Boat promises something for everyone. Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance.

Film Review

Captain Phillips

Intimate pirate thriller hits the high seas like a runaway typhoon

Tom Hanks is so damn likable that sometimes you just don’t want to like him. But the guy keeps delivering.
V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013


Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Do you remember where you were when you first heard Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP? I remember trying to be cool with my older brother and his friends, jamming out to it at someone's house … or was that in a dream? Regardless the sequel is headed our way in the form of MMLP2, which comes out Nov. 5. But Eminem (who's blonde again) shared the track, “Berzerk,” which you can hear below:

You gotta love NPR and their “first listen” antics. Right now, they're streaming The Julie Ruin's Run Fast, which hits stores Sept. 3. Don't think, just hit play.

When I was a kid, I watched Almost Famous, and the song “Sparks” by The Who completely enthralled me to the point where it sort of became my own personal mantra to follow. It’s fantastic. On that note, Universal is going to reissue The Who’s Tommy in a deluxe edition, set to break down walls on Nov. 11.

In honor of The Breeders’ Last Splash turning 20, Stereogum writer Tom Breihan did a little write-up about his love/hate relationship with one of the best records of the ’90s.

Spike Jonze and Karen O collaborate again! After Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs handled the soundtrack to Jonze's rendition of Where the Wild Things Are, she has now provided a track, titled “The Moon Song,” for his new film, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix. You can hear the track below as well as view a trailer for the flick.

Apparently, some lost Joy Division and New Order tapes have been recovered and former member of both bands, Peter Hook, is in talks to buy them back. Unheard material? Yes please!

Cursive's The Ugly Organ confirmed two things for me. The first was that a rock band could be self-critical but with a poetic, angry prowess, and that Tim Kasher had one of the most tragically unique voices I've ever heard. But here's Kasher in a more synth-friendly, less angsty light, with his new track, “Truly Freaking Out,” taken from his new solo record, Adult Film, which hits the music-sphere on Oct. 8.

Alibi Arts Editor Lisa Barrow has suggested I tune in to watch “Boardwalk Empire.” I still have yet to get see it because I'm always weary when it comes to getting obsessed with a new show. I still haven't gotten into “Breaking Bad,” and that show's already coming to a close. But I digress, the soundtrack for “Boardwalk Empire,” which features Patti Smith (!), St. Vincent, Stephan DeRosa, Elvis Costello and more, drops next week (Sept. 3), but thanks to the folks at Billboard, you can hear it now.

In case you're wondering what Paul McCartney is up to, he's released a new track, titled “New,” from his upcoming album of the same name. The track maintains that whimsical style that made The Beatles so legendary. Look for the new record on Oct. 15.

According to Consequence of Sound, The Dead Weather just got a little deadlier. The band, featuring Jack White on drums, singer Alison Mosshart, guitarist Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence handling bass, released two albums, their last being 2010's Sea of Cowards. But Third Man Records announced, via Twitter, that the band is working on some new material (!).

4AD American pioneers, Throwing Muses, are coming out with an art book/album. According to Pitchfork, the release, titled Purgatory/Paradise, is scheduled for release on Oct. 28, with a full(er) release set for Nov. 11. So, if you're feeling nostalgic, pull out those late-'80s, early-'90s albums, or have a listen to their new track, “sleepwalking 1.”

I love A.V. Club. From their “Hatesong” columns to their Undercover music series, they know how to wrangle interesting musicians and make them do interesting things. Like here … we have Kurt Vile covering “Down In It” by Nine Inch Nails.

If you've never listened to “I Luv the Valley, OH!” by Xiu Xiu, where've you been? It's a fantastic song that captures the sadness and anger of misspent youth and the hardships of all-consuming love. At least that's my interpretation. But, Shearwater's covering it for their new LP (of covers) titled Fellow Travelers. The album drops on Nov. 26 via Sub Pop, and will feature covers of songs by St. Vincent, Smog, Coldplay, etc.

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