‘Wish I Was Here’ not all there

Director Zach Braff has a thing for indie music. He populated his 2004 film “Garden State” with hipster-cred pieces, and his new movie “Wish I Was Here” (Rated R; 106 Min.) demonstrates that preference a little too well. The soundtrack’s first ... Continue Reading →

‘Begin Again’ renews the summer movie

The music movie is dead. At least it was, until about a week ago. It seemed as if after June’s “Jersey Boys” Broadway-turned-movie dud Hollywood was a far cry from the Academy Award winning music biopics earlier in the ‘00s, films like “Ray” ... Continue Reading →

Planet of the apes never transcends monkey business

This summer has been full of ridiculous images on screen. Magneto dropping a baseball stadium on the White House in “X-Men.” An alien vessel dropping a ship on Optimus Prime in “Transformers.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Rated PG-13; ... Continue Reading →

‘Chef’ sizzles with delicious passion

It’d be easy to say Jon Favreau’s new film looks great because of the gratuitous images of delicious-looking food. Favreau certainly could have relied on the food in “Chef” (Rated R; 114 Min.) to propel him forward without a solid story. Some ... Continue Reading →

The ‘Fault’ is in the script, not the ‘Stars’

It was the famed comedian Bill Cosby who said, “If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” That’s what writer John Green did when he wrote 2012’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” the blockbuster book which follows two teens, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing,’ but Sony shows improvement

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing’ but working on it

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

Albarn sparks social message through ‘Robots’

Through the course of music history there have been numerous accounts of artists taking their acts solo, to differing success. English singer/songwriter and pop icon Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz did just that recently with the release of his new ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: Elephant’s ‘Swimming,’ Incident’s ‘Head’

Elephant: ‘Sky Swimming’ The melodies rise, paced and strong yet delicate, in a finely crafted tone. An echoing mezzo-soprano joins in. When the vocals and instrumentation drift together, the music plays out with synthesizer, which create a haunting ... Continue Reading →

Album Reviews: ‘Pop Psychology,’ ‘Life Imitating Life’

Neon Trees, “Pop Psychology” When it comes to Neon Trees’ new album “Pop Psychology,” listeners can expect more of the same radio-ready songs the group is known for. The band’s 2012 album “Picture Show” produced hits like “Everybody ... Continue Reading →

Ziggy Marley lets reggae ‘Fly’ on new album

In the history of Jamaican roots reggae music, one family stands out as the genre’s pioneer: the Marleys. In 1981, the world lost Bob Marley, one of the most influential musicians to walk the planet. However, his love and passion for music and the world ... Continue Reading →

‘Heaven’ has high drama, low payoff

For all the big questions director Randall Wallace’s “Heaven is for Real” (Rated PG; 100 Min.) asks about the afterlife, too many are answered with a shrug. But it’s not for lack of trying — at least not on the actors’ parts. Wallace, the ... Continue Reading →

Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

Graduation isn’t just for college and high school seniors. It’s also for Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister. Pfister is well known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” which ... Continue Reading →
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Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

Graduation isn’t just for college and high school seniors across the country. It’s also for Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister. Pfister is well known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” ... Continue Reading →

Woods expands their prism

For listeners looking for a more delicate sound, the band Woods provides a more subdued shine. Theindie-folkgroupproducesmusic of various textures, with each album varying in complexity. Their seventh album, “With Light and With Love,” released ... Continue Reading →
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