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Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

It’s graduation time. Not just for college and high school seniors across the country, but 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 →

Michaelson’s ‘Light’ sickly sweet

For the vast majority of radio listeners, Ingrid Michaelson will sound familiar — If not for her name, then by the popularity of her songs. “The Way I Am” is one of those songs. It’s from her 2006 debut album “Girls and Boys” and the song ... Continue Reading →

‘Draft Day’ as indecisive as Reitman

In football, being a bandwagon fan is a cardinal sin. Jumping from one team to another because of their record is considered wishy-washy.Director Ivan Reitman coaches “Draft Day” in a manner as wishy-washy as a Jets fan suddenly rooting for Seattle. ... Continue Reading →

‘Draft Day’ as indecisive as Reitman

In football, being a bandwagon fan is a cardinal sin. Jumping from one team to another because of their record is considered wishy-washy. Director Ivan Reitman coaches “Draft Day” in a manner as wishy-washy as a Jets fan suddenly rooting for Seattle. ... Continue Reading →

Teebs experiments once again with “E S T A R A”

The songs from recording artist Mtendere Mandowa, better known by his professional moniker Teebs, often use seemingly random objects such as tape to achieve an experimental sound. And if peeling tape to create music doesn’t help in revolutionizing the ... Continue Reading →

Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ come out well

It’s not until a chipper spelling-bee competitor named Chaitanya Chopra drops the F-bomb upon an adult’s request that it becomes clear newly minted director Jason Bateman knows how to push the right buttons. Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words” ... Continue Reading →
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“Winter Soldier” a solid, if bloated, sequel

In the newest sub-installment of Disney’s multi-billion dollar “Avengers” franchise “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Rated PG-13; 136 Min.) a superb Robert Redford utters the line “Sometimes building a new world means tearing the old ... Continue Reading →

‘Range of Light’ shines

Though he might be better known as a drummer and backing vocalist for Bon Iver, vocalist Sean Carey has a spectrum of his own music. Carey’s solo work began with the 2010 album “All We Grow.” Critics met it with rave reviews focused on the glowing ... Continue Reading →

The Hold Steady overindulge on ‘Teeth’

American rock band The Hold Steady has clenched its musical jaw. The band’s sixth studio album, “Teeth Dreams,” is a lyrically dense album with a heavy emphasis on storytelling. Losing teeth is a common recurring dream and is often interpreted as ... Continue Reading →

Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ floats as art

    At first glance, director Darren Aronofsky’s retelling of “Noah” (Rated PG-13; 138 Min.) looks like a Ridley Scott epic, in the same vein as 2010’s “Robin Hood.” But when giant stone monsters begin talking to Noah, Aronofsky’s ... Continue Reading →

Animals can churn metal

Since 2007, American metal band Animals as Leaders have been performing its melodic symphonies with orchestral style. On March 25, the band released its third studio album “The Joy of Motion.” The music is composed with a metallic façade over jazz ... Continue Reading →

Country music’s Man in Black will never Cash in

The country music world lost one of its most beloved sons in 2003. Johnny Cash left an everlasting impression on how stories are told through music. Fans of the man in black’s work now have an opportunity to hear untold stories through his new album ... Continue Reading →

Burger’s film too ‘Divergent’

It seems counterintuitive to be upset when a movie encourages viewers to go their own way but doesn’t perfectly reflect its own source material. And yet, “Divergent” (Rated PG-13; 139 Min.) manages to lose the bite the book had by taking away its ... Continue Reading →

Robair’s music more than meets the eye

Music comes in many forms and for Gino Robair, music is more than just a 4-minute song heard through the airwaves of someone’s personal radio. Robair is an improvisational percussionist from San Francisco who performs a style of music both creative ... Continue Reading →
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