Leisure / 01/19/2017 Immortalizing Tragedy: <i>Patriots Day</i> Tells the Whole Story

Director Peter Berg’s Patriots Day covers every aspect of the 2013 attack. It shows the before, during and after and follows the survivors, the police and FBI, the bombers, and the victims along the way. The result is a comprehensive picture, one which stays true to the facts and is only “cinematic” by means of...

Leisure / 01/10/2017 A First Glimpse at Ed Sheeran’s Newest Album

In the early hours of New Year’s Day the Internet was buzzing with the news that Ed Sheeran had already saved 2017. He had posted a nine second video to his Facebook account announcing he would be releasing new music in the upcoming week. It wasn’t such a surprise as he had already signaled that...

Leisure / 01/09/2017 Scorsese’s <i>Silence</i> Speaks Volumes

The opening of Martin Scorsese’s Silence is bleak, blunt, and harsh: a plain-text title slide cuts directly to a foggy image of a man standing beside a pair of severed heads, faces still twisted in pain. The following scene is a graphic depiction of early 17th-century Japanese torture, as officials pour boiling water over a...

Leisure / 12/31/2016 CV: Kid Cudi, <i>Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’</i>

Kid Cudi had hit rock bottom. Personally, the depression that he had expressed with his signature pain-filled lyricism had finally caught up with him. He had checked into rehab, dealing with “depression and suicidal urges.” “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” he wrote in a Facebook post on October...

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Immortalizing Tragedy: <i>Patriots Day</i> Tells the Whole Story
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Immortalizing Tragedy: Patriots Day Tells the Whole Story

Director Peter Berg’s Patriots Day covers every aspect of the 2013 attack. It shows the before, during and after and follows the survivors, the police and FBI, the bombers, and the victims along the way. The result is a comprehensive picture, one which stays true to the facts and is only “cinematic” by means of…

A First Glimpse at Ed Sheeran’s Newest Album
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A First Glimpse at Ed Sheeran’s Newest Album

In the early hours of New Year’s Day the Internet was buzzing with the news that Ed Sheeran had already saved 2017. He had posted a nine second video to his Facebook account announcing he would be releasing new music in the upcoming week. It wasn’t such a surprise as he had already signaled that…

Scorsese’s <i>Silence</i> Speaks Volumes
Leisure

Scorsese’s Silence Speaks Volumes

The opening of Martin Scorsese’s Silence is bleak, blunt, and harsh: a plain-text title slide cuts directly to a foggy image of a man standing beside a pair of severed heads, faces still twisted in pain. The following scene is a graphic depiction of early 17th-century Japanese torture, as officials pour boiling water over a…

CV: Kid Cudi, <i>Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’</i>
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CV: Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’

Kid Cudi had hit rock bottom. Personally, the depression that he had expressed with his signature pain-filled lyricism had finally caught up with him. He had checked into rehab, dealing with “depression and suicidal urges.” “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” he wrote in a Facebook post on October…

<i>Manchester by the Sea</i> Confronts Tragedy in a Gritty, Realistic Way
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Manchester by the Sea Confronts Tragedy in a Gritty, Realistic Way

Anything said here will undoubtedly be unintelligible against the din of praise for Manchester by the Sea. Although it’s tempting to be a dissenting voice, if only to be heard, this review is wholeheartedly laudatory. Amazon Studio’s indie release was nothing short of refreshing. And those who cringe at the juxtaposition of “indie” and “Amazon…

CV: J. Cole, <i>4 Your Eyez Only</i>
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CV: J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only

Days before the release of his new album 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole released a short film documenting the creative process behind the album, with footage of Cole and musical collaborators at work in the studio and conversations between Cole and his friends. The film also included two new incendiary tracks, each with an…

<i>Star Wars</i> Goes <i>Rogue,</i> with Mixed Results
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Star Wars Goes Rogue, with Mixed Results

After seven offerings, the elements of the Star Wars series are fairly straightforward: an opening crawl, orphans and desert planets, lightsaber battles, and, of course, endless discussion of the dark and light sides of the Force. Part of what makes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story initially refreshing is that the film eschews typical Star…

<i>La La Land</i> Transcends Mere Dialogue
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La La Land Transcends Mere Dialogue

Simultaneously whimsical and melancholy, La La Land manages to weave a simple story of love and ambition in the most dazzling of ways. The film is an original musical with creative songs and cinema-specific choreography all designed to be shown in CinemaScope, an old fashioned widescreen lens series. Ultimately, it captures true romance in its…

<i>Jackie</i> Shows First Lady in Grim New Light
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Jackie Shows First Lady in Grim New Light

In a 1961 interview with Jaqueline Kennedy, Sander Vancour said to the new first lady, “If I may say so, without disrespect, every time I’ve been in the White House it always seems to be a rather cold and austere place.” Director Pablo Larraín takes these words to heart in his new focused biopic, Jackie….

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