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Film Review: A Most Wanted Man

Film Review: A Most Wanted Man

posterPerhaps some stories are just too realistic to translate from page to screen. Though Anton Corbijn’s new espionage thriller, A Most Wanted Man, deftly portrays the minutiae of John le Carré’s source novel, it lacks the cinematic punch to keep it interesting. It has some exceptional components, including a strong performance from Philip Seymour Hoffmanand a compulsively watchable opening half, but…

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Album Review: Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

Album Review: Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion

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If Morbid Tales was Celtic Frost cementing their place in the post-Hellhammer world as a legitimate outfit with a deathly splattering of depraved thrashing extremity, To Mega Therionwas the moment they really threw down the gauntlet to every other band who had the audacity to call themselves “heavy”. Go to your collection of 1980s thrash classics, and pick out all the ones that start with a…

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Film Review: Chef

poster modIt’s always refreshing to see filmmakers committing themselves s0 deeply to personal projects. Jon Favreau writes, directs, and stars in Chef, and he most certainly cooks. Not only does Favreau make you hungry, he also crafts a touching story about re-connecting with the people we sometimes neglect. It’s like a leisurely dinner with friends on a hot summer day; laid-back with plenty of laughs and…

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Single Review: The Color Morale - Suicide, Stigma

Single Review: The Color Morale – Suicide, Stigma

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The Color Morale are a metalcore/hardcore punk band that’s been releasing solid music since ’09 and they’ve really been a little higher on everyone’s radar since the album they released last year Know Hope. Now they’re planning to follow that up with an album to be released in September called Pain Ends. The second single off that LP Suicide, Stigmais out now and has an appropriately fitting…

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Album Review: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

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Judas Priestaren’t one of the many classic metal bands that people love to put in the “fine wine” category. They haven’t gotten better with age, and their defining moments remain within the 1976-1990 period. What they have done to their credit is adapted. What do you do when your iconic frontman leaves and you replace him with a relatively unknown singer? You don’t try to rehash past glories and…

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Film Review: Blue Ruin

Film Review: Blue Ruin

poster modSometimes the simplest stories are the best stories. Blue Ruin is the simple story of one man’s inevitable march to the execution chamber. It’s raw and elemental, as if we’ve been transported back to the beginning of some ancient blood feud. And yet, there is a quiet beauty to it. Not reverence, perhaps, but a throaty acknowledgement of the purest of all human emotions… hatred.

It’s impossible…

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Hot Links! for July 23, 2014

Hot Links! for July 23, 2014

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Gets Release Date via Bleeding Cool

You’ll have to wait an extra year to see Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow again. Disney, who was originally eyeing a summer 2016 release, has slotted the fifth installment of their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in for July 7, 2017.

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Directed by:  Jack Plotnick
Starring:  Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler

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Film Review: The Signal

Film Review: The Signal

poster modThere are some exciting young voices working in the sci-fi genre these days. Neill Blomkamp leaps immediately to mind, but The Signal announces that writer-director, William Eubank, is a new player in the game. This is an assured film that effortlessly mixes visual styles and tones to keep us guessing throughout. It’s often exhilarating, sometimes frustrating and more than a little creepy. In…

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Album Review: Hoth - Oathbreaker

Album Review: Hoth – Oathbreaker

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Washington’s Hoth are a black metal band named after the frozen planet on which Luke Skywalker and co. find themselves on in Episode V of Star Wars. Their 2012 debut featured such song titles as Torn Asunder by a Wampa, The Rancor and Interstellar Gargantuan Space Slug, and their new album Oathbreakeris a concept album about Darth Vader. Don’t get up though, come back and sit down. This isn’t…

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EP Review: Tempest – Distance

Opening with a djent-driven opener, it’s clear what Tempest are here to do with this 4 track EP: make a lasting impression on the hardcore scene and when the next track