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Ram Jams: ‘Making a Door Less Open’

May 12, 2020

Car Seat Headrest continues to surprise listeners with new features and old habits of lo-fi electronic sounds on their new album "Making a Door Less Open."

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Ram Jams: ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’

April 21, 2020

Fiona Apple’s new album “Fetch The Bolt Cutters” lets listeners know that she is frustrated, and, quite frankly, she doesn’t really care what they think about it.

Ram Jams: ‘The New Abnormal’ Is New but Not Abnormal

Ram Jams: ‘The New Abnormal’ Is New but Not Abnormal

April 14, 2020

After seven years without an album release, The Strokes are back with guitar riffs that hearken back to their debut “Is This It,” references to ’80s rock, and enjoyable lyric value and instrumental polish.

Ram Jams: Yeah, I Gave Thundercat’s New Album a 10; ‘It Is What It Is’

Ram Jams: Yeah, I Gave Thundercat’s New Album a 10; ‘It Is What It Is’

April 7, 2020

The eccentric R&B artist has put forth a flawless album with as much humor as gravity, all sounding equally genuine and enveloped in his signature basslines.

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Tells of a Timeless Romance

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Tells of a Timeless Romance

March 10, 2020

Celine Sciamma’s latest film, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” explores gender and sexual orientation of young women through a timeless romance. The film follows a painter who is commissioned to do a portrait of a woman without her knowledge by claiming she is just a walking companion. Read this review of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

'Onward' Struggles to Move Forward, But It Will Still Make You Cry

‘Onward’ Struggles to Move Forward, But It Will Still Make You Cry

March 10, 2020

Pixar’s latest film “Onward,” about two brothers on a quest to resurrect their father, is fun but not as impressive as the studio’s other movies.

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Review: ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Floats on a Raft of Joy

February 29, 2020

As aggressively optimistic as its title suggests, Transport Group's “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” echoes the Broadway Golden Age from which its first iteration was born.

Review: ‘Emma.’ Proves Cosmically Wonderful

Review: ‘Emma.’ Proves Cosmically Wonderful

February 27, 2020

Exceptionally unique directing, production design, cinematography and music come together to create a nuanced and dreamlike masterpiece in the new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

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Review: ‘The Headlands’ Marries Murder Mystery and Memory Play

February 27, 2020

Christopher Chen’s “The Headlands” is one part memory play, one part “Dateline” episode and all parts twisted in the most thrilling of ways.

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Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Honors Mr. Rogers’ Kindness

December 4, 2019

The new Tom Hanks film, succeeds in drawing the audience into the film and making them feel personally touched by Rogers' benevolence.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as the “clown prince of crime” in the film that has been generating both critical acclaim and sociopolitical controversy.

Review: “Joker”

October 16, 2019

After several different iterations of the “clown prince of crime,” Joaquin Phoenix is now aiming to fill the (already) big shoes left behind by Heath Ledger. And while “Joker” may still technically be a “comic book film,” this is anything but an action-packed, crowd-pleasing time at the theater.

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Review: “Ad Astra”

October 2, 2019

Brad Pitt sets out into the far reaches of the solar system to try and solve the mystery of cosmic surges that pose a dangerous threat to Earth in the newest space epic “Ad Astra.”