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Film Review: The Death of Stalin Turns World Politics Into a Carnival of Fools

It’s almost like a classic bar joke. A doctor, a minister, an aide, and a few others walk into Stalin’s chambers. Stalin looks pretty dead, stewing in his own filth on the floor. The men weep, albeit a little phonily – they all want a shot at the top spot, but oh no, Stalin is

Live Review: Lucy Dacus Debuts Historian at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/2)

Setting the Stage: Friday saw Lucy Dacus release her sophomore album, Historian. The Richmond, Virginia, native faced a manner of pressure that’s become familiar for burgeoning singer-songwriters: After putting out a buzz-worthy bedroom debut (2016’s No Burden), the artist must prove they’re no fluke by delivering an impressive follow-up from within the constructs of the

Film Review: Bruce Willis is a “Good Guy With A Gun” in Eli Roth’s Tone-Deaf Death Wish Remake

Death Wish is the last movie we need right now. Eli Roth‘s remake of the 1974 original is just as tasteless and tone-deaf as its exploitative trailer promised, with Bruce Willis‘ doctor-turned-vigilante Paul Kersey doling out gunpowdered justice against the milieu of Chicago’s real-life gun violence epidemic after his wife is killed during a home

Film Review: Mute Struggles to Find Its Voice in a Crowded Sci-Fi Market

“Style” is misused a fair deal in modern film criticism, in both the positive and derogatory senses of the phrase and concept. At times, style is used to cover for all manner of sins with regard to narrative flaw or suspect ethics; surely you’ve heard “yeah, but it looks terrific” as a rejoinder in arguments about a

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens Beautifully Captures the Fleeting Romance of Call Me by Your Name

To download, click “Share” and right-click the download icon  |  iTunes  |  Podchaser The Lowdown: For Elio, the wide-eyed, deeply sensitive young man played by Timothée Chalamet at the center of Luca Guadignino’s Call Me by Your Name, the arrival of handsome grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer) represents a massive upheaval in the quiet equilibrium of his home

Album Review: Justin Timberlake Gets Creative, Twangy, and Downright Stupid on Man of the Woods

– Download the episode  |  iTunes  |  Podchaser The Lowdown: The culture is finally fed up with Justin Timberlake, the epitome of white, good-looking, cis male-until-told-otherwise privilege, which got him a second chance at the Super Bowl halftime show after crippling Janet Jackson’s career last time. Bad timing for his fifth solo album, Man of the Woods, a funky,

Album Review: Ty Segall Goes Long and Gets Loopy on Freedom’s Goblin

The Lowdown: On his latest (and longest) record, indefatigable rock-god-in-waiting Ty Segall beefs up his sound with a brass section while giving himself over to a bout of anything-goes creativity that hits way more than it misses. The Good: The brass, which adds showband strength to power pop numbers like “Fanny Dog” and “Alta” or