Another Friday means another Film Review Roundup! Below you'll find a handful of must-read film reviews of new movies hitting the big screen this week. Pop some popcorn, get comfortable and click through our roundup to learn our reviewers' opinions on all the films your friends are talking about. Let us help decide on a feature presentation for movie night this weekend.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's comic book blockbuster Sin City. With a star-studded cast featuring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin, and with a sleek, black-and-white, graphic novel aesthetic, this film is intriguing by looks alone. Read our review to see if the film stands up to its 2005 predecessor.
Catch Daniel Radcliffe's latest performance as a love-struck med school dropout in The F Word. This "let's just be friends" romantic comedy strays from the genre's typical, stale structure; follow the link to see what we mean.Sports fans will want to read our review of When the Game Stands Tall, an inspirational tale about how one football team's dedication and teamwork launched them into success. If you're in the mood for a wholesome, moving story with a happy ending, look no further.
When a couple struggling to stay together retreat to a cottage to settle their dispute, they find something strange in the guesthouse that sets their relationship even further off-balance. That's the premise for Charlie McDowell's film The One I Love; our reviewer calls McDowell's feature film debut "braver than most films coming from veteran filmmakers." See why at the link above.Then, read our review of Señoritas, a bleak series of vignettes about an isolated group of youths. Our reviewer will tell you whether it's a poignant statement on growing up, or if it's a banal bummer of a film.
Finally, what happens when the creator of critically-acclaimed dramatic TV series Mad Men tackles a painfully honest silver screen dramedy featuring comedic key players like Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis? Our review of Are You Here will tell you just that.
If you're still looking for more, head over to our Recently Reviewed section for more reviews of the weekend's new films.
Yoko Ono has previously spoken out against Mark David Chapman's applications to be released from prison. She is presumably pleased, therefore, to learn that John Lennon's killer will continue to remain behind bars after having been denied parole once again. The 59-year-old Chapman had a parole hearing on Wednesday (August 20), and officials announced today (August 22) that his application has been rejected. This marks the eighth time he has been denied parole. The parole board said [via New York Daily News], "The panel has determined that if released at this time, there...Read More
As promised earlier in the summer, Fucked Up have just delivered another pair of 7-inch singles sporting b-sides recorded during the same sessions as their latest album, Glass Boys. The announcement arrived earlier today (August 22) on the group's Facebook page, where they confirmed that each record sports an unreleased track. The first mini-platter finds Glass Boys single "Sun Glass" on the A-side, while the flip houses a "poppy" new track titled "B.O.K." that "never made it on the record because it didn't fit too well musically." The second 7-inch likewise includes a...Read More
Evidently Beyoncé isn't on the Atlanta school curriculum, since a grade six teacher may be out of a job after playing the Jay Z-featuring track "Drunk in Love" to her class. According to an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [via Billboard], this song is one of the reasons that the Atlanta school district is attempting to oust teacher Nikki Turner. "This song contained profanity, vulgarity, and sexually explicit lyrics," read a distinct document. "This song is not [in] alignment with Teacher Keys Standard 9, Professionalism." The lyrics in question...Read More
It's been a while since Pusha T gave us any info behind his in-the-works King Push LP, but the Virginia rapper has now revealed that G.O.O.D. Music pal Kanye West is on-board as its executive producer. Speaking with XXL, Pusha hinted that following some beatwork on 2013's My Name Is My Name, West has had a big hand in the making of the upcoming full-length. He noted that other artists adding production include Nottz, Needlz, Dom $olo, Hudson Mohawke and Baauer, as well as previously revealed studio collaborators the Neptunes. As far as the tracks go, Pusha hasn't...Read More
The world is just a little safer for concert-goers, since the man responsible for the biting attack earlier this month during Lollapalooza has been apprehended and charged. The accused attacker in question is 33-year-old Sergio Vicenteno (pictured above). He has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery after his attack against 29-year-old Ben Lenet, who was watching Arctic Monkeys at the Chicago festival on August 1. Soon after the assault, Lenet posted his account on Reddit in the hopes that someone could help him identify the culprit. Lenet wrote that the man attacked...Read More
Following this spring's double seven-inch reissue of Siouxsie and the Banshees' debut single, "Hong Kong Garden", the UK legends have announced another batch of touched-up entries from their mighty back catalogue. This time around, the band will deliver expanded and remastered editions of albums issued between the late '80s and early '90s. Due October 13 in the UK through Universal Music are deluxe editions of 1987's Through the Looking Glass, 1988's Peepshow, 1991's Superstition and the group's 1995 swansong, The Rapture. As explained on the Banshees'...Read More
Olivia Jean has many ties to Jack White and his Third Man Records: Not only does she front label signees the Black Belles, she has backed other roster members like Wanda Jackson, Karen Elson and even White himself. Now, Jean has announced her debut solo effort for the imprint. Bathtub Love Killings will be out on October 14. The album was produced by White. An announcement describes it like this: "Playing damn-near every instrument she could get her hands on, the result is a well-rounded, catchy record that's chock-a-block full of ear worm moments." The title is inspired by an...Read More
Following news earlier this summer that Diplo was teaming up in the studio with Madonna, the Mad Decent guru has revealed that producers MNEK and Ariel Rechtshaid will also be expressing themselves on the pop icon's next LP. In an interview with Billboard, Diplo gave up some more details behind the creation of the record, which follows 2012's MDNA. While the specifics are slim, he noted that 19-year-old UK producer MNEK (Disclosure, Rudimental) and Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira) have had a hand in directing the verses of an as-yet-unnamed new tune to which Madonna...Read More
Yesterday (August 22), reports spread around the web that former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland had been arrested close to a month ago for burglary and methamphetamine possession and has been locked up ever since. Now, in a bizarre twist, it has turned out that the criminal was impersonating the 44-year-old singer, and the real Weiland is currently in the studio with his band. Following yesterday's reports, Weiland and his band the Wildabouts posted a video on Facebook explaining that they were currently recording in Los Angeles. The singer called...Read More
As previously reported, Kendrick Lamar's 2012 instant classic good kid, m.A.A.d. city recently served as the inspiration behind a new short film. Now, that same record will serve as the main text for an English composition class at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA, according to The Independent [via HipHopDX]. Instructor Adam Diehl will lecture freshmen on the LP, alongside other works like James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Gwendolyn Brooks' Selected Poems and the film Boyz N the Hood, which focus on classic coming of...Read More
A few months following the release of Jill Barber's soul-leaning Fool's Gold, the jazzy West Coast-based singer has announced she'll be supporting the 24 karat soul collection with a batch of fall tour dates. A press release notes that Barber has a handful of U.S. dates coming up in September and October, but she's set to give the mother country some lovin' come November. The trip starts off out at Prince George, BC's Vanier Hall on November 1 as part of David Suzuki's environmentally focused "Blue Dot Tour" before splintering off eastwards as a series of headlining gigs. As...Read More
Over the course of the New Pornographers' career, the band have gradually been shifting away from the electrified, keyboard-spiked energy of their early work in favour of a more organic sound. The upcoming Brill Bruisers, however, flips this trajectory on its head. "We don't care if we sound real," reflects frontman Carl Newman — otherwise known as A.C. Newman — in an interview with Exclaim! "We just want to sound good." Bassist and co-producer John Collins concurs. He says, "Whatever drove the song — we weren't going to second guess it by saying, 'No, we...Read More
Henry Rollins has never been shy about sharing his opinions, and the former Black Flag frontman is bound to piss off more than a handful of people with his new editorial for L.A. Weekly. In the piece, Rollins condemns suicide in light of Robin Williams' recent passing. The column is rather indelicately titled "Fuck Suicide." In it, Rollins offered no shortage of praise for Williams' work as an actor, describing his Good Will Hunting performance as "unimpeachable" and "brave and excellent work." He further added that he thought of Williams as a "good man" for his involvement...Read More
While Cat Power is currently busy bringing awareness to the situation in Ferguson, MO, over on Twitter, the indie singer-songwriter will be putting the focus on her catalogue of music this fall on an upcoming tour. The newly unveiled tour schedule was delivered through label home Matador Records today (August 21), confirming that the artist born Chan Marshall will be back on the road in support of 2012's Sun come September. This includes a previously announced date opening for the Pixies, as well as an additional stretch of solo dates. The headlining schedule includes stops in...Read More
UK pop star Jessie J turned heads last month when she released the star-studded mega hit "Bang Bang" with a little help from Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. That's just the beginning of her return to pop glory, however, as she's just announced details for her third album. The release is called Sweet Talker and sees J teaming up with some of the music world's biggest stars. These include producers like Diplo, Tricky Stewart and Max Martin, alongside performers like 2 Chainz and The-Dream. Speaking with Radio.com, Jessie J said Sweet Talker came together with ease. "It...Read More
Earlier this week, once countrified pop star Taylor Swift announced her 1989 album, and with it, released the video for "Shake It Off." While many dismissed the song for various reasons, Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt accused Swift of cultural appropriation. Now, the video's director, Mark Romanek, has responded to the accusations. Via his Twitter, Sweatshirt called the video "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful," accusing Swift of "perpetuating black stereotypes." He also admitted that he hadn't even watched the video. In an interview with Vulture,...Read More
Like many artists, Talib Kweli has weighed in on the shooting death of Ferguson, MO teenager Michael Brown and the ensuing clashes between police and protestors. He has also spoken out against mainstream media coverage of the event, taking CNN host anchor Don Lemon to task in an interview by bringing up allegedly misleading information the news station has delivered over the past week and a half. The interview confirms that Kweli quickly made his way to Ferguson to see for himself how the narrative has been unfolding, noting that Twitter movements can only do so much ("Without the people...Read More
After serving up the recording and lineup info behind the Melvins' new Hold It In LP earlier in the summer, the sultans of sludge have now the issued tracklisting details and cover art. As you'll see up above, the artwork features crudely cut-out headshots of the band being scooped up in spoons with their respective names etched into them. For the record, the lineup on the LP comprises founding members Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, as well as Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus. As for the record itself, it contains 12 new tracks with suitably off-kilter...Read More
Following this year's revamped version of Death's Leprosy, the Florida death metal outfit's back catalogue will be treated to another deluxe reissue. This time, Relapse Records is about to issue a tweaked-up edition of the group's 1990 effort, Spiritual Healing. The label has confirmed that it will have a fully remastered vinyl version of Death's third full-length out in North America on September 30, with the European/UK release date being a day earlier and the German pressing due to land September 26. A deluxe double-LP box set arrives in a run of 500 copies, with the first...Read More