Our Film Review Roundup is designed to help those itching to take in a flick make informed decisions, and this week's edition is no different. Get the scoop on these new films via our reviews below before you hit the theatre, then stop by our Recently Reviewed section for more on the latest film releases. Read on and have a cinematic weekend.
Brett Ratner's take on the classic Roman mythological tale of the demigod Hercules finds Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking on the titular role. It's a fresh and surprising take on a classic tale but does this update hit the nail on the head, or totally miss its mark? See what our reviewer thought of the Rock's heroic role at the link above.
Scarlett Johansson seems to be on a bit of sci-fi kick lately. Her latest endeavour, Lucy, explores what would happen if humans could function at their brain's full potential, but while the concept is intriguing enough, Scar-Jo's highly anticipated blockbuster turns out to be an overhyped flop. Click above to find out why our reviewer is calling this film "sophomoric" and "half-baked."
Cinephiles and thespians alike will want to read our review of A Master Builder, directed by Jonathan Demme. Adapted for the silver screen from a Henrik Ibsen play, it blends theatrical elements into a cinematic medium. Our review has all the details on this dense new film.
Finally, our critic analyzes the film's superior cinematography, the origins of the storyline and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's final performance in his review of A Most Wanted Man. Read it in the link above.
Looking for more? Head over to our Recently Reviewed section for the latest reviews of film, music and more.
UK psych troupe the Horrors have had to cancel their upcoming North American tour, as well as all European dates, in support of their recent, Exclaim!-favourited Luminous LP over "circumstances beyond our control." News of the axed fall dates came through the band's Twitter and Facebook pages today (July 25). While the specifics are slim, the outfit confirmed that they've been forced to reschedule the North American trip, which was due to begin in October, until sometime later in 2015. While the band refer to the axed dates as being in the U.S., it can safely be assumed that...Read More
Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Slight Birching (a.k.a. Sean Travis Ramsay) has been fine tuning his experimental approach to lo-fi folk over the last few years with a series of EPs and online releases. Now he will be serving up his next batch of tracks as Cultural Envelope next month. The artist's upcoming LP arrives independently August 12, with a press release explaining that the 11-song effort continues to balance ambient elements with traditional folk music, combining synth sounds with finger-picked acoustic melodies. This time around, the song cycle is said to be informed by...Read More
There have been a number of Spacemen 3 reissues in recent years, but the druggy psych band are digging into their archives to drop a previously recorded live album captured in 1989. Live at the New Morning, Geneva, 5.18.89 will be out on August 21 through Mental Groove Records. This show has previously been available as a bootleg, but this official pressing shortens the concert by half by been removing the between-song tuning and chatter. It also excises an extra rendition of "Revolution," which the band played twice. We can expect this set to sound like classic Spacemen 3,...Read More
A Washington musician has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding investors out of nearly $600,000 in non-existent compilations and charity concerts he said would feature the likes of Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. In 2013, Vancouver, WA's Kasey Anderson had pleaded guilty to committing a series of wire fraud schemes between 2009 and 2011. As Billboard reports, this past Tuesday (July 22), U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton handed down his verdict in a Tacoma courtroom, where Anderson was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $594,636 in...Read More
With the Beastie Boys' classic Paul's Boutique celebrating its official 25th anniversary today (July 25), the owners of the iconic New York City storefront shown on the album cover have revealed plans to toast the rap trio with a new mural. Brokelyn [ via Rolling Stone] reports that local artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting a Beasties-inspired tableau onto the wall outside of sandwich shop Wolfnights tomorrow. When the album cover was shot, the storefront had been occupied by Lee's Sportswear. Mastrion will begin painting the mural tomorrow at 11 a.m....Read More
Earlier this week, Bishop Nehru tweeted out the fall release date for his and DOOM's upcoming NehruvianDOOM LP, and now the details behind the collaborative rap album have been delivered in full. As previously reported, the record will arrive September 23 through Lex Projects/Noizy Cricket and a day earlier in the UK. The LP contains nine tag-team tracks, including previously teased single "Darkness (HBU)." The album was conceptualized after the pair met in London in 2013, with DOOM later sending beats to the New York teen via email. Bars were then sent back as part of a...Read More
Earlier this year, Chance the Rapper said that he was becoming roomies with James Blake and was planning to host lots of collaborative sessions at his new Los Angeles crib. It's not too much of a surprise, then, to learn that the Chicago-bred MC has been working on material with a host of notable guests. In addition to his buddy Blake, Chance told BBC Radio 1Xtra that he's been collaborating with Wyclef Jean, J. Cole, Boys Noize and Jessie Ware. "I'm soaking in their energy," Chance said. "These are seasoned, awesome, eclectic artists who know a lot that I don't know. Just just...Read More
Young Money millionaire Lil Wayne is apparently looking to make a milli off of the sports world, with reports coming in that the rapper/entrepreneur is starting up his own management company. Already, there's been speculation that Weezy has brought aboard famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for the venture. While the pair are already pals, a source told TMZ that the rapper will handle marketing, endorsements and more for the world famous Portuguese player inside the U.S. It's further pointed out that Lil Wayne's rumoured business has ties to Polaris Sports, through which Ronaldo's...Read More
If you missed out on mosh-inducing CBGB matinees, early pressings of records on Rat Cage or a time when the Cro-Mags all seemed to get along, a new history book on the New York hardcore scene of the '80s is about to help fill in the blanks. Full of interviews with members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Gorilla Biscuits and more, punk historian Tony Rettman's oral history NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 arrives late this November through Bazillion Points Books. A press release for the 450-page tome explains that Rettman conducted over 100 interviews with members of the hardcore...Read More
In a situation that imposes limits on many and benefits no one, there has long been a impassable wall placed between secular and gospel music, as if there's a time, place and audience for both, but never shall they meet. Of course, this modern peculiarity is at odds with the personal histories of many rhythm and blues singers, those who nurtured their creative talents under church roofs. Naomi Shelton's experience suggests that either those old barriers are becoming more permeable, or maybe there's just a universal appeal to what she and the Gospel Queens are doing. "We haven't had...Read More
Enigmatic Canadian performer Lewis has been a source of obsession all year thanks to a recent reissue of his stellar 1983 LP L'Amour. Earlier this week, his sophomore effort Romantic Times hit eBay. If you're worried that you're going to be outbid (protip: you are), fret not, as Light in the Attic has now announced a reissue of the second LP. The eight-track effort is available digitally as of today (July 24), with the CD set to arrive on August 26 and a vinyl version coming on November 18. The Romantic Times reissue was remastered from a sealed vinyl copy of...Read More
Back in 2012, heavy music gods Metallica regained control of their entire back catalogue and launched their own label called Blackened Recordings. Now, they're using this imprint to launch a massive vinyl reissue campaign. As Modern Vinyl points out, the campaign consists of a total of 11 vinyl releases. Albums getting single-LP pressings are Kill 'Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984) and Master of Puppets (1986). Double-LP pressings, meanwhile, will be given to ...And Justice for All (1988), Metallica (1991), Load (1996),...Read More
The world of Swedish pop has suffered a loss, as producer Christian Falk has passed away following his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52. Falk had been diagnosed with the disease in February of this year, according to Aftonbladet. Former collaborator Neneh Cherry was among those to confirm his death. Today (July 24), she tweeted a photo of the two of them together with the message "#christianfalk may he rest in peace." #christianfalk may he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/1fWdKqOZo0— Neneh Cherry (@misscherrylala) July 24, 2014Born in 1962 in Stockholm, Falk...Read More
Fans who head to Merritt, BC's electronic music festival Bass Coast early next month with see artists like A Tribe Called Red, Addison Groove and Mat the Alien. Here's one thing they won't see, however: First Nations headdresses. Concert attendees will be banned from wearing headdresses on the festival site. In a statement on Facebook, the Bass Coast Festival organizers explained that the festival is held on indigenous land. They consulted with local First Nations in the province, and they are enforcing a no-headdress policy that conveys their wishes. Read the full statement...Read More
Following 2011's Diaper Island, Calgary musical mad scientist Chad VanGaalen released a couple of cassette albums of B-sides. Soon, the prolific songwriter will do the same for this year's Shrink Dust. "I think there'll be two [new] cassettes — there's at least three records' worth of B-sides on [Shrink Dust]," VanGaalen told FFWD. "That's usually how it works. Garbage Island 1 and 2 were the sort of crème of the crop that came off Diaper Island. To tell you the truth, I think Garbage Island 1 is better than Diaper...Read More
Boise, ID indie rock mainstays Built to Spill may be tight-lipped on the arrival of their long-in-the-works new LP, but the beans have been, well, spilled regarding an upcoming repress of their iconic 1999 LP Keep It Like a Secret. While the original LP arrived at the turn of the century through Warner Bros., the upcoming reissue lands on 180-gram vinyl on August 11 via Music on Vinyl. A double-LP reissue arrived through Warner Bros. in 2007, but this upcoming edition brings it all back to a single wax platter. A press release notes that this was Built to Spill's "pop" album,...Read More
Onetime Redd Kross drummer Brian Reitzell has been on a tear this year, having just announced yet another pair of releases. Following his Kevin Shields-assisted Auto Music solo LP and the upcoming soundtrack to the Watch Dogs videogame, Reitzell will deliver a couple soundtrack releases supporting TV drama Hannibal. Lakeshore Records will first handle Reitzell's Season 1 – Volume 1 and Season 2 – Volume 2 as digital releases, with the first set scheduled to drop August 5. The online version of Volume 2 follows on September 2, while...Read More
Two years after Vessel (a.k.a. Sebastian Gainsborough) delivered his Exclaim!-approved debut Order of Noise, the Brisbane-based electronic artist has announced his return. The UK soundscaper's sophomore set Punish, Honey comes September 16 through Tri Angle Records. Though not abandoning the groundwork laid in his earlier material, a press release explains that Gainsborough's goal for Punish, Honey was to steer away from "archetypal electronic sounds" and towards a more organic experience. To accomplish this, Vessel utilized atypical instrumentation, including sheet...Read More
While Brazilian metal vets Sepultura were forced to cancel their North American "Tsunami of Metal" tour over visa issues last year, the band still managed to play around the world. For instance, they rocked their home country's Rock in Rio in the fall of 2013, and that set is now being preserved as a concert CD/DVD. Dubbed, most appropriately, Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive at Rock in Rio, the live collection drops September 16 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. As implied by the title, the releases showcases Sepultura's concert performance at last fall's...Read More