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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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HBO

#TrueToTheEnd

BY ALEC STERN

On Sunday, August 24th at 10:10 p.m., “True Blood” met the True Death. After seven years, the HBO series finally resolved the Sookie Stackhouse saga, and with it, the love story at its center. And it was one hell of a ride.

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Insane 'Sin City' sequel simply bores

Dimension

BY SEAN CZARNECKI

The black-and-white CGI is gaudy, the nudity is brazen, the one-liners pile on, and the gore spills. It is loud and tasteless, but taste isn’t the point. It is not elegant, never claims to be.

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Pleasant 'Moonlight' doesn't quite match Allen's previous heights

Sony Pictures

BY JACOB RICH

I have seen far worse Woody Allen films than “Magic in the Moonlight.” It’s a charming 1920s period piece, a comfort dessert to be served after 2013’s more daring main course, “Blue Jasmine.”

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'My Everything' announces Ariana Grande's arrival to superstardom

Republic

BY ADAM THEISEN

Grande’s astounding voice is front-and-center, and this is undoubtedly the album that will make her an international superstar. While the famous producers made the blueprints, it’s Ariana Grande’s power, talent and charisma that make My Everything sparkle and pulsate with energy.

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Outside Lands Report: Hella chill in San Francisco

FilmMagic/FilmMagic

BY ARIANA ASSAF

A stellar lineup combined with the city’s innate liberated atmosphere, work by local artists, and even organically grown food gives Outside Lands a unique back-to-basics vibe that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Remembering Robin Williams

Universal

BY AKSHAY SETH

There can be solace in thinking on the ways all those tiny pieces fit together, prop each other up to create a persona as iconic as many of the movies it inhabited.

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'The Colbert Report' Live: Errors and all

BY ALEX INTNER

Watching a live taping of a TV show is a completely different experience from watching that show on television. There's so much more that happens in that little room. And, it's those moments that made the experience worth the 3 hour wait.

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Lollapalooza 2014: A young person's game

BY ERIKA HARWOOD

I was continually comforted by the presence of acts I’ve recently discovered along with longtime loves, and I refused to let some punk-ass teens who’ve been at back-to-back EDM shows since one p.m. ruin that for me.

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'The Honorable Woman' intrigues behind Middle East backdrop

The Sundance Channel

BY ALEC STERN

Unlike its seasonal companions, this smart, engaging thriller is in a unique position to not only entertain but also spark a dialogue, encouraging its audience to remain informed and educated on both sides of the decades-old struggle, just as the series strives to do.

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The Rock's 'Hercules' is a Greek tragedy

Paramount

BY JACOB RICH

So the film is not a movie for great acting. That’s not the end of the world. But does great action make up for the not-so-great acting? Surprisingly, no.

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FYF

FYF 2014: Growing pains and rising bands

BY ARIANA ASSAF

FYF was a weekend of exploration, and it was a weekend of growth. I saw a lot of bands I hadn’t seen or hadn’t heard before, and I saw one I have a whole lot of feelings for.

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DogBear

Kris Allen showcases underrated talent at The Blind Pig

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

There’s no doubt why Allen won American Idol back in 2009. With transcendent live vocals and a charisma to last a lifetime, Allen is truly what Simon Cowell called the “X Factor” back in the day.

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In Spite of Time: A Few Immortal Songs

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

Here are five songs that sound as great today, after countless listens, as they did when I first heard them.

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Barsuk

Cymbals Eat Guitars honor a lost friend on 'LOSE'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

The band tempers their state of mourning with memory, and they recreate specific events and places with such vividness, such intensity, that the album feels like a time capsule buried beneath New Jersey soil, still rollicking with life.

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Enigma

Revisiting Sonic Youth's no-wave milestone, 'Daydream Nation'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

26 years have passed since its initial release, which, come to think of it, christens a rather odd anniversary date for a reissue. Why now? What designates 2014 as prime temporal real estate?

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On Screen Entertainment

'The Giver' film doesn't do justice to the classic story

BY ZAK WITUS

Overall, it’s the cinematic version of vanilla pudding. “The Giver” doesn’t build on or revise the major or minor dystopian classics. Instead it regurgitates them partially digested for a younger audience.

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Atlantic

On 'Blacc Hollywood,' Wiz is holding himself back

BY ADAM THEISEN

While sticking to “safe” hip hop and pop may seem appealing, Wiz is only going to be able to stick around if he follows his potential to make honest, emotional music.

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Walt Disney Pictures

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a human tale in deep space

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

What makes this film so special is how so many scenes evoke this crazy yet very real sense of humanity.

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Akshay Seth: 'Guardians' of a new age in filmmaking

BY AKSHAY SETH

This subversion is present in every breathing crevice of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” as is a complete disregard for the many markedly recognizable tropes used to guide films like “Man of Steel” or “The Dark Knight” trilogy.

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Starz

Appealing 'Outlander' follows time-traveling romance

BY CHLOE GILKE

The Starz network doesn’t have a built-in following like HBO or FX, but its newest offering, “Outlander,” will surely bring new fans and acclaim. Like that other popular cable show, “Outlander” is a vaguely historical drama punctuated by spilled guts and unbuttoned pants, and is based off a beloved series of novels.

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