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Friday, July 25, 2014

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Common holds nothing back in portrait of Chicago streets

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

The particular immaterial quality of his voice allows him to give his subject matter a unique importance, a cut-the-shit directness that aims its five-fingered death punch straight at your forehead.

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Akshay Seth: The greatest Hindi film I'll ever see

Anurag Kashyap Films

BY AKSHAY SETH

Leaving it off at ‘crime epic’ would be like calling “The Godfather” trilogy ‘those videos with the Italian people shooting each other.’ “Wasseypur” unfurls like a continually-expanding hand threaded carpet.

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'Matador' a bit too campy for its own good

El Rey

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

The question is whether self-awareness of all the campy clichés “Matador” revels in is enough. Just because the writers invite the meta-references doesn’t mean they belie any value.

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Weird Al's new parodies: Always witty, not always fun to listen to

Capitol

BY KEN SELANDER

Maybe pop music in the 90’s and early aughts was just better and gave Weird Al a foundation of quality music to build off of to gain success through ripping off other artists in the most comical, fun-loving way possible.

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Guillermo del Toro talks new, savage vampire show 'The Strain'

BY ALEX INTNER

During a conference call in which The Michigan Daily participated, del Toro said, when asked about what makes his show different from all the others, “very rarely do we get to see a savage form of vampirism in either film or TV, or basically any other medium.

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'Hellion' explores a troubled Texas childhood

IFC Films

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

All happy families are alike, yet despite what Tolstoy says, broken families must be alike too, because the subject of deep-rooted family angst – however removed from the viewer’s own life – almost always touches an easy nerve.

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'Masters of Sex' begins its second season with a bang

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Masters of Sex” is easily the best drama of the summer, perhaps up there with the greats airing during the rest of the year. Though the title might be a turn-off for some, the show actually focuses comparatively little of its energy on sex and spectacle.

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Brian Burlage: The Best Albums of 2014 (so far)

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

As these two ceremonies-of-sorts collide, sentiment rises, retrospection of the first half of the year ensues, and high hopes for the remaining half begin to take shape. In this sense, it seems entirely appropriate to take a closer look at some of 2014’s best music releases thus far:

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Polydor

La Roux satisfies with upbeat pop on 'Trouble in Paradise'

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

The creative split between the duo’s members seems to have opened the way for Jackson to pursue her ‘80s throwback aesthetic to its potently danceable and upbeat conclusions on her latest release.

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'Hold On, We're Going Home' hitmakers release debut EP

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

Majid Jordan was faced with the equally daunting tasks of establishing an identity for themselves and living up to the success of their collaboration with Drake. With this release’s brooding instrumentals and luscious vocals, it’s safe to say that the duo has succeeded on both counts.

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Akshay Seth: The political importance of 'Snowpiercer'

BY AKSHAY SETH

Initially confined to just eight screens, strong word-of-mouth in the last few has propelled a VOD release and made room for critics to squeeze this much-hyped sci-fi-apocalypse extravaganza into a box of bandwagon assertions: It’s simply a critique of classism; a blunt swing at bureaucracy; the most politically charged picture of the year.

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DGC

Rise Against devolves into repetitive droning on 'The Black Market'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

The Black Market is conspiratorial, speculative, and wholly reduced to formula. It’s a misanthropic, redundant mess. In fact, if the album achieves anything, it’s this: a complete representation of Rise Against’s own drastic polar-melting of its older, truer music.

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FX

Winning Cast Saves 'Married'

BY ALEX INTNER

The premise of the show is simple. Academy Award Winner Nat Faxon (“Ben and Kate”) and Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”) play Russ and Lina, a lower-middle class married couple. They live their lives, raise their kids, and crack sex jokes, like real couples do.

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Harvest

Morrissey repackages the same old idiosyncrasies on 'World Peace'

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

While traces of that looming presence are visible on Morrissey’s latest album World Peace Is None Of Your Business, close inspection reveals the cracks in the façade of the singer’s sphinxlike persona.

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Moshi Moshi Records

Slow Club explores romance on 'Complete Surrender'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

In a sense, Slow Club’s first two albums form the first and second parts of a romantic trilogy. As the third installment, Complete Surrender rounds off the landscape’s fraying edges and reveals the redemptive joy of love in reunification.

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FX

Sluggish 'The Strain' still has its terrifying moments

BY ALEX INTNER

The slow plot development is mostly mitigated by the fantastic work done by the writers and directors to create some terrifying scenes.

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