BY ANDREW MCCLURE
Rookie director Jennifer Kent splashes big and dark in her debut, “The Babadook,” which is not only among the best pictures of 2014, but one that’ll surely secure her seat at the not-big table of aughtie indie filmmakers to watch.
BY NATALIE GADBOIS
Mic dropped. Game changed. Feminist icon born.
BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN
It follows the formulas of crime procedurals and period dramas, but it adds bits of tongue-in-cheek humor that keep the show relevant
BY JACOB RICH
There is no doubt that “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” will be remembered as an important moment in the history of animation. It’s just a shame that its animation didn’t have a more daring or interesting purpose.
BY ZAK WITUS
We should be weary of the great man theory, along with texts that perpetuate it, because they have high potential for deterring activism.
BY KAREN HUA
Ansari seamlessly melded a casual, conversational effect with his formal content. There was structure in his set, but he was also such a brilliant improviser that his material never felt forced, or stale even after repetition to other tour cities already.
BY ALEX INTNER
The leap that “The Americans” took in its second season was nothing short of extraordinary.
BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY
Folk tributes to hip-hop certainly had me intrigued, and even a tad anxious. Could this keep me entertained for four whole hours? The answer: YES.
BY CHLOE GILKE
“The Boy Next Door” is aware of exactly what kind of movie it is. It takes its trashiness in stride, embracing all the elements that should make it objectively bad and spinning crap into pure entertainment.
BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO
I grew up in a family that was consciously, and conspicuously, more Italian than Italian-American. We said “parmigiano,” not “parmesan,” and only ate spaghetti with meatballs on Christmas.
BY REBECCA GODWIN
Despite being limited in set and costume choices, Francisco found a way to make the show more character-focused as well as uniquely her own.
BY MELINA GLUSAC
At points, the album is downright fun — Pond reminds us that this is a key ingredient in the often-too-chill genre of psychedelic rock.
BY NOAH COHEN
For examples of computerized animation done right, see: “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and “Big Hero 6.” Avoid “Strange Magic.”
BY PAIGE PFLEGER
Much like Detroit’s art and music scenes, the city’s literary culture is immense. Detroit’s literary history for lit-buffs is as rich as the legacy of Motown for the rest of the country.
BY REBECCA LERNER
The refusal of the Academy Awards to recognize the breath-taking work of American Americans in film shows a great divide between those who will listen to their stories and those who will not.
BY CARLY SNIDER
Her debut album, Natalie Prass, is short but sweet, pulling from some of the best aspects of old-school country music – the slight twang of vocals and a no-nonsense lyrical style.
BY CAROLINE FILIPS
She came. She spoke. We laughed. As soon as cartoonist and writer Alison Bechdel appeared on stage and graced the nearly-full crowd with her presence, she too laughed … at herself.
BY ADAM THEISEN
Jon Stewart never set out to make a point. When he took over “The Daily Show” from Craig Kilborn in 1999, he shifted the program’s focus toward more explicitly political satire, and Stewart has undoubtedly made an impact through the years on America’s current political climate.
BY KIM BATCHELOR
We are quickly reminded of the eerie feeling that no one is ever safe.