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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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DreamWorks Motion Pictures

'Home' is everything wrong with animated film

BY JACOB RICH

I walked out of “Home” about an hour in, so I couldn’t tell you how the story ends. I was not the first person to get up and leave this particular showing at the Ann Arbor Quality 16, nor do I surmise I was the last.

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Death Cab for Cutie bids longtime guitarist farewell with dreamy 'Kintsugi'

Atlantic Records

BY REGAN DETWILER

Death Cab for Cutie’s latest release and eighth studio album, Kintsugi, is quite simply a solid album

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What makes the perfect dance song?

BY CARLY SNIDER

Do your thing, you dancing fool.

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What Zayn's departure means for the direction of 1D

Columbia

BY GIBSON JOHNS

Boy bands aren’t supposed to last forever. We all know that. At a certain point in their unrelenting reigns over pop music, the hysteria dies down, the boys become men, the fans’ interest wanes, their sound evolves and, eventually, a band member decides that they’re over it.

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Innovative 'It Follows' brings art back to horror

Northern Lights Films

BY VANESSA WONG

The film constructs an intricate dialogue about innocence and intimacy. Sex sparked the monster, and the loss of innocence brings an underlying sense of anxiety.

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'Transatlantique' is minimalism done right

La Distributrice

BY KARL WILLIAMS

Dufour-Laperriere’s film is a documentary in the most minimalist sense of the word. It documents the lives of the voyagers as lived without adornment, reveling in the banality of life at sea isolated from larger social interactions.

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MUSKET performs 'Into the Woods' like never before

Courtesy of MUSKET

BY ALEX BERNARD

Seeing that child trip over a tree root and distantly wondering if she’ll fall in the shower when she’s 82, and will she break her hip? And who will help her?

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Straight to the Point: The Vagina Monologues

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“It’s fun and different and shocking,” Franklin said. “There’s so much I wouldn’t have thought to talk to people about until seeing this play.

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Out with the shorts, dudes

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

Calves are, in the main, on dudes, gross to look at ... so are legs.

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'One Big Happy' is one big downer

NBC

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

“One Big Happy” is full of strained one-liners about lesbians, stereotypes about straight guys and more off-color boob jokes than the 2013 Oscars.

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'Iphigenia' remains relevant, grapples with anti-war themes

BY COSMO PAPPAS

If literature is written in the confluence of historical, political and social forces, then “Iphigenia” is no exception

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Comedy Central

Slacker comedy 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' is amusing

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

“Big Time in Hollywood, FL” finds itself within the well-known territory of Comedy Central slacker comedies with the likes of “Broad City” and “Workaholics,” but it has yet to reach the comedic heights its predecessors have displayed over the years.

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Akshay Seth: Scared shitless, Part Two

BY AKSHAY SETH

It’s fucking terrifying in that “I feel bad for this filthy rich celebrity” kind of way, true, though more so when one considers the bottleneck glaring down any person of color looking for an in, no matter how small.

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Warner Bros.

'Get Hard' too offensive to handle tough issues

BY LAUREN WOOD

Although it’s not always clear where the line is between offensive jokes and funny, boundary-pushing ones, “Get Hard” falls definitively into the former category, relying on overdone acting and a questionable plot structure to confront issues much larger than it can handle.

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Asthmatic Kitty

Sufjan Stevens's 'Carrie & Lowell' richens the genre of folk grooves

BY MELINA GLUSAC

Simplistic folk takes the front seat — there’s no tinkering with genres, electronics, tempos or keys here. It’s just a man and his guitar — against the world, like Elliott Smith or Bob Dylan? Not quite, though the album has hints of both of these gents.

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Erika Harwood: Let's get it trending

BY ERIKA HARWOOD

Would I wear a bubble shirt, the itchy, one-size-fits-all top that reached its peak around the same time “Lizzie McGuire” did, in 2015? No, because I’m not an insane person.

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Daily Book Review: 'Satin Island' follows postmodernism

BY KARL WILLIAMS

McCarthy’s newest novel, “Satin Island,” bears testament to his ability and place as a writer of the avant-garde.

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Top Dawg

What happened to release dates?

BY RACHEL KERR

It began with Beyoncé and her 2013 self-titled project; since then, fellow artists, too, have abandoned the traditional album rollout.

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Podcasts and the art of listening

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

There was a time before Spotify and playlists of playlists, when people driving to work or ensconced in a sofa listened to the radio, which meant they had to shut up and listen.

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Medium is the message: The Wolverine Press matters

BY BAILEY KADIAN

We have digital everything now — how would visiting a printing press serve me any benefit in my writing or education?

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