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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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20th Century Fox

Clichéd 'Maze Runner' sunk by poor directing

BY NOAH COHEN

The issue for “The Maze Runner” is direction; it’s constantly unclear which questions we-the-audience are intended to consider paramount; it’s unclear whether we should consider present conflicts to be lethal threats or minor nuisances.

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'New Girl' premiere is reinvigorated silliness

FOX

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Last Wedding” simultaneously represents classic “New Girl” and a version of the show viewers have never seen before.

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Overcrowded cast dilutes 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Warner Bros.

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Perhaps it’s the abundance of television stars, or the comfortable suburban setting, but “This Is Where I Leave You” feels more like a sitcom than a movie, built up with easy laughs and schmaltz rather than real moments.

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'Gotham' brings movie magic to the small screen

FOX

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

The “Batman” franchise has always blurred the edges between the two institutions, law enforcement and the villains, and the show carries on this skeptical tradition.

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Smith's 'Tusk' endearing yet terrifying

Smodcast

BY JACOB RICH

“Tusk” is the definition of a solid “B” movie. Both the overall concept and the dialogue are legitimately clever, and the film is self-aware enough to make its low-budget aesthetic negligible

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Taylor Swift, the princess of pop?

Big Machine

BY GIBSON JOHNS

If 1989 ends up being the album that I and many others expect it to be, then gone will be the days of the country duds that Taylor Swift used as fillers on Red.

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'U' Keene Theater to welcome Berlin-based dance company

BY COSMO PAPPAS

This Friday, the doors to the Keene Theater of the Residential College will welcome German-speaking and non-German-speaking guests alike for an open workshop with Tanz Tangente.

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Network television isn't dead

ABC

BY CHLOE GILKE

Network television isn’t dead. It’s alive and thriving, though its face is no longer recognizably white or male, nor is its programming comparable to whatever was airing ten years ago.

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Pussy Riot to give 'Punk Prayer' lecture at Michigan Theater

Erik Lohr / The Voice Project

BY GILLIAN JAKAB

This Thursday evening in the Michigan Theater, University organizations The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies are co-presenting the Pussy Riot/Zona Prava member’s lecture “Punk Prayer.”

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Paige Pfleger: Write a House gives house to Brooklyn poet

BY PAIGE PFLEGER

The offbeat group bought a house off the auction block for $1,000 back in 2012 and renovated it to give it away to a writer of any kind. Casey Rocheteau beat out hundreds of writers for her new Hamtramck abode.

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Matador

Perfume Genius's individuality shines 'Too Bright'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

He has crafted an album that strikes not with the swing of its fist but by the turning of its back. Too Bright brings to a careful head all the beauty and devastation of Hadreas’ personal battles.

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BBC Films

Kline carries unremarkable 'My Old Lady'

BY KARSTEN SMOLINSKI

The film follows an all-too-familiar pattern of unraveling secrets and dramatic confrontations. However, the excellent cast manages just enough charisma to prevent a complete tragedy.

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Alec Stern: Vampires, cannibals and the challenges of TV horror

BY ALEC STERN

The other day, my brother asked me what “The Strain” was even about. “Vampires,” I said. “But not like, sexy vampires. They’re scary.” He was unimpressed, but there wasn’t really much else I could say to try and impress him.

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Infectious

Alt-J is their own genre on 'This Is All Yours'

BY YARDAIN AMRON

Call it prog-rock, indie-electronica, experimental-folk, whatever soothes our craving to label and define. But This Is All Yours just doesn’t fit all neat and tidy in any one box.

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Campus Fashion: The Diag

BY JOOHYUN YU

Students on The Diag express their personalities through their outfits.

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Natalie Gadbois: The trouble with Olivia Wilde's breast

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Wilde’s photo illustrates a modern Madonna – her face calm, her waist already thin, even her breasts sans stretch marks. Her baby is naked and glowing, a paragon of infant innocence and grace. What purpose does this humble-brag serve?

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Syfy

Zombies, vampires and the TV monster genre

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

Can you watch “Z Nation” for its video-game style gore and bombard of nonstop action? Sure, but it’s almost more fun to look beneath that and probe at the plight of the Living Dead.

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