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REVIEW: ‘Annie’ (2014)

It’s been three decades since the last time we saw Annie on the big screen and with a winking poke at the traditionally (white) red-headed and cheerful moppet we’re used to it lets you know right off the bat that this isn’t the previous generation’s Annie; it’s a modernized, Twitter-ized and street smart update. Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of ...

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REVIEW: ‘Still Alice’ (★★★½)

There is a scene early on in Still Alice where Julianne Moore’s Columbia University professor Dr. Alice Howland is giving a speech on linguistics to a group of college students and she forgets what she’s saying mid-sentence. There is a pause and Alice snaps back with a self-deprecating comment, “I knew I shouldn’t have had that champagne!” to the audience’s ...

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Music Review: Perfume Genius – Too Bright

  A term I have never particularly cared for when it comes to discussing music is the term “grower”. Ideally, this term should be applied to artists whose music is almost so seamless that it takes multiple listens to really uncover the hidden layers and intricacies scattered throughout the album. More often than not, though, it’s used to apply to ...

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37th Mill Valley Film Festival Capsule Reviews: The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Force Majeure, Foxcatcher

The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum) Alan Turing won World War II. The creator of the decoder of Germany’s legendary Enigma machine, Turing’s genius and persistence was thanked by a charge of “gross indecency” for homosexual acts and he was chemically castrated as a result. It was only last year that Queen Elizabeth pardoned Turing of this charge. At times, The Imitation ...

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MADONNA WEEK: Her #1 Songs, Ranked

From 1984 to 2000 Madonna racked up 12 #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. That puts her below Mariah Carey (18) and Rihanna (13, and just passed her this year) but one thing you can always say about Madonna’s #1’s is that they’re all her. No featured artists, duets or being a featured artist on someone else’s song to ...

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MADONNA WEEK: Her Top 12 Videos, Ranked

How do you choose just 12 great Madonna videos and why 12? The rest of this Madonna series is going to be lists of 12 (12 albums, 12 #1 singles) so I must abide by it. Inevitably, fan favorites and even some of my own favorites will be left out so apologies ahead of time for anyone shocked, hurt, confused ...

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MADONNA WEEK: Top 10 Hottest Lovers, Husbands and Flings

It’s Madonna Week on AwardsWatch! With the Queen of Pop celebrating her 56th birthday on August 16th, we’ll be counting down and charting everything from her relationships to videos to #1 singles, all leading up to a rated, reviewed and ranked chart of her 12 studio albums. Today we’re starting off with Madonna Top 10 Lovers, Husbands and Flings. Madge ...

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