Show Review: The Black Queen with Telefon Tel Aviv and Vogel at Rickshaw Stop, 12/28/2016

January 9, 2017

Dark industrialists stun with spectacular visuals and dizzying energy It was a dark night at the Rickshaw Stop on 12/28. Droves of music fans, clad in black, funneled in throughout the evening to enjoy the darker side of synth music, and while some folks are near impossible to please, it was pretty obvious that this was […]

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Film Review: Paterson

January 6, 2017
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So much depends / upon / a lovely motion / picture / directed with much / love / in the cinema / today Jim Jarmusch is one of those divisive filmmakers about whom everyone seems to have an opinion; people seem to either love his meditative, slow, literary style, or they find themselves frustrated by […]

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Film Review: Silence

January 6, 2017
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Scorsese has, at long last, delivered his faithful long-lasting delivery on faith I’m not opposed to a film with a 160+ minute running time. What I do mind is when that movie doesn’t utilize its extended running time properly. It’s hard to fault Martin Scorsese for ensuring that his new film, Silence, runs a simmering 160 minutes. […]

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Festival Preview: BottleRock Napa Valley, 2017

January 3, 2017
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Like anyone else who’s devoted to her favorite festival, I have been waiting for this morning for quite some time. Why? Because that’s when BottleRock Napa Valley was set to announce this year’s lineup — and announce it they did. I knew that Dave Grohl had said back in 2013 that if the festival made it […]

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Film Feature: Chad’s Top 10 Films of 2016

December 31, 2016

Spinning Platters film critics present their top 10 films of 2016 Spinning Platters film critics Carrie Kahn and Chad Liffmann each share their ten favorite films of 2016. Here is Chad’s list, presented in descending rank order. And check out Carrie’s list! 10.) Hail, Caesar! It takes a few viewings to fully appreciate the tremendous wit and […]

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Film Feature: Carrie’s Top 10 Films of 2016

December 31, 2016

Spinning Platters film critics present their top 10 films of 2016 Spinning Platters film critics Carrie Kahn and Chad Liffmann each share their ten favorite films of 2016. Here is Carrie’s list, presented, unlike last year’s alphabetized list, in descending rank order. And you can check out Chad’s list here to see which one of […]

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Film Review: Hidden Figures

December 25, 2016
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Hidden figures brought to light in inspiring new film 2016 hasn’t exactly been a stellar year in a lot of ways, but in terms of film, it’s been an exceptional year for girl power movies. This is a year in which we saw a brave 13-year-old stand strong against centuries of male-dominated tradition in The […]

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Film Review: Fences

December 25, 2016
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Powerful performances anchor heavy family drama If you’re finishing up Christmas dinner later this evening and contemplating a trip to the cinema for a new release the whole family can enjoy, you may be better off today with Hidden Figures, and not Fences. That’s not to say Fences doesn’t warrant a recommendation; it certainly does, […]

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Film Review: Assassin’s Creed

December 21, 2016
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The long wait for a good video game adaptation continues. Callum Lynch sits in the mess hall of a secret lab, having just been ported into the memories of a master assassin, his ancestor. He holds an apple firmly in his hand and says, “what the fuck is happening?” Mr. Lynch, you took the words right […]

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Film Review: Passengers

December 21, 2016
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Half male fantasy, half space actioner, all catastrophic. Bro, imagine you have your own giant resort space ship and you can do whatever you want, right!? Now imagine you get this hot chick with you and then you both get to do whatever you want. WHATEVER. YOU. WANT! How sweet would that be?! Okay, so this stupid […]

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