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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Poltergeist’ Is A Reboot Nightmare

Film: Poltergeist
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan

Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence

Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest …

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REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’

Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Maine Discuss ‘American Candy,’ Recording In Joshua Tree

Arizona alt-rock five-piece The Maine recently wrapped up the US leg of their ‘American Candy’ tour with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of sitting down with lead singer, John O’Callaghan, and lead guitarist, Jared Monaco, in New York City before their show. Here they discuss the reception of their new record, American Candy, a month after its release, closing up Forever Halloween‘s cycle, the fans’ reaction to the mixed tour lineup, and a lot more. Follow us below to check out our very enjoyable conversation.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iverson’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Iverson
Directed by: Zatella Beatty
Genre: Documentary

Showtime’s new documentary from first-time filmmaker Zatella Beatty, Iverson, which premiered Saturday night, seems more like a documentary that Allen Iverson wanted for himself than one that we wanted for Iverson; it’s a side of whipped mashed potatoes to the complexity of Randy Moss’ meaty story told in ESPN’s Rand University – yet another storytelling of a professional athlete misunderstood by the eyes of the media.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Old Again Discuss Their Debut LP and Relationship With Fronz

Just like every band to come before them and every band after, Orlando, FL’s Old Again have come from the humblest of beginnings in house shows and small-cap venues. But there have been three huge things that have helped separate them from the rest: Their ambitious twist on modern pop-punk, their opportunistic mentality, and last but not least, their constant drive to tour as much as possible.

Most likely, you first heard of the group this past December when they were announced as the first signing to Stay Sick Records, an imprint launched by the controversial (but perhaps not all …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Area 51′ Should Remain Off Limits

Film: Area 51
Starring: Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik
Directed by: Oren Peli

The premise is good enough: Following a strange encounter after a night of drinking with his two best friends, a young man convinces the same friends to join him on a quest to see what secrets lie on the base of the ever-mysterious Area 51. With the creator of Paranormal Activity at the helm one might expect an evolutionary piece of found footage horror that could possibly push the well-tread sub-genre into new territory, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

For …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Is Proof That Sequels Don’t Have To Suck

Film: Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

After three years and several national titles, The Barden Bellas have embarked on their biggest adventure yet with Pitch Perfect 2.

There is a tried and true recipe to creating a great sequel that involves mixing just the right amount of familiar components with a hearty dose of fresh ideas to create, but for whatever reason most sequels fail to blend those ingredients in a way that creates a product superior to what came before. Pitch Perfect 2 is the exception, as it offers just the …

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UTG PHOTOS: The Used, Every Time I Die & Marmozets In Cleveland, OH (5/2/15)

Under The Gun sent photographer Kellie Gannon to photograph The Used at House of Blues in Cleveland on May 2.

The Used is not the kind of band whose show you can attend without getting some sort of accidental bruise, mosh pit elbow in the eye, or crowd surfers’ foot in the head. It’s worth every minute and every potential battle wound. The Used has been a band since 2001, but my first opportunity to experience them live wasn’t until Vans Warped Tour 2012 in Cleveland. Highlights from that set included Bert spitting into the crowd, throwing a lit cigarette …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Demolishes Expectations, Elicits Yelps Of Joy

Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Directed By: George Miller

Every once in a blue moon a summer blockbuster comes and demolishes everything that lay in its path. Mad Max: Fury Road is the film that eviscerates the history of large-scale action films. It throws the gauntlet down at the feet of filmmakers trying to break the studio mold in the past ten years. It’s a film that’s so intricately detailed and visually assaulting that you’d think the powers that be just turned a blind eye in favor of letting director George Miller (…

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FEATURE: Stop Making Excuses & Start Listening To Oh Honey

This probably won’t be that hard for you to believe, but despite the fact I more or less make a living talking about music there are still great new bands that I don’t discover until well after they have made a splash on the national stage. I like to think I do a fairly good job of keeping up with everything people tell me is worth hearing, and I also make time every week to seek out new bands I haven’t heard before (Bandcamp makes this incredibly easy). Still, no matter how many artists I listen to, great talent …

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.…