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November Man Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The November Man’ Is Mean, Dull, And Entirely Forgettable

Film: The November Man
Starring: Pierce Brosnan
Directed by: Roger Donaldson

There is a difference between violent storytelling with an inherent sense of fun and violence for the sake of violence. November Man is more often than not the latter, and that is only the start of its many problems.

Making his first return to the world of spies and the lives they can never out-run for the first time in over a decade, Pierce Brosnan leads a cast of relative nobodies as an aging spy who thought his professional life was behind him. He walked away from training and …

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REVIEW: Code Orange – ‘I Am King’

Artist: Code Orange
Album: I Am King
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Deathwish Inc.

Earlier this year, Code Orange dropped the ‘Kids’ off somewhere and said, “It’s just us now. Let’s get fucking crazy.”

Not that the band’s 2012 debut, Love is Love // Return to Dust, wasn’t balls to the wall bonkers, but I Am King demonstrates new levels of blatant belligerence and no holds barred intensity from the Pittsburgh-based four-piece, who have clearly matured beyond just a name change. This new release summons a raging, angst-ridden being from within the listener who then, with no regard for the safety …

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UTG PREMIERE: Big Wow – “Boltzmann Brain”

Summer may be winding down, but thanks to the feverish take on indie rock presented by Big Wow it’s possible to carry the feeling of the season with you all year long.

It is our great pleasure to share with you a brand new song from Big Wow titled “Boltzmann Brain.” The band, which features members of The Dauntless Elite and Get Human, have a new record with the fantastic title Teamwork Makes The Dream Work due out September 8 through Specialist Subject Records. You can stream the song below:…

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LIVE REVIEW: The Blood Brothers @ FYF Fest in Los Angeles, California (8/24/2014)

There’s a certain sense of euphoria that rushes into you when you’re waiting for your favorite band to take the stage. The steam from the fog lights, the pure energy from the crowd waiting to explode upon hearing that first note. You wait desperately for the house music to fade and the lights to fall. You roll around on the balls of your feet, checking your phone every two seconds, counting down the minutes.

That anxiety, that natural high of anticipation creeps in through your toes and makes its way to the bottom of your stomach, where it settles — …

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What You Didn’t Know: MUST DIE

Starting this month, staff writer Michael Giegerich will begin bringing readers a brand new feature to feast on. Focusing on lesser known aspects of artists, What You Didn’t Know looks to help people gain a better understanding of their favorite musicians from all levels of the music scene.

After the successful debut of our fresh column earlier this month, we’ve returned to bring you another slew of interesting facts about your favorite artists. With the recent release of his brand new banger in the form of “Hellcat,” today’s edition features MUST DIE, a Berlin born, Atlanta based producer who …

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REVIEW: Lumberjvck – ‘Jvckwood’ EP

Artist: Lumberjvck
Album: Jvckwood EP
Genre: Bass music
Label: Rottun Recordings

As heard during his live shows and mixes, Excision, Canada’s resident creator of skull-shaking dubstep, has quite the ear for electronic music of all varieties. Thus, it’s no surprise that his label, Rottun Recordings, is filled to the brim with rising talents from across the scene. After stumbling across a producer named Lumberjvck and realizing he was a part of said label, it took little convincing to listen to the teaser for his record, Jvckwood, and quickly becoming interested in hearing how it would flesh out in its …

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REVIEW: Ty Dolla $ign – ‘$ign Language’

Artist: Ty Dolla Sign
Album: $ign Language
Genre: Hip-hop

After seven years of making people move with his original take on urban music, Ty Dolla $ign makes it clear that he is ready for the next level of stardom with $ign Language.

Most people in music today have made their money leveraging a signature sound and perfecting it again and again. Ty Dolla $ign did this quite a bit early on, but over the last two or three years the California native has been exploring the possibilities of urban music through a series of mixtape and EP releases. The …

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UTG PREMIERE: Household – “Purpose”

We here at UTG thrive on showing off the talents of both veteran and budding musicians from a wide variety of genres. Today, we’re excited to say we have teamed up with another up-and-coming, melodic hardcore outfit to premiere their new song “Purpose.” Allow us to introduce you to Household.

The Minneapolis-based quintet recently signed on with Blood And Ink Records and are releasing With Or Without through the label on September 30. We’re happy to have the opportunity to premiere the new song to get you pumped for the release of the EP next month. We imagine their …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Are You Here’ Rambles On Pointlessly About Love, Life, And Greed

Film: Are You Here
Directed by: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler

With Zach Braff’s feature Wish I Was Here, a film that was supposed to be about carrying on in life turned into a somewhat directionless narrative feature chock full of overstuffed allegory and inane ruminations about epiphanies. With Are You Here (burdened with a similar title), Braff will seem like a masterful auteur compared to this feature. While only striking comedic gold in short and un-sustained instances, this feature from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner falls flat under tedious character development and a paper-thin …

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EDITORIAL: The Potential ‘If I Stay’ Sequel Is Nothing Like The Original

Amidst all the coverage surrounding the failure of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For at the box office you may have missed the news that another weekend release, the adaptation of If I Stay, actually made more on its opening weekend than the film’s estimated production cost. That’s a lengthy way of saying it is a bonafide success, despite the fact critics largely panned the teen romance, and though it may seem impossible to those unfamiliar with the original story, a sequel is a very real possibility.

WARNING: Major If I Stay spoilers ahead (duh).

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Varsity Blood’ Fails In Almost Every Way

Film: Varsity Blood
Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon
Directed by: Jake Helgren

High school set horror films have always been a hot commodity in Hollywood, but in recent years very few titles have been worth more than a scoff and laugh. Varsity Blood hopes to put this trend to an end with a truly unique killer, but the latest feature from writer/director Jake Helgren ultimately falls victim to the same problems that have plagued this sub-genre for the last three decades.

Living in a small town where the biggest event on any given fall week is the local …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When The Game Stands Tall’ Falls Short

Film: When The Game Stands
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis
Directed by: Thomas Carter

When The Game Stands Tall hopes to sell audiences on religion by leveraging the intensity of high school sports, but fumbles every good idea it has along the way.

I am not the type of person who spends their year waiting for the start of football season, but for as long as I can remember I have been a sucker for films about high school sports. I think everyone is, at least to an extent, but when audiences pay to see movies they expect to feature …