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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Mike Baldwin

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Mike Baldwin’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a look at the recently-released album Front 2 Back from comedian Mike Baldwin. Recorded at the Des Moines, Iowa Funny Bone earlier this year, Front 2 Back is the comedian’s second release and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’ Offers A Unique Supernatural Story

Film: Jamie Marks Is Dead
Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver
Directed by: Carter Smith

Jamie Marks Is Dead finds new ground in the realm of adapted supernatural young adult fiction, but it’s not enough to create a thrilling viewing experience.

The title of Carter Smith’s latest film is as much a fact as it is a lie. Jamie Marks is indeed dead, but his spirit, or something akin to it, survives. His tiny frame, protected only by a torn pair of boy’s underwear, saunters through the town his living self once considered Hell both day and night. He doesn’t believe …

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REVIEW: Ryan Adams – ‘Ryan Adams’

Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: Ryan Adams
Label: PaxAmericana
Genre: Country Rock

Fourteen records, a successful recording studio, four (as far as we know) bands, and countless co-productions later, Ryan Adams finally found a relatively small place in my heart. I’ve always loved his type of music. Like a lot of people, I still find myself listening to “New York, New York” on a regular basis. I like Tom Petty. I like Eric Church. I like Keith Urban. I like Dan+Shay. Although Adams would admittedly hate to be put in this pool of country-ish artists (as he claims to hate country …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ Gets Long Island Right

Film: Bridge and Tunnel
Starring: Ryan Metcalf, Arjun Gupta, Mary Kate Wiles
Directed by: Jason Michael Brescia

Simply speaking, Bridge and Tunnel is the film I didn’t know I was waiting for. Director Jason Michael Brescia follows up his 2012 release The Newest Pledge in a complete directional change. This story fuses elements of humor, realism, tragedy, and camaraderie in a tale that isn’t flashy or forced. But to be honest, I think I enjoyed this movie because I am living this movie.

The plot takes place in current day Long Island, NY, where 20-somethings struggle to pave their lives’ …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The One I Love’ Ruminates on Love Lost With A Sci-Fi Twist

Film: The One I Love
Directed by: Charlie McDowell
Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

***This review originally ran during our coverage of the Provincetown Film Fest. We are posting it a second time because the film has just hit VOD and theaters nationwide.***

The One I Love is like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff? wrapped in the enigma of aTwilight Zone episode with Ted Danson’s character acting as the narrator instead of Rod Serling. So as you can see, this film is a completely different take on the romantic drama subgenre with an otherworldly twist to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘As Above, So Below’ Is Just Another Found Footage Dud

Film: As Above, So Below
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

There is a moment fifteen or twenty minutes into As Above, So Below when it seems as if the film will finally be the long awaited title that raises the bar for found footage across the board. For a few fleeting minutes the characters are interesting, the story is thrilling, and there is a genuine sense of mystery to everything taking place on screen. Then, just as the catacombs begin to close in, things take a turn for the predictable.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Prince’ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: The Prince
Starring: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis
Directed by: Brian A. Miller

The Prince attempts to copy Taken’s formula for success but forgets to include the fun and suspense.

Jason Patric stars as a retired New Orleans crime boss and widow who has spent years trying to separate himself from his life in crime. This isn’t explained up front in the actual film, but it’s how marketing has set up the story. When his daughter is kidnapped seemingly out of a the blue, our hero must partner with an old acquaintance (John Cusack) to stop an old rival …

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REVIEW: The Color Morale – ‘Hold On Pain Ends’

Artist: The Color Morale
Album: Hold On Pain Ends
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Label: Fearless Records

The Color Morale has been astonishingly prolific since signing to Rise Records back in 2009 as Hold On Pain Ends marks their fourth full-length, but first since making the jump from Rise to Fearless Records.

Typically, the concern with bands that churn out records this quickly is that they’re simply throwing together another 10-12 tracks that follow a familiar formula, cashing in while they can — because, let’s face it, you never know how long your buzz is going to last these days. But in the …

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DVD REVIEW: We Came As Romans – ‘Present, Future, and Past’

Film: Present, Future, and Past
Starring: We Came As Romans
Genre: Music/Concert

The rise of We Came As Romans from unknown Michigan post-hardcore outfit to international headliners is the very definition of a cinderella story. The group that signed with Equal Vision back in 2009 have grown from boys to men over the last half decade, and in that time recorded three critically-acclaimed albums, each more complex than the one before. Through it all, the members have remained true to themselves and their roots, allowing their experiences and struggles guide the material that creates their future releases. It’s not an …

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REVIEW: Henrietta – ‘The Trick Is Not Minding’

Artist: Henrietta
Album: The Trick is Not Minding
Genre: Alternative/Emo
Label: Animal Style

Henrietta took me by a complete and utter surprise. Maybe I didn’t have my head in the right place, or maybe it was because I wasn’t looking hard enough. Either way, the time it took for Henrietta to make it to my ears was nothing short of a misfortune.

The band’s debut full-length The Trick is Not Minding plays nothing like a debut. It is collected, consistent, massive, and rewarding. Featuring songwriting that showcases a band with a clear image and purpose, The Trick is Not Minding

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 …