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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Overnighters’ Is One Of The Year’s Best Films

Film: The Overnighters
Starring: Jay Reinke, Keegan Edward
Directed by: Jesse Moss

On the surface, The Overnighters looks like any other tale of someone doing whatever they can to help those whom the rest of a community forgot. In reality however, the latest film from Jesse Moss explores the reality of the North Dakota oil boom and the bad things that sometimes happen to people with only the best of intentions.

North Dakota has become a hot spot for job seeking Americans looking to get themselves out of money-related troubles. The age of fracking has brought the fastest growing economy …

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REVIEW: Weezer – ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

Artist: Weezer
Album: Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Label: Republic Records
Genre: Rock

A while back, Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem mentioned in an interview that Weezer’s “Hash Pipe” is his least favorite song ever. Like many other Weezer fans, I was confused by his choice. Why not “Ice Ice Baby” or “Who Let The Dogs Out?” If we’re sticking with Weezer songs, why not pick a track at random from Raditude or Make Believe instead? However, upon reading Fallon’s explanation (and reminding myself that one’s appreciation of music is ultimately subjective), I understood his choice. I …

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REVIEW: Jason Aldean – ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’

Artist: Jason Aldean
Album: Old Boots, New Dirt
Genre: New Country

After weeks spent atop the country music charts with his hit single “Burnin’ It Down,” Jason Aldean has prepared a hit-and-miss collection of material for his sixth studio album.

Looking at Jason Aldean it’s hard to believe he has been a music industry mainstay for a decade (and counting). He’s got just enough of a baby face to sell perpetual youth, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the vast majority of his material deals with things like falling in love, staying out all night, and working hard for a …

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REVIEW: State Champs – ‘The Acoustic Things’ EP

Artist: State Champs
Title: The Acoustic Things EP
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Acoustic Pop-Punk

After every solid full-band release comes an internal, unspoken desire for an entirely acoustic follow-up of said solid full-band release. The whole “how could this have sounded differently?” mindset comes to play within the corners of the non-audio engineer’s brain. Whether or not this is actually executed (and executed well, at that) is only a matter of the band’s ability to deliver the same solid content without the help of aggressive percussions and tasteful bass guitar riffs; two of the key elements to a …

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Bride Of Chucky’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gone Girl’ Disturbs, Compels and Astonishes

Film: Gone Girl
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck
Directed by: David Fincher

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. That’s what we have been taught through cinema ofttimes. We are usually shown the couple overcoming the myriad of trials and tribulations that weigh on marriage like–forgive the pun–a ball and chain. In Gone Girl, based upon the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, David Fincher (the auteur of darkness with films like Se7en and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) paints the popular union between two people like a rabid dog that

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annabelle’ Is Almost A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: Annabelle
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton
Directed by: John R. Leonetti

A year after becoming the breakout star/inanimate object of The Conjuring, the doll known as Annabelle has been given a solo film so disappointing it may kill any chance of seeing doll-related horror in theaters for years to come.

Beginning before the events of The Conjuring, Annabelle aims to tell you the story of how the creepy little doll in the cabinet became a magnet for demonic events. That story takes about 20 minutes to tell–if we’re being completely honest–and everything that follows feels like a …

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REVIEW: Puig Destroyer – ‘Puig Destroyer’

Artist: Puig Destroyer
Album: Puig Destroyer
Genre: Grindcore
Label: No Sleep Records

The 2014 baseball postseason is here! From the reigning champion Boston Red Sox not making it this year to the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, anything can happen in the game of baseball. That is also the case for the baseball-centric grindcore outfit Puig Destroyer. With a moniker influenced by star outfielder Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who was introduced to the band’s music last year at an MLB event) and influential grindcore act Pig Destroyer, the …

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Steal My Song: One Direction’s New Single Sounds A Lot Like A Classic New Found Glory Song

One Direction have spent the last several months touring the world in support of their 2013 effort, Midnight Memories. The group somehow found time amidst all their travels to record a new record, which is scheduled to hit stores in November, and earlier today the album’s first single found its way online. The only problem is – I swear I have heard (at least part of it) before.

Let’s rewind. New Found Glory switched gears in 2006 and released a laid back record known as Come Home. It’s an album that sounds unlike any other record from the …

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REVIEW: Gerard Way – ‘Hesitant Alien’

Artist: Gerard Way
Album: Hesitant Alien
Genre: Brit-Pop / Shoegaze
Label: Reprise Records

For certain people, there are always going to be artists who they check out no matter what type of project their name is attached to. For myself, Gerard Way is a name that I’m always going to pay attention to, no matter if he’s making music under My Chemical Romance, drawing something for DC Comics, or in this specific review’s case, making a Brit-Pop record. Here’s the thing: I’m not a huge Brit-Pop fan. It’s never been a genre that I’ve ever latched onto for whatever reason, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Equalizer’ Blends Hammers, Explosions, And A Whole Lot Of Meh

Film: The Equalizer
Starring: Denzel Washington
Directed By: Antonio Fuqua

Denzel Washington is a lot like Liam Neeson these days. Nine times out of ten, if either one appears in a movie it’s likely they will soon begin killing people. Neeson prefers tales of revenge, but Washington tends to lean more towards stories about doing the right thing (even if it means being a very bad soul). The Equalizer continues a trend in the star’s filmography that started with Man On Fire, and it’s as thrilling as anything he’s delivered in recent memory.

Whether or not you remember The

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SINGLE REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: “i”
Album: TBA

Nearly two years after the release of his breakout debut album, Kendrick Lamar returned to music headlines this week with the release of a brand new single titled “i.” The Rahki produced track, which also serves as the first song to be released from Kendrick’s upcoming Sophomore effort, samples “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers. We wrote about the song a bit when it debuted, but in case you missed that post you can discover the track below:…