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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:…

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Required Listening: Kendrick Lamar – “I”

There is an entire generation walking the planet today who may have very well lived their entire lives without knowing of or listening to the work of The Isley Brothers. Thanks to Kendrick Lamar however, that is about to change.

This morning, Kendrick Lamar broke his long-standing radio silence with the release of a new song titled “I.” The track, which samples the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” is the first track to surface from the Compton raised artist since the release of his debut album nearly two years back. You can stream the song, in full, at the end of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Owes Everything To Its Cast

Film: This Is Where I Leave You
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda
Directed By: Shawn Levy

Featuring a cast of familiar faces and a variety of issues that almost everyone can relate to, This Is Where I Leave You serves as a reminder that there truly is no place like home.

Jonathan Tropper wrote This Is Where I Leave You as a portrait of a family going through a hard time together while each individual also deals with their own personal struggles. The adaptation channels the entire story through the perspective of one son, played by Jason Bateman, as he …

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REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’

Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would …

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REVIEW: The Contortionist – ‘Language’

Artist: The Contortionist
Album: Language
Label: eOne Music
Genre: Progressive / Experimental / Metal

Like a swift jab to the jaw, The Contortionist mercilessly broke into center stage with 2010′s Exoplanet, a 50-minute arrangement that encompassed a wealth of genres, and displayed a level of musicianship unmatched by their peers. A fluid blend of heavy, atmospheric, and everything in between, the album’s unpredictability and avant-garde approach was praised by critics, and quickly became the standard by which progressive metal was judged.

The Indiana outfit’s follow-up attempt, Intrinsic, was considerably less brazen, further pushing the boundaries set forth by …

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Required Listening: Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”

Having spent the past few weeks dominating country charts with the power ballad “Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line are back in music headlines this morning with the release of a new song titled “Sun Daze.”

There are a few things you can expect to find in almost every song by Florida Georgia Line. References to having a good time is the most common, but partying, working hard, driving around, and knowing how to be yourself no matter what are not far behind. “Sun Daze” brings all these elements together, as well as the group’s love for …