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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunting Ground’ Offers A Haunting Look At Campus Rape

Film: The Hunting Ground
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Genre: Documentary

Though some may argue otherwise, I think it’s safe to say that most would agree all cases of alleged sexual assault should be investigated thoroughly. Living, as we all do, in the 21st century, we have learned that is rarely the case. From the military to the world of higher education, there are hundreds or even thousands of alleged incidents of sexual assault every year that are never investigated. Of those that do catch the attention of authority figures, very few result in any kind of arrest or punishment being …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Digging Up The Marrow’ Strikes Horror Gold

Film: Digging Up The Marrow
Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise
Directed by: Adam Green

In a world where horror movie remakes, sequels, and flat-out ripoffs are going into production every single day it can be hard to believe there are any real monsters left to be discovered. It has been a decade since the universe gave us Victor Crowley, and far longer since an original monster has captivated audiences on a truly massive scale, but there is at least one man on this planet who believes there are many monsters we have yet to see. In fact, he’s seen them, …

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REVIEW: Big Sean – ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Artist: Big Sean
Album: Dark Sky Paradise
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Dark Sky Paradise is not one step closer to the record fans have been waiting for Big Sean to create, but five. Coming off the largely forgettable Hall Of Fame, the Detroit native spent the majority of 2014 crafting his most honest, ambitious, and creative record to date. It’s not perfect, but then again neither is he.

Opening with “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers),” Sean reintroduces himself while touching on topics like wealth, success, and the patience you need in order to attain either. His flow flip-flops from slow to fast and …

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REVIEW: Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’

Artist: Stick To Your Guns
Album: Disobedient
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Label: Sumerian Records

Even though they may have taken the world by storm with their critically acclaimed 2012 release Diamond, an extra step was needed in order for Stick To Your Guns to solidify their place in the punk rock and hardcore world as one of the most important acts in the scene. That step is showcased in Disobedient, a punk outcry filled with uplifting lyrics and genre-changing melodies. While keeping relentless riffs and screaming vocals intact, the band has evolved to a more polished overall sound with …

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REVIEW: Title Fight – ‘Hyperview’

Artist: Title Fight
Album: Hyperview
Label: ANTI-

Hyperview will cause a divide, as it should. You can attempt to deduce where the sonic change came from all you want, whether it be “Head In The Ceiling Fan,” “Lefty,” “In-between,” or anything Title Fight has done recently, but what really matters is what Hyperview isn’t, and what is isn’t is your typical Title Fight record. In sound, apotheosis, theme, intent, or emotion, Hyperview is a new breed for the quartet.

Hyperview bleeds lush creativity. It bleeds from a band that has been increasingly cultivating their sound for years, and decide that …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everly’ Will Kick Your Ass

Film: Everly
Starring: Selma Hayek
Directed by: Joe Lynch

With bullets and creative flare to spare, Everly ushers in a new age of cool for its lead, as well as its director.

Joe Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film that made it to audiences with his vision in tact since Wrong Turn 2. In the time between, Joe has contributed to various film projects (Chillerama, for example), starred in a sitcom (Holliston), and even made a movie that was taken from him and cut to shreds by a third party who then completely mishandled the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Runs On Fumes

Film: The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Another January, another hit-and-miss comedy from Kevin Hart that was largely ruined by an ad campaign that showed far too much.

Returning to theaters with his third starring role since last January’s Ride Along, Kevin Hart has blended buddy comedy staples with tired romcom antics to deliver The Wedding Ringer. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it simply is, and how much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how many times you were made to watch the film’s numerous trailers over the last six …

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REVIEW: Future Of What – ‘Pro Dreams’

Artist: Future Of What
Album: Pro Dreams
Genre: Indie, Electronic
Label: Feat. Drake Records

On paper I really should have no business with Future Of What‘s debut LP, Pro Dreams, but it’s 2015 and I am trying to delve deeper into the vast world of sonic expression. Finding myself proven for my excursion into the unknown, Pro Dreams is a beautiful record cultivated with care and style.

From the first sounds of “The Rainbowed Air,” I was taken elsewhere. Ethereal sounds lay the clouds that the vocals drag you across. Slow, caring, with a hint of depression, Future …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Taken 3′ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: Taken 3
Starring: Liam Neeson
Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Seven years after first saving his daughter from an underground prostitution ring, Bryan Mills is back once more with a story that lacks the heart, grit, and fun that previously set the Taken franchise apart.

The setting is Los Angeles, and for the first time since he and his wife were abducted abroad in Taken 2 Bryan Mills is finally living the life he always wanted. He’s close with his daughter, Kim, and he’s managed to remain close with his ex-wife, Lenore. It’s clear the horrors of previous years no …

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REVIEW: Black Beach – ‘Play Loud, Die Vol. 1′

Artist: Black Beach
Album: Play Loud, Die Vol. 1
Genre: Rock

I’m not entirely sure if I should be mad when listening to Massachusetts’ Black Beach, or somewhere between anger and serenity. See, Black Beach is a band that trucks their sound through the mud, funneled through distortion, static, anger, sludge, whatever. You name it, it’s there. But what holds all these tones together are melodies that flow beautifully with one another, creating a perfect balance of disgusting and peace. With bass lines flowing in between guitars drowned in their own reverb, drums pounding in the background, and vocals …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Woman In Black 2′ Offers Nothing New

Film: The Woman In Black 2
Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine
Directed by: Tom Harper

Lacking its original lead and any real sense of purpose, The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death is just another entry in the long line of horror sequels that never should have been made in the first place.

The second World War is in full effect when The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death begins, and hiding from the Nazis amongst other London natives is a woman named Eve. She, with the help of her co-worker Jean, takes it upon herself to evacuate …

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Defined By Sonic Residues: A Resonance Of 2014

2014 was a year of polarity. Conflicting forces spinning me in all different directions, fighting to find which molecular force was the strongest. Flipping through the albums that left a mark on me through the entire year, I found that each one presented itself as a singular head-space, an isolated escape. Ranging from a dark and harrowing place, to open invigoration fueled by the sun. It is with this collected communion that I will find myself human, in an incredibly increasingly dehumanized world. It is music, and sounds, and the way in which they vibrate in your ear that proposes …