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Review: Netflix original ‘Stranger Things’ mirrors ’80s tropes

By | Sep 12, 2016

A vile monster. A lovable band of children. A grand conspiracy. A soundtrack worthy of John Carpenter. This is Netflix’s “Stranger Things”: the ’80s homage that still dominates conversation nearly two months after its release.


Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ defies typical horror films

By | Sep 10, 2016

“Don’t Breathe” is more grounded in its script and its direction — it doesn’t rely on typical jump scares, but it builds tension throughout.


Review: Bayside makes waves with seventh studio album ‘Vacancy’

By | Sep 6, 2016

“Vacancy” provides a sense of Bayside’s old sound, which fans can get behind, while still introducing a unique, complicated change to its music.


Review: ‘Little Prince’ transports viewers back to childhood

By | Sep 4, 2016

Netflix’s “The Little Prince,” based on the classic work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, delivers such a rich range of emotion, moral and visual complexity. This complexity is evident in “Prince” — each chapter of the Prince’s quest, from his home on the minuscule Asteroid B-612 to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, is rendered in stop-motion.


Review: Emotional distress contributes to depth of Michaelson’s album

By | Sep 3, 2016

Despite the title, Michaelson’s new album is her most logical and cohesive compilation to date. Her typical quirky sound, complete with witty lyrics and sweet sentiment, sounds much more mature than in her previous albums.


Review: Spears’ signature sound cannot appeal to modern listeners

By | Aug 30, 2016

Her signature 90s sound — the peppy synth beats, generic bass drops and basic lyrics — feels stale compared to her contemporaries, like Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. Each song may have topped the charts in Spears’ heyday, but now the tracks feel forced and inauthentic. Her album may have been better received had she made more of an effort to stay current.


Review: ‘War Dogs’ film barks up the wrong tree

By | Aug 30, 2016

Packouz and Diveroli’s relationship is certainly an entertaining one: The combination of Packouz’s snarky personality and Diveroli’s ignorance makes for funny dialogue. However, the protagonists of “War Dogs” aren’t dynamic; there doesn’t seem to be much growth or change for either character. Not to mention, the story itself didn’t do a great job of making the audience feel connected to the characters.


Review: Glass Animals’ alt-indie album shatters expectations

By | Aug 30, 2016

Somehow, Glass Animals created a sound so intricate that regardless of the listener’s environment, the album feels full and complete. This album is ideal for loud parties on Friday nights, but it also includes tunes that can create a calmer atmosphere more appropriate for a rainy evening.


Review: ‘Squad’ adaptation refuses to stay true to comics

By | Aug 22, 2016

The concept of the Suicide Squad — a group of supervillains who are signed up to do the government’s dirty work — is strong. But when a director subtracts the action, emotion and comedic relief, and replaces it with backstories and unaddressed abusive relationships, it fails.


Review: Musician goes back to roots on ‘Golden’ album

By | Aug 22, 2016

Walker’s unexpected instrumental changes work to his advantage: While the songs take a bit of time to adjust to, the different style will slowly grow on the listener.


Review: AJJ’s altered sound disappoints listeners

By | Aug 21, 2016

In “The Bible 2,” harmonized vocals, heavy guitars and percussion give the music a disappointingly generic energy.


Review: Satirical remake of ‘Ghostbusters’ fails to please

By | Aug 7, 2016

It’s obvious the “Ghostbusters” team put a great deal of thought into how best to bridge the gap between old and new. In the end, however, the original wins out.