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  • Music

    Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

    Middle-aged metal: An aging Glenn Danzig proves he can still rock.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    When Lovett focused on his own songs and his own performance, the show was excellent.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    The people who love it really, really, really love it.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Four new shows are coming. Watch out, Netflix.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    With twisty plotting and robust action, the latest installment is a strong example of the best in blockbuster filmmaking.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    It never loses sight of the personal story of these optimistic women and their genuinely life-affirming journey.

  • Film

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Starring Christina Applegate and The Hangover's Ed Helms, it's a sad re-creation of a once-beloved comedy franchise.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    CineVegas went on hiatus following its 2009 edition.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Based on a novel by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, the flick is more John Hughes than Nicholas Sparks.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Imagine a cheaper, lazier version of a typical Adam Sandler movie.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Even the boxing sequences are mostly unremarkable, a few exciting POV shots aside.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    The movie exudes familial love and forgiveness.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Listless performances and a moronic plot. Surprise?

  • Film

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    William DuVall and singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell harmonize nearly as well as Cantrell and former lead singer Layne Staley did.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    It's not your average Marvel film.

  • television

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Dad rock: Like its protagonist, the FX comedy is mostly a sad relic straining to appear hip.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Ian McKellen's Sherlock Holmes doesn’t feel like a copy of any of the dozens of other actors who’ve played the character.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    The little yellow pill-shaped creatures have become pop-culture staples, and the movie’s main purpose seems to be to further their ubiquity.

  • television

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    The HBO flick starring Andy Samberg exists in an odd middle ground between a feature film and an extended sketch.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Director Tarsem Singh brought uncommon visual flair to past work but the look of Self/less is bland and anonymous.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    It has the safe, middle-of-the-road quality of most CBS sitcoms, which makes it just right for TV Land’s mild reinvention.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Little Boots mixes cheeky, clever lyrics with danceable beats and memorable hooks.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    The film festival also has editions around the globe, from London and Liverpool and Tokyo and LA.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Who doesn’t want to hear Arnie scream “It’s not a tumor!” again?

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The main characters head off to a dinner date without any idea of the insanity to come.

  • Film

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    The flick often feels like a glorified piece of fan fiction, playing around in the margins of a great movie.

  • Film

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    XXL has about as much dramatic complexity as Thunder From Down Under, turning Magic Mike into a franchise that shamelessly caters to fans who crave only a parade of beefcake.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    It’s a humblebrag of a movie.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    The country star opens her second album with a double entendre-filled ode to smoking pot.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Beyond Snakes on a Plane.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Cheesy animal attacks and a tiresome conspiracy storyline.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Scream is a generic thriller with more pretty faces than creative ideas.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Cosplay version of Family Feud, a make-shift alter for weddings and Ninjabot!

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Corner Stone, Left Standing, Happy Campers and others play Fremont Country Club.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    True Detective's second season, Ballers and The Brink all debut Sunday night.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Think Adventures in Babysitting meets Boyz N the Hood.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    It's a huge hit in the U.K., and PBS is hoping for the same in America.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    It’s a bit like prom, Lollapalooza and Black Friday all rolled into one.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    It doesn't help that special effects that were groundbreaking in 1993 are now commonplace.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    The film does little to indicate why Yves Saint Laurent was such an artistic genius.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Don't worry, this dramedy about an aimless retiree doesn’t spend time wallowing in misery.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    For all its flash, it’s missing an essential ingredient—magic.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    McCarthy delivers the laughs, with Jason Statham mocking his own tough-guy image to hilarious effect.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Wilson was and is a musical genius and a fragile man, and Love & Mercy presents both of those sides as real and human.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Is anyone still waiting for the Wachowskis to retake their “visionaries” label?

  • Film

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    There’s a charming movie somewhere there, but it’s buried deep under this wreck of conflicting tones and storylines.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    California is nearly destroyed by earthquakes, but the human spirit always prevails in the cheesiest way possible.

  • Music

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    The band has definitely risen again with its first album in 18 years.

  • television

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Like Netflix, NBC is making all 13 episodes of the show available online after the premiere.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    It's a huge hit in its native Sweden, but comedy often has trouble translating.