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    Review: 'The Nine Muses of Star Empire' Documents the Dark Side of K-Pop

    The tidal wave that is K-Pop (Korean pop music) has only just begun to crest the shores of the United States, heralded by the juggernaut of quirky rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style." However, widespread mainstream awareness in the U.S. has yet to come for many of the K-pop girl and boy bands (Super Junior...

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    Review: '2 Guns' Starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg

    Did “2 Guns”… happen? It seemed there was a screening for the new action film. And it had Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Or is that just a memory from the overt billboards and advertisements, boasting both stars aiming guns with the title superimposed in front of them. There was some shooting,...

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    Review: 'Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker' An Ordinary Doc About An Extraordinary Musician

    A striking presence, wearing an eye-patch, outlandish attire and boasting a personality that could win over any crowd, it was the talent in James Booker's fingers that left audiences talking once he was finished on stage. A New Orleans institution, a prized musician among musicians, an eccentric tro...

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    Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

    For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred ...

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    Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

    Director Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons” opens up with images of what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world for cinema. Cameras glide over ghost towns of dilapidated, dying and dead movie theaters, backed by a haunted and menacing electro score. The suggestion implied is that cinema is coming to an e...

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    Review: Brit Heist Flick 'Wasteland' Starring Luke Treadaway

    Every six months or so it seems the British film industry cranks out another modestly budgeted crime flick. Usually identified by a cast of recognizable but not quite famous faces, a desaturated color scheme, working class setting and familiar plot machinations, these are comfort food for genre fans...

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    Review: Found Footage Horror ‘Frankenstein’s Army’

    What can be written about “Frankenstein’s Army”? Don’t see it. You may say, "But it looks so interesting with its WWII-era steam-punk and maybe it’s so bad that it’s good." Just don’t. It may scream, “Come see me!” to horror and genre fans, but please don’t or if you must, at least make sure you hav...

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    Outfest Review: 'After Tiller' Tells The Story Of Real-Life Heroes With Clarity And Compassion

    When Lana Wilson and Martha Shane set out to make “After Tiller” several years ago, they didn’t know that their documentary about late term abortion providers would be opening in the wake of catastrophic restrictions on reproductive health rights in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio. But, given the cli...

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    Review: ‘The Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

    The narrative for months before and during the making of the movie by James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, was a borderline campaign apology that read something like: “Please excuse the inexcusable ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ We are starting over here. Please take this journey with us as we explore the W...

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    Review: 'The To Do List' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader & Alia Shawkat

    For those of us who came of age in the '90s it has not been uncommon to notice a certain nostalgia creeping up on you these last few years. At first maybe you were happy to revisit some old songs or movies you hadn't heard/seen in a while but before you knew it, pop culture artifacts you didn't part...

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