Archive for ‘May, 2014’

Angelina Jolie is fantastic in the less-than-fantastic Maleficent

The revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty stumbles often, but Jolie’s charged performance as the title character reminds you how good she is at being a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her movie star.

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Take me tender . . . : a great Irish piper from the 1800s lives again

The music of County Galway piper Paddy Conneely, who died in 1851, has been revived with a remarkable new CD by Jimmy O’Brien Moran.

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New live CD revisits the lost genius of bluesman Magic Sam

As a straight-up recording of a night of Chicago blues in a small club, the new Live at the Avant Garde is hard to beat.

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Godzilla: big enough, loud enough — and no fun at all

In the new reboot of the classic monster franchise, Big Boy isn’t here to destroy us — he’s here to help us, because creatures much worse are on the way, and boy are they horny.

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New book on the Rolling Stones offers no new insights

If you read Robert Greenfield’s new book on the band in the early ’70s and think this stuff is awfully familiar, that’s because it is.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: better (much better) than you’ve heard

The second installment starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has a lot of moving parts, but it’s clearly superior to the 2012 film that rebooted the franchise.

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First thoughts on being Dr. Dave Ferman

Whatever else you’ve done in your life, the day you get your doctorate is like no other.

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