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“Super 8” brims with hackneyed plot lines and cliches

After much viral hype and speculation, the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg alien epic “Super 8” has now landed in theaters. With a similar setup that Abrams used in “Cloverfield,” the film depicts a mystery-shrouded, violent alien and its encounters with Earth’s inhabitants. The story centers around a group of
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Detour: No Man’s Land

In 2009, Heathrow airport in London instated a “writer in residence”. Alain de Botton, a writer of philosophically-flavored texts on the everyday including “The Art of Travel” (2002), was allowed total access to all crannies of the airport, and encouraged to speak to anyone he encountered. It is an incredible
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Cults: CULTS

Just when you think that you’ve heard all there is to hear in the realm of experimental music, newcomers Cults emerge on the scene. Captivating ears with their ragged blend of girlish vocals and action-packed backings, Cults deliver one of the year’s most promising listens with their self-titled debut. Their
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Beyond the Sitcom Schtick

In the recent summer months, in between the gratuitous shots of vampire and werewolves (now, faeries?!) on “True Blood” and science-fiction frenzy of “Doctor Who,” a curious thought trickled through my hazy brain: these shows are better than movies. Perhaps not better, but at least on par, and this struck
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Yeasayer evoke a dynamic rawness with their live show

Odd blood and period blood. This perverse potpourri is what the audience was treated to when Yeasayer stepped into the hallowed halls of San Francisco’s Fillmore last Thursday night. Touring in promotion of their latest record, Odd Blood, they entranced a full house with their enthusiastic alt-pop. But it was
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Dumpster Diving

At the end of each spring semester, the city of Berkeley stations gigantic Dumpsters next to student housing units for move-out. Over the course of the a week, the garbage level in these vessels rises, sloshing with anything from discarded furniture to electronics to clothing. A quick sift through any
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Magnetic Pull

The latest film in the X-Men franchise brings an unexpected freshness to the series, given us an action-packed look into the origins of the beloved superheros.

Superhero origin stories can have a way of refreshingly rebooting a franchise, no matter how squandered the series was before. Similar to how “Batman Begins” brought a new light (or lack thereof) to a previous, laughable franchise, Matthew Vaughn’s prequel “X-Men: First Class” has revived the film franchise with a
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Death Cab for Cutie: CODES AND KEYS

The sweet, almost angelic warbles of Ben Gibbard’s voice have become a source of consistency and comfort over the years. With their soft, polite pop and easygoing accessibility, Gibbard and his band, Death Cab for Cutie, have warmed their way into the cockles (yes, cockles) of our hearts like a
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Buxter Hoot’n: BUXTER HOOT’N

With their self-titled album, the oddly-named Buxter Hoot’n have burst out of the finger-pluckin’ country-esque mold and have matured into a multifaceted style. Combining sensual melodies, screeching electric guitar solos, twangy harmonica and everything in between, the San Francisco group have evolved their sound to include electric swells and slow-building
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