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‘The Walking Dead’ feeds off player’s choices

“No one is safe in “The Walking Dead.” Unlike the power fantasies zombie-related media typically induce, Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” is about dreadful choices; forced, dysfunctional relationships and the clash between Darwinist survival and civilized morality in the zombie apocalypse. As resources inevitably run low and tensions rise, the choices
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‘Life of Pi,’ a spiritual journey

There is a moment in “Life of Pi” when the titular protagonist, having recounted one fanciful and one literal version of the same story, asks a novelist which version he prefers. Without hesitating, the novelist confirms that the fanciful story is by far his favorite.  After sitting down with Ang
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French thriller, ‘The Big Picture,’ titillates

Book-to-film adaptations are often ill-fated. The subtlest variations in dialogue compromise tone and intricate backstories of 100-plus pages are crowbarred into tidy, truncated sequences. But what if you radically change the setting altogether? America is swapped for France, and the late ’90s blossom into the contemporary age of social media.
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Rihanna: Unapologetic

Another year, another Rihanna album. The latest, Unapologetic, is more collaborative, less danceable and speaks more to the singer’s consistency than it does to her creativity. Ever since Rihanna shimmied out of Barbados and onto MTV with “Pon de Replay” in 2005, she orchestrated her commercial ascent by doing two
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This Week in Arts

MUSIC It’s the last week of classes, so you’re going to want some music for those study sessions and some concerts for distractions. The Wu-Tang Clan and D-block, who together to form Wu-Block, are releasing their debut self-titled record this week. The soulful Alicia Keys will be releasing her album
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Rob Delaney: Live at the Bowery Ballroom

If you’re on Twitter and you’re not following Rob Delaney, you’re really missing out. From jokes about bodily functions (of the anal-genital variety, mostly) to jokes about politics (see: mittandrob.tumblr.com), there’s very little Delaney doesn’t joke about. He’s Twitter’s consummate funnyman, the No. 1 troll of verified accounts and a
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Polish pianist Emanuel Ax awes at Zellerbach

As soon as Emanuel Ax stepped onto the Zellerbach Hall stage, the anxiously chattering crowd quieted down, took their seats and burst into boisterous applause. The concert hall was filled to the brim for the world-renowned Polish pianist on Nov. 13, a testament to the artist’s acclaim. Even before the
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This Week in Arts

FILM If you’re not on a flight home come Wednesday evening, you might want to check out the Castro Theatre’s Jeff Bridges double feature. What better way to ring in the holiday season than with The Dude himself? Things get started at 7 p.m. with a screening of “The Big
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Crystal Castles: III

When Crystal Castles staggered onto the music scene with their debut in 2008, one of their most captivating qualities was the bipolar nature of their music. A danceable eight-bit sensibility framed their songs collectively, but individually, they leaned toward either melodic chip-tune pop or screechy electro-punk. With their third self-titled
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‘Guardians’ rises above limits of animated films

In the opening scene of DreamWorks’ newest animated release, “Rise of the Guardians,” an adolescent floats in icy-cold water as a melancholy voiceover tells of his mysterious origin. It almost doesn’t feel like a children’s movie but a surreal, existential universe. When the Danny Phantom-esque boy flies out of the
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