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Twisted Branches

Winner of Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Tree of Life’ is a visually stunning and philosophical film.

The Tree of Life,” philosopher and filmmaker Terrence Malick’s first film in over half a decade, opens with the news of a young boy’s death that is never mentioned again. Framed by this veil of mortality, the rest of the film contains an emotional intimacy that has not been on
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The Hangover Part II

‘Hangover’ sequel, a hollow imitation of the original

Though a raunchy romp, the follow-up is all too familiar.

Bros, rejoice as the wolf pack is back and ready to wreak havoc in the hustling and bustling streets of…Bangkok? Sure, the slums of Thailand are a far cry from the glamour of Vegas but it’s a surprisingly fitting location for this zany sequel. The antics are crazier and the
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‘Paris’ delights and enchants

After a series of recent flops, Woody Allen returns with the whimsical ‘Midnight in Paris.’

Supine on a hotel bed, Inez asks Gil, “Do you really want to give it all up just to struggle?” Yes, he does. And if people like Gil didn’t give it all up, we wouldn’t have movies like Woody Allen’s 41st feature film “Midnight in Paris.” Skeptics like Inez are
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Foster the People: TORCHES

Take a pinch of bouncy guitar riffs. Add a dash of uplifting falsettos. Mix it all together with frenzied beats and you’ll get Torches, the debut album from L.A.-based band, Foster the People. The group first caught the attention of music-lovers with their self-titled EP, released earlier this year. Short
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Lady Gaga: BORN THIS WAY

Lady Gaga’s claims of classic rock and art school roots have been criticized as “all talk.” Many still see her as another pop star who has lost her marbles. In response, her sophomore LP has traded double entendres and bubble gum club beats for Madonna-inspired anthems and a venture into
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The Antlers: BURST APART

The soft, crooning melodies present in the Antlers’ sophomore work Burst Apart may at first evoke lullabies and ballads, but Brooklyn-based band has produced an album that is far from tranquil. Both ethereal and haunting, Burst Apart is distinct and just as enjoyable as their debut concept album Hospice. Deceptively
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“Hesher” brings heavy metal to the indie film scene

The new film, by director Spencer Susser, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular rocker/vagrant

He is Hesher. He is tattooed, with hair down to his elbows and a dirty grin. He likes to fuck people’s shit up – and not just their stuff. According to the Urban Dictionary, hesher means some kind of metalhead-stoner-type. Here, Hesher is the reheated dregs of grunge and everything
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San Francisco’s Audium blends sound and space

Composer Stan Shaff's sound art exhibition has been experimenting in audial art for the last 50 years

Beginning in the 1960s, a singular institution in sound art composition and performance known as Audium has quietly made its home in San Francisco. offering patrons a uniquely immersive and affecting art space. Created by composer Stan Shaff in 1960, Audium is an exhibition space for Shaff’s sound sculptures, offering
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