This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART: If you are looking for something to do on Halloween night, look no further than “But the Earth is dark, the Coffin thick, and the Shroud opaque,” Old Crow’s group show opening on Oct 31 at 8 p.m. Promising to send chills down your spine and get you
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‘Hotline Miami’ brilliantly violent

“Hotline Miami” is a game about murder. Unlike most games on the market, it does not attempt to sanitize its violence.  Bodies pile up as you viciously murder everyone in your path. Floors become painted with blood, along with smashed-in faces and stray limbs. It surpasses Rockstar North’s “Manhunt” in
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‘The Loneliest Planet’ explores tension through subtlety

Minimalism is the defining feature of director Julia Loktev’s third film, “The Loneliest Planet.” Dialogue is sparse at best, plot is almost nonexistent in terms of physical action and occurrences of musical soundtrack are few and far between, repeating the same arrangement of grating strings whenever it plays. Instead, it
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Cat Fancies: Bert and Horny

When it comes to Bert and Ernie, I spy wildly synthetic hair, miniature Cosby sweaters and some wires controlling their ever-flapping bodies. None of these features inspire the desire to explore what is going on underneath their puppet exterior. But it has recently come to my attention that such unattractive
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Kendrick Lamar: good kid m.A.A.d city

The term “up-and- coming” is often thrown around to describe Kendrick Lamar. With the release of his first major label studio album good kid m.A.A.d city, it’s safe to say that the Compton rapper has arrived. Lamar follows his critically acclaimed Section.80 with a head-bobbing emotional expose that masterfully walks
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‘The Sessions’ too predictable, lacks depth

Mark O’Brien is a 38-year-old polio survivor who spends most of his time in an iron lung. With the help of his two affable caregivers, Vera and Rod, Mark seems to ameliorate the worst excesses of his affliction with good humor and perseverance. In the hyper-liberal Bay Area bubble in
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Lightning Strikes: Matt and Kim talk fans, new album

If there were a king and queen of indie dance-pop, power couple Matt Johnson and  Kim Schifino would be trashing the thrones, choosing to use them as stage props — with Schifino probably using her throne as a drumset. While there most likely won’t be any thrones at tomorrow’s show
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‘Matrix’ siblings warp time in ‘Cloud Atlas’

First catechism: Honor thy consumer.” Sonmi-451, a fast-food server at a glitzy, underground food court, utters the sacred phrase in Neo Seoul in the year 2144. It seems that directors Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski (sibling directors otherwise known as the Wachowski Starship) took this first catechism to
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Taylor Swift: Red

Swifties everywhere have been lamenting the starlet’s move from a distinctly country sound to a broader pop appeal. Others are hailing a new pop sound that is more relevant than ever before. The fact is, neither characterization is quite correct. Rather, with the release of her new album, Red, Taylor
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