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Join our movie reviewers as they look at this week's movies. Let them whisper in your ear in the darkened theatre, and nobody will shush you. 


Lenny Kravitz | Strut (Roxie/Kobalt Label)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:28

cd Lenny-KravitzWith rock, pop, neo-soul, psychedelia, and hard rock, Strut shines like a lighthouse through a foggy night.


Melted Toys | Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)

Written by Alex Wilking Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17

Melted-Toys 75The instrumentation was what kept me coming back, but the vocals are going to turn away a lot of new listeners.


Social Distortion w/The Whigs | 09.18.14

Written by Jim Ryan Monday, 22 September 2014 10:57

SocialD 75While it would be easy for me to bitch about the absence of bigger hits like “I Was Wrong,” and “Bad Luck,” I feel it would also be an unneeded slap in the band's face.


King Diamond | Still Haunted after All These Years

Written by Jim Ousley Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:52

prof king-diamond_smWas it ever difficult not to cross the line between playing his character and becoming his character? His answer is immediate: “It’s not hard at all.”


This is Where I Leave You (Warner Bros., R)

Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03

film This-is-where-I-leave-you_smIt’s something of a new formula, or at least a new spin on an old formula, but it works. 


Maroon 5 | V (Interscope/222)

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 05 September 2014 14:31

cd Maroon5VV pushes the band toward new ground, even as M5 sticks to the catchy pop sound on which it’s built a solid reputation.


Christian Burghardt | Fate Has a Way

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 09:35

prof christian-burghardtO_75I was afraid of working my life away in a job that I didn’t love, and that fear turned into courage to chase after this dream.


Compositions for the Young & Old, Pt. 16 | Bob Mould, “The Last Dog and Pony Show” (1998)

Written by Jason Green & Mike Koehler Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:29

Bob decides to (briefly) say farewell to rock music, but not before taking a well-deserved victory lap.




One Man, Two Guvnors | The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Written by Megan Washausen Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:43

One-Man-Two-Guvnors 75The audience participation is so well-timed and outrageous that you’ll wonder which moments of audience involvement were planned and which were just plain comedic luck!


James Rolfe & Kevin Finn | Angry Independent Movie Nerds

Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:32

AVGN 75Movies are starting to look more like video games…and the cut scenes in video games look like the action scenes in movies.

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