Peter Jackson bids farewell to his hobbits with one last, great movie
Peter Jackson has left Middle-earth. The series is done.
All around the Inland Northwest, the music scene continues to persevere
This year, bands and venues came and went, legends were honored and more music festivals took place than ever before. Some complained about the music scene, but others were proactive, banding together to improve things.
How the Broken Thumbs find themselves melding rock instruments and a computer
The pieces came together as so many bands do, with a question. "I need to drum, can I come play behind you?" drummer Ryan Stocks asked his DJ friend Kelton Allen.
Jessica Hernandez kicks out new jams steeped in Detroit's musical roots
The time slot was far from ideal. Early Monday afternoon at Bumbershoot, the last gasp of the festival and hours before the day's headliners would draw more people to Seattle Center.
Out of the mainstream, goth EDM music gets monthly play at the Hop!
The dress code is simple: head-to-toe black. In contrast to the sweaty young people at a typical electronic dance music show pushing their way toward a DJ, this night's Elektro Grave attendees, comprised of about 30 people, appear to at least be old enough to remember the dark era of 1980s gothic music.
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Why an Australian indie called The Babadook became one of 2014's creepiest films
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook," reads weary Amelia (Essie Davis) to her frightened son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) from a book that has mysteriously appeared in the young boy's bedroom. Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent makes a stunningly assured feature filmmaking debut with this unnerving thriller, which has been racking up numerous awards on the festival circuit and in year-end tallies.
Exodus: Gods and Kings fails when it tries to humanize its spectacle
It's... big. Whatever else you might want to say about Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, you can't deny that it's big.
Citizenfour brings Edward Snowden's revelations back to the forefront
After watching Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Poitras' new documentary about the early-on brouhaha surrounding government whistleblower Edward Snowden, you've got to wonder why his story — and its devastating revelations — have faded into mere background murmurings in these United (kinda, sorta) States. Unlike the title of this film, which refers to the email handle Snowden first used to contact journalist Glenn Greenwald and then Poitras, Citizenfour is an intimate look at Snowden's life in the days just before his spooky treasure trove went public, then viral.
Happy Valley takes a deeper, more nuanced look at the Penn State scandal
There is no bombshell of new information in Amir Bar-Lev's documentary about the Penn State sex abuse scandal. You might have temporarily forgotten some of the squeamish details, but Happy Valley will readily remind you of all the unbelievable stories that came out of State College, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2011.
The familiar Penguins of Madagascar takes to the big screen
What's black and white and, at first, a bit of a blur? That'd be the penguin leads of this latest feature from DreamWorks Animation.
Eddie Redmayne is transcendent as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities — what we're willing to give, what we're willing to take, what we're willing to endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist (A Brief History of Time) diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film's heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when each of them finds new soulmates and their union ends.
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