New Moves

New Moves

The Dodos push themselves to greater heights through dance, ever-changing rhythms and getting back to basics
He isn't a dancer. Not even with a few drinks warming his belly would singer-guitarist Meric Long feel the urge to bust a move in front of people.



Never Forget

Warren G is still regulating 20 years later
Hip-hop isn't a genre where artists typically age gracefully. For every Eminem continuing to create the occasional hit, P. Diddy making successful forays into acting or Dr. Dre expanding his empire into headphone-selling world domination, there are hundreds of formerly famous rappers who seemingly disappeared into the ether.


Among the Green

Around St. Patrick's Day, the world wises up to Irish music once more
The bodhran drum rumbles, the fiddler wails, the banjo player picks seemingly faster and faster. You can barely see the musicians stuffed into the corner of the bar, yet Floating Crowbar provides the perfect Irish songs during last year's Saturday-before-St. Patrick's Day festivities.


Plugged In

Folkie John Craigie goes electric for his new tour
For weeks, John Craigie has been touting his new "all electric" album, Working On My Farewell, on his website and social media. Makes sense.


Moving On

Simba and the Exceptional Africans continue to sing and dance after tragedy hits home
She was a force of nature. Terri Grzebielski would sing next to Simba Tirima on stage, along with the rest of the 14 or so members of the Afrobeat band Exceptional Africans, and people couldn't help but watch the 61-year-old often wearing feathers and bright clothing.


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Robot Rock

Tired of aliens, Neill Blomkamp tries his hand with robots in Chappie
There's havoc in the streets near the start of Neill Blomkamp's third science fiction film, the follow-up to District 9 and Elysium. But it's soon brought under control by robotic cops.


The Bad Kids

Envision a world where timeout is permanent in Mommy
Mommy bursts with so much frenzied, turbulent energy that it really only makes sense when looked at as the fifth feature film by a 25-year-old moviemaker. Québécois Xavier Dolan is one of those enfants terribles of the cinema, making and sometimes acting in films that court attention.


Con Err

Focus mistakenly emphasizes romance over sleight of hand
If a real-world con game has to be meticulously constructed in order to work, a movie about con games — like Focus — has to be even more meticulously constructed. As Focus's professional con-man "hero" Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) informs his new would-be protégé, Jess (Margot Robbie), a successful con is all about diverting the attention of the "mark," and this is true of a movie con and its audience as well.


Seashell Secrets

Song of the Sea is a beautiful story of siblings struggling to cope and understand each other
Five years ago Irish director Tomm Moore's debut film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In a déjà vu-like turn of events, the director's sophomore work, 2014's Song of the Sea, was also up for the same award, though this time arguably amidst a much deeper field that included Big Hero 6 (2015's Oscar winner), The Boxtrolls and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.


The Contenders

A look at this year's Oscar field
Even if the Academy decided not to utilize its maximum number of Best Picture nominees, this year's Oscars features one of the strongest fields in recent memory. There could easily be some upsets come Sunday, but here's how we think things will shape up.


Extreme and Compelling

Timbuktu vividly tackles the complexities of modern Islam
Given many people's tendency to think of all Muslims as the kinds of extremists willing to support religion-fueled attacks on innocents, the brilliant Timbuktu comes along at a perfect moment to elucidate the diversity of Islam, and the cultural battles happening within the religion. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, Timbuktu combines stunning images of sub-Saharan Mali with simple but satisfying storytelling.


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