Manchester Orchestra is gearing up to embark on a 40 city North American tour with their friends in Balance & Composure and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. To help get fans pumped for the tour (not that you needed another reason to get pumped for this lineup), the bands have all released a free Tour Drop EP with some rarer and more popular tracks.
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For those worried that 300: Rise of an Empire could never live up to 300, fear not.
Romance and love stories have present in entertainment since the dawn of entertainment and as such, we have all likely seen many versions. Whether it’s ‘boy meets girl’, ‘girl meets boy’ or any other variation, love stories can be a go-to format regardless of which medium an artist is working in. While this benefits us with a good starting point when trying to create something new, it often leaves the final product feeling rather unoriginal. Thankfully this is not the case with Spike Jonze’s latest directorial effort, Her.
Ruling through force is a sizable chunk of what war is all about. But can a war movie rule purely through force? Peter Berg’s new film, “Lone Survivor,” suggests that it can — if said force generates an experience so real you’d swear you were dressed in camo, tracking every micro-movement in the foliage around you.
It should be said first that “Gravity” is one of the most visually and technically impressive films I have ever seen. Throughout “Gravity,” Cuaron utilizes the camera in ways that would not work if this were taking place anywhere other than outer space, moving around characters and their environment in a manner that would be intensely distracting or disorienting if done in a restaurant or someone’s apartment.
Ron Howard’s “Rush” is a thrill ride, but not in the way you’d typically expect from racing films. When it comes to movies about races, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to a true story about the personal lives of the professional racers and just how risky the sport is for all involved, but “Rush” excels at showing just how big both the personal and professional stakes are when it comes to racing.
Ten minutes into “Don Jon” and I was ready to walk out. I was disgusted — is this barrage of sexual images and vulgar jokes really what I had signed up for from the usually sweet and charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Fortunately, I stuck it out and because I did, I was treated to one of the most refreshing takes on relationships, and ironically, the importance of realistic expectations. “Don Jon” is like the Guido-version of “Pride & Prejudice.”
We’ve all sat around and wondered just what the world would be like in the next 100 years. How will technology advance? What health advances can we make? Will be exploring the stars? On the surface, “Elysium” is a science fiction fantasy that stargazes and dreams up answers to these futuristic questions. The dream is breath-taking and fascinating to watch unfurl on screen. Yet while the dream life on Elysium is beautiful, also wrapped in this story is a very dark, real and present drama regarding global healthcare and immigration issues.
You may have heard the Percy Jackson series touted as the next “Harry Potter” but with Greek myths instead of magic. And while the first Percy Jackson film adaptation was fun with a strong cast, it never really seemed like any real competition to Harry Potter. I must admit, I was a little surprised when the sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” was announced with a mostly returning cast. Would this film be able to deliver? Sort of.
“Fruitvale Station” is first-time director Ryan Coogler’s fictional take on Oscar Grant’s last 24 hours leading up to his tragic death. Grant is played by relative newcomer Michael B. Jordan (hopefully you saw him in “Chronicle”) who does an almost perfect job of portraying a character who is trying so hard to do good but only because of the poor decisions he’s trying to leave behind and those affected by them.