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Gangster Rehash: Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' Looks Good, but Doesn't Feel Right

Gangster Rehash: Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' Looks Good, but Doesn't Feel Right

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Director Ben Affleck’s Live by Night is a period piece/costume drama that looks like a lot of work went into it, although it never feels like a cohesive picture.

Affleck stars as Joe Coughlin, one of those gangsters you just gotta love, fighting the gangster fight during Prohibition in sunny Florida. J...

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Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Sloppy Scorsese: The Great Director Makes a Rare Misstep With His Over-Long 'Silence'

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Martin Scorsese’s Silence , aka How to Torture a Jesuit Priest Until He Says “Ah, Screw It!” and Looks for Another Gig , is the auteur’s most inconsistent offering since his misguided and sloppy Casino .

It’s clear that Scorsese poured his heart into this passion project, which makes it even more disappoin...

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Slice of Life: 'Paterson' Will Delight Jim Jarmusch Fans

Slice of Life: 'Paterson' Will Delight Jim Jarmusch Fans

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Adam Driver plays the title character, a bus driver with a penchant for poetry, in Paterson , writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s latest.

Not only is his name Paterson; he lives in Paterson, N.J., and he sets his folded clothes out every night so he’s good to go in the morning. His wife, Laura (Golshifteh F...

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True TV: 'Baskets' Is Still Weird and Wonderful; Beaches … Why?

True TV: 'Baskets' Is Still Weird and Wonderful; Beaches … Why?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Baskets (Thursday, Jan. 19, FX), season premiere: When Baskets premiered last January, it appeared to be a loony lark, like someone dared Zach Galifianakis to create a comedy bizarre enough to make even FX flinch: Aspiring artiste Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) flunks out of a prestigious French clown acade...

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Believe in Rock 'n' Roll: A New HBO Documentary Shows the Eagles of Death Metal Returning to the Road Following a Terrorist Attack

Believe in Rock 'n' Roll: A New HBO Documentary Shows the Eagles of Death Metal Returning to the Road Following a Terrorist Attack

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

When I interviewed local music legend Jesse Hughes in August 2015, he was in good spirits and quite excited about the then-soon-to-be released Eagles of Death Metal album, Zipper Down .

“This album is like John Holmes, only with a bigger dick,” Hughes told me. “I’ve never been one of those dudes who ha...

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Home Video Review: Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Is a Twisted, Hilarious Delight

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Is a Twisted, Hilarious Delight

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Neil Patrick Harris triumphs as the evil Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events , the latest adaptation of the darkly comic children’s books (previously made into a movie starring Jim Carrey in the Olaf role).

The film was good, but this show is better, with the first two episodes direc...

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