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kingsman, article by leaf artbuthnot

Film: Kingsman

Kingsman, directed by Matthew Vaughn, offers the perfect antidote to the February gray. In essence a spy-spoof, the movie combines the violence of Kill Bill and the goofiness of...

father john misty, article by alessandra roubini

Music: Father John Misty

Father John Misty’s most recent LP release I Love You Honey­bear somehow pulls off everything that usually peeves me in con­temporary folk-rock albums. It’s nothing short of miraculous. The...

Drake, our hip-hop hamlet, article by ivan kirwan-taylor

Drake: our hip-hop Hamlet

It’s no secret that Drake is a multitalented musi­cian. Since before “Take Care,” we’ve known that he’s capable of caustic bars, angelic frequencies and artful, unexpected turns as a...


Best Actress: Rosamund Pike

The AMPAS will probably go with Reese Witherspoon for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Mostly because of her jawline. But listen up, we think it should go to...


Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton

The nominees: Robert Duvall in Judge, Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher, Ethan Hawke in Boyhood, Edward Norton in Birdman, and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. It’s easy to confuse them, because...


Best Picture: Boyhood

Best picture this year is a given: Boyhood. Nothing like it has ever been done, period. Its ambitious realism makes it a touching and emotional portrait of the human...

Claire Goldsmith
immitation game, article by madeleine colbert

Film: Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a story that deserves to be told. Alan Turing arguably changed the course of WWII, and thus shaped our world today. He was one of the...

bettercallsaul, article by madeleine kaplan

Television: Better Call Saul

Good news for Breaking Bad fans and anyone else who struggles with goodbyes: Better Call Saul, a prequel to Breaking Bad, premiered last Monday on AMC. But loyalists of showrunner Vince...

all_we_are, article by anna heckler

Music: All We Are

They started in the mountain ranges of Norway. Then they relocated to a remote cottage in North Wales. Then finally, they returned to their Liverpool meeting-place; a fitting homecoming for the band,...

pleasure makes perfect, article by nicole narea

Pleasure makes perfect

You know that oft-cited statistic that men think about sex every seven seconds? That’s 514 times an hour, 7,200 times each waking day. I once found those numbers hard to...

a most violent year review, article by jackson blum

Film: A Most Violent Year

New York was a really shitty place in 1981, when A Most Violent Year takes place. J. C. Chandor’s third feature film is a symbolic tale of a nation’s...

bjork review, article by olivia burton

Music: Björk

“Moments of clarity are so rare, I better document this,” Björk sings, in “Stonemilker,” the first track of Vulnicura. Her intentions are clear from the beginning—this album is going...

mogwai review, article by anna heckler

Music: Mogwai

The name Mogwai is inspired by a Chinese term for rain-aroused demons. It’s almost fitting that their music evokes thoughts of heavy sci-fi beats and anarchic rhythms. And in...

d'angelo by chris melamed


Until Dec. 15, D’Angelo hadn’t released an album in 14 years. His last studio album, Voodoo, was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece that pushed the boundaries of soul and...

citizen 4, by anna lipin


Citizenfour is different. It is a movie in which we, as the public subject to the policies unveiled by Edward Snowden, are members of the cast. We already know...