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The first part of the final 'Hunger Games' movie gets real, goes meta

The first part of the final 'Hunger Games' movie gets real, goes meta

All work and no play makes Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer...

'The Conformist,' a ridiculously gorgeous movie about a twisted little shit

A beautiful irony lies in the fact that one of cinema’s great creeps skulks...

Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

As a fiction writer, I am most interested in world-building. Last year, I was...

"Whiplash" is like "Black Swan" with more hot jazz drumming

Hey, remember the major motion picture “Black Swan”? If you enjoyed...

Daft Punk's 'Interstella' is a break from sci-fi self-seriousness

If Christoper Nolan’s transition from master of dorm room woah bro darkness...

NOISE

Art Fart: The political power of Philip Guston's 'The Oracle,' on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art

If Philip Guston were alive today, he would shame us for attempting to escape the tragedy in...

Live Review: Focusing on mostly new material, Bob Dylan delivers an invigorating performance at DAR Constitution Hall

For years one of the pleasures of going to a Bob Dylan concert was the guessing game of "What will...

Holy shit, 3-D Jean-Luc Godard flick 'Goodbye to Language' to screen at the Senator Theatre

It's frustrating to a be film fan here in Baltimore. Not that that the community itself doesn't do...

Friends Records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a two-day bacchanalia of local music

Running a record label is hard—or so we imagine, because we've never actually tried to do it....

'Interstellar' is a tripping-balls space epic that has as much heart as cinematic vision

'Interstellar' is a tripping-balls space epic that has as much heart as cinematic vision

The Earth is dying. This message is reinforced in every...

"The Wizard of Oz" makes me think of the time I ran away to join the circus

"The Wizard of Oz" makes me think of the time I ran away to join the circus

When I was a teenager, I dropped out of school and ran away to join a circus. It...

In 'John Wick,' Keanu kills everyone because somebody killed his dog

In 'John Wick,' Keanu kills everyone because somebody killed his dog

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) takes out most of the first 12 men with a handgun, though a few require a...

'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

This slow-burning marriage drama starts out like a luxury travel-magazine ad...

'Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is a condescending con job

'Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is a condescending con job

There was a hilarious Bill Murray skit on the old “...

"Dear White People": The film every white person should see but won't

"Dear White People": The film every white person should see but won't

In many black homes, parents give their children “The...

Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave

Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave

Nick Cave, like Narcissus or Miley Cyrus, is a myth. But...

'St. Vincent' is a very Bill Murray movie starring Bill Murray

'St. Vincent' is a very Bill Murray movie starring Bill Murray

Bill Murray is overrated, and it’s not anybody’s fault. It doesn’...

In light of Ferguson, "Night of the Living Dead" still resonates

In light of Ferguson, "Night of the Living Dead" still resonates

This OG zombie classic ends with its main character, a black man named Ben (Duane Jones),...

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

If you’ve spent a lifetime watching movies, you probably think you know...

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

A Vice magazine fashion photographer receives a letter from his troubled sister Caroline (Amy...

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

The Netflix original documentary "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" details the brief history of...

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

It’s been a particularly troubling few months for...

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Just a few pages into Michael Kimball’s “Galaga”...

Game On

Game On

From their basement headquarters inside a rowhouse on Eastern Avenue, developers at...

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