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Album Reviews
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Duke Ellington might have liked whatsnext?; Gil Evans and Lalo Schifrin might also have endorsed this recreation of orchestral jazz with a decided bent toward the jazz-influenced TV and movie scores of the ’60s and ’70s. Turkish born, Boston-based composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol wields a big
Books
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  Major museum retrospectives for Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman are markers of the general acceptance of comics as art. As Paul Gravett reminds us in his profusely illustrated analysis of the medium, the comic strip as we know it today was a product of late-19th-century popular culture
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
 Helena Bonham Carter is magnificent—and well out of her recent wacko-role comfort zone—as Elizabeth Taylor in this believable dramatization of a troubled 1983 Broadway run with Richard Burton. Her Taylor is emotionally demanding and alcohol frazzled; Dominic West is credible as Burton
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
1,000 Umbrellas is an accomplished Milwaukee duo whose members played together in the ’90s band Tolstoi’s Tricycle. Regrouping for a long-in-the-making debut album, vocalist-guitarist Allan Williams and percussionist Brian Wendtlandt weave textured acoustic rock around heartfelt lyrics and
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Bad Dreams opens in a ’70s commune whose charismatic leader preaches peace, love—and mass suicide. Thirteen years later, the sole survivor, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin), awakens from a coma in a mental hospital. The group therapy meant to help her “fit into the ’80s” isn’t the only problem