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Monday, April 21, 2014

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'Dark Knight' cinematographer Wally Pfister discusses his directorial debut in 'Transcendence'

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

Pfister spoke about his new film and his step into the director’s chair in a conference call with The Michigan Daily on April 15.

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'The Unknown Known' a necessarily biased exposé of government lies

RADiUS-TWC

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

“The Unknown Known” is thought-provoking, biased, relevant and entertaining — a documentary of the highest order. Its bias shows itself in Morris’s interviewing style, which places himself as judge during the interviewee’s trial.

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'Jinn' actor discusses benefits of filming in A2

Exxodus

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

All of the filming, editing and special effects for "Jinn" were done in Michigan. Moreover, Ann Arbor played a major role in the movie.

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Don’t reduce death to a plot device

BY DREW MARON

We often turn to stories to cope with the harsh truths of reality, death being a big one. Yet, there are so many shows, movies, video games and books out there that use death cheaply, as a way to raise the stakes or to push the characters into a direction desired for reasons outside of coherent storytelling.

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Michaelson shines despite underwhelming 'Lights Out' production

eOne

BY KENNETH SELANDER

Lights Out is a little too perfect, because it doesn’t really seem to push, but rather contently stays in place.

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You can hear the students sing in 'Les Mis'

BY ALEX BERNARD

“Les Miserables” opened on Broadway in 1987. The show won eight Tony Awards, and now, through the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the legendary musical comes to Michigan.

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'Mad Men' marks the beginning of the end

AMC

BY MADDIE THOMAS

As a stand-alone episode, this installment of “Mad Men” is middling at best. But that’s exactly the game Weiner likes to play. It’s all about the build-up from here on out, and “Time Zones” does its job of laying the groundwork for the coming episodes quite well.

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What is happening on 'Scandal?'

ABC

BY ALEC STERN

“Scandal” needs fixing, but it’s not up to Olivia Pope to solve every problem. Shonda Rhimes is going to have to handle this one.

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'Afghan Whigs' returns with flawless record

eOne Music

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

he band’s first record in 16 years and first after being reunited as a band last year, Do the Beast tells a story of dimness and obscurity, drawing on minor progressions and sweltering melodies to showcase emotion through every mix.

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ABC

'Scandal' draws to an inconclusive conclusion

BY JORDYN KAY

For some shows a circular plot works; Rhimes uses it on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and viewers are still responding after ten seasons. With "Scandal" though, it was time to move forward, questions needed to be answered and certain plot lines needed to be closed.

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BBC America

'Orphan Black' straddles several genres, and succeeds

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Orphan Black” is an unpredictable amalgam of genres, managing to simultaneously be a cop drama, a Shakespearean tragedy, a crime caper and an involved (and often confusing) sci-fi mystery.

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The Accolades Award Ceremony to honor student arts groups

BY REBECCA GODWIN

Arts at Michigan hopes to make The Accolades a yearly event to celebrate all of the different arts opportunities on campus, not only to recognize the work of the organizations but to also inform the student body of what their fellow students are creating.

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PT Merantu

'The Raid 2: Berendal' combines thoughtful direction and exciting action

BY MAYANK MATHUR

Whats intriguing, and surprising, about the film is that, though it is centered on Rama’s efforts to successfully remain undercover and extract as much information as possible, it finds enough time to focus on the other characters and their personal desires and ambitions.

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Exploring Ann Arbor Record Store Day

BY ADAM THEISEN

You won’t get algorithmic recommendations based on your preferences like Pandora or iTunes, but maybe that’ll cause you to take a chance. Your new favorite band could be just a shelf away.

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Elliot Alpern: Traveling on the Arts road

BY ELLIOT ALPERN

There’s no way to know if, maybe, I’d be writing the same column as a sports writer, reminiscing about that day I chose athletics over the arts. But I chose the road I truly desired, the road I’d been traveling toward my whole life. And that has made all the difference.

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