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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Capitol Records

Sam Smith bares his soul at Masonic Temple

BY GIBSON JOHNS

In just over half a year, Smith had turned what had been a major flaw in his potential into a quality that has been instrumental to his success.

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Björk's avant-garde album 'Vulnicura' impressive and strange

One Little Indian

BY AMELIA ZAK

The album floats around the marriage of three musical elements: Björk’s specific throaty and moaning voice, a recurring string section, and the impossibly cool additions of revered electronic artists like Matthew Herbert and Haxan Cloak.

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'Mortdecai' fails to charm

Lionsgate

BY VANESSA WONG

“Mortdecai” ’s biggest sin: it just tried way, way too hard.

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'Sniper' formulaic, doesn't live up to hype

Warner Bros.

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

In its episodic skeleton we never dig deep, dark, enough into Kyle’s seen-some-shit psyche and instead dig too long for meaning in Kyle’s life back home — except we’re digging using a twig, not a shovel.

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'Justified' keeps the stakes high in final season

FX

BY ALEX INTNER

Incredibly, it’s still fascinating to watch these actors work; each of them has spent the past five years forming layered, interesting characters, a fact that shines in smaller scenes especially.

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Despite efforts, 'Blackhat' falls short

Universal Pictures

BY NOAH COHEN

“Blackhat” gets “hacking” right about as much as James Bond gets “spying” right; but in “Blackhat” ’s defense, it tries very hard to be realistically boring.

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'My Time AGAIN' showcases sentimental, dedicated Minaj

MTV

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

Minaj’s work ethic and commitment to her work and fans is undeniable throughout the VMA segment, from rehearsal to post-performance

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Victoria Justice tries to break out of teen-scene with edgy but bland “Eye Candy”

MTV

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

Many of the plot devices are worn and transparent, and the lines feel overly illustrative, leaving viewers annoyed at having explanations and superficial backstories thrust upon them.

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Despite flaws, 'Selma' a powerful film worth seeing

Paramount Pictures

BY ZAK WITUS

Like Steven Spielberg did with “Lincoln,” writer/director Ava DuVernay lifts a page from your high school history textbook, breathing life into just a single episode in order to tell a larger story.

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'Parks' Season 7 premiere explores new character relationships

NBC

BY DREW MARON

“Parks and Recreation” has provided some of the funniest and most human moments of television of any genre in the last twenty years. It has made us laugh and cry — often at the same time — and it will be hard to say goodbye later this year. However, it’s also comforting to know that the beginning of the end was just as special as all that came before.

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Anti-Russia advocates protest UMS award

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

Standing in solidarity with all those who had been affected by Russian aggressions, the protesters stood to raise awareness among the concert’s attendees about Gergiev’s support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea earlier this year.

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Rebecca Sherm

Daily Book Review: 'Unbecoming' an intricate debut by University alumnus

BY CAROLYN DARR

As both as a classic romance and a scintillating mystery, “Unbecoming” keeps readers engrossed through a multitude of twists and surprises.

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Studying in style: 2015's chicest planners

BY MARA MACLEAN

The agenda fanatics at the Michigan Daily decided to put together a list of the most stylish and efficient for those who may be slightly lost when it comes to organizational habits.

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Island Records

'American Beauty / American Psycho' a forgettable listening experience

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

If you find yourself listening to American Beauty / American Psycho you should soak up all of the great qualities featured in “Uma Thurman” because it is downhill from there.

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Sub Pop

Sleater-Kinney showcase riot grrrl sound on latest album

BY MELINA GLUSAC

Few bands can match the energy of Sleater-Kinney, which is hyper and rife on their latest album.

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StudioCanal

Distinctly British 'Paddington' a visual, heartwarming treat

BY JACOB RICH

While the story is one of a political nature, the film never feels stuffy or overly preachy. On the contrary, this film is the shot of pure non-cynical warmth that the increasingly cynical world of children’s cinema needs. “Paddington” is less concerned with minute-to-minute laughs or beat-you-over-the-head morals and more in love with cinematic beauty.

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FXX

FXX’s 'Man Seeking Woman' creates fantasy world out of hyperboles

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

In FXX’s new comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” hyperbole becomes real as the fantastic and surreal go hand-in-hand with the mundane, creating a unique perspective for the TV romantic comedy.

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David Turnley

David Turnley inspires fear, awe (and an article)

BY FRANCESCA KIELB

David Turnley is a name often heard throughout the halls of the University's Art School. I heard whispers from students in his class on his eccentric genius, his passion, his expertise and even his anger.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Notebook: 2015's most anticipated releases

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

I predict that 2015 will be a year of computerized movie magic – but one of the strongest yet.

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Kathleen Davis: Art in a changing cultural landscape

BY KATHLEEN DAVIS

Cartoons, as depicted on the covers of Charlie Hebdo, fall under a large umbrella of art, and should thus be subjected to the same standards other forms of art are granted when it comes to freedom of speech.

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