Musicians

Sylvie’s Love

I’ll give credit where credit is due: Sylvie’s Love is a gorgeous-looking, gorgeous-sounding movie. It is a fresh twist on classic romantic melodramas, with an extremely attractive black cast set in a glossy, soft-focused Harlem. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) meet cute at a record store. She helps out her father at the …

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Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Once upon a time, a group of extraordinarily talented young musicians married traditional Irish music with a punk rock attitude helping to revitalize a wounded Ireland’s international popularity in the process. The Pogues recorded a handful of brilliant albums, and toured the world several times over. At the height of their success, an overwhelmed lead …

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Nocturne (2020)

As a teen, no one wants to be second fiddle to their sibling, or, in the case of Juliet (Sydney Sweeney), second piano. Juliet and her twin sister Vivian (Madison Iseman) are both senior students at a prestigious performing arts high school, where both excel at classical piano playing. Except, well, Vivian has always been …

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Rocketman

This film chronicles a flamboyant, iconic singer from his meteoric rise to superstardom in the 1970s, to hitting rock bottom from sex and drugs and rock and roll, to his triumphant comeback in the mid-1980s. Wait, is this Bohemian Rhapsody? No, this time instead Queen’s Freddie Mercury, it’s a musical biopic of pop star Elton John, …

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Green Book

Set in 1962, the film tracks the literal and figurative real-life journey of two unlikely traveling companions: hulking NYC club bouncer Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) and Don “Doc” Shirley (Mahershala Ali), the virtuoso pianist who hires Tony to be his muscle on a potentially dangerous eight-week concert tour through the racially divided Deep American …

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Oasis: Supersonic

I have a love/hate relationship with Oasis. I adored their catchy pop-rock sensibilities in the 90s, especially the masterpiece that is “Wonderwall”. But then I saw them in concert, and was faced with a bunch of arrogant brats who threw water bottles at the audience and sneered at us with disdain. Part of the issue …

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