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At its most basic level, the deliciously entertaining family soap Empire is King Lear with a modern hip-hop/R&B soundtrack. This King is Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) a modern hip-hop mogul diagn…
On the night of the music world's flashiest awards, new superstar Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) should be on the top of the world. With her sexpot image and her hit songs with her white-boy rapper collaborat…
Unfolding in a not-entirely-successful, sort-of-confusing, non-linear fashion crafted by director Tate Taylor (The Help), Get On Up tracks Brown’s rise to fame, from his turbulent childhood and abando…
But behind the merry melodies and lively lyrics, the men who wrote the music the world loved were growing increasingly estranged. Co-directed by Jeff Sherman (Robert’s son) and Greg Sherman (Richard’…
Clint Eastwood has directed so many fine films, one after another, that it comes as a surprise that his film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys is such a miss. It is not a fault of the…
Do you roll up the windows so that nobody can hear you, or do you roll ‘em down and blast the volume? If this rings any bells, then you may wish to enter the somewhat underground world of karaoke. Isn…
It takes a certain type of personality to be on stage, but not demand the limelight. Ever since I was a teen, I'd joke that if I were reincarnated, I'd want to be a Motown backup singer. You know, one…
A filmmaker named "Dude" Schmitz (Mark Borchardt, of American Movie) and his crew (yep, including Mark's buddy Mike Schank) get thrown out of a Britney Spears concert for asking her if her boobs are r…
Inside Llewyn Davis is undeniably a gorgeous looking film, capturing a moment in the 1961 when the folk movement was finding its groove. Joel and Ethan Coen, along with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel…
Musically, I sure was in the right place at the right. In the Northwest in the late 80s/early 90s, bands were brewing. I remember taking a break from dorm cleaning at The Evergreen State College in Ol…
Greasy, sweaty, drunk and seeming like he’d probably reek of whiskey, cigarettes and B.O., Bad Blake (Bridges) is a once-lauded country-music star who’s so far down on his luck that hitting bottom mig…
If you are a fan of music, you will totally dig the Hank Garland "fictional" biopic Crazy. It doesn't matter if you have never heard of him before—I sure hadn't. It doesn't matter if you are not a fan…