Singing and Singers

Get On Up

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 abandonment by his mother (Viola Davis), to his early days alongside longtime friend and collaborator Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis, True Blood), his eventual ascension to worldwide fame and …

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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story

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’s son), this fascinating and moving documentary chronicles the brothers’ lives from childhood to present day, highlighting their greatest achievements, examining the evolution of some …

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Jersey Boys

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 talent, especially when most of the major characters are played by folks who starred in the …

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Duets

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’t it strange that there are parts of our culture that seem so far out of …

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Inside Llewyn Davis

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, have lovingly recreated the underground folk scene in wintry Greenwich Village, when it was post hep-cats and pre-hippies. The Gaslight Cafe is intimately …

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Crazy Heart

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 might be considered a step up. Barely able to get through a set, he unenthusiastically plays hole-in-the-wall bars and bowling alleys in hole-in-the-wall …

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