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of Montreal’s Indie Encore at the Barn

“They’re in there being magical and shit,” said lead singer Zahira Gutierrez of Wild Moccasins, referring to legendary indie band of Montreal waiting in the wings during their performance. It was indeed a magical...

“Shame” Movie Review

2011 was a good year for Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender, who in addition to starring in blockbuster films like “X-Men: First Class” and the critically acclaimed adaptation of “Jane Eyre,” finally snagged a role...

“True Detective: The Long Bright Dark” Review

Ozark-native novelist Daniel Woodrell (“Winter’s Bone”) is noted for coining the term “country noir,” but there is a new noir on the map and it isn’t in any book. “True Detective” is a new...

Away from the Sprawl: Winter Break Playlist

As we slog through the inevitable drag of week 10, a beautiful endgame lays not far from here: winter break. Though Riverside severely lacks anything resembling winter weather, our time of servitude to the...

“Fury” is high-octane action with a valiant heart

Ready, aim, fire! “Fury,” the war movie directed by film connoisseur David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia Labeouf is a stellar account of a brutal tank battle during the tumultuous...

“Taken 2” Review

Stepping up to the box office four years after “Taken,” “Taken 2” had the potential to improve upon the foundation laid down by its predecessor. At least it did until Luc Besson and Robert...

“Mad Men: The Quality of Mercy” Review

This week’s “Mad Men” opens with a literal bang as audiences witness a Chevy executive accidently shoot Ken Cosgrove in the face. Fortunately for us, Cosgrove is fine. I am fairly confident Matthew Weiner...

A virtual conversation with Edward Snowden

On a warm day in March, while indie bands were playing and films were competing for the attention of judges at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. For an hour, Edward Snowden, the United...

Young the Giant “Mind Over Matter” Review

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Young the Giant’s lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia sums up the difficulty of finding their voice in their second album “Mind Over Matter.” The different mixes of music...

Students give Comedy Central on Campus a passing grade

Comedy Central’s “Comedy Central on Campus” tour hasn’t had the best track record at UCR. Last year the performances in question were held as an addendum to the Midnight Madness event, leaving only a...