Benjamin Booker Album Review: “Benjamin Booker” | Smash Cut
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Benjamin Booker’s powerful self-titled debut album is less of a kick in the teeth and more of a push off of a massive cliff into a deep, clear ocean. Its sound is raw and menacing at times, but its construction couldn’t be more tightly controlled. The New Orleans-based Booker burst onto the mus…

Benjamin Booker Album Review: “Benjamin Booker” | Smash Cut

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Benjamin Booker’s powerful self-titled debut album is less of a kick in the teeth and more of a push off of a massive cliff into a deep, clear ocean. Its sound is raw and menacing at times, but its construction couldn’t be more tightly controlled. The New Orleans-based Booker burst onto the mus…

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Matt’s Thinking Outside the Redbox: “Bad Words” | Smash Cut
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Jason Bateman does his best Bad Santa impression his directorial debut about a forty-year old junior-high school dropout who uses a loophole in the rules of the National Spelling Bee to compete against kids only a fourth of his age. A black list script picked up by Bateman who makes this …

Matt’s Thinking Outside the Redbox: “Bad Words” | Smash Cut

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Jason Bateman does his best Bad Santa impression his directorial debut about a forty-year old junior-high school dropout who uses a loophole in the rules of the National Spelling Bee to compete against kids only a fourth of his age. A black list script picked up by Bateman who makes this …

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Boardwalk Empire Review: “Cuanto” (5x04) | Smash Cut
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“How much?” is a question asked regularly by this show. . How much is enough? How much of yourself will you give up? How much that you love will you sacrifice, and to what end? So far, Boardwalk Empire’s answer to this question is two-fold: eventually you will lose everything, and your loss will…

Boardwalk Empire Review: “Cuanto” (5x04) | Smash Cut

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“How much?” is a question asked regularly by this show. . How much is enough? How much of yourself will you give up? How much that you love will you sacrifice, and to what end? So far, Boardwalk Empire’s answer to this question is two-fold: eventually you will lose everything, and your loss will…

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Film Review: “This is Where I Leave You” | Smash Cut
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A cable-friendly family drama starring some of the best comedic actors of this generation should be a formula for success for popular comedy director Shawn Levy. The result is a messy, often derivative film that attempts to create arcs for every character, but fails in establishing any kind of…

Film Review: “This is Where I Leave You” | Smash Cut

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A cable-friendly family drama starring some of the best comedic actors of this generation should be a formula for success for popular comedy director Shawn Levy. The result is a messy, often derivative film that attempts to create arcs for every character, but fails in establishing any kind of…

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Scandal Season Premiere Review: “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia” (4x01) | Smash Cut
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Scandal’s fourth season premiere is something of re-pilot, and it functions that way for the bulk of its running time. When we first meet Olivia again, she’s living it up on a private island “a hundred miles off the coast of Zanzibar,” with Jake. She’s completely off the grid and pretending to b…

Scandal Season Premiere Review: “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia” (4x01) | Smash Cut

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Scandal’s fourth season premiere is something of re-pilot, and it functions that way for the bulk of its running time. When we first meet Olivia again, she’s living it up on a private island “a hundred miles off the coast of Zanzibar,” with Jake. She’s completely off the grid and pretending to b…

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Parenthood Review: “Vegas” (6x01) | Smash Cut
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Reviewing Parenthood is always an interesting prospect for me. Coming up with a score can honestly feel a bit like alchemy. I love this show because it perfectly nails such significant minutiae of family life, like that little shrug Camille gives Julia after Kristina brings Joel on board at the…

Parenthood Review: “Vegas” (6x01) | Smash Cut

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Reviewing Parenthood is always an interesting prospect for me. Coming up with a score can honestly feel a bit like alchemy. I love this show because it perfectly nails such significant minutiae of family life, like that little shrug Camille gives Julia after Kristina brings Joel on board at the…

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The Good Wife Review: “The Line” (6x01) | Smash Cut
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I was both excited and concerned coming into the sixth season premiere of The Good Wife. Excited because they were coming off their best season yet and concerned because they were coming off their best season yet. It would be an understatement to say that season 5 was a game changer. We saw who …

The Good Wife Review: “The Line” (6x01) | Smash Cut

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I was both excited and concerned coming into the sixth season premiere of The Good Wife. Excited because they were coming off their best season yet and concerned because they were coming off their best season yet. It would be an understatement to say that season 5 was a game changer. We saw who …

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Film Review: “A Walk Among the Tombstones” | Smash Cut
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Liam Neeson stars in a dark thriller about an ex-cop who is enlisted to help investigate a ruthless pair of killers who seem to be targeting the wives of successful drug dealers. With the dealers unable to go to the cops to risk their business, they pay a grizzled Neeson to solve the mystery….

Film Review: “A Walk Among the Tombstones” | Smash Cut

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Liam Neeson stars in a dark thriller about an ex-cop who is enlisted to help investigate a ruthless pair of killers who seem to be targeting the wives of successful drug dealers. With the dealers unable to go to the cops to risk their business, they pay a grizzled Neeson to solve the mystery….

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Sons of Anarchy Review: “Playing With Monsters” (7x03) | Smash Cut
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Nothing much happens this week on Sons of Anarchy, and yet, I can’t help but feel like this is the best episode of the season so far. As things plummet further into darkness, the show gains a surety of narrative that it hasn’t had in a long time. Now that there is no question as to Jax’s villa…

Sons of Anarchy Review: “Playing With Monsters” (7x03) | Smash Cut

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Nothing much happens this week on Sons of Anarchy, and yet, I can’t help but feel like this is the best episode of the season so far. As things plummet further into darkness, the show gains a surety of narrative that it hasn’t had in a long time. Now that there is no question as to Jax’s villa…

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Sons of Anarchy Review: “Playing With Monsters” (7x03) | Smash Cut
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Nothing much happens this week on Sons of Anarchy, and yet, I can’t help but feel like this is the best episode of the season so far. As things plummet further into darkness, the show gains a surety of narrative that it hasn’t had in a long time. Now that there is no question as to Jax’s villa…

Sons of Anarchy Review: “Playing With Monsters” (7x03) | Smash Cut

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Nothing much happens this week on Sons of Anarchy, and yet, I can’t help but feel like this is the best episode of the season so far. As things plummet further into darkness, the show gains a surety of narrative that it hasn’t had in a long time. Now that there is no question as to Jax’s villa…