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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s a breakdown of that interminable final battle from the last Hobbit film

Spoilers ahead for Peter Jackson’s film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s almost 80 year old book. For those who were exposed to Peter Jackson’s latest (and possibly last) foray into the world of Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies may have left them with more questions than a concluding chapter should. Such questions as “Why is this […]

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Newswire: Death Grips releases surprise instrumental album

Even though the “conceptual art exhibition” known as Death Grips broke up last summer, its activities in the afterlife have proven just as mercurial as the stunts it pulled during its existence. The noisy rap group was no stranger to releasing music without warning during its time together, so it’s only slightly surprising that Death Grips would release an instrumental […]

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Newswire: National Society Of Film Critics picks Goodbye To Language as best film of 2014

Founded in the mid-1960s as an alternative to the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society Of Film Critics has long been one of this country’s most cosmopolitan, dependable, and unglamorous awards-giving bodies. While other critics’ organizations function as awards season bellweathers, the credibility of the NSFC has always rested on its independence and membership. Pauline Kael was one […]

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Newswire: Dish Network debuts streaming service with ESPN, some other stuff we guess

Weeks after asking consumers, “Will you keep watching Dish Network? Please?” by integrating Netflix into its set-top boxes, the satellite provider has made one more step in the direction of eliminating those set-top boxes entirely. That step is Sling, the company’s version of the cord-cutting Internet TV services that are generally agreed to be the future of the medium. However, […]

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Hear This: Fugazi’s “Promises” is bleak but honest

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as we regret the New Year’s resolutions we’ve already cast aside, we’re picking our favorite songs about broken promises. Fugazi, “Promises” (1989) The general concept of promises is great, but as Fugazi notes, actual “promises are shit.” That’s the basic message of “Promises,” from […]

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Watch This: Tom Cruise delivers his best performance in Born On The Fourth Of July

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The biopics American Sniper and Unbroken have us thinking back on other true stories about soldiers. Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) Tom Cruise’s finest big-screen hour remains Born On The Fourth Of July, the heartbreaking—and ultimately heartening—true story of Ronnie […]

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