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  • Film Review: The Rover One man really wants his car back | 6/17/2014
  • Beware the Chair Lamenting the disappearance of the observational documentary and bemoaning the use of the chair | 5/14/2014
  • Manakamana Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez | 5/7/2014
  • Who Took Johnny Directed by David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley | 5/7/2014
  • Liquid Sky Directed and presented by Slava Tsukerman | 5/7/2014
  • Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive Hipsters meet vampires in indie director’s latest | 4/30/2014
  • Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune A film about a film that never was | 4/16/2014
  • Film Review: Sorcerer William Friedkin’s near-forgotten story of tropical torture | 4/2/2014
  • Swing Set Sax man Ellery Eskelin comes home for a residency at Towson | 4/2/2014
  • Film Review: The Past Asghar Farhadi’s second effort stumbles but doesn’t fall | 2/5/2014
  • Film Review: Nostalghia In the early ’80s, director Andrei Tarkovsky left his native Russia behind and devoted his first film shot outside the Soviet Union to looking back. | 1/15/2014
  • Music Review: Carcass’ Surgical Steel and Gorguts’ Colored Sands Carcass Surgical Steel Gorguts Colored Sands Carcass dubbed the short burst of creamy, harmonized guitar lines that opens its first album in 17 years “1985,” and it’s aptly titled. | 10/16/2013
  • Film Review: The Grandmaster Wong’s lack of interest in traditional movie action smacks you in the face. | 8/28/2013
  • Bergen County Breakdown Glenn Jones brings Jersey sensibility and John Fahey’s “Primitive” guitar licks to the Windup Space | 6/26/2013
  • Book Review: Karen Houppert’s Chasing Gideon Tales from the struggle to give poor defendants a chance | 6/12/2013
  • Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal "They're in it for the pussy. The music's important too, but it's more about the pussy." | 5/22/2013
  • Post Tenebras Lux Directed by Carlos Reygadas | 5/8/2013
  • The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir Any film nerd hungry for stories of golden-age post-studio Hollywood adventure and excess will be sated. | 5/8/2013
  • Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow Slabs of broken stone lie in tumble-down piles as muted screams ebb and surge. | 3/13/2013
  • What the Brothers Sang Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy | 3/13/2013
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Lawrence Wright’s new book tackles the cult of Scientology | 2/20/2013
  • Amour A married couple’s love faces its final test | 1/23/2013
  • 2012 Top Ten in Home Video Margaret, Heaven’s Gate, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Weekend, Alps, and more | 12/12/2012
  • Zs Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007 Zs Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007 Northern Spy Improvisation has been the cornerstone of contemporary underground music for a decade now, maybe two, the exploratory/winging-it impulse that launched a kabillion CD-Rs and warehouse-space sets | 11/21/2012
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow Beyond the Black Rainbow Directed by Panos Cosmatos At the Charles Theatre Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. The numbers, red on black, slowly reveal themselves, one at a time: 1. 9. 8. 3. Even a few minutes into Beyond the Black Rainbow, the year is already almost a punchline. | 11/7/2012
  • Sympathy for the Stones Chris Forsyth reimagines Robert Frank’s elusive Rolling Stones tour doc Cocksucker Blues | 11/7/2012
  • Baltimore for Kids Having a kid changes your idea of fun, luckly baltimore offers plenty of opportunities to keep the tykes amused. | 10/10/2012
  • The Yearly Grind Pig Destroyer celebrates 15th anniversary with more “short, fast, and loud” | 10/17/2012
  • Lifeforce A cult classic featuring naked space vampires. | 9/26/2012
  • The Silence of the Lambs Over-the-top serial killers Hannibal the Cannibal and Buffalo Bill may chew up the screen, but Starling's at the center of the story. | 8/8/2012
  • Technical Ecstasy Local metal heroes Dying Fetus birth a new orthodoxy of extreme | 7/11/2012
  • Possession Andrzej Zulawski’s exploration of a divorce goes for the gut | 5/30/2012
  • Geoffrey Baker A local photographer talks about documenting the survivors of the toughest marathon in the world | 5/2/2012
  • We Have a Pope What if you were offered one of the most powerful—and daunting—jobs on the planet, and what if you were wise enough to know exactly how daunting, nay impossible, such a position might be? | 4/25/2012
  • The Innkeepers A standard haunted-house flick but still packed with some scare power | 4/25/2012
  • The Deep Blue Sea The only thing that outshines Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies’ drama of postwar Britain is Davies himself | 4/18/2012
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi David Gelb’s documentary opens by explaining/confirming its title: 85-year-old Jiro Ono spends all day, almost every day, preparing and making sushi. | 4/11/2012
  • The Raid: Redemption Indonesian martial-arts flick beats the crap out of tired Hollywood action | 4/11/2012
  • The Kid With a Bike The Kid With a Bike Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne At the Charles Theatre Cyril (Thomas Doret) knows his dad didn’t just leave him at a group home and move away with no plans of coming back. He certainly didn’t sell Cyril’s bike, despite th | 4/11/2012
  • Steve Lehman Trio Dialect Fluorescent A classic trio record, straight up. | 4/11/2012
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s flick about the mother of a murderer lacks subtlety | 4/4/2012
  • Crazy Horse Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman puts his focus on Le Crazy Horse de Paris, the French cabaret | 4/4/2012
  • What Is an Alt-Weekly? We’ve been trying to figure that out for 35 years | 3/28/2012
  • Cover Story Judging City Paper and life in Baltimore by 35 years’ worth of each | 3/28/2012
  • Pallbearer: Sorrow and Extinction This Arkansas doom quartet’s debut album is so distinctive and bitchin’ | 3/28/2012
  • Jerry D’s Seafood Who doesn’t love a wee-nee? | 3/21/2012
  • Friends With Kids A new romcom really wants to be something other than another romcom and almost succeeds | 3/7/2012
  • Eat Russia With Love Pickles, dumpling, and other adventures in learning about the food of the other Motherland | 3/7/2012
  • Stolichny European Deli The 20 or so different salamis and sausages alone guarantee we’ll be back | 1/4/2012
  • The Unthanks: Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony and the Johnsons Sisters Rachel and Becky make a modest career in singing/messing with traditional folk songs | 3/7/2012
  • Thin Ice Thin Ice suffers by comparison with another Midwestern white-out noir | 2/29/2012
  • Blank City Blank City Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-ray Celine Danhier’s documentary on New York’s underground film scene delves so deep into NYC hipster history that it features photographs of director Jim Jarmusch with dark hair. Thus Blank City qualifies as essential | 2/29/2012
  • Toss: A Gourmet Pizzeria | 2/29/2012
  • Staging Over Manipulation Gallery show examines the relationship between art, marketing, and even art marketing | 2/22/2012
  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu For nearly three hours, you watch former Romanian Communist autocrat Nicolae Ceausescu give speeches | 2/15/2012
  • A Separation A gripping Iranian domestic mystery introduces a rare cinematic talent to American viewers | 2/15/2012
  • Asghar Farhadi A Separation’s director tells just enough of the truth (in his film) | 2/15/2012
  • Do It Herself Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner flies solo as Flock of Dimes | 2/8/2012
  • House of Holes - Nicholson Baker Baker's sexcapade is raucous, raunchy ... and somehow quaint | 2/8/2012
  • Fist fights & harmonies The rise and fall of a legendary country duo | 2/8/2012
  • Midtown BBQ and Brew | 2/8/2012
  • Essential Killing "Starring Vincent Gallo" wouldn't ordinarily be considered a sign of progress to a more nuanced view of the Afghanistan conflict | 2/1/2012
  • Holding on to Jah: The Genesis of a Revolution The way reggae and Rastafarianism arose and ultimately grew together is the subject of a new documentary | 2/1/2012
  • Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers The Louvin Brothers' rise and fall as a unit and an act rightly forms the substance of Charlie's lively recollection | 2/1/2012
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Thai film ponders the ineffable down on the farm | 1/25/2012
  • Albert Nobbs Glenn Close’s cross-dressing-servant passion project fumbles its passions | 1/25/2012
  • Loinclöth: Iron Balls of Steel Skull-oscillating total metal overkill, Loinclöth isn’t a joke | 1/25/2012
  • Freud and Jung go toe-to-toe in A Dangerous Method Talk?" Even in her wild agitation — barely able to force out words, writhing in her seat — Sabina Spielrein's puzzlement is clear. But that is exactly what her new physician... | 1/25/2012
  • A Dangerous Method When it comes to the roots of psychoanalysis, David Cronenberg’s latest isn’t all talk | 1/18/2012
  • Blackthorn Many of the best films in the western genre bear an elegiac quality | 1/18/2012
  • Carnage Roman Polanski’s black comedy mostly assaults your patience. | 1/11/2012
  • Microkingdom The uncategorizable trio talks Baltimore’s new thing, playing quietly, and the philosophy of Lil Wayne | 1/11/2012
  • Week End Week End Directed by Jean-Luc Godard At the Charles Theatre Jan. 14, 16, and 19 If there was ever a time for a Week End revival, it’s our wearily recessionary, Occupied era. This vivid restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 era-ender can beam out ove | 1/11/2012
  • Film Socialisme John Huston was making great films right up until his death at 81 | 1/11/2012
  • The Short List Esme Devra West, Independents, Sac au Lait, Attack! Attack!, and more | 1/11/2012
  • People who died in 2011 Lesser-known but significant figures | 1/5/2012
  • The Final Number With the Iraq War over, we can stop adding up the casualties and start adding up the cost. | 1/4/2012
  • People Who Died Our annual homage to the late, little-known shapers of our world | 12/28/2011
  • Tura Satana The Sharpest Claws | 12/28/2011
  • Sylvia Robinson Yes, Y’All | 12/28/2011
  • Bert Jansch It Don’t Bother Me | 12/28/2011
  • Chul Hyun Ahn explores the Infinite Void The humble materials in Ahn’s work help preserve an approachable quality | 12/21/2011
  • Bobby Fischer Against the World Virtually every American and billions around the planet knew his name | 12/21/2011
  • The Short List Bret Michaels, DJ Anchor, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Wye Oak, and more. | 12/14/2011
  • The Future The real make-or-break point for The Future comes early | 12/14/2011
  • Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone A solid documentary gets inside Fishbone’s extraordinary career | 12/14/2011
  • New This Week Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mission Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, and more | 12/14/2011
  • World on a Wire A lost Fassbinder sci-fi film returns to the screen, here in the future where it belongs | 12/7/2011
  • Barry Levinson The Baltimore-born director celebrates the 30th anniversary of Diner with a hometown screening—and a conversation about his career apart from Baltimoriana | 12/7/2011
  • Bellflower A focus on aimless urban twentysomethings | 12/7/2011
  • Will Hermes: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever | 12/7/2011
  • Gino’s Burgers and Chicken Everyone went nuts at the news that the old-school burger franchise was reopening a location in Towson, we were curious, and suspicious. | 11/30/2011
  • Atlas Sound: Parallax Bradford Cox knows what he’s doing, Parallax remains resolutely indie in sonics, introverted in orientation. | 11/30/2011
  • Melancholia It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Kirsten Dunst feels like crap | 11/23/2011
  • The BSO Tackles Jeanne D’Arc au Bûcher This weekend, Marin Alsop will take her customary place on onstage at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a rare, eclectic performance. | 11/16/2011
  • Ross McElwee Bridges a Generation Gap In Photographic Memory Ross McElwee bridges a new generation gap on camera | 11/16/2011
  • MICA Students Create An On-the-Spot Portrait of Occupy Baltimore A new MICA course called Visual Journalism requires students to take their drawing materials out into the city | 11/16/2011
  • Putty Hill/Hamilton Matt Porterfield’s portraits of his Baltimore hometown hit home video | 11/9/2011
  • Tom Lawrence: Water Beetles of Pollardstown Fen The microsonic world of a collection of aquatic insects biding their scant days on this earth in the waters of an alkaline marsh in County Kildaire, Ireland. | 11/9/2011
  • The Skin I Live In Pedro Almodóvar’s latest isn’t as good as it looks | 11/2/2011