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Rolling Stone (p.63) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t sounds fantastic. With producer Greg Kurstin at her side, Allen has gotten more musically eclectic, jettisoning the thumping rock-steady of ALRIGHT, STILL without sacrificing catchiness or dance-floor bounce."Spin (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU dials down the sass in favor of sincere self-reflection and a greater grasp of morning-after consequences."Spin (p.31) - Ranked #19 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2009" -- "[T]he darkly comic IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU reveals an English social satirist..."Entertainment Weekly (p.54) - "[H]er most wounded musings are paired with serious hooks....She pokes excellent fun at her own material-girl id on 'The Fear'..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly (p.104) - Included in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Best Albums of 2009' -- "[R]eeling between pop-political indictments and disarmingly personal confessions."Billboard (p.37) - "Allen is probably better (and funnier) detailing her disdain for the party scene than she was describing her love of it."Q (Magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Allen keeps it reliably real. Music's a richer place for her telling it as it is."Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he centrally heated electro-pop of 'Chinese' describes the coupled-up joy of TV and a takeaway, while Allen's voice breaks into a genuine smile on 'Who'd Have Known'..."Blender (Magazine) (p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "She offsets an assault of cheekiness with confessions so intimate, they could have been drafted during an A.A. meeting."Pitchfork (Website) - "This is perceptive pop for a consumer culture OD'ing on consumer culture and Houdini investments....Her plight -- bare, self-conscious, petty, fearful -- is familiar."Clash (magazine) (p.101) - "IT'S NOT ME IT'S YOU is a dangerously likeable shift for the girl who continues to wear her heart in her songs....Britain's mouthy pop-idol returns triumphantly and with the brawny guts to stick with what she knows best."
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3 stars out of 4 -- "Affleck is superb....Lane, as always, excels with both sexiness and scournfulness..." Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] steadily engrossing movie that sees Reeves as human and treats his life and death with intelligence and compassion."Rolling Stone "[N]o false refinement obscures the gusto with which the cast chomp down on their tasty roles: Brody slithering and prowling, Diane Lane willing her sensual beauty to weariness...[and] Bob Hoskins snarling and potent as her husband..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "[The filmmakers] want to bend Mr. Reeve's biography as an actor-cum-gigolo into a tragedy, and Mr. Affleck is more than up to the task."New York Times "Affleck must intuitively understand Reeves' hunger for respect, and he is moving in the role. Bob Hoskins brings raffish charm as well as vulgarity to his portrait of MGM kingpin Eddie Mannix."Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "HOLLYWOODLAND looks great....A cold look at the entertainment industry's obsession with youth..."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's the plot strand which features Hoskins that provides Affleck's biggest competition in the thesping stakes. It comes in the form of the fabulous Diane Lane..."Total Film "To the extent that HOLLYWOODLAND captures the last years of this showbiz dinosaur, without condescension or sentimentality, it succeeds wonderfully."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an interesting transition that's being made here, as though it's not just Reeves dying but old Hollywood itself."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Affleck gives a career best performance as the troubled Reeves, and all involved beautifully immerse themselves in the period."Ultimate DVD
"[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "A lean, stark, surprisingly effective headliner in Hollywood's ongoing apoc-a-pala-looza."Los Angeles Times "An attractively grizzled Denzel Washington plays the enigmatic Eli, a true believer with quasi-mystical fighting skills..."USA Today 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Directing team The Hughes Brothers have chosen ELI as their first film in nearly a decade and though it certainly delivers all the fireworks you might come to expect from their earlier work, its religious undertones separate it from the pack..."Box Office "The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films....The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it."Chicago Sun-Times "One of the clever conceits of the script by first-time Gary Whitta is that there are only a handful of people still alive who remember how things were 'before'..."Variety "[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "[Washington] beautifully inhabits the film's titular hero, a laconic, solitary gunslinger who's also a custodian of a mysterious tome..."Washington Post "THE BOOK OF ELI takes the form of an ultra-violent graphic novel, with Washington as a steely Man With No Name type who cuts a righteous path through the gullets of sinners and savages." -- Grade: BA.V. Club "[A]mong films about material scarcity, religion and power, it compares favourably with THERE WILL BE BLOOD."Sight and Sound "The real draw is the spaghetti western homages, Tom Waits bartering goods and hand grenades being 10-pin bowled under trucks."Total Film
"[T]he show sincerely portrayed young artists struggling to discover their talents." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly
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"...A good-natured, lighthearted backward glance at a 1960s phenomenon -- Beatlemania....I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND is a fresh, clever comedy..." Variety "...A genial slapstick comedy..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...Quite successful....The whole film sparkles with a boisterous lunacy..." New York Times "Director Robert Zemeckis' feature debut truly encapsulates that time."USA Today
Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t does represent Allen continuing his late career high, mellow in the way he swings songs like 'Busybody' or 'Pariwo' but never more confdient....Allen as always lies back and waits for you to come to him."
Living Blues (pp.53-4) - "Vick Allen has come through with a set that's emotionally satisfying, musically sophisticated, and - above all - both hip and adult."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ann Peebles' gospel tones seep through a remarkably faithful cover of Bob Dylan's 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You'..."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.99) - "...The album serves as a gratifying reminder of how valid New Orleans' artistic cotributions were, and are--and why the city and its peole deserve to be saved." - Grade: B+Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Trad jazz emanates from Dr. Michael White and the Preservation Hall regulars, while lesser-knowns like Davell Crawford and blues veteran Carol Frank almost steal the show."
Entertainment Weekly (pp.67-9) - "[The disc] fiercely captures R&B in the years after Motown's heyday and before disco dominated." - Grade: A-Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "WATTSTAX captures the zeitgeist of the era, from social consciousness to social life."
Rolling Stone (1/23/03, p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...GZA's voice cuts like years of indignation and injustice."Rolling Stone (1/23/03, p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...GZA's voice cuts like years of indignation and injustice."Vibe (12/02, p.208) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...he backs his steady, measured flow with enough production power to rouse the world from its slumber..."Vibe (12/02, p.208) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...he backs his steady, measured flow with enough production power to rouse the world from its slumber..."
Rolling Stone (3/20/03, p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most accomplished set of beats in recent hip-hop memory..."Spin (3/03, p.190) - 4 out of 5 - "...Freeway's debut delivers an abrasive, unflinching look at life in North Philly....PHILADELPHIA FREEWAY creates an open lane - and zooms past the competition..."
Q (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The hero is the late James Jamerson - his stunningly free basslines still affect brain and body like little else."Uncut (9/03, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The old dudes remain innately fluid..."
Rolling Stone (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "What it is: nonstop late-Sixties-and-Seventies party time from the deep recesses of these major-label catalogs."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Even as greasy boogaloo gives way to polyrhythmic Cat Stevens covers, the four discs stave off the 4/4 behemoth of disco." -- Grade: A-
"[With] THE GREAT MOMENT, his fascinatingly upbeat vision of abject failure and rejection in the guise of a biopic..."Film Comment "This invaluable seven-disc package will help you catch up on the pleasures of [the films]..."Rolling Stone "These movies have influenced filmmakers from Woody Allen to the Coen brothers." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "Sturges' stories mixed clear-eyed, caustic cynicism with an all-American big-heartedness."Premiere
Vibe (4/94, p.105) - "...most singers on this project are matched to partners with whom they can connect in a manner that transcends color, class, and musical category....the album's hits are more frequent, and more profound, than its misses...."Musician (5/94, p.72) - "...On paper this marriage between country and R&B seems merely a good idea, but on album, it comes across as genius....you may end up thinking of country and R&B as two sides of the same coin...."Stereo Review (4/94, p.91) - "...cuts through the differences in the cultures of blacks and whites to find the core of shared experience. Soul, it seems, whether black or white, urban or rural, knows no true domain but the heart...."Audio Magazine (3/94, p.88) - Sound: B+ / Performance: A- - "...Performances throughout are delightful and ingenuous, and ringing with mutual respect. That many of the songs have been hits in both genres only adds resonance ....Thankfully nothing's too deep here except the roots...."
Entertainment Weekly (5/11/01, p.81) - "...Explores the Appalachian roots of country, bluegrass, and folk with an almost all-female lineup. Goosebump-good performances abound..." - Rating: BNo Depression (5-6/01, p.138) - "...It's all good. Well-chosen songs, beautifully played..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[B]lissfully funny and touching....Its characters manage to be romantic, hilarious and recognizably human at the same time."Rolling Stone "DAN IN REAL LIFE is a comedy of faith, that, in its wised-up feel-good way, restores yours." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[A] star-driven sophisticated romantic comedy....DAN offers the most pleasing kind of unforced charm as it uses a terrific plot device to examine the conflicts between family and romance as well as the joy and pain of being in love."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "Touching, tender and laugh-out-loud funny, this little rom-com will melt your heart..."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "With touches of classic Wood Allen....Carell subtly evokes the stretched nerves of a man with nowhere to turn."Empire
"[A] sharp-witted, sometimes surreal and largely autobiographical French-language comedy..."Wall Street Journal "[Ms. Forestier] is the spark plug igniting a movie that has the tone and structure of early-to-middle Woody Allen, but infused with a dose of Gallic identity politics."New York Times "[T]here's a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc's droll autobiographical comedy." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "THE NAMES OF LOVE is a fresh romantic comedy that demonstrates the French affinity for mixing genre....This film is full of clever surprises."Box Office 3 stars out of 4 -- "Sara Forestier is uninhibited in the role and has great comic energy."Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "It's a playfully sexy farce that plays like a Gallic ANNIE HALL..."Washington Post
"Nominated for five Oscars, PILLOW TALK led to two more Day/Hudson collaborations, but this is by far the best." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly