My Name Is Salt - Film Review

My Name Is Salt - Film Review

Voted Best Documentary at 2014's Edinburgh Film Festival, My Name Is Salt uncovers the devastating bleakness of Indian salt harvesting. Mumbai director Farida Pacha's film begins with protagonist Sanabhai sat on his motorbike, before a truck...

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Lightning Bolt - 'Fantasy Empire'

Lightning Bolt - 'Fantasy Empire'

It’s been six years since the last new Lightning Bolt material, so let’s recap. Two shy comic-book obsessives from Rhode Island shun the stage, set up in the thick of the crowd, and make a drums-and-bass racket that sounds like a Neanderthal...

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X+Y - Film Review

X+Y - Film Review

Director Morgan Matthews won a Bafta in 2009 for The Fallen – a documentary exploring the impact of soldiers' deaths on their families. His debut fiction feature is a coming-of-age drama with Asa Butterfield ( Ender's Game ) as autistic maths...

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Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage - Film Review

Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage - Film Review

This concert film is being shown in cinemas for one night only (March 19) and even that is one too many. Calling the footage "lost" suggests we're lucky it's been found, but it's badly shot, terribly edited and Drake's performance – in Toronto,...

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White Bird In A Blizzard - Film Review

White Bird In A Blizzard - Film Review

Based on Laura Kasischke's 1999 novel, White Bird In A Blizzard sees Shailene Woodley ( Divergent , The Fault In Our Stars ) play Kat, a student whose mother vanishes one late-'80s autumn day. Directed by Gregg Araki, a Japanese-American auteur...

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Courtney Barnett - 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Courtney Barnett - 'Sometimes I Sit And Think,...

“Put me on a pedestal, I’ll only disappoint you”, bristles Courtney Barnett on the pinballing ‘Pedestrian At Best’, the lead single and second track from her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’. It could...

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Modest Mouse - 'Strangers To Ourselves'

Modest Mouse - 'Strangers To Ourselves'

Modest Mouse’s 22-year career to date is something of a Cinderella story. Despite a frontman in throaty philosopher Isaac Brock who sounds like Tom Waits shouting into a wood-chipper; despite a consistently wonky sound that's evolved from...

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Amorphous Androgynous - 'A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) - The Wizard Of Oz'

Amorphous Androgynous - 'A Monstrous...

What if the greatest talents of the psychedelic era had ended up with careers in IT or 30-year stints as Hare Krishnas? This is the suggestion of Amorphous Androgynous’ latest psych-rock comp, on which the Manchester DJ duo rifle through four...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (11/3/2015)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (11/3/2015)

M83 & Haim - Holes In The Sky Having cut his teeth scoring 2013 Tom Cruise film Oblivion , Anthony 'M83' Gonzalez is rapidly establishing himself as the go-to guy for string-drenched, self-important songs to soundtrack your widescreen...

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6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up six of the...

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