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Queued Up: ‘Divergent,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Secret State’ and More!


The buildup: In a post-apocalyptic, fenced-in Chicago, society has broken down into five factions to maintain order and balance: Candor, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Dauntless. When young Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) leaves her family’s selfless (and ruling) Abnegation faction to train with the brave, militant Dauntless, she…

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Queued Up: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune,’ ‘Southern Comfort’ and More


The buildup: The aging owner of the lackluster Grand Budapest Hotel (F. Murray Abraham) recounts to a writer (Jude Law) stories of its grand past and the youthful adventures and association with its late concierge (Ralph Fiennes) that got him caught up in a…

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An Interview with Judas Priest: Never Surrender, Never Forget

My first rock concert experience was Judas Priest on 1984′s Defenders Of The Faith tour. They generated a loud, blinding, over-the-top stage assault, complete with a crazy set inspired by the Metallion on the album’s cover, that left me in a euphoric daze for days. 30 years later, it’s…

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Queued Up: Theatreland, Barbary Coast, Nurse 3D and More


The buildup: Before famed thespians Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen (whom you may know as Professor X and Magneto, respectively) performed Waiting For Godot and No Man’s Land in repertory on Broadway last year, they brought Godot to audiences in London’s West End in 2009. This documentary…

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An Interview with Joe Satriani: Parallel Journeys

Guitar wizard Joe Satriani has experienced an intense year of both reflection and evolution. Last spring he unleashed one of the best albums of his career, Unstoppable Momentum, for which he is currently on the second half of a world tour, and he just released the book Strange Beautiful

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Queued Up: Godzilla, Ace In The Hole, Dracula and More!


The buildup: A disgraced big city news reporter (Kirk Douglas) stuck in Albuquerque discovers an amateur archaeologist (Richard Benedict) has been trapped in a mine. Under the guise of rousing local interest and helping him, he tries to prolong the rescue so his story…

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Queued Up: ‘The Pawnbroker,’ ‘The Whip And The Body,’ ‘Hellbenders’ and Other New Releases


The buildup: Pawn shop owner Sol Nazerman (Oscar nominee Rod Steiger) is the only member of his family to have survived incarceration in a Nazi concentration camp, and 25 years after his wife’s death he struggles with flashbacks from the horrifying experience and alienates everyone around…

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An Interview with Black Sabbath: Master Class

It’s been a fantastic year for Geezer Butler, and considering he has been making music since the mid-’60s, that is saying something. Last year Black Sabbath, the pioneering British group that propelled the bassist and lyricist to fame, released their first new studio album in 35 years with original…

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Queued Up: ‘Escape Plan,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ And Other New Releases


The buildup: Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a security expert who breaks out of prisons for a living. But when he is set up by someone in the CIA to be incarcerated in a secret facility permanently, he teams up with fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger)…

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Interview with HIM: Melancholy Resurrection

Life can throw you some strong curveballs, and Finnish gloom rockers HIM were pitched a harsh, fast one when their drummer Gas Lipstick suffered from unexpected and unexplainable nerve problems that hindered his playing abilities and put the band on hold for nearly a year starting sometime in 2011.…

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