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Indie-folk superstar Bon Iver works his way to Hard Rock Live

June 4, 2012
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Indie-folk superstar Bon Iver works his way to Hard Rock Live

Have you seen the infomercial posted to Vimeo back in December of Vernon, along with his similarly (hilariously) out-of-place bandmates squatting and air-swimming?
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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals open at Raymond James Stadium

June 1, 2012
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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals open at Raymond James Stadium

The Nocturnals’ sonic heft and indefatigable live presence practically beg for giant pleasure domes to house them.
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FFF 2012 straggler reviews: An Affair of the Heart (2 stars)

April 12, 2012
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FFF 2012 straggler reviews: An Affair of the Heart (2 stars)

It took about an hour into An Affair of the Heart (12 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Regal Winter Park; 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Enzian Theater), DeLand director Sylvia Caminer‘s documentary/EPK on Rick Springfield and the surprisingly huge gaggle of devoted, middle-aged human-resources reps who follow him on land, sea and air,...
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FFF 2012 straggler reviews: Where Do We Go Now? (3 stars)

April 12, 2012
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FFF 2012 straggler reviews: Where Do We Go Now? (3 stars)

Co-written, directed by and starring the stunning Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? (5 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Regal Winter Park) taps into so many zeitgeist-y, late-night high-deas of how to fix the world – drugs, sex and soap operas? – and zigs and zags in tone so frantically, that part of...
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OW Oscarama 2012 – What I really want to do is DO THIS!: Best Director

February 25, 2012
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OW Oscarama 2012 – What I really want to do is DO THIS!: Best Director

Uh… hey. It’s Saturday afternoon. And I’ll admit it, I completely forgot this was due. My  dog ate my homework. Then it was spat out, into a puddle. A puddle of slobber from the mouth of a poodle. A poodle puddle. What was I supposed to do?!?! BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Alexander...
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Clipwrecked: Best Actress

February 24, 2012
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Clipwrecked: Best Actress

So whatever happened to that year-long national mood regarding the Year of the Woman, and how this year is different because women are taking it upon themselves to write, direct and produce good, meaty, emotionally complex roles that showcase the true feminine concerns of right now? Oscar happened. It’s true: This year saw juicier...
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Scribe-culled quest: Best Original Screenplay

February 23, 2012
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Scribe-culled quest: Best Original Screenplay

Somewhere along the way – probably with the 2005 win for the execrable Crash, because all bad things can eventually be traced back to that piece of shit – this category went very, very wrong. It was on a role for a while there. Once the dominion of Billy Wilder, the Coen brothers and...
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Fellowship of the Fellas: Best Supporting Actor

February 22, 2012
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Fellowship of the Fellas: Best Supporting Actor

a.k.a. The Old Dead Gay Guy Memorial award. The one giant yawn of this year’s ceremony (not counting Best Documentary – Short Subject; I mean, honestly!) is easily Best Supporting Actor, a category that looked like a nail-biter only a couple months ago. Back then, it looked like a horse race – Luck-style, with...
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Curse of the Cursemaker Guy: Animated Feature

February 21, 2012
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OW Oscarama 2012 – Curse of the Cursemaker Guy: Animated Feature

Hey, Oscar watchers, welcome back! If you listen to the chatter, 2011 was a depressing year for animation films. Pixar screwed the pooch, as expected, with Cars 2, Rio was a thing (I’ve seen it and I can barely remember it) and Happy Feet 2 … well, I kinda liked that one. Actually, to...
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Christmas Crazy: Nothing Like the Holidays – Alfredo De Villa (2008)

December 23, 2011
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Christmas Crazy: Nothing Like the Holidays – Alfredo De Villa (2008)

In Nothing Like the Holidays, the Puerto Rican community of Chicago’s snowy (and stunning-looking) Humboldt Park is the setting for a funny and touching Christmas dramedy. Stoic Freddy Rodriguez, with an inner goodness that earns our trust, plays a scarred soldier returning to his borough from a traumatic three years in Iraq. Greeting him is...
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