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Tom Cruise puts on a brave face and a decent performance as one of the last two humans on earth in Oblivion. Publicity photo.

Film review: Oblivion

It may seem strange to suggest that a movie about the survival of the human race doesn’t have high stakes, but Oblivion, a movie about the survival of the human race, doesn’t feel as if it has high stakes. What Oblivion does have is a unified vision, excellent production design, camera work and computer graphics, […]

Chadwick Boseman (center) plays Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, in the hero biopic 42.

Film review: 42

Thankfully, 42 isn’t sanctimonious and Jackie isn’t sage-like. From the movie’s perspective, he’s just a boring guy who wants to play baseball. Jackie also knows that he has to be the coolest head on the field; Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) tells him as much.

Album reviews: eels, Quiet Fire and Matt Pond

Album reviews: eels, Quiet Fire and Matt Pond

Wonderful, Glorious attempts to continue this trend, but isn’t quite as successful. “Accident Prone”’s down-tempo guitars and Everett’s sedated, melodic vocals are beautifully unusual, and the way he channels Johnny Cash’s mumbling vocal on the dreamy guitar-driven ballad “On the Ropes,” is nothing short of eerie.