The World’s End Review **Spoiler-Free**

All that begins well does not necessarily end as such. That sentence is multiply applicable to writer/director Edgar Wright and writer/star Simon Pegg’s final installment of their “Three Flavours Cornetto/Blood and Ice Cream trilogy,” The World’s End, an uneven comedy heavier on fun than on funny when compared to its preceding unofficial chapters, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. […]

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Midtown Merely Another Conquest for Walmart

Walking through Midtown Miami, passing charming little shops, art galleries and street performers, gazing admiringly at some of the urban artwork emblazoned on the sides of buildings, a man with a vision thought to himself, “You know what this place is missing, what would really tie the whole thing together into one cohesive, identifying geographical package?” “A Walmart!” he exclaimed, […]

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Movie Review: Elysium

Taking its namesake from the ancient Greek concept of heaven, Elysium, South African sci-fi writer/director Neil Blomkamp’s second foray into feature film territory, is further evidence of a promising, burgeoning talent. Although it falls short of his first effort (the superlative District 9) in terms of overall “wow” factor, Elysium still showcases his certain knack for using genre cinema to […]

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An Open Letter to our Misguided Elected Officials: Do NOT Close our Libraries and Firehouses

To those who would shut down our libraries and further disable our fire services: As a lifetime resident of South Florida, I am appalled at the prospect of this proposed budget cut that would render our library system embarrassingly close to nonexistent and contribute to the further dismantling of our already feebly funded fire department. When did it become commonplace […]

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Law and Justice Are Not Interchangeable Terms: The Wake that Follows the George Zimmerman Verdict

Pray tell, one more time, for the record – what about Trayvon Martin drew George Zimmerman’s attention to him? It certainly wasn’t that he was doing anything particularly wrong. He was merely meandering – albeit not completely unidirectionally (he was 17, after all – not yet at that age where a venture out into the night without a car means […]

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Pacific Rim Review

Though this post is devoid of any real spoilers, some details of the film are discussed in greater depth than what has been shown in previews. For moviegoers who wish to retain as much mystery as possible going into the picture, it is advised that they see the film first and come back afterwards to compare their experience with the […]

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The Mountain Goats at Culture Room

Though John Darnielle’s eponymous folk act The Mountain Goats have been touring, in one fashion or another, for almost a quarter of a century, they have never made it farther south than Orlando until this Monday when, joined by longtime collaborator and partner, bassist Peter Hughes, Darnielle took his guitar, a keyboard, his voice and his songs to the stage […]

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World War Z Review

With a world-sweeping plot reminiscent of Steven Soderberg’s Contagion, an intense, kinetic pace tastefully interspersed with snappy dialogue, and a leading man, in Brad Pitt, up to the task of anchoring it all in the realm of suspended disbelief, World War Z may very well be the best modern zombie film yet to grace cinemas. To say it was an […]

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