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'The Retrieval' finds freed slaves in 1864 as bounty hunters
A slow-paced but bracing antidote to "Django Unchained," writer/director Chris Eska's "The Retrieval" dramatizes a grim story of Texas bounty hunters in 1864, hunters who employ blacks to track and trap runaways. Eska writes that his curiosity about the period…
'It Felt Like Love' captures a 14-year-old amorous yearning
Told entirely from 14-year-old Lila's limited point of view, "It Felt Like Love" immerses the viewer visually and psychologically in Lila's subjective perceptions and emotional concerns. Writer/director Eliza Hittman maintains a coherent, even strikingly astute understanding of Lila's yearning for…
'Under the Skin' gets under the skin in unpleasant ways
"Under the Skin" wants to be an edgy, atmospheric, imaginative, sci-fi film. It succeeds only in ponderous, self-conscious pretentiousness at a slow pace. For an hour 47 minutes, co-writer/director Jonathan Glazer dwells on suggestions that amount to little more than…
'The Railway Man' reclaims and overcomes his POW past
In "The Railway Man" Eric Lomax first appears in 1980 where he's most comfortable--on a railway car. There he accidentally meets his future wife, Patti, because his train was delayed. He rattles off the circuitous connection he'll make to complete…
'Finding Vivian Maier' presents amazing finds in film
Solving this mystery is amazing in itself. Even a clumsy filmmaker could have captured interest in this story of a young man who bought 100,000 negatives that turned out to be art. But John Maloof is not a ham-handed filmmaker,…
'Nymphomaniac Vol. 2' not for prudes et al.
"Nymphomaniac Vol. 1" had something to say and a clever way to say it, what with all the graphics and flashbacks and analyses. But "Vol. 2" demands much and grants little. It will make even the least prudish person turn…
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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

Jah Orah and KD Assassin

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