“Assault on Precinct 13” mired by bad writing

“Assault on Precinct 13” is the remake of John Carpenter’s 1976 film of the same name, which was itself a retelling of Howard Hawks’...

‘Top Girls’ lacks coherent storyline

It’s plot that moves the action of a play forward. Without some semblance of a plot a play’s characters, no matter how interesting, will...

Waits’ new album loses the piano but doesn’t lose touch

“Real Gone” finds Tom Waits at an interesting point in his career. He has released 25 albums since the early 70s and has enjoyed...

Young saint’s life revived for the big screen

On Nov. 26, the movie “Therese” opened in Anchorage at the Dimond Center theaters. This movie is an independent film by Luke Films, a...

‘The Incredibles’ incredible even without Star Wars trailer

Fans of Pixar have eagerly anticipated “The Incredibles” because it is the first to unveil the trailer for the next Star Wars. When I...

‘Saw’ not scary, but charming

“Saw” had a lot of potential to be a really cool movie. A madman traps people in devious ways and forces them to do...

‘Letters to the President’ neglects moderates

It seems everybody either loves or hates President George W. Bush. This division, apparent all over America, is the central theme to “Dear George:...

‘The Grudge’ light on plot, heavy on inane scares

“The Grudge” is a translation of a Japanese franchise to American theaters from director Takashi Shimizu. While stylistically interesting and packed full of creepy...

‘Laramie Project’ a powerful, must-see play

Being only 21 years old, I’m lucky that I don’t know a lot of people who have died. But I have been to a...

Wolf Eyes spontaneous, not scatterbrained on new album

Wolf Eyes takes an imaginary sound and makes it reality on “Burned Mind.” The noise this Michigan-based trio creates has that ever-elusive combination of...

‘1776’ mixes humor, music, history with aplomb

Once you get past the initial giggles induced by the idea of a musical about the American Revolution, it’s smooth sailing. It would...

‘Team America’ uses satire, puppets to address terrorism

Over the years, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have tackled many heavy issues on their smash-hit television show “South Park.” From Charles Dickens to...

A cappella acts hit the high notes on campus

For more photos, see the A cappella Festivella Slideshow! David Morton said he and his a cappella group, Fermata Nowhere, get more practice outside of...

Ween a whirlwind of ecclectic fun, a true Girdwood experience

I knew I was at a Ween concert because I simultaneously lost my beanie and my shoe. I knew I was in Girdwood because...

‘Shark Tale’ dead in the water

Too many chefs spoil the broth. “Shark Tale,” the new computer-animated movie from Dreamworks Animation, is a prime example of that aphorism becoming reality....

A sweet, geriatric romance

Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse was packed Oct. 1 for the world premiere of “The Bells of Geneva.” The play, written by Alaska theater icon Dick...

‘The Forgotten’ cops out but still good

I have somewhat conflicted feelings about “The Forgotten,” this week’s hot new thriller. I was indeed thrilled at times, and the audience in the...

‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse,’ so bad, it could be a comedy

1/5 --- It's one thing to make a movie based on a video game, but to make a sequel to a movie based on...

21st century rambling man has old school appeal

3/5 --- The guitar's dominance of rock music can be attributed to a few key factors. Its portability, versatility and ability to produce both...

‘Scooby Doo 2’: Actors embrace roles in groovy sequel

Let's skip the clues, and cut to the chase. Unlike the first movie, in which the gang split apart and reunited instead of keeping...

‘Sky Captain’

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is quite possibly the most insane movie I've ever seen. The film starts off with the Hindenberg...

“The Elephant Man” holds a mirror to society

People walk around submerged in the truth of society all their lives but like the act of breathing, they do not, but for rare...

Adult breaks new ground in musical anxiety

Adult’s music revolves around a number of themes: paranoia, confusion, annoyance and a general feeling of discomfort. The time and energy this Detroit duo...

“The Sweet Hereafter” far from fuzzy

Read the back of the box, and you find the plot intriguing. It is set in a small community in British Columbia that is...

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It’s awfully fashionable to bemoan the way that categories arise and affect pop music. But if viewed with a critical eye, the labels that...

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The Sick Lipstick is an example of that rare breed of band that seems to have started out by attempting to replicate five-second segments...

‘Steel Magnolias’ for and about community

As Madonna’s “Material Girl” blares over the speakers at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, I’m seated next to a long row of women cradling glasses...

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Puffy Ami Yumi As you might have guessed from the cover, this record is an example of that ever so troublesome genre label, “J-Pop.” Typical...

8 mile: Lose yourself in the movie

When I first heard Eminem was starring in a movie, I was skeptical. My initial thought was that this movie would end up being...

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Jason Bowers - Never Grows Old “Music is my life… I think that I can impact the world in bigger and deeper ways with my...