Dour, thy name is ‘The Ritual’

Really, “The Ritual” has an identity problem: is it a monster flick smart enough to look original but too dumb to work? Or is it a coming-of-age story for four friends whose trauma keeps them apart?

‘The Philadelphia Story’: remains a gold standard

After being labeled “box office poison,” Katherine Hepburn needed “The Philadelphia Story” to be a success. She stared in a Broadway version in 1939, which fortunately realized Hepburn’s need. A year later, MGM released the adapted film to critical and commercial success. The plot can be summarized by blackmail.

Summer music

Ah. Can you smell it? The summer winds are here. That's right; summer has finally arrived - and not that cruel rain infested summer of the years past, a real live summer. Equipped with sun, if our luck continues, this season has a lot to look forward to. Perhaps the best thing to look forward to is the beginning of summer concerts.

Four of a kind: BIZZAY’s “The Human Condition” explores connected themes...

“It’s a reminder that we’re all mortal, and we’re all going to die… So live as if you’re going to die,” Devan Hawkins said...

“Ghost Modern” by Geographer

Treading the ever-blurring line between electronic and alternative music seems to be what Michael Deni, also known as Geographer, does best. The cleverly and...

‘Mortal Kombat X’ is brilliant and desperate

Within the last four years, NetherRealm Studios has become one of the most prolific fighting game developers in the industry. In 2011, they rebooted...

Video game addiction: some psychologists say it’s real

You blink, and the scratchiness of your eyes is almost overwhelming. The alarm clock is going to go off soon, but you haven’t even gone to bed yet. You rub your eyes and glance back at the television screen, the “Dark Souls” pause menu staring back at you tauntingly. You’ve been playing for eight hours straight, and you don’t plan on quitting until that alarm goes off in 15 more minutes.

A&E Briefs

Play dress up with Sarah Palin For far less than the $150,000 the Republican National Committee allocated for Sarah Palin's wardrobe, people can now dress Governor Palin at their kitchen table. For only $2.99, Abbey House Press just released the Sarah Palin paper doll and wardrobe, including a Tiny Fey SNL sketch outfit, a hunting outfit, and an oil worker's outfit among others.

App Review: Weed Farmer Overgrown

For those out there who may have interest in the forbidden fruits of botany, “Weed Farmer Overgrown” can be a legal way to slake one's curiosity.

Alyeska’s Spring Carnival bids adieu to winter

Ski bums, hippies, sledders and shredders Alyeska Spring Carnival 2016 is right around the corner, April 8-10, and its going to be a doozy....

Carlo Rossi’s Sweet Red a diabetic’s worse nightmare

Not all wines are created equal, and while Carlo Rossi’s Sweet Red has its ups and downs, it’s a great deal for your dollar...

Film Review: “Kung Fury” is a rad love letter

There are some movies that are so full of holes and flaws that they descend below awfulness and become good again. “The Room” and...

Old sounds resurface in Bjork’s new album, ‘Volta’

Bjork serves as a rite of passage for young music hounds' professional opinions. It's only when they hear the Icelandic wonder that aural aficionados realize that what someone thinks of a piece doesn't matter. Bjork is so strange and obscure that every opinion somehow manages to be objective fact.

By putting characters first, ‘Ixcanul’ becomes a transcendental experience

Guatemalan drama starts slow, surprises later with its striking characters and deemphasized setting

‘I Saw the Devil’ is perverse fun

Revenge flicks have been done and redone to death. Man loves woman, woman is killed, man avenges woman’s death. Who avenges whom is interchangeable,...

‘Youth Novels’

People who think they know a lot about music say that the best pop comes out of Sweden. Their defense comes from ABBA, The Cardigans, Peter Bjorn and John, and most recently, Lykke Li. New to the Swedish music scene, Lykke Li can only hope to hold up those high-quality pop music standards.

Review: Iron and Wine – Archive Series Volume No. 1

If you spent this Valentine's Day alone and want to feel sorry for yourself “Archive Series Vol. 1” just may be the pity party...

Beta Love: Ra Ra Riot’s new electronic embrace

After three years, New York-based band Ra Ra Riot is back with "Beta Love." Unfortunately, there is a constant reminder the band is going through a little bit of a genre identity crisis.

‘Swordfish’

Remember that movie “Hackers” where the high school kids have a cybernetic showdown with a corporate conspiracy? Angelina Jolie was so young then and...

From ‘Sweethearts’ to cookies, inexpensive treat options for a poor and...

Going cheap and unoriginal is not the way to go for Valentines Day; yet, it seems necessary to retrace our V-Day roots back to...

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As kung-fu movie fans sadly await Jet Li's announced final film ("Fearless"), along comes muay thai expert Tony Jaa to swipe for the mantle...

‘Thief’ can’t keep up

Title: “Thief” Developer: Eidos Montreal Platform: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO, PC Genre: Stealth Rating: 2 The original “Thief” was a landmark in stealth titles when it was released in...

‘Fallen’ actors pick up old stories with graceful aerials

The new UAA play known as "Fallen" has a lot for audiences to look forward to. Not only will actors be presenting a script collaborated by UAA students with the help of guest directors, but the students will be showing off new acrobatic moves from the trapeze to silk and rings "Fallen" is a play that focuses on the women of the Old Testament.

Iron & Wine reaches ‘Great Heights’ at sold-out show

A perusal of local Craigslist.com listings shows what an Iron & Wine ticket was worth days before the sold-out Anchorage show: up to $140...

The Grammys 2015: Underlying Racism?

As February is here, so are the annual Grammy Awards. It will be the 57th year that the National Academy of Recording Arts and...

‘Tween pop band gives it another go with an album of...

Undeniable pop successes in its native Japan, Puffy was forced to be clumsily referred to as Puffy AmiYumi in the United States after legal...

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...

Portraits at the house, now until Friday, Nov 5th

The Alaska Pacific University is hosting a month long event called HOUSE at the Carr Gottstein Gallery to celebrate the works of various artists...

Q&A with TJ Miller

The star from HBO’s series Silicon Valley is TJ Miller, this year's Campus Kickoff Comedian. TNL interviewed Miller about his past visits to Alaska...

‘Thor’ moves superhero scene into realm of magic

In yet another rebooted story line, Hollywood has continued the buildup to “The Avengers” (May 2012) by introducing Thor, the God of Thunder, to the box office this summer. “Thor” stars a well-chiseled Chris Hemsworth, who you might not recognize except for his brief appearance as James Kirk’s father in the most recent installment of Star Trek.