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Chris Robinson Brotherhood - 'Phosphorescent Harvest' - Vinyl
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Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Phosphorescent Harvest’ – Album Review

We review 'Phosphorescent Harvest,' the new album by the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Final
Sony Pictures
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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Review

Most of what I know about complex science comes from comic books, so forgive me if my understanding of quantum mechanics is a little off. But, I think it can mean that particles can exist in two states simultaneously. 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' a film loaded with such half-understood notions of difficult scientific concepts, is a quantum movie. It manages to be both awful and entertaining, frequently at the same exact time. The script is ludicrous, even by summer blockbuster standards. The characters behave irrationally and without motivation and the story makes lengthy, frequent pit stops into dull backstory. But, for every moment of tedium and confusion there is a tiny explosion of joy. Director Marc Webb just barely ties this collision of half-baked ideas together in a sticky Spidey bow.

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images
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Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion Bring Progressive Rock to the High Seas With ‘Cruise to the Edge’

The 2014 edition of Cruise to the Edge nearly tripled the number of bands from last year, and that eclecticism made for quite an experience.

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Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Entertainment
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Bruce Springsteen, ‘American Beauty’ – EP Review

We review Bruce Springsteen's new EP, 'American Beauty.'

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Dio Tribute
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Various Artists, ‘Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life’ – Album Review

The new Ronnie James Dio tribute album is a fitting tribute to the man's legacy.

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Captain America 2 review
Marvel
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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

Whereas Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips talked, finessed, sweated and went into shock to rescue his crew, Chris Evans' Captain America jumps onto a hijacked boat from a helicopter without a parachute. His liberation of a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel captured by international terrorists involves flinging himself across the deck; a human pinball with terrorists as his easily neutralized bumpers. Make that a super-human pinball, because as much as Steve Rogers maintains his golly shucks good nature, he is, after all, a Marvel superhero and he's here to save the day in the most preposterous and camera-ready fashion that's possible. Welcome to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.

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'Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne'
Music Road Records
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Various Artists, ‘Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne’ – Album Review

The new Jackson Browne tribute album is well worth a listen.

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Megaforce
20th Century Fox
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The Sad List of Movies With a Perfect 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes doesn't always provide a perfect look at the world of film criticism, but it does paint a pretty consistent picture of what films are widely loved or widely hated. Any film that reaches 60% positive reviews or higher once they've all been tallied is considered "fresh" and anything under that is "rotten." It's very rare for a movie to reach 100% positive reviews (there's always going to be one hater), but it's just as uncommon for a movie to reach 0% (there's always going to be one stubborn defender).

Luckily, we live in a world were someone goes out of their way to track down and put each of these all-time stinkers on a list for easy referencing.

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Titanfall
Respawn Entertainment
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Titanfall Review (Xbox One)

Through the electrified smoke, corpses of militia grunts and pilots can be seen strewn across the rubble of the crumbling building. At one time, it was a majestic piece of architecture. Now, all that remains is the husk of life once lived. We've managed to push back and defend the fueling depot, but the militia is still trying to escape. The dropship's location pops up on the heads-up display inside the Ogre mech, and we begin rushing towards the extraction point. Titans of the proud Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) lie in wait for the remaining living militia forces. Another fight breaks out, threatening to collapse what remains of another once palatial fragile estate. Rockets and bullets fly across the battlefield with reckless abandon, with few finding actual targets. The dropship reaches escape velocity before we can take it down, and thus the battle rages on to another destination. We've won the battle, but the war just never seems to end.

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Need For Speed review
DreamWorks Pictures
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‘Need For Speed’ Review

There are 35,000 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. Every ten seconds someone is given emergency treatment because of a car crash. According to a report by the CDC the financial impact is close to $100 billion on injury care and lost productivity.

I know 'Need For Speed' is just a movie, and movies are entertainment, but it is shocking beyond all reason how much this movie thinks automotive safety is a big joke. I understand loving an outlaw, but when 'Bonnie & Clyde' robbed banks they were “punching up.” When Aaron Paul and his merry band of mayhem mechanics destroy public works and send innocent bystanders careening off of highways, they are “punching down.” 'Need For Speed,' its producers, writers, director and maybe even its stars should all hang their heads in shame.

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Johnny Winter, 'True to the Blues'
Legacy
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Johnny Winter, ‘True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story’ – Album Review

How do you sum up a recording career spanning more than five decades and over 25 albums? There's obviously no foolproof way to do it, but the folks at Legacy have made it look easy with 'True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story.'

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Heather Mull Photography
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Roky Erickson and the Black Angels Psychedelicize Cleveland Audience

It's been a long, often rocky road for Roky Erickson. The psychedelic music pioneer has had his share of problems over the years -- legal, drug and mental among them. But judging from his show at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom on Feb. 8, he now seems to be embracing his glorious musical past.

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