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  • Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Overall revenue in the music industry rose noticeably in the first half of this year, led by increasing numbers of people using music streaming services, according to figures released Wednesday by the industry’s lobbying arm, the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The RIAA estimated retail revenue...

  • 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' is a few pieces short of the animated franchise's standard

    'The Lego Ninjago Movie' is a few pieces short of the animated franchise's standard

    If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a “Ninjago” — of the latest Lego movie — might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia listing. With the wild success of both “The Lego Movie” and...

  • Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    A woman’s grief and her access to psychotropics are the supposed catalysts in the pseudo-Bergmanesque “Woodshock.” Sibling directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Rodarte brand made them overnight couture stars; with their filmmaking debut, lightning has not struck twice. Kirsten Dunst, who has played...

  • Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'

    Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'

    An austere western that kicks up a slowly blinding storm of dust, regret and vengeance, a restored “Time to Die” is making its way into American movie theaters 52 years after Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein made his debut as a feature director with it, boasting a screenplay from the titanic team-up...

  • Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

    Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

    Director Peter Nicks got more than he bargained for when he started working on "The Force," a lot more, and we are the beneficiaries. Winner of a directing award at Sundance, this examination of the internal workings of the Oakland Police Department is the second of a projected trilogy of documentaries...

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