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Parkay Quarts’ explore anxiety in the modern age

Parquet Courts have had a busy year, first releasing the critically acclaimed “Sunbathing Animal” and now returning (with a cheekily subtle name change to Parkay Quarts) with another full-length, “Content Nausea.” “Content nausea” presumably refers to the discomfort, physical or emotional, of being utterly inundated with content in this age of smartphones and constant Internet connectivity.


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'Big Hero 6': Fun, fast, fantastic

Walt Disney Animations Studios' latest feature film effort — “Big Hero 6” — is a mostly-stellar addition to the company’s timeless resume.


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Tom Breihan returns to OpenGrounds for another spirited music talk

Acclaimed Pitchfork reviewer and Stereogum editor Tom Breihan visited OpenGrounds last Tuesday for a fireside chat on the current state of the music industry — a topic which traversed Taylor Swift, indie band drama and the future of rap music. The event was put together by University Programs Council, and marked Breihan’s second visit to the University.


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Virginia Film Festival Sees ‘Red’

Gabriel Polsky’s documentary, “Red Army,” stunned on the final day of the 2014 Virginia Film Festival with its discourse on the politicization of the Soviet hockey team during the Cold War. The team’s story is told by former players who grew up training with the team, known as the Red Army Club and Polsky’s filming style includes not only their spoken words, but also silent moments of self-reflection that follow each person’s narrative.


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'The Theory of Everything' triumphs

“The Theory of Everything,” which screened at Culbreth Theater Friday night as part of the Virginia Film Festival, tells the true story of the relationship between legendary physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his ex-wife Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” the story begins in Hawking’s early days at Cambridge as a young Ph.D.


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Run The Jewels run the Jefferson

Run the Jewels’ performance at the Jefferson Theater Sunday, Nov. 2 delivered many of the same things as their sophomore album: a monumental, triumphant punch in the face.


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The Virginia Gentlemen step out in “Full Attire”

The Virginia Gentlemen announced the release of their newest studio album at their sold-out Family Weekend Concert. As the University's oldest a cappella group, the ‘VGs’ have been performing for their peers and the Charlottesville community for more than 60 years.


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"Low Down" delves deep in cinematic excellence

Director Jeff Preiss’ first biopic “Low Down,” a film based on the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany (played by John Hawkes), was featured in the Virginia Film Festival Friday, bringing together a promising cast and a compelling foundation deeply rooted in the rich jazz culture of the 1970s. Albany’s complex relationship with daughter Amy (Elle Fanning) and his struggles with drug abuse are relayed through the latter character’s perspective.


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The Last Bison is Tasty, Rare

A name like “The Last Bison” is already so folk it feels like flannel. It evokes something primal, ancient and earthy which remains in the present day.


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“Foxcatcher”: a collision course

“Foxcatcher” is an intense psychological drama. It serves as a great showcase for its three leads, telling the true story of multimillionaire John du Pont’s (Steve Carell) murder of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). After winning gold in the 1984 Olympic Games, Mark Schultz is recruited by John du Pont to be the star of a wrestling team of future gold medalists that du Pont plans to coach.


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Talking the Virginia Film Festival

For over 25 years, the Virginia Film Festival has been a marquee event for the city of Charlottesville, welcoming local, national and international films and filmmakers for several days of screenings, panels and other events.