YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN

The Battle of the Five Armies ultimately feels like a bit too much table-setting.

THE 11 WORST ALBUMS OF 2014

The year was rife with albums eager to fire-bomb innovation all the way to the bank.

AN ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK MUSIC

D'Angelo's Black Messiah would be vital in any time, but in 2014, it's downright restorative.

A HARD-KNOCK ADAPTATION

Annie makes the 1982 film look like a Minnelliesque model of focus and concision.

THE 20 BEST FILM PERFORMANCES OF 2014

We shine a light on performances that have been consigned to the shadows.


MUSIC


D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah

Black Messiah is ever-worked, ever-tweaked, and perfected (in its distinctively imperfect way), but soul-bearing and raw like little else.




TELEVISION



DVD


Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

The late Blank had an insatiable cinematic and cultural appetite, and these 14 films, modest yet irrepressible in their curiosity, are once geographically small scale and sociologically vast.





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