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Releasing in May

May 9, 2012

“Dark Shadows” Warner Bros. Vampire Barnabus Collins (Johnny Depp) wakes after being buried for hundreds of years and returns to help his family...

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Silversun’s new album evolves, lacks finesse

May 9, 2012

The Los Angeles-based quartet Silversun Pickups is back with its third full-length album, “Neck of the Woods.” Back in 2006, the band’s first...

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Releasing Friday

April 25, 2012

“The Raven” Relativity Media John Cusack must stop a vicious serial killer who is using Edgar Allen Poe’s work as inspiration for his bloody...

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Jesse croons Americana

April 25, 2012

Having recently released their second record, it’s easy to tell the members of Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels are going to have long, happy careers....

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Released Friday

April 19, 2012

“Chimpanzee” Disneynature Disney chronicles the journey of a young chimp that must survive on its own after losing its troop. An older male...

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I Love This City details released

April 19, 2012

Lineups and prices for San Diego’s inaugural wub-laden electronic music festival “I Love This City” have been announced. After Deadmau5’s successful...

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Record stores all around San Diego will feature exclusives. / Courtesy of Record Store Day

Independent record stores celebrate music

April 18, 2012

As the cash ship that was the compact disc sinks under waves of digital distribution and online streaming, brick-and-mortar record stores are treading...

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M. Ward back on the road in the ‘Wasteland’

April 15, 2012

M. Ward is back on the road. The folk singer-songwriter from Portland, Ore. released his seventh full-length album last week, titled “A Wasteland...

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So far, the odds have definitely been in “The Hunger Games’” favor. As of print time, “The Hunger Games” has grossed $463.7 million worldwide. Opening weekend netted distributor Lionsgate an eye-popping $152.5 million, making it the 3rd most successful opening weekend ever. | MCT Campus

Social media gives ‘Hunger Games’ an edge

April 11, 2012

So far, the odds have definitely been in “The Hunger Games’” favor. As of print time, “The Hunger Games” has grossed $463.7 million worldwide....

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Preposterone stirs hormones with serenades

April 11, 2012

Only a few listens to groups such as Straight No Chaser make it obvious there aren’t many forms of entertainment as purely endearing or unabashedly...

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Releasing Friday

April 11, 2012

“The Cabin in the Woods” Joss Whedon co-writes this movie about a vacation in the woods that turns out to be exactly the opposite of a relaxing...

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MxPx may have matured as a band, but its power chord has not. | Courtesy of Tooth and Nail

MxPx celebrates 20 years with a new album

April 4, 2012

MxPx’s ninth studio album “Plans Within Plans” was released Tuesday as the band approaches its 20th anniversary. The 1990s pop-punk icons have...

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Releasing 4.5.2012

April 4, 2012

“Titanic 3D” Paramount Pictures James Cameron’s hugely successful and iconic depiction of the RMS Titanic’s first and final days is returning...

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Instagram makes way to Android

April 4, 2012

Hipsters, social media lovers and photo enthusiasts rejoice, Instagram has finally made its way to the Android platform. The free photo editing and...

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‘Thrones’ premiere rebuilds heavy tension

April 4, 2012

Despite a graphic scene involving the murder of children and plenty of nudity, season two of Game of Thrones didn’t exactly kick off with a bang. Arguably...

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Let the light in at Station Tavern

April 4, 2012

Station Tavern and Burgers’ most notable element is its cheerful ambience. At this South Park eatery, signal lanterns hang in a modern, woody interior...

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Obama movie documents term

March 14, 2012

Aztecs for Obama is screening “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a quasi-documentarian promotional video about the presidency of Barack Obama at 6 p.m. today...

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Advertisers rush to cut Limbaugh

March 7, 2012

Prominent advertisers are jumping ship on Rush Limbaugh following his comments toward Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke. The nationally...

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March concert calendar

March 1, 2012

Saturday, March 3 Zola Jesus with Talk Normal, Spirit Photography When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Casbah Ages: 21 and older Cost: $13 in advance,...

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Released Friday

March 1, 2012

“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Universal Dr. Seuss’ meditation on urbanization, Orwellian governance and the destruction of our environment thinly...

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Released Friday

February 23, 2012

“Act of Valor” Relativity Media Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh strive for realism by featuring actual Navy SEALs on a mission to rescue...

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Released Friday

February 16, 2012

“The Secret World of Arrietty” This animated film is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s “The Borrowers” from the renowned studio that produced...

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Sasquatch lineup revealed for May

February 5, 2012

For those unable to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year, fear not — there are other festivals within reach. Granted, reaching...

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What’s in Theaters this Friday

February 2, 2012

“Big Miracle” Based on a true story, a reporter (John Krasinski) and his activist ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) team up to save gray whales trapped...

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‘Empires’ effort revisits tropes

January 29, 2012

When Snow Patrol finally broke out in the U.S. in 2004 with a re-release of its third studio album “Final Straw,” the band featured haunting instrumentals,...

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Image: File under “L” for love

January 29, 2012

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Flag drops for new ‘Top Gear’

January 25, 2012

Jezza, Captain Slow and The Hamster are back at it again, returning to the BBC for the 18th series of one of the world’s most popular shows. “Top Gear”...

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See ‘Phenomenal’ exhibit before last day

January 19, 2012

While some of the most memorable and exciting exhibitions to come through the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have featured street art and graffiti,...

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Wilco makes tour stop in SD

January 19, 2012

The tremendously influential Wilco is making a stop in San Diego this Sunday. The band is touring in support of its latest album “The Whole Love,”...

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Troubled family moves into a ‘Horror Story’

November 14, 2011

FX Network has rejected the tried and true comedy or crime-drama-based primetime lineup in favor of something a bit more experimental. Despite horror...

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Fun locations to indulge a film craving

November 2, 2011

For those who are tired of conventional cinematic venues, there are many alternative choices now available, with more to come in the not-too-distant future....

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Have patience for online streaming

November 2, 2011

The way we rent movies is changing, again. Brick-and-mortar rental stores gave way to postal delivery, just as postal delivery is giving way to online...

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Zia dishes gourmet pizza without the guilt

September 28, 2011

Khaled Waleh, owner and operator of Zia Gourmet Pizza, believes food is more than just nourishment. He believes eating is a deeply intimate and emotional...

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Systems Officer to rock Casbah

September 20, 2011

Local San Diego band Pinback has enjoyed modest national success with its quirky and undeniably catchy tunes. Founding member and genius behind the band’s...

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Local comedy circuit is always a riot

September 15, 2011

Sadly, with Los Angeles only two hours away, many big name comedians choose to skip San Diego on their national tours. While the occasional big name...

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Students flock to Aztec Nights on The Mesa

August 31, 2011

Every student has his or her own method of readjusting to a new semester after the debauchery of summer break. Some focus on flipping their nocturnal sleep...

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Book bans rob students of expanded worldview

August 8, 2011

Mark down another win for censorship and intellectual oppression. A concerned parent’s complaint has led to the banning of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”...

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Defend video games as art, not as a threat

July 10, 2011

I would love to justify pouring — truly — countless hours of my life into video games as exploring artistic expression. I firmly believe some of...

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‘Three Cups’ dirty with Mortenson deception

May 4, 2011

Three cups of tea? More like three cups of shady dealings. Greg Mortenson, the author of the international best-seller “Three Cups of Tea” and...

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Game bans essential for bigoted pros

April 25, 2011

True panache: Cristal, beluga caviar, fine Italian suits and the two Kobes: beef and Bryant. Kobe Bryant is a velvet battering ram, a powerfully smooth...

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Sustainability: Few guidelines lead to green manipulation

April 20, 2011

Let’s use our imaginations. It’s January and you’ve got an itch. You want — no, you need — strawberries. You go to Henry’s Farmers Market...

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Sustainability: Urban gardens sow community growth

April 20, 2011

Despite how it feels at the pump, gas remains significantly less expensive than my blood. Conflicts half a world away are closing the gap more than...

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Massacre is direct result of Jones’ Quran burning

April 13, 2011

Pastor Terry Jones of the ironically named Dove World Outreach Center is a self-righteous bigot. His malignant assumptions about faith resemble a fetid...

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Censorship of Al Jazeera news is un-American

April 6, 2011

Unless you have something to do with your eyes, eating out alone can be a bit uncomfortable. As I sat in a nearly empty café sipping on my mint-infused...

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Two-week campaigns produce shallow elections

March 23, 2011

The media maelstrom that passed through the U.S. during the last presidential election saturated daily life with material about Decision 2008. Candidates...

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Gentlemen, get HPV vaccines for the ladies

March 22, 2011

Chivalry is dead. No longer do women wait for men to throw their coats on muddy puddles. No longer does society demand they rely on men for a standard...

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Planned Parenthood budget cuts are inhumane

March 9, 2011

This year’s federal budget debate is heating up as President Barack Obama’s administration and lawmakers struggle to rein in our explosive deficit....

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SDSU pays $4.57 million for wrongful firing

March 8, 2011

I daresay most of us weren’t around when San Diego State’s strength and conditioning coach David Ohton was removed from Aztec Football in 2003,...

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Eating out often will demolish your health and wallet

February 16, 2011

I know you're busy – we all are. Between classes, work, extracurricular activities and socializing there is hardly room to breathe, let alone eat....

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New bill could create Internet kill switch in US

February 9, 2011

President Barack Obama sits in a bunker deep under the White House, his entire cabinet gathered around him at a circular “situation” table. The...

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