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Insurgent, the Divergent Series sequel, uses spectacular action set pieces, a sense of mystery and good acting to sell the series.Lionsgate

Review: 'Insurgent' has the surprises of a page turner — plus lots of action

Young-adult dystopian future is a new genre. Ranging from flourishing book and movie franchises, such as The Hunger Games and Twilight, to short-lived attempts to cash in on this new genre, such as The Host and The Mortal Instruments, these are the movies that get young teens to flock to the movies every weekend. T …

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  1. Review: Original season 1 songs from 'Empire' are more than made-for-TV

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    Fox's highly successful new show, Empire, has churned out another set of original music from its inaugural season, just about two months into the season. The first season compilation contains original songs by cast members Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Serayah McNeill and Terrence Howard, along with a few …

  2. Review: 'Insurgent' has the surprises of a page turner — plus lots of action

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    Young-adult dystopian future is a new genre. Ranging from flourishing book and movie franchises, such as The Hunger Games and Twilight, to short-lived attempts to cash in on this new genre, such as The Host and The Mortal Instruments, these are the movies that get young teens to flock to the …

    Insurgent, the Divergent Series sequel, uses spectacular action set pieces, a sense of mystery and good acting to sell the series.
  3. CONCERT REVIEW: Pentatonix puts on a killer show at Bush Garden's Food & Wine Festival

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    On March 22 Pentatonix (PTX for short) performed at Busch Gardens for the Food & Wine Festival in front of a crowd of hundreds, and well, they kind of nailed it.

    Pentatonix (PTX for short) performs at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival on March 22.
  4. Review: 'We Fall' by Emile Haynie

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    At first glance of the track listing for Emile Haynie's debut album, We Fall, it's easy to assume the album will be defined by the number of guest appearances on it. Haynie gathers some of the best (but not necessarily big-time names), such as Lana Del Rey, Dev Hynes and Rufus Wainwright.

  5. The infamously banned book: 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov

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    Arguably the most controversial novel of the 20th century, Lolita explores the relationship between an unsettling yet intelligent pedophile and his young nymphet as their lives become increasingly intertwined over the span of five years. This storyline is extremely unconventional, bizarre and downright sickening, …

  6. Review: BoomBottle speaker might be better when off your bike

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    The BoomBottle is Scosche's latest in bicycle accessories. This portable Bluetooth speaker boasts itself as both rugged and weatherproof, so I decided to brave the colder weather and test out the Boom's true effect.

    The BoomBottle, a portable Bluetooth speaker by Scosche, remains steady, even over bumpy terrain.
  7. Review: Not much magic to Disney's new 'Cinderella' (w/trailer)

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    As a director, Kenneth Branagh wields a camera like a quill pen, mannered and dull, seeking Shakespeare where he isn't.

    Lily James is Cinderella and Richard Madden is the Prince in Disney's live-action CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  8. Tina + Ellie = funny 'Kimmy'

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    Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for NBC, the old home of their 30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt instead arrives by way of Netflix, whose participation in prestige television no longer feels remarkable. As is the custom of the house, it was laid before you all at once on Friday, a gift.

    Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. All 13 episodes of the show’s first season are now available on Netflix.
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  9. Review: 'Secrets and Lies' will keep your attention

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    A 5-year-old boy's lifeless body lay stranded in the somber, mucky woods: Murder. That's how ABC's newest series, Secrets and Lies, started off its pilot, which aired this past Sunday from 9-11 p.m. Although the show was very interesting, it did not quite live up to the drama advertised.

    As the holidays approach on Secrets and Lies, Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe, right) tries in vain to keep his family together after a shameful public revelation that makes him look even more guilty.
  10. Review: Ibeyi's self-titled album is quite the adventure

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    Ibeyi is surely one of the most interesting finds so far this year. By most interesting, I literally mean otherworldly. In a time when most music (sometimes even indie genres) sounds all the same, the self-titled debut album by the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi is a rare gem.