While the stereotypes in "Get Hard" may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing; where black men are disproportionately jailed and white-collar criminals often evade punishment.
Lila Downs, "Balas y Chocolate" (Sony Music)
Fluency in Spanish isn't necessary to understand Lila Downs' shape-shifting voice: It transcends language, carrying pure emotion.
Van Morrison -- "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue," RCA Records
The duets format can be a lazy way to go, a predictable romp that showcases familiar old songs. Not so with Van Morrison's new collection "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" which skips obvious hits like "Moondance" and "Brown-Eyed Girl" for overlooked, sometimes eccentric tracks from memorable albums like "The Healing Game" and "A Period of Transition."
In "Home," the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh ("The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons) simply because that's the resigned reaction everyone has when he's around.
The Fairfield Four, "Still Rockin' My Soul" (Fairfield Four Records) / McCrary Sisters, "Let's Go" (MCC Records)
The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters are Nashville, Tennessee, gospel quartets that are inextricably linked.
The audience is able to play sleuth at the dinner mystery theater “Murder at the Half Moon Club” by naming the murderer.
Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company’s ubiquitous social network.
One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.
"I was the real thing once," opines Al Pacino's rock star protagonist Danny Collins in a moment of late-in-life crisis.
Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp a Butterfly" (Interscope Records)
Rapper Kendrick Lamar went three years without releasing an album, taking his time to craft an impressive sophomore effort in "To Pimp a Butterfly."
Sony jumped into the pay-television business last week with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It’s the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.
In 2001, a stranger-than-fiction "true story" emerged in local papers about a 28-year-old Japanese woman who flew from Japan to Minnesota and bussed to North Dakota to search for the buried money from Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film "Fargo." Her dead body was discovered in the snowy wilderness, making the tale even more intriguing.
Modest Mouse, "Strangers to Ourselves" (Epic Records)
It's been eight years since Modest Mouse's album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" smashed onto the U.S. charts at No. 1. Will lightning strike twice for frontman Isaac Brock with the long-gestating "Strangers to Ourselves"?
Richie Furay, "Hand in Hand" (Entertainment One)
Richie Furay's first solo release in eight years is suffused in nostalgia and contentment, a recipe that could fall short were it not for the ringing guitar work and the soulful, occasionally exuberant vocals.
Jefferson City area skaters are lacing up their boots to perform in the 53rd Annual Washington Park Ice Show Friday through Sunday.