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Overexposed | Album Review

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Maroon 5's latest showcases the many bad ways a relationship can go bad.

The San Francisco Splash | Book Review

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A home run in McCovey Cove opens up a bunch of strange clues.

The Spiderwick Chronicles | Movie Review

Cast: Freddie Highmore as Jared Grace and Simon Grace; Sarah Bolger as Mallory Grace; Mary-Louise Parker as Helen Grace; David Strathairn as Arthur Spiderwick; Jordy Benattar as Young Lucinda Spiderwick; Joan Plowright as Elderly Lucinda; Nick Nolte as Mulgarath; voices of Martin Short as Thimbletack; Seth Rogen as Hogsqueal

In this movie version of the popular children's book series, it's as if 'Gremlins' gnaws its way into 'Jumanji.' The result is somewhat unexpected.

Dante’s Inferno | Game Review

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Do you know what shape this year's most diabolical game comes wrapped in? A circle. Actually, nine circles. Abandon hope, all ye who desire to play.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 | Movie Review

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen; Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne; Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy; Donald Sutherland as President Snow; Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee; Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin; Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen; Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair; Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket; Mahershala Ali as Boggs

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is no more a nice movie than Katniss is a nice person. But it is a courageous movie, just as Katniss is courageous. And it cares about a cause, just as she does.

Relapse | Album Review

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Eminem's sixth album debuted at No. 1 with sales of 608,000 units its first week. "Crack a Bottle" hit No. 1 on the singles chart.

Spirit Fighter | Book Review

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Two quarter-angels search for their kidnapped mother.

"We Are Young" | Track Review

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fun.'s first big single, a bacchanalian ode to friends carrying drunk friends home from the bar, owes its success in large measure to Glee and Chevrolet.

Dignity | Album Review

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Disc debuted at No. 3. "With Love" became a Top-25 single.

Made in the A.M. | Album Review

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Throughout this band’s meteoric rise (and fall), you never have to wait long before sweetness gets sullied by reckless sexual choices.

Saw | Movie Review

Cast: Cary Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon; Danny Glover as Detective David Tapp; Leigh Whannell as Adam; Monica Potter as Alison Gordon; Michael Emerson as Zep Hindle

"Two men in chains are each given saws as part of a psychopath’s sick game. One is instructed to kill the other, but neither will survive without cutting through his own skin and bones." Ten years later, we wish that had been all we needed to say.

Awkward. | TV Series Review

Cast: Ashley Rickards as Jenna Hamilton; Beau Mirchoff as Matty McKibben; Nikki Deloach as Lacey Hamilton; Brett Davern as Jake Rosati; Molly Tarlov as Sadie Saxton; Desi Lydic as Valerie Marks; Jillian Rose Reed as Tamara; Jessica Lu as Ming Huang

UPDATED REVIEW: When MTV premiered The Hard Times of RJ Berger in 2010, network general manager Stephen Friedman said it "speaks to where we need to go as a network." Awkward. now puts punctuation on his statement.

The Red Pyramid | Book Review

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An Egyptologist mistakenly releases an ancient Egyptian god.

Save the Last Dance | Movie Review

Cast: Julia Stiles as Sara Johnson; Sean Patrick Thomas as Derek Reynolds; Kerry Washington as Chenille Reynolds; Terry Kinney as Roy Johnson; Fredro Starr as Malakai; Bianca Lawson as Nikki

Overcoming grief and guilt. Choosing friends wisely. Walking away from revenge and murder. All fantastic messages proffered in this film. So what's the catch?

The Million Second Quiz | TV Series Review

Cast: Hosted by Ryan Seacrest

This nonstop game show offers contestants a hot seat worth some cool cash—the biggest jackpot in television history, NBC says. Is it a TV winner too?

Sex Tape | Movie Review

Cast: Cameron Diaz as Annie; Jason Segel as Jay; Rob Corddry as Robby; Ellie Kemper as Tess; Rob Lowe as Hank; Nat Faxon as Max; Nancy Lenehan as Linda; Giselle Eisenberg as Nell; Harrison Holzer as Howard; Sebastian Hedges Thomas as Clive

The idea for it was born in a bottle. The execution of it was filmed for the masses. The end of it was an obscene embarrassment.

The Purge | Movie Review

Cast: Ethan Hawke as James Sandin; Lena Headey as Mary Sandin; Max Burkholder as Charlie Sandin; Adelaide Kane as Zoey Sandin; Edwin Hodge as Bloody Stranger; Rhys Wakefield as Polite Stranger; Tony Oller as Henry

We hear a lot about catharsis these days, be it the virtual mayhem of video games or primal scream therapy sessions. Getting it out of your system is a good thing, we're told. But what if catharsis became a legitimate—legal—excuse to kill?

Grown Ups | Movie Review

Cast: Adam Sandler as Lenny Feder; Kevin James as Eric Lamonsoff; Chris Rock as Kurt McKenzie; David Spade as Marcus Higgins; Rob Schneider as Rob Hilliard; Salma Hayek as Roxanne Chase-Feder; Joyce Van Patten as Gloria; Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff; Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider finally grow up? Don't count on it.

Starsky & Hutch | Movie Review

Cast: Ben Stiller as David Starsky; Owen Wilson as Ken Hutchinson; Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear; Fred Williamson as Captain Doby; Vince Vaughn as Reese Feldman; Juliette Lewis as Kitty; Jason Bateman as Friday; Amy Smart as Holly; Carmen Electra as Staci; Chris Penn as Manetti; cameos by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul

If TV Land is airing classic reruns on cable, somebody's probably working on a big screen version—especially if it's a crime series from the 1970s.

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