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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Diaz and Cruise trade toothy smiles in 'Knight and Day,' a boring chase movie that's short on smirk

Joe Wertz July 1st, 2010

June Havens is typical in every way. A smoking-hot, blond car mechanic from Boston who's returning home with a suitcase filled with car parts, she finds herself " literally! " bumping in the same guy ...

June Havens is typical in every way. A smoking-hot, blond car mechanic from Boston who's returning home with a suitcase filled with car parts, she finds herself " literally! " bumping in the same guy over and over, in "Knight and Day."

There's little time in the Wichita, Kan. airport for Havens (Cameron Diaz, "Shrek Forever After") to chat with Roy Miller (Tom Cruise, "Valkyrie"), because she's in a hurry to get home in time for her sister's wedding. Miller was seen scoping out Havens at the airport, but we don't find out what his interest is until the two are airborne.

Spying on the two the whole time, a gaggle of black-suited agents led by Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard, "An Education") and Director George (Viola Davis, "Law Abiding Citizen") observe the action through surveillance footage and intelligence assets they've directed to trail the pair.

In the mostly empty plane, Havens flirts with Miller, who is coolly standoffish at first, but finally relents. Returning from the bathroom, she finds him more open to her advances. She also finds that he's killed all the other passengers and both the pilot and co-pilot, but no worry: Miller also knows how to fly a plane.

Who is this guy? Miller insists he's a government agent protecting a high-tech item from falling into the wrong hands, be they international arms smugglers or U.S. agents who want to sell the tech on the black market.

Of course, Director George and Fitzgerald say Miller is an American agent who's gone rogue. Either way, Havens' little world has coincided with Miller's, and there's no separating the two until this thing is seen through, and the sought-after device and its geeky, eccentric inventor, Simon Feck (Paul Dano, "Where the Wild Things Are"), are safe.

What follows is an almost two-hour chase scene, where Havens' naivete makes every close call nearly disastrous. Thankfully, her awkwardness results in accidental bad-guy stabbings and shootings, and crazy, close-call driving antics.

"Knight and Day" is derivative, but it's not supposed to be clever or insightful. It's billed as a fun summer romp, but it's plodding and hackneyed. The film has Cruise and Diaz grinning from ear to ear, but there's not a single thing in between.

Sarsgaard is coolly creepy in his role as the shifty, untrustworthy heavy, but the only fun surprise in "Knight and Day" is Dano, who makes a hilarious savant with spotty facial hair.

This seems like an odd directorial choice for James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line") until you realize that he also was responsible for "Kate & Leopold." "Joe Wertz
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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