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In Theaters: 'The Cabin In The Woods' Hopes To 'Lockout' 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 13, 2012 11:58 AM
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Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Jason is putting on the hockey mask and black cats everywhere are doing wind sprints to make sure they won’t miss you when you walk past. Not sure how to beat all the bad luck? Try going to the movies (and leaving your umbrella at home)! Toads and goldfish aren’t allowed in theaters and there are no mirrors to break or cracks in the floor to step on. Plus, the horror, thriller, romantic comedy, and documentary films coming out this weekend should provide great distraction. But be sure to bring some salt with you. Just in case.

Review: 'How To Grow A Band' A Decent Portrait Of Musician Chris Thile And Punch Brothers

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 12, 2012 1:58 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Subject Chris Thile lets us in on a little Irish saying, told to him by his ex-father-in-law: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Should we expect that the following documentary will be a dubious account of progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers? It’s a peculiar way to start things off (especially for a meat-and-potatoes band documentary -- this isn’t “F For Fake”), suggesting that what’s to come may not exactly be the straight story, but at least will be an enjoyable one. “How To Grow A Band” does prove to be entertaining even if you’re not already aware of musician Thile’s various exploits, though in its effort to “tell a good story” without the pesky thing called truth (in this case a feel-good story of a band experimenting and coming out on a top), it often overlooks any legitimate tension brewing in the band.

Exclusive: Trailer For 'How To Grow A Band' A Documentary On Grammy-Winning Chris Thile & Punch Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 3:03 PM
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Navigating and maintaining a career in music is a perilous journey, one where paying your dues doesn't always lead to a big break. But for 26-year-old Chris Thile, he's already reached some pretty big career highs, nabbing a couple of Grammys for both his solo work and his efforts with the platinum-selling Nickel Creek. But in a move that surprised fans in 2006, Nickel Creek went on indefinite hiatus forcing Thile to reasses and in many ways, start over from scratch.

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