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RELEVANT Recommends

We're getting to the point of summer where Hollywood begins farming out the big summer movies that didn't seem quite big enough to justify a massive marketing push, so if you're looking for a great time at the movie theaters, you might be better off catching something a few weeks old that you've been meaning to catch. That said, there are a few gems landing this weekend, and that's what RELEVANT Recommends is all about. Finding those gems, dusting them off, and sending them your way.

Pacific Rim

Why We Like It

We're a little behind on this one, because the basic premise—big robots and big monsters—didn't suggest it'd be the sort of thing RELEVANT Recommends tries to be about. Well, the egg's on our face, because Pacific Rim is brimming with giddy action and, in superb director Guillermo del Toro, a keen eye for how to make all this much more than just a Transformers rip-off. Don't make the same mistake we did. Catch this one in theaters.

'Electric,' Pet Shop Boys

Why We Like It

2013's second great electric dance pop album is here, and although the Pet Shop Boys probably won't make quite the splash Daft Punk did, Electric is a dizzyingly fresh, innovative sound for two men pushing sixty.


Why We Like It

This weekend will see The Conjuring in theaters, and reviews say it's suitably scary. But if you're looking for true chills, check out Blackfish, a documentary on what happens to killer whales in captivity. A great documentary for people who don't like documentaries (not so great for Sea World fans) Blackfish takes a look at trainers who have been killed by orcas, and makes a compelling case for rethinking animals held for our amusement.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Why We Like It

It's hard to believe there haven't been any new episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in six years, but the CW recently got the whole gang back together (well, almost. Aisha Tyler has blessedly relieved Drew Carey of hosting responsibilities). A new season is afoot, and it's a hoot. You forget how deliriously funny it is to just watch this group of exceptionally talent improvisational artists just have fun together and, as usual, Colin Mochrie is the dependable highlight.

The Cuckoo's Calling

Why We Like It

In case you missed it, the oddest literary story of the year is the tale of Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling, a mystery novel that debuted to stellar reviews and buyers who couldn't care less. Since April, it's sold about 1,500 copies—roughly the number of copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that have sold since you started reading this sentence. Which is curious because last week, Galbraith was unmasked as perhaps the world's most famous living author, J.K. Rowling. It's a long story of how we got from there to here, but if mystery is your thing, The Cuckoo's Calling is a fine addition to your collection.




Skevin commented…

Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" is one of my favorite songs of all time! All. Time.

James Cheeks III


James Cheeks III commented…

Don't forget Sundance favorite "Fruitvale Station" which opens nationwide next week!

Sandra Boedecker


Sandra Boedecker commented…

Thanks for highlighting PSB! "Electric" has been burning up my earbuds and speakers since I got the pre-release on Monday night. Four decades of musical innovation and success is beyond the reach of all but the most gifted artists; it's a delight to witness their most recent triumph.

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