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By John Moore

Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
(Sony Pictures)
You know what you're getting with a Quentin Tarantino movie, nearly three decades into his career. And Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is pure Tarantino, crammed with beautifully odd characters, revisionist history, bursts of violence and quirky dialogue. Though this Oscar-nominated film is already dividing audiences, it also happens to be one of his best films in years. Leonardo DiCaprio is a fading Hollywood actor getting left behind in the late '60s and Brad Pitt is his loyal stunt double. DiCaprio happens to live next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski as the Manson Family is planning to make their mark on history. Once Upon A Time… is a movie that only Tarantino could have made.

Come On Feel The Noise: the Story of How Rock Became Metal
(Cleopatra Entertainment)
While not exactly the definitive documentary on heavy metal (that would be the 11-episode Metal Evolution that dug into the 26 subgenres of heavy metal) Come On Feel The Noize is a solid primer that tracks the leather and studded genre from the 1960s through its heyday in the '80s leading up to its current incarnation in 2017. The film is filled out with some insightful interviews from folks like Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and James Hetfield. While it's not compelling enough to change any minds about the music, it comes off as a solid love letter to fans of Heavy Metal.

Pick It Up!: Ska In The '90s
(Pop Motion)
There are few music genres as polarizing as ska and even fewer that are as enduring. By the late 1980s, ska in the U.S. was little more than a micro niche being kept alive be bands like Fishbone and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Few would have guessed that the genres third wave of popularity was just a few years away. Pick It Up! Beautifully synthesizes the phenomenon of the '90s ska craze in a tight 99 minute documentary. Narrated by Rancid's/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong, the film mixes humor and nostalgia to accurately document the movement thanks to interviews with members from bands like The Bosstones, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, The Specials and many many more.



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