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Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley is an avid music listener and an occasional writer. He grew up in the Washington DC area and has been embedded in the local music scene for years. Currently he lives in Vienna, VA. He enjoys bands that have been broken up for at least a decade.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ undercuts classic Marvel character

Is the new Spider-Man flick about Peter Parker and his surprising new powers? Or is it nothing more than a Tony Stark-MCU sideshow?

‘Baby Driver’: The beat goes on in film’s organic soundtrack

“Baby Driver” is in some ways an audiophile’s perspective on life as reimagined in a visual format.

‘Wonder Woman,’ the movie: Firing on all superhero cylinders

Warner Brothers storytellers, director Patty Jenkins get it right in near-perfect cinematic launch of Princess Diana, one of DC's most enduring superheroes

‘Wonder Woman’: The secret origins of a smash hit film

Introduced in the 1940s as a “progressive” counterpart to Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman has endured as a major superhero character ever since. (Pt. 1 of 2)

‘Alien: Covenant’: Better than ‘Prometheus’ but not perfect

Ridley Scott’s visual and symbolic storytelling achieves a new peak. But is that enough to hold audience interest and move the “Alien” franchise ahead?

Why the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise is succeeding

Goofy “Guardians” humor saves the action film genre from an impending excess of High Seriousness. ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" movie review: Part 1 of 2)

Review: ‘John Wick, Chapter 2.’ Another slick Wick flick?

Starring Keanu Reeves, Wick’s latest adventure solidifies both the character and franchise’s action film credentials with a nod toward B-movie ideals. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

‘Arrival’ returns to theaters: Too esoteric for an Oscar?

Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and directed by Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” focuses on a novel concept involving the juncture of time and language.

“La La Land”: Does nostalgia still work in our cynical age?

Slowly rolled out around the turn of this year, “La La Land” as a revival of the film musical isn’t perfect. But it seems to be touching a 21st century nostalgia chord.

‘Loving’: Putting a human face on America’s Civil Rights era

Jeff Nichols’ deeply introspective film "Loving" moves beyond a landmark 1960s Civil Rights case and gets up close and personal with the human beings at its heart.

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Sonic Bliss, Dangerous Birds, and ‘Gurl 22’ Thalia Zedek

"Gurl 22" Thalia Zedek carved a signature sound in her post punk sonic whirlwind, mining darker raw emotion throughout a succession of projects and bands.