Artist: Monster Magnet Album: Mastermind Release Date: Oct. 25 Label: Napalm Records Grade: C Monster Magnet returns with long hair, leather pants, guitars and '90s-inspired sounds on their new album, Mastermind. Monster Magnet's past signature riffs made listeners shake their rear ends.
Artist: Shakira Album: Sale del Sol Label: Epic, Sony Music Latin Release Date: October 15, 2010 Grade: A After a disappointing 2009, Colombian superstar Shakira is poised to make a big comeback. Just a year after the release of her so-so sixth studio album, She Wolf, Shakira is at it again with her most recent work, a bilingual album titled Sale el Sol. Sale el Sol, which means "the sun comes out," brings Shakira back to her musical roots and seems to be using the same dynamics that made fans fall in love with her in the first place. Shakira is staying clear of the electro-pop mishaps she used in She Wolf and instead is focusing more on romanticized lyrics, using about every modern pop genre in the book. The most famous track on the album is one of its strongest.
Movie: Jackass 3D Release Date: Oct. 15 Grade: A With the recent increase in 3-D films being released, audiences have been disappointed to notice that many of them use the technology as a gimmick to attract moviegoers but do not fully explore its possibilities. Those moviegoers will be excited to see that Jackass 3D has changed all of that. All the Jackass boys, whom audiences have grown to know and love, are back for the third cinematic installment based on the popular television series.
Grade: A Konami's history of lukewarm, "almost got it" failures changes with the triumphant release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Anyone who has paid attention to video games in the past 23 years has heard of Konami's venerated action/adventure series Castlevania.