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	Geoff Muldaur’s Futuristic Ensemble: Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke

Bix, as everybody called the short-lived musical genius with the unwieldy surname, was idolised by Doc Cheatham, who extolled wholeheartedly the influence which led earlier

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1 Dec 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mates of State: Team Boo

Some peoples’ joy spills over into their music. And that’s just grand. And sometimes it serves to piss me right off. Their instruments are

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	John Mayer: Heavier Things

A few nights prior to writing this review, I reviewed John Mayer‘s Toronto concert. The very idea that he performed at the city’s

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	My Chemical Romance: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

Maybe I’m late to the party, but punk’s officially gone goth. A genre that could reliably describe grimy streets from London to L

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

(Uhura's) USS Starship Enterprise world was both multiculti and alien, which offered a familiarity of what it is like to grow up black and female in America.

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The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

Watch an episode of The Honeymooners and you will understand why the 1950s is remembered as the 'Golden Age of Television.'

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Out-of-Towners (1970)

The real peril, though -- the one preceding all the others -- is that if you let it, the city can steal your thoughts.

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The Mondo Cane Collection (1962-1971) - PopMatters Film Review
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Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Marrying Kind (1952)

Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Millennium Actress (2003)

Memory fuses with fiction and history, and both are subordinated to Chiyoko's overwhelming drive to fulfill a girlhood desire.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

It was one of Melville's most commercially successful features, which comes as little surprise considering the pedigree of its stars.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Amateur (1994)

Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.

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1 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Trapped by time, engaged in meaningless caucuses until they're utterly spent, the adults here are really just interested in beheading each other.

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	The Derek Trucks Band: Soul Serenade

Derek Trucks certainly has an impressive blues and Southern rock pedigree. He’s the nephew of Allman Brother drummer Butch Trucks, and he’s also

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30 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Diffuser: Making the Grade

After disappointing sales of Diffuser‘s debut album, Injury Loves Melody, Hollywood Records have obviously insisted that the band alter its alternative, melodic sound to

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30 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	David Dondero: The Transient

Once upon a time in America, the tradition grew of the lonesome troubadour, traveling across this nation, guitar in hand, singing and writing songs about

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	Dub Pistols: Six Million Ways to Live

Six million ways to live, and just as many folks out there trying to express themselves, waiting to be heard. There are as many genres

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	The Beatings: The Heart, the Product, the Machine and the Asshole

Once upon a time, there was this band from Boston and they were called the Beatings. In 2002, they released Italiano, an album that had critics

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30 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Barely Pink: Last Day of Summer

The Tampa Bay quartet Barely Pink (named for a lipstick color mentioned in The Valley of the Dolls) is known for its hard straight-ahead melodic

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	Count Basie and His Orchestra: America’s #1 Band!: The Columbia Years

Count Basie would’ve celebrated his centennial next August if he were still alive. The band leader responsible for the swing movement of the Depression-era ‘3

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24 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Where Goldberg and Coulter see failed idealists, I can't help but see people wielding beliefs like bludgeons that they'll gladly drop once the bloodwork is done.

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24 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

One of the things that strikes me about this album 33 years after its release and nearly 35 after its recording is that despite it being one of the weaker Beatle efforts, it stands above so much else recorded by so many other lesser bands across the years.

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24 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The convoluted events of January 1969 continue to echo as some of the most dramatic and least understood moments in the Beatles' mind-bogglingly successful career. And no album is more associated with the group's breakup than Let It Be.

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

Joe Strummer: Streetcore

Streetcore, is a tragic testament to Strummer’s gifts as a songwriter and musician, a political and spiritual disc, a great rock-and-roll record that questions the state of the world and somehow simultaneously looks both forward and backward.

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Portastatic: Autumn Was a Lark

After the title track steals the show, the rest of the record feels flat and lifeless. One wonders if McCaughan is biding his time waiting to be reunited with his Superchunk friends.

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Plastikman: Closer

After the pioneering work found on his last two mix CDs, it seems like an odd time for Richie Hawtin to return to the little

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	North Mississippi Allstars: Polaris

The North Mississippi Allstars are fully aware of the importance of a young band’s third album, especially a band like themselves, one steeped in

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Knight: The Jealous Kind

Chris Knight has described himself as being “a cross between Steve Earle and Cormac McCarthy”, a fairly apt description given the work on his first

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jay-Z: The Black Album

“They say they never really miss you till your dead or your gone. So on that note, I’m leaving after this song . . .” About midway

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Hem: Rabbit Songs

There’s something strangely and pleasantly familiar about Hem, a group formed by songwriter Dan Messe and producer/engineer Gary Maurer in 1999. So familiar and

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20 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	DMX: Grand Champ

“Yep, yep, yep . . . I don’t really trust humans that much these days. Shit-fact of the matter is, I trust dogs more than I trust

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	Jimmy Burns: Back to the Delta

A little like some jazz musicians a few years older, Jimmy Burns had a mixed career in and out of music, the one big thing

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20 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

If the films shown at the New Czech Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music are any indication, to this day Czechoslovakia is a country of dueling emotions and opposite impulses.

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20 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Missing

Maggie's toughness is surely enhanced by Blanchett's fabulous cheekbones and icy eyes.

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20 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

My Life Without Me (2003)

Ann's decision not to tell seems simultaneously selfless and selfish.

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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

I doubt there are many other youngish actors who could keep up with Daffy Duck as skillfully as Brendan Fraser.

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20 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

In My Skin (2002)

In My Skin scuttles narrative closure for a more primal unity, an extreme self-referentiality.

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20 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Gothika (2003)

Chloe reminds her of the implacably smug logic of the sane, as they judge the insane: 'If you're here, it must mean that you belong.'"

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Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Just in time for Thanksgiving: the Paris Hilton movie.

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	Various Artists: Every Word: A Tribute to Let’s Active

Trying to write about Let’s Active without referencing Mitch Easter is kinda like trying to write about Wings without mentioning Paul McCartney; no matter

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	Young and Sexy: Life Through One Speaker

Vancouver band Young and Sexy‘s new album, Life Through One Speaker, gets off to such a disjointed, clunky start that you’re immediately taken

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19 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Greg Trooper: Floating

New Jersey native Greg Trooper has been knocking around, making records since 1986, and he seems to get stronger and stronger with each one. He’s

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19 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	T.I.: Trap Muzik

This is the best hip-hop album of the year, as far as I can hear, and that is quite an accomplishment in a year full

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19 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Luxt: American Beast

Despite the fact that there always seems to be a market for music that taps into adolescent rage and adult urges to rock, it must

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	Knife in the Water: Plays One Sound and Others

Knife in the Water continues its re-releases with this fine album that fits nicely alongside Cut the Cord. A favorite among bands such as And

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	Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Little Worlds (Special Edition)

The idea of recording can always be an up and down process creatively and emotionally. Some artists make five to six albums worth of quality

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When Greg Tate published his groundbreaking essay 'Diary of a Bug' the first 'text' he took up was none other than Rakim Allah, the Poet Laureate of the Hip-Hop Nation. Indeed there's never been a hip-hop artist who deserved top-shelf scholarly love from the camp of the Blackademe Niggeratti more than Rakim.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Now, with the Administration calling up thousands of National Guard and reservists to serve in Iraq, the say-one-thing, do-another dance continues.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

I am optimistic about what lies ahead as the prime time closet door continues to open.

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The popular notion of the 'Kennedy curse' has preoccupied America for some time.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

ReDotPop -- A Concept Due Its Title -- It is a sniff-the-breeze, taste-the-frisky-freshness-of-freedom problem that has no Japanese word to describe it.

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Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$

By giving us what we want (fast paced, addictive gaming), they're disconnecting us from the rest of the world and forcing us to slow down so we can remember what time is.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Tron 2.0

Instead of blowing the bejeezus out of aliens, monsters, and fellow humans, this time the player is duking it out with everything from protective programs to data corruption.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Sims Online

Barnum would be proud of the whole enterprise and is undoubtedly smiling from his grave.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

September 12th, A Toy World

Focuses on the ongoing war on terror and attempts to present a simulation of potential consequences.

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19 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Rabbit Factory by Larry Brown

Being one, Larry Brown knows the true heart and mind of a native Southerner. He also knows grit like gruel.

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Mendocino and Other Stories by Ann Packer

Packer's importance couldn't be more evident as 2003 comes to a close with the ever-spreading Chick-Lit Disease threatening women's literature.

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Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scriptures and Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

If there is disagreement, even animosity, between branches of Christianity today, it pales in comparison with the ideological battles waged in the first four or five centuries after Christ's birth.

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Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe by Steven Jay Schneider

The very notion of foreignness, of frightening difference, is arguably what drives every horror movie.

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18 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash

Basement Jaxx recordings offer the aural equivalent an over-crowded phone booth in an international train station at rush hour—no space is too small to fill.

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	Various Artists: Wig in a Box: Songs from and Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch gained some attention because, first of all, it’s a rock musical—what could be more self-indulgent than that? And

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	20 Miles: Life Doesn’t Rhyme

Judah Bauer was once best known as the sidekick to Jon Spencer in his delectable Blues Explosion. But over recent years, Bauer has crafted a

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	The Rhinos: Year of the Rhinos

Scandinavia. It’s the new Seattle/Manchester/Austin/Ibiza. The Hives broke down the door that the Cardigans politely propped open in the mid ‘90s.

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18 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Matthew Ryan: Regret Over the Wires

“The little things, the little things mean everything”, Matthew Ryan belts out on the second track of his latest effort, Regret Over the Wires. And

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	Knife in the Water: Cut the Cord

Austin’s Knife in the Water‘s latest release is not necessarily a step backwards or forwards for this fine ensemble. It comes off more

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	Bobby Bare Jr.‘s Young Criminals’ Starvation League: OK, I’m Sorry

A couple of years back, I was working at a college radio station in Boston. On the New Music shelf in the studio was a

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Walkmen The Rogers Sisters We’ve Been Had When I heard the Walkmen, a relatively well-known New York indie rock band, were playing three

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Thrills How disheartening it must be for new bands to constantly be told they sound like someone else. Many no doubt deserve the associations,

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Julian Casablancas is very afraid. This much I can say with certainty, having now seen him on five separate occasions. The Strokes’ wiry frontman has

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

That Was It The Strokes might have finally just gotten too big for their boots. Performing for a sold out crowd that actually appeared to

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Thanks to a Tragedy Khadaffi party prior to the evening’s main event, the show was late to start. But once out-of-towner’s Stonesthrow commandeered

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Nile Kreator Due to the not-so-regrettable shuttering of the WWE theme restaurant (and its attendant concert venue) in nearby Times Square earlier this year, the

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The night of the New York City Junior Senior show finds me suffering from one of those nasty, lingering colds that make my sinuses feel

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

The S.O.B.‘s crowd had been prepped nicely by Encore and then Little Brother when Hiero finally took the stage. Encore had given

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Closer Than Close Oakland’s own siren is a petite woman with a huge, enchanting voice that takes ownership of the stage whether she’s

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

In the winter of 2001, Jay Farrar’s Sebastopol was one of a handful of albums that served as a salve for some psychological blues that

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18 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Brand NewPhoto credit: Jesse Ives We all shuffle and divide musicians into their respective genres and sub-genres. It’s a necessary evil because how else

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	Various Artists: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

A few weeks ago, I penned a review for this site on an album called, Exile on Blues St., an attempt to rework tracks from

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	They Came from the Stars I Saw Them: What Are We Doing Here?

Found-sound constructivists, pop deconstructionists, or just electronic goofballs, one thing is certain about the excessively named They Came from the Stars I Saw Them—they’

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17 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Boyd Tinsley: True Reflections

This recording may go under the moniker of Boyd Tinsley, but it’s definitely not a solo venture in the literal sense of the word.

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17 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

The Streets: All Got Our Runnins

“Give Me My Lighter Back” and “All Got Our Runnins” are every bit as strong as anything on Original Pirate Material, so if you’re skeptical about downloading the new songs, fearing that it’s either left over scraps from the OPM sessions or quickly tossed off B-side type material, fear not, it’s top-notch stuff.

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17 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Hyde: The Big Book of Sad Songs, Vol. 1

Ralph Alfonso’s BongoBeat records is slowly but surely carving itself a niche as the place to go when former ‘80s artists decide to go

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17 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Hey Mercedes: Loses Control

Let’s not beat about the bush. What Hey Mercedes does on their latest album, Loses Control, has already been done. Earnest vocals about heartbreak

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17 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Cappadonna: The Struggle

There shouldn’t be much to say about this record, and for the most part, there ain’t. It opens with a clip of a

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

That ‘70s Show

Delivers more laughs than most sitcoms, thanks to dialogue premised on sharp one-liners.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

MTV Europe Music Awards 2003

Isn't it a bit surprising that in today's political climate, when the U.S. is perceived as more arrogant and imperial than ever, that its most prominent export is still homogenised pop?

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Frasier

Frasier and his brother are effete snobs and proud of it.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dead Like Me

Liberated from the selective perception that comes hand in hand with rational existence, the reapers on Dead Like Me are better prepared to anticipate the unexpected.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Returner (2002)

Surprise: humans have caused the war after all, and the demonization of the aliens was just a government cover-up.

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Once Upon a Time in the West: Special Collector’s Edition (1968)

Sergio Leone never met a portentous entrance he didn't like.

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

'She's really pretty handy with knives and guns, this girl.'"

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Home Room (2003)

'School's no place for kids anymore.'"

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Growin’ a Beard (2003)

Growin' a Beard, then, invites us to laugh, but not necessarily to think.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman (1961-1963)

All three films are concerned with ideas, states of being, and subjective experience.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Le Coup de Grâce (1976)

Caught in the middle, Sophie is the perfect human embodiment of the middle world she inhabits.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Cool World (1992)

The doodles are all bulbous heads, puckered lips and low-slung Cro-Magnon shoulders.

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17 Nov 2003 // 1:00 AM

Afterglow (1997)

Julie Christie's ageless beauty brings more than sufficient radiance to Afterglow.

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16 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Obie Trice: Cheers

Obie has nerve, history, and comedy.

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16 Nov 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Romantics: 61/49

Sometimes you just have to toss out the conventional wisdom. The conventional wisdom, for instance, has hailed the Strokes as the best new hope for

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