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Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

The film is not so much interested in comparing then and now as it is in telling the stories of students and teachers still struggling to make sense of segregation, ongoing if shapeshifted.

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21 Sep 2007 // 8:05 AM

Into the Wild

Into the Wild reveals the sense of loss that drove Chris McCandless. It also shows that it isn't only his.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford considers Wild Western mythology and masculinity, violence and madness.

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The World/Inferno Friendship Society: Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s Twentieth Century

A punk/cabaret operetta about one of the most underrated of actors of the previous century? World/Inferno makes this seemingly kitschy concept work.

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The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers is the direct link between the proto-punk of the Velvet Underground and the new wave era. Later, the album would influence countless indie and alternative acts.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Joe Henry: Civilians

A gorgeous feat of sonic story-telling from a songwriter deserving much wider recognition.

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17 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Milky Way

In this surrealist masterpiece, Luis Buñuel poses important questions about religious beliefs and organized religion.

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14 Sep 2007 // 7:00 AM

Lifting the Veil

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy counters George Bush's "confident" display with her own observations: "Now we've come back six years later," she narrates, "to ask if life for women in Afghanistan is any better in a liberated country."

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises crosses up and recombines stories of parents and children, even violence and history.

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Great World of Sound

Great World of Sound portrays America as fragile and fractured, held together by flimsy notions of patriotism, celebrity, and can-do capitalism.

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Lee Perry & the Upsetters: Ape-ology

A dub lover's dream come true, this two-disc set collects three of Lee "Scratch" Perry's essential late 1970s albums.

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27 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

3:10 to Yuma

What's right, what's wrong, and what's reasonable when good men are faced with bad men doing bad things?

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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: Its Not Big, Its Large

Lovett cements his status as one of our best and offers further proof that popular American songcraft is a thriving art. This seamless album is one for the ages.

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21 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Talib Kweli: Ear Drum

Hip-hop's "Flow Captain" returns with another artistic statement that almost hits the mark.

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The Lives of Others: Almost Complete Control

Under the heavy, grey tread of Stasi control, made more brutal by the friends, family and neighbors recruited to spy on one another, Art, though trampled, will send out tendrils of subversive inspiration.

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The New Pornographers: Challengers

Roger Holland thinks Challengers is what the New Pornographers always wanted to sound like and that it just took them four albums to get there.

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20 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ace in the Hole

While we like to think that every modern malady is new to our particular generation, a film like this reminds us that many of life's troubles have their foundation in past, not present trends.

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19 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

M.I.A.: Kala

M.I.A. is back, representing the world town with power.

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16 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Reflections: Motown in 1967

The latest installment in Hip-O Select's impressive reissue series, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 7: 1967 collects every A-side and B-side released that year, including planned and deleted singles, as well as alternate and promotional mixes -- 120 tracks in all.

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Fats Domino: Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans

Thirty-track compilation of Domino's tenure at Imperial Records includes 29 top ten R&B records from 1950-1961.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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