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Man in the Vault/Ring of Fear (1954)

These films are to Lady From Shanghai what Slither is to The Blob: rip-offs, awful in parts, fabulous in others, trippy fun everywhere else.

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Classified: Boy-Cott-In The Industry

On his tenth album, Classified targets the music industry, but not without a good reason.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Babel (2006)

Associated by instances of violence, the stories in Babel all concern children caught up in circumstances beyond their easy comprehension, while adults struggle to maintain some semblance of illusory order.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Catch a Fire (2006)

Actually, Phillip Noyce's thriller raises a question: how have the South African "terrorists," so deemed by Botha's administration, since become courageous freedom fighters?

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Xiu Xiu

As New England's iconic foliage reaches the peak of its bold color change, avant-garde drama queens Xiu Xiu one-up Mother Nature with a little change of their own.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ecstatic Sunshine: Freckle Wars

Frantic and riff-packed instrumental guitar album with ideas and challenges for the adventurous listener.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Running With Scissors (2006)

Augusten's narration of Running with Scissors starts with a question: "How do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me and how I left her?"

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The Asian Mystique by Sheridan Prasso

If ignorance breeds prejudice, then a well-informed, comprehensive survey of racial perceptions is a good antidote. This is certainly Sheridan Prasso’s intention with The

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scarface

Scarface begat Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which in turn begat...Scarface?

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Breaks Co-Op: The Sound Inside

After a nine year break, Breaks Co-Op reform to release their new long player, The Sound Inside. With the recruitment of Andy Lovegrove on vocals, they have called the changes. Sadly though, it creates some mixed results.

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Jeremy Enigk: World Waits

Jeremy Enigk returns -- again -- with another fantastic album of highly evocative, soaring rock.

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Ronnie Milsap: The Essential Ronnie Milsap

Thirty-three of the 40 songs on The Essential Ronnie Milsap reached #1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart, and the other seven made or closely approached the Top Ten.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Golem: Fresh off Boat

Punk is too strong a word for this band. The singers shout and wail, and the instruments sometimes leap into high gear, but their thrashing isn't angry punk thrashing. They're not rebels.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Lee Hooker: Hooker

At long last, this wonderful four-disc box set offers a career-spanning retrospective of the amazing blues legend John Lee Hooker.

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Various Artists: From Bakabush

You could almost forgive Stonetree if From Bakabush sounded amateurish and the songs were shaky and ragged. Instead, the label has put together an album that serves as both an introduction to the label and a superbly enjoyable invitation to the region's music as a whole.

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26 Oct 2006 // 1:30 AM

There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.

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26 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.

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Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jazzanova: Broad Casting

As eclectic as its title would suggest, Jazzanova's Broad Casting is a compilation of downtempo and broken beat music by some of today's most interesting electronic artists.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

State of Emergency 2

State of Emergency 2 is without some of the faults of its predecessor, but also without its campy redeeming values.

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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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