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10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Final Destination 3 (2006)

The franchise bucks the slasher trend, proceeding without a one-lining monster-boy.

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10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"

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The Boys of Baraka (2006) - PopMatters Film Review
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The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Pink Panther

Jean Reno gets the prize for infinite patience, as he maintains an admirable serenity amid the frenzy, perhaps especially when clobbering Clouseau.

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Rollie Pemberton, writer, turns into Cadence Weapon, rapper, for an album as two-faced as the man behind it.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Back after a 40-year hiatus, early musique concrète pioneer returns with a three part collection of eerily manipulated shortwave radio noise, of which this is the second part.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moreau: Nova Scotia

Have you ever wondered what it's like to use an entire stick of butter on one piece of toast? Moreau explore this delicacy and others on their latest.

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Various: I am the Resurrection

The transfiguration of John Fahey from a folk guitarist into the pantheon of great American composers, delivered through interpretations of his work by a group of oddball independent artists like himself.

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Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers: Pandelirium

On album number three, the Shakers show no signs of slowing down, but some kudzu is starting to grow on their cartoony Southern goth shtick

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Long-forgotten 1970s singer-songwriter, excavated from obscurity by reissues label, deserves a second (or first, really) look.

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Luke Doucet: Broken (And Other Rogue States)

It's still a real shame that absurdly talented writers and performers like Luke Doucet are condemned to fly well below the popular radar.

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	Sasha & Digweed: Delta Heavy [DVD]

If there's one thing this DVD -- and the success of the Delta Heavy tour in general -- proves, it is that the audience for electronic music in America is there.

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9 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Calla

If music were colored, your band would be black...

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9 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Cell by Stephen King

It's a work of maturity and of meaning, a novel that actually wants to comment on the state of the world and the pissed off population who seem to be living on and off it.

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9 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Serenity (2005)

'He's homemade,' Joss Whedon says of Mal. 'And he's kind of a schmo a lot of the time.'"

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It works as a fun soundtrack to a dimly-lit, vodka and Red Bull drenched basement party. But if you really want to kick the party into gear, the album’s older brother is still the one to podcast.

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Deadboy & the Elephantmen: We Are Night Sky

A duo with a guitar and drums? Sure, been there, bought the t-shirt. But Deadboy & the Elephantmen are perhaps one of those bands to watch in 2006 that will help revitalize the lean arrangement.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The American West, in the new Tommy Lee Jones-directed film, resembles that memorialized in movies by John Ford, John Huston, and Sam Peckinpah.

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Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys: Dominos

Dominos draws the living and the dead together in a jaunty two-step strut.

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9 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

If Lightning Bolt or Fantomas aren't challenging enough for you, this Japanese duo will blow your mind.

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