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Thursday, January 23 2003

Shania Twain: Up!

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Santana: The Essential Santana

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Robert McCoy: Bye Bye Baby

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Herbie Hancock: Future 2 Future Live [DVD]

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GZA/Genius: Legend of the Liquid Sword

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EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

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The Derek Trucks Band: Joyful Noise

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Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

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To End All Wars (2001)

Explores separate and collective struggles to survive, the prisoners' strengths and weaknesses.


Siddhartha (1972)

Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.


Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)

Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.


Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.


Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.


City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

A longtime director of commercials, Meirelles is a consummate showman. Therein lies the problem.


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

His redemption, Barris abruptly realizes, can come only in detailed recollection, specifically, in his decision to confess his many sins.


Wednesday, January 22 2003

The Ukrainians: Respublika

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Joni Mitchell: Travelogue

Joni Mitchell is unquestionably one of the finest popular songwriters of the last half-century, and takes her rightful place with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a handful of others as a highly incisive observer of her generation’s struggles and triumphs.


Valentine by Lucius Shepard

Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.


The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.


The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate

Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.


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