Reviews
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind (and it's not above using Enron as a final punch line), Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Andy Shankman's poorly structured, unevenly paced, uninspired movie is set in summertime, which means its release is off season.

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	Ms. Dynamite: Judgement Days

It's a sense of responsibility that both blesses and dooms Judgement Days -- Ms. Dynamite takes on deadbeat dads, abusive priests, and the Prime Minister, all while embracing the joy of motherhood.

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	Lindsay Lohan: A Little More Personal (Raw)

Second coming of the girl who wants to come first threatens to leave listeners frigid.

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	Faunts: High Expectations/Low Results

An unfortunately all too appropriate title for this Canadian band's debut album.

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	Bill Frisell: East/West / Further East/Further West

A comprehensive and breathtaking tour of the musical world of today's most distinctive and singular guitarist.

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20 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Frigg: Oasis

Frigg is a fiddle group, first and foremost, and their fiddles are not the dark fiddles or rock fiddles or mystic fiddles that you might find on other Northside releases, no, these are dancing fiddles.

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	The Dead Science: Frost Giant

Art Rock finds a new home in the scary beauty that is Frost Giant.

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	Diana Darby: The Magdalene Laundries

A dreary and sad era makes the third effort for Diana Darby another bleak yet beautiful album.

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That ‘70s Show: Season Three

The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars, Volume 2 (2005)

Watching others play in George Lucas' universe can also be sort of heartwarming.

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	Jon Nicholson: A Lil Sump’m Sump’m

There's another member of the Nashville Musik Mafia freak parade who has made an album just as satisfying and fascinating in 2005 as either Big and Rich or Gretchen Wilson.

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	Make Believe: Shock of Being

Yet another middling release from yet another Tim Kinsella-affiliated project.

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19 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lil’ Kim: The Naked Truth

Lil' Kim fires back at haters and lovers alike with her most assured release yet.

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	Imogen Heap: Speak For Yourself

The voice of Frou Frou brings the house by herself.

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Anthony Hamilton: Ain’t Nobody Worryin’

Anthony Hamilton is proof that you can handle The Truth.

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	Deep Purple: Rapture of the Deep

Deep Purple keep the creative fires burning on what turns out to be their best album in two decades.

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19 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Liz Carroll & John Doyle: In Play

Like good Irish whiskey, the Celtic blend here goes down smooth and easy and still has a kick to it.

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	Body Rockers: Body Rockers

Aussie/Brit dance rock tandem try to 'talk the talk', but hearing them 'walk the walk' makes the listener stifle a laugh.

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19 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The infelicities of desire are only one of many impolite subjects dissected under Tatsumi's jaded pen.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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