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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

When Lisa thaws, she's granted a limited gamut of roles, from screaming victim to gushy girl to action-heroic savior.

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11 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Everyone knows that Keira Knightley is lovely, vibrant, and gloriously young, that she can play feisty and dreamy with equally apparent ease.

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11 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Derailed (2005)

While RZA and Xzibit deliver their own delights as performers, their characters' aggression and victimization are of a piece, and left to the white guy to sort out.

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11 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bee Season (2005)

Words are mystical, magical, and wholly material in Bee Season.

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10 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

Sunn O))): Black One

Doom greats Sunn O))) and their collaborator Oren Ambarchi provide us with two wildly disparate, yet similarly abstract examples of ambient/drone music.

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	Queen + Paul Rodgers: Return of the Champions [DVD]

It isn't quite Queen that we're witnessing; it's more like Queen's rambunctious younger brother.

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	The Del McCoury Band: The Company We Keep

Because there's nothing wrong with a divebombing mandolin run followed by a short sharp shock of fiddle, double-quick switchbacks and turnarounds at the last second, shifts in tempo that you don't see coming until it's just too late.

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	Maria Muldaur: Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul

Maria Muldaur has put her camels to bed and taken your hand off her leg. She's always had the blues, and she's singing 'em better than ever.

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	Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Absencen

Absencen is free from the qualities that would allow its music to be summed up in one sentence, or a genre name.

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	Heathen Shame: Speed the Parting Guest

Horrifying, terrifying, revolting doesn't even begin to describe this pile of shit. Heathen Shame is really a shame.

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10 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Buddy Holly: Gold

It's probably impossible to overstate Buddy Holly's importance.

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	Jamie Cullum: Catching Tales

British Boy Wonder of Kinda-Jazz Delivers a deeply ambiguous sophomore set.

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	Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves

Decidedly hip, knowing, British indie pop... yawn.

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Death Cab For Cutie + Stars

It showed on their faces and echoed through the rafters: for many, this show was more sacred than church, more meaningful than a homily.

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The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

A.P. Carter and his friend, black musician Lesley 'Esley' Riddle, would go door to door looking for examples of traditional music, a bold act in Jim Crow America.

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10 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style by Matt Madden

By modeling 99 Ways after the work of a prose writer, Madden holds his work alongside works of literature -- asserting comics' place in the literary realm.

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10 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Teorema (1968)

However much the camera lingers on Terrence Stamp's features or Silvana Mangano's heavily made up face, the characters remain corporeally opaque, more embodiments of ideas than urges and appetites.

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	Hank Williams: Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection

It attempts to wrestle Williams' body of work into manageable chunks, to show that this wasn't a guy who just churned out country songs indiscriminately, but an artist who documented the major facets of his life.

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9 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tom Vek: We Have Sound

A front-loaded but funky frolic makes for one hell of a debut with an impressive lack of lulls and lows.

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	JamisonParker: Sleepwalker

'All manner of gorgeous sounds'? Or just plain unfocused?"

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