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23 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Flightplan (2005)

Jodie Foster's face is the most frequently used and most powerful effect in Flightplan.

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	Various Artists: Latin Travels 2

Latin Travels 2 is all about the dance, and at that it succeeds -- just don't go into it looking for education.

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	Various Artists: The Best of Shel Silverstein: His Words, His Songs, His Friends

Those who approach the material with an open mind and a sense of humor will find a treasure trove of great American storytelling here.

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	The Sun: Blame It on the Youth

The first DVD album in the world comes from the Sun. Fourteen videos plus 14 songs equals 28 things that could go wrong. Surprisingly, not many things do.

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The Kingsbury Manx: The Fast Rise and Fall of the South

Pastoral North Carolinians take a field trip to the Kinks' Village Green, with so-so results.

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22 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jamiroquai: Dynamite

Another 21st century rehash of classic soul, served with a side of disco kitsch.

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	Himuro: Mild Fantasy Violence

For now, may the androids alone dream of electric sheep.

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	Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

Another sumptuous box set from the Columbia Miles Davis archives features the Live Evil Cellar Door band -- turning the corner from jazz to stellar jam-funk of the highest order.

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	Dropsonic: Insects with Angel Wings

Like The Cult a generation before, Dropsonic has picked up the heavy metal-cum-post-punk mantle and run with it. But for being what could amount to the heir to an heir, Dropsonic is successful.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

'Good morning, America, how are you?' Gee Willie, since you wanted to know: we're not doing so hot at all. But thanks, it was seriously nice of you to ask...

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Survivor: Guatemala

Survivor remains an addictive, morbidly entertaining affair.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

SCTV: Volume 4

Whether taking on film, music, television or book, these cunning Canadians exposed the foibles of mass media while entertaining and enlightening.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Love, Inc.

Like Sex and the City, Love, Inc. features a quartet of single women in the Big Apple, each with her own issue.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Everybody Hates Chris

The brilliantly constructed and deceptively complex pilot succeeds by not trying to force an awkward story over the exposition required of a premiere episode.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Apprentice

More than any other episode, The Apprentice premiere is so consumed with scene setting and its money-shot boardroom footage that there is precious little focus on the challenge itself.

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22 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

At Last the 1948 Show

Despite a deft mixture of traditional polish and youthful verve, At Last the 1948 Show doesn't quite cross the line from good to great.

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How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World:  A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.

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	Super Furry Animals: Love Kraft

Depending on how you choose to perceive it, the band's orchestral seventh album is either one of its greatest achievements or one of its most pedestrian.

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	Prefuse 73: Reads the Books EP

It reads like a tale of two warriors who couldn't quite win the big battle, and are furiously polishing their tarnished armor to do battle again.

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	Head of Femur: Hysterical Stars

Head of Femur transforms from a power trio to an orchestra at the drop of a hat, making their music both sexier and more heartbreaking.

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