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Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.

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So Wrong They’re Right (1993) - PopMatters Film Review
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However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.

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	Various Artists: Tommy Boy Presents Hip Hop Roots

Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman offers you this internationally-distributed mixtape. Quick--name that sample!"

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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Standard: Albatross

Portland, Oregon quartet's second album in as many years is dramatic tension in search of a worthy epic.

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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Rasputina: A Radical Recital

Cello-rock might not be all the rage just yet, but Rasputina are clearing the path.

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	Leaves’ Eyes: Vinland Saga

Leaves' Eyes second album brings a refreshing feminine perspective to Viking-themed metal.

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	Electric Light Orchestra: All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

This new collection of Electric Light Orchestra hits (and a few confounding misses), reveals Jeff Lynne's lifelong obsession with becoming the fifth Beatle.

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	Cobra Verde: Copycat Killers

A cover CD from one of the best kick-ass bands out there. Better than most original CDs from the glut of rockers in the world.

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Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Jacksonville City Nights

Ryan Adams returns to the plaintive pedal steel and late-night quiet that got him on everyone's radar in the first place.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

An impossibly perfect convergence of inspired artistry and unconventional aesthetics…. and delicious ice cream too...

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Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story

Stewie's time-continuum meddling focuses on insuring that he ends up with a non-retail job and a more tastefully decorated apartment. This is not 12 Monkeys.

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Star Struck by Pamela Anderson

There's something subtly depressive about the laundry list way that Anderson catalogs Star's life as if afflicted with something like the tit job version of ennui.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Serenity (2005)

It's not hard to tell where Serenity's moral druthers lie: much like Whedon's Scoobies, the crew here is an enthusiastic, energetic, and sometimes ornery bunch.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oliver Twist (2005)

Oliver is an emblem of Polanski's own thematic obsessions: human cruelty, alienation and dislocation, and above all, identity fragmentation.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Into the Blue (2005)

Jessica Alba looks fabulous.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

In the wholly predictable and often cloying The Greatest Game Ever Played, Shia LeBeouf plays amateur golfer Francis Ouimet.

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	Various Artists: Layered Sounds 2

Thankfully for this reviewer as well as the music buying public, the wares sampled on the second Layered Sounds compilation are far from dull.

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Zuco 103: Whaa!

Latest release from Amsterdam trio features a guest appearance from reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

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	Nada Surf: The Weight Is a Gift

It is a slim, focused effort that moves forward by cutting back on some of the musical bombast.

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