Reviews

5 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Lalita is daring independent whose education involves coming to terms with both her constraining heritage and her desire to fit in.

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	Various Artists: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver - Live

Yee-haw: a concert held to honor a real honky tonk hero shows the pleasures and perils of tribute discs.

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	Youth Group: Skeleton Jar

Though inconsistent, this group's sophomore effort contains a few gems, while hinting at something grander next time around.

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	Little Freddie King: You Don’t Know What I Know

Every time you think Fat Possum has reached the end of its rope, they pull another... well, possum out of their butts. This time, it's the upbeat, lowdown groove of Little Freddie King.

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	Peter Himmelman: Imperfect World

Imperfect World sounds like the work of someone who has a lot of things to say, and doesn't much care in what order he says them.

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	The Heavenly States: Black Comet

Genre-blenders hide their secrets in words and sounds, but they don't give us an answer sheet.

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4 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hanin Elias: Future Noir

As a part of Atari Teenage Riot, her voice was just one element in a very large and violent organism, but here she doesn't have waves of overwhelming static to hide behind anymore.

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	Laura Cantrell: Humming by the Flowered Vine

Cantrell is only three albums into her career, but she's fast becoming an underground country icon. This album shows why she's the rightful heiress to Lucinda Williams.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

The hip-hop film festival represents a baby step in proving that Montréal is indeed a capable hip-hop city and that hip-hop itself now belongs to the world.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The 'violence' seemingly promoted by this GTA is less a violence to be feared for its realism, and one more committed against the dirty realism of history itself.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Suicide strikes me as a singularly solitary endeavor, but these four wankers all choose the one spot in all of London at the one time in all of the year when they'd be likely to encounter other suicidal roof-climbers.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

War of the Worlds (2005)

Both smart-looking and simple-minded, War of the Worlds powers along on visual tricks and the frequent terrorizing of Dakota Fanning.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Tout de Suite (2005)

Benoit Jacquot's extraordinary film reveals Lili in bits and pieces, mostly wordless.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rebound (2005)

Martin Lawrence's entrance into the lucrative kiddie flick arena never figures how to handle his vibrant spacticity.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Prime Cut (1972)

Prime Cut is like a giant absurdist painting.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hitch (2005)

Hitch's combination of expertise and endearing clumsiness makes use of a few too many clichés.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Après Vous (2003)

While most secrets e=are eventually confessed, Après Vous offers no indication that these characters will ever be honest with themselves.

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	Victor Wooten: Soul Circus

When talent's not enough.

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	Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

A big enough album to support a senior thesis' worth of commentary/analysis/appreciation, the latest installment of Stevens' 50 States project is worth every minute of your time.

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	Shipping News: Flies the Fields

Ex-June Of '44 and Rodan members disappoint with another disc of competently played and largely forgettable explorations in mood.

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