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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

World Poker Tour: Season Two

The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour has helped make poker the hottest obsession around.

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Breath and Bones by Susann Cokal

It was an exciting time to be in America in all of its gritty splendor, and Cokal depicts it with authority and obvious pleasure.

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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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What must it feel like to be so insignificant in the world's eyes that your systematic extermination scarcely warrants attention?"

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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Nomi Song (2004)

It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.

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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

More evocative of Fred Astaire than James Bond, John's killer athleticism reflects a general quickness of mind.

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High Tension (Haute Tension) (2003)

Marie never comes to understand her part in the violence of looking, the violation it represents.

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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

Robert Rodriguez is at his enfant terrible game again, for the second time this year.

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	Various Artists: Africanism III

Third in the popular series combining traditional African styles and European house suffers from a universal problem: It can't transcend the dancefloor often enough.

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9 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Marta Topferova: La Marea

Can a young woman who grew up in Czechoslovakia and Seattle really get to the heart of South American music? Why, yes she can.

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9 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Robot Ate Me: On Vacation

Part World War II nightmare, part experimental pop escapism, On Vacation is lo-fi Indie rock at its quirkiest and most beautiful. Listen it in any mood.

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	Negativland: No Business

Negativland fights the good fight against corporate America and the recording industry -- what they don't seem to realize is that winning that fight requires a hard and fast solution.

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DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… [Deluxe Edition]

In terms of its influence, its stature and its quality, Endtroducing... could lay a serious claim to being the most important album of 1990s.

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	Solomon Burke: Live at the House of the Blues / Soul of the Blues

There are moments on these albums befitting a man with the title 'the King of Rock 'N' Soul', but there are plenty more that would be better suited to a Blues Brother.

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	Audioslave: Out of Exile

Audioslave are back and still making music that doesn't live up to expectations. Still, they are not without hope.

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9 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

For a band that knows exactly how to get itself onto lovers' mixtapes, Pinback sure needs some help choosing its opening acts.

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9 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The L Word

Although there is probably someone in L.A. just like Mark -- art house aesthetic on the outside masking a Joe Francis attitude on the inside -- he never seems completely believable.

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Hating Women: America’s Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex by Shmuley Boteach

My worry, of course, is that young people concerned about the current state of entertainment and women's rights in this country will read Boteach without skepticism.

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9 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.

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Scottish group returns yet again with another album that, although lighter in some respects, critics and fans alike will lap up without question. What a shock!"

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	Summer at Shatter Creek: All the Answers

Craig Gurwich's sophomore disc is a beautiful, assured effort in melancholy indie rock. However, you might want to wait until autumn to listen to it.

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