Reviews

15 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

Robbie Fulks: Georgia Hard

Country music's prince of composition ends a prolonged silence with his first collection of new material since 2001. In related news, scores of aspiring songwriters give up.

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	The Deathray Davies: The Kick and the Snare

After a dark pop detour with his last album, Deathray Davies frontman John Dufilho returns with 11 bright, shiny, intelligent pop songs.

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15 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Coralie Clément: Bye Bye Beauté

Bye Bye Beauté's defining sound is Clément's voice, a supernally girlish whisper floating so absurdly high up in the mix you can hear her gums smacking together.

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	Bird Show: Green Inferno

Town & Country's Ben Vida further explores his fascination with dense percussion, drone, and small chirping creatures.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

It takes the power of a great man to pull me to the crossroads of shtick and gimmick.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Indie kids are not enough. UK grime will get lost as a minute blip unless it manages to infiltrate the hip-hop scene that helped spawn it.

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Star Trek: Enterprise - The Complete First Season

One could argue that Star Trek: Enterprise's liberal ideology is a reflection of the Clinton years.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jade Empire

The similarities in story and mechanics to other role-playing games threaten to undermine Jade Empire's goals.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Volcano High (2001)

Instead of building to a final showdown, the movie seems one continuous climax that is completely exhausting.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Unleashed (2005)

At once ferocious and delicate, brilliantly choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the fights are like dance numbers.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Mindhunters (2005)

In Mindhunters, the relationship between realness and not is especially fraught.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Monster-In-Law (2005)

Though the pathologies Fonda and Lopez embody tend to be framed as individual, they are symptomatic and well rewarded.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Mike Ditka has the most fun here, announcing to his young charges, 'I eat quitters for breakfast and I spit out their bones.'"

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bullet Boy (2004)

Bullet Boy begins by the stylized violence book: a boy, locked in the boot of a moving car, uses a key-ring torch to get an idea of his surroundings.

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	Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman

A disarmingly mature Ben Folds imparts his nuggets of easily digestible wisdom on the masses. The masses shrug.

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12 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

BZFlag

The rudiments of the game are very simple: drive the tank, line up enemy tanks in the crosshairs, and fire the cannon.

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The Partisans of Vilna (1986) - PopMatters Film Review
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The Partisans of Vilna allows viewers to enter the Vilna ghetto and the lives of its youthful defenders.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Dub

Men with funny names and sound effects, changing the world. The one dub CD every music fan should own.

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	Zion I: True & Livin’

Third coming of Oakland duo serves up an accomplished spread for the heart and head. Revolution not included in tin instructions, but not really missed, either.

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	Sonny Stitt: It’s Magic

One of the great saxophonists at his most easily lyrical, with a sensitive bebop organist. The performance could be called undemanding, but also both unusually relaxed and exceptionally relaxing.

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