Reviews

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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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Spoon: Gimme Fiction

Fifth full-length from Austin indie luminary is, simply put, a triumph.

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	Silvercord: Chasing Broken Shadows [EP]

Minimalist drone dream music: it's psychedelic, it's cinematic, it's very, very calm. It's also surprisingly good.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Reverb: Swirl

Depending on how you look at it, Reverb were either 10 years too late or 10 years too early. Swirl compiles the band's entire discography to give them a much deserved second look.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Perishers: Sway

The Perishers are just a rock band that plays rock music that doesn't try anything innovative or revolutionary. Sometimes, if you're skilled enough, that's all it takes.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Minus Story: Heaven and Hell

Noted purveyors of trademark 'wall of crap' sound tone things down a bit, bringing a welcome restraint to this 5-song outing.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jefferson Airplane: The Essential Jefferson Airplane

Another Jefferson Airplane compilation that dumps all the usual suspects on the fans once again. Surprised?"

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	The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday

Breathless music with a dark edge: isn't that how everyone likes their true blue rock 'n' roll?"

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	Gibby Haynes and His Problem: self-titled

Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes's Problem? His shtick doesn't work quite as well without Paul Leary's guitars.

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