Reviews

15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Usually, a little Vaughn goes a long way, but here he serves as welcome respite from Wilson's cloying romantic lead.

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Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy (1990)

Unfortunately, Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy is the worst version of this wounded genius that ever existed.

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2004)

Jim White acts as tour guide in this film addressing the 'Southern obsession with the dichotomy between the sacred and the profane.'

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Murderball (2005)

In the rowdy and inspiring Murderball, Mark Zupan is, quite frankly, mesmerizing.

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Happy Endings (2005)

Happy Endings begins with what seems quite an unhappy ending, when Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is hit by a car.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

This being a Tim Burton film, the celebration of childish pleasures is not simply joyous, but tweaked.

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Café Lumiere (2003)

Café Lumiere recreates Japan's lush colors and busy depths, but doesn't imbue them with any universal meaning.

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	James Blood Ulmer: Birthright

To hear Ulmer sing so nakedly about sex, race, and religion while playing such dusty music makes for a striking juxtaposition -- and is a strong case for the continued relevance of blues music.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Turin Brakes: JackInABox

Two happy guys surround themselves with all of the materials, but none of the means. Result: a house that collapses under the slightest scrutiny.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Piano Magic: Disaffected

I don't see any daisies sprouting out from this grave.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pale Sunday: Summertime?

Summer breeze make you feel fine? Then settle back in your plastic lawnchair with a caipirinha de tangerina and the new Pale Sundays record. Oh, and the Bill Hicks trench coat mafia need not apply.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Monolake: Polygon Cities

If you aren't already an initiate in the mysteries of minimalist techno, it's hard to get excited about such opaque differentiations.

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	Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine [DVD]

Half concert recording, half character study, this documentary is a striking depiction of the effect artists can have on society when they give their all. And the music's sublime.

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	The Forecast: Late Night Conversations

Don't give up on emo just yet, people.

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	Missy Elliott: The Cookbook

Elliott cooks up some tasty hits on her latest release. Now if she could only be more careful with her use of language.

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	Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Gershwin project adds four distinguished hornmen to Charlap's now long-established trio.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ron Blake: Sonic Tonic

Production by Me'Shell NdegéOcello doesn't compromise this excellent jazz recording by an eclectic, muscular tenor voice.

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14 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

What do you do with music that sounds like people should dance to it, feels like people should dance to it, but doesn't get anyone to dance?

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14 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Entourage

Entourage makes fun of Hollywood, but protects and promotes its mystique at the same time.

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14 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Chronicles of Narnia

Parents will want the moral lessons and be glad that the violence of the books is downplayed here. Kids will want the magic.

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