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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ring 2 (2005)

Rachel misses the fact that she's living in a horror movie sequel, which ordains that she's not anywhere near 'starting over' in the usual sense.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Off the Map (2003)

The fact that they're sharing such tragedies while Richard Nixon is resigning suggests a certain harmony of the universe.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

Hobie rejiggers his life in order to make himself look 'available' for Melinda, the joke being that the Allen character is never actually available, but rather, needy, fervent, and clumsily scheming.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.

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	Various Artists: Soul Satisfaction: A Collection of Nu-Soul Gems

It coheres, it flows, and the songs fit together like a pieces in a jigsaw puzzle -- I just wish the whole thing weren't so goddamn 'serious'.

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	22-Pistepirkko: The Nature of 22-Pistepirkko: 1985 - 2002

Celebrated on this career-spanning retrospective, Finnish roots rockers 22-Pistepirkko failed to mature as songwriters over the course of their 15-year career, even as their adeptness in the studio increased.

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	New Edition: One Love

Reunited and it feels so... bad. Can Bad Boy revive New Edition? Can New Edition revive Bad Boy? Will anyone care?"

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jennifer Lopez: Rebirth

Shouldn't a 'rebirth' imply some sort of major shift? Not so, for J. Lo.

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jesu: Jesu

Ex-Napalm Death/Godflesh mastermind Justin Broadrick finds his way to the light through dense layers of metallic sludge.

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Golden Republic: The Golden Republic

Feel like time-traveling? Well if you can figure out how to play CDs in the Delorean, then I've got the perfect soundtrack for you.

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	The Golden Republic: People [EP]

The Golden Republic have some Beatle-based garage pop, some disco-fied post-punk, some '70s glam, and even an acoustic ballad, all of it filtered through the slightly tinny focus of latter-day American retro-revival groups such as the Strokes and the Kings of Leon.

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bloc Party: Silent Alarm

Batten down the hatches and light the torches. Bloc Party is Paul Revere music.

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	Tab Benoit: Fever for the Bayou

Benoit combines the fire of a young buck with the reverence of a true believer.

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16 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Rolling Stones: Live Licks

Perhaps the most shameless (or shrewd, as the case may be) example of the Stones emphasizing product over integrity is their decades-old tradition of releasing a live album after every tour.

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	The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue

The Perceptionists' Black Dialogue is gimmick-free, frills-free hip-hop from self-proclaimed 'black orators' who have important things to say and aren't afraid to say them.

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16 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Manuok: Manuok

It's pronounced MAN-YOU-OKAY. It's beautiful, weird, intense, and is out to break your heart. It's Indie music for grown-ups. Got it?"

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	James King: The Bluegrass Storyteller

James King gives country songs the royal treatment by singing them bluegrass style.

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16 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Home Video: Citizen EP

Home Video seem, at least ostensibly, to be a rock act, but their stylistic influences are definitely broad enough to qualify them for membership under the Warp umbrella: they are to rock as Prefuse 73 is to hip-hop, albeit nowhere near as accomplished.

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16 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

Tori Amos: The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper sounds like a collection of outtakes from a much better album. And there are few things more bittersweet than reflecting on what could have been.

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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

The enemies, no longer Middle Eastern sand demons, are now largely populated by females with a bondage fetish.

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