Reviews

14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Boys of Baraka (2005)

The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

J Dilla: Donuts

The last album of a tragically-fallen legend is a tour de force of brilliant beats and unbelievable subtleties, wild experimentation and great production; but no, the title has no deeper meaning. In the label's own words, "Dilla likes donuts".

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black Wire: Black Wire

The band whose performance inspired the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict a Riot" look to carve out their own success, but are less successful at it.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Nintendo rock! Get off your couch, put down your controller and dance.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sam Champion: Slow Rewind

New York band prove themselves worthy Malkmus-worshipping balladeers, if only they’d ditch the feedback.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

A soft, sensual masterpiece of muted bossa nova from this NY-by-way-of-Rio songwriter

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13 Feb 2006 // 3:00 PM

Lie With Me (2006)

Like the novella by Tamara Faith Berger on which it's based, Lie With Me blurs the boundaries between pornography and art.

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Wood and Cloonan tell the stories of punk and emo kids, people living on the fringes of society and who aren't terribly worried about being let in.

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Deerhoof

In the wake of the shark-fighting cowboys, the animal doth emerge...

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Deerhoof

Shin Splints, Arachnogasmic Musicals, and a regrettable lack of hooves.

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Trick My Truck

A make-over show for Mac trucks is a stellar concept. Too bad CMT went for the good old boy instead of the gearhead.

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Significant Others: The Complete Series

We see them from the point of view of an unseen, unheard therapist. Here, the series invites us to be Dr. Phil.

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The Blitz: London’s Longest Night

The Blitz offers more 'human drama' than something you might find on the History Channel, and will also satisfy military buffs.

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird

The unexploded bomb is a perfect metaphor for Utterly Monkey.

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The Beatings: Holding on to Hand Grenades

Boston's art punks conjure up the ghost of that city's '80s college rock heyday

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13 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Music critic tries to branch out with his own music and turns musician. Can it be? Yes, and it can be good too.

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Cloak-N-Dagga: Def Con Zero

As Canibus continues to fight a losing battle with his own skills, he brings Phoenix Orion on board to form Cloak-N-Dagga, rap's newest dynamic duo.

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Kings of Damnation leaves you to contemplate what a serious talent Zakk Wylde really is.

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New Radiant Storm King: The Steady Hand

Western Massachusetts indie rock vets make good on a long awaited return to aluminum.

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Live mandolins duel across the whole musical spectrum.

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