Reviews

1 May 2006 // 2:00 AM

Kinky Boots (2006)

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the reason to see Kinky Boots. Always charismatic and compelling, he is here also fabulous.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee's fingers still sting the ivories, even if, these days, there's not a whole lotta shakin' going on.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Destination America: The People and Cultures That Created a Nation

The series emphasizes how admirable immigration policies have made the U.S. prosperous and intellectually robust. Unfortunately, this sometimes has the effect of glossing over history's complications.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

King Dork by Frank Portman

There's a lot that separates King Dork from, say, Harry Potter. First off, although much has been made of his continuing maturation, Harry Potter has yet to receive a blowjob.

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David Byrne and Brian Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Whereas oftentimes the album has been described as "influential", I think a better term would be prescient. Influence is an extremely tricky field to measure -- it is easier to say merely that the album was amazingly accurate in its predictions.

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Various Artists: The DFA Remixes: Chapter One

New compilation from acclaimed Manhattan-based duo includes remixes of Gorillaz, Fischerspooner, and Le Tigre.

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30 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's best record in a decade.

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30 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shogun Kunitoki: Tasankokaiku

Treat this one with care; it's worth it.

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30 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Buckcherry: Fifteen

Emerging from the "Where are they now?" file, Buckcherry is back, perhaps not in black, with a down 'n' dirty new album.

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Untied States: Retail Detail

Fractured noise, beat-dropping time signatures, touching intervals of melody and bizarre wordplay -- this is the sound of intelligence devouring itself.

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Murs & 9th Wonder: Murrays Revenge

Murs proves himself better than your favorite rapper on ten more 9th Wonder loops, post-beard, post-profanity, still dope.

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Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland: Sangam

The last of the great cosmic jazzmen takes a trip way out east with this exhilarating live recording.

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Rainer Maria: Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

A strong release, with attitude, that still manages to follow expectations and yank on the heartstrings.

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28 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

United 93

In its fitful remembering, United 93 raises important questions (however reverentially) about the making of history.

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28 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

Water (2005)

Deepa Mehta's controversial film considers the complicated, often excruciating impositions on women's lives at a time when Mahatma Gandhi is exposing the oppressions of colonial powers.

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Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2006)

Seen individually, the three sections of Three Times would be impressive; taken altogether, they're devastating.

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28 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

It is in her relationships with other kids that Akeelah becomes unusual even within her formula film.

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28 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

Stick It (2006)

When Burt suggests she 'come back,' Haley refuses... until she realizes, pace Richard Gere, 'I've got nowhere else to go.'

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dabb keeps the story simple, either because he thinks that kids wouldn't be smart enough to follow along or would be hopelessly lost if they had to devote a few seconds to thinking about the story.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ben Harper

Amongst his contemporaries, Harper belongs to a small club that still recognizes the importance of returning to one's roots, ie small, intimate venues. Thank God.

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