Reviews
Kenny Rogers: Legend of the Gambler (1980, 1983, 1987)

The movies echo the original tune, an odd combination of existential weariness and jaunty bravado, via buddy-movie heroics and a surprisingly hard-edged family melodrama.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Family Stone (2005)

In trying to balance the competing forces of farce and pathos, the film is at times funny and moving, though there are so many characters and subplots that some get lost in the shuffle.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Delicatessen (1992)

There is always something to look at in this film, even in the unsavory parts.

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's best record in a decade.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shogun Kunitoki: Tasankokaiku

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

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

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 // 3:00 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 // 3:00 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 // 3:00 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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