Reviews

26 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

M*A*S*H: Season Seven (Collector’s Edition)

As long as Baby Boomers still roam the earth, M*A*S*H will probably always be showing somewhere on cable.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season

Their advice -- dished out to each other or the seemingly endless numbers of relatives and friends -- reveals dignity and shrewdness.

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26 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wetherby (1985)

Crippled by their past and unable to function in the present, these characters represent what David Hare calls 'the part-emotional landscape that is England.'"

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Kevin Conran seems pleased to admit that he has never stepped foot inside Radio City Music Hall.

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition (2004)

Paul W.S. Anderson says, 'For me, there is in modern times, a definite fear of loss of identity. And that's what the undead represent. They are the mass, there's no differentiation between them.'"

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Predator 2: Special Edition (1990)

According to director Stephen Hopkins, 'Los Angeles, with all its glare and dust, felt like a Western town to us, sort of a mining town that had been shoved up really quickly.'"

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26 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mean Creek (2003)

'This shot here... is like a window opening up onto this kid's world,' says Jacob Aaron Estes.

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Late Night Shopping (2001)

Late Night Shopping makes no promises, because, you know, the open ending is much more honest in this age of cinema. And so what?"

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26 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

De-Lovely (2004)

As legendary songwriter Porter, Kevin Kline's deft, unshowy performance contributes to the film's charm.

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26 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

The monsters are functions of the franchise, but also vaguely resistant, less transparent than they seem.

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25 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Bad Boy’s R&B Hits

This disc seems more like a way for Bad Boy honcho Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs to squeeze dollars out of his catalog and promote his new releases than an attempt to take an honest look back at Bad Boy's R&B accomplishments.

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	Refrigerator: Upstairs in Your Room

In which an indie rock band adds a minor classic to the canon.

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	The Police: Every Breath You Take—The Classics (Remastered)

At their best the Police were an adventurous pop act, but this remastered and reissued compilation makes them seem as bland as Sting's solo career.

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	Anita O’Day: Anita O’Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart

Hey hey, it's Lady O'Day from back in the day. Cut from a cloth more velveteen than hard swing, this set of Rodgers and Hart hallmarks is an easy-chair, whiskey sour ride in the hands of Anita's trademark charm and that Billy May one-two combo.

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	Taj Mahal: Sugar Mama Blues

Taj Mahal is certainly one of the enduring figures in 20th century American blues. That status comes in large part from his ability to balance

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25 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Fiery Furnaces: EP

Forget what you know, and crank this sucker up like it's June already. The Friedbergers have returned (although maybe they never left).

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	Elevator Division: Years

Midwestern rockers try to leave their hometown scene behind, opting for a different sound than their aesthetic influences.

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25 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Whole by John Reed

The author should be commended for having the bravery to take celebrity worship to its logical end -- the celebrity actually becomes a goddess, and actually is worshipped.

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25 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Great Movies II by Roger Ebert

The real problem is Ebert's capacity, like Oprah Winfrey through her book club, to name what's valuable by sheer force of personality and mass media exposure.

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