Reviews

13 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Jack & Bobby

The structure of Jack & Bobby is more ambitious and convoluted than most teen fare, investing its heroes with a historical weight and grandeur, even if that history is fictional.

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	Various Artists: Acid Classics

Remember when dance music was exhilarating and innovative? Remember when it was still a cultural presence? Remember those days? One reason for the sharp decline

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12 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Van Hunt: self-titled

That good old-fashioned soul music, along with a few mid-tempo grooves and the talent to write, sing, play and produce his debut make Van Hunt

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12 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Silkworm: It’ll Be Cool

Being around for 15 years and nine proper albums has its advantages. For instance, you no longer have to deal with expectations. No one’s gonna

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	Johnathan Rice: Trouble Is Real

“I began a long process of recording the tunes I had been writing for over the past year or so,” Johnathan Rice says in the

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	Pink Grease: This Is for Real

Danger and sleaziness is hard to fake. Rick James, god rest his soul, dripped of sleaze, sex, and sweat. The Hives, who boldly proclaim themselves

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12 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Nedelle and Thom: Summerland

Every once and a while life gets so out of control that we fantasize about returning to the “simpler days”, the times when either youth

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	Even: Downpayment on Future Glories: 1995-2003

Where do you draw the line between faithful homage and blatant plagiarism? When does amicable retro-rock become ghoulishly unoriginal mediocrity? How can a band manage

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Wicker Park (2004)

Unlikely as it seems, Matthew Lillard is the saving grace of Paul McGuigan's wretched remake of L'Appartement.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Vanity Fair (2004)

Ah, to be young, bright, and scheming in 19th-century Britain!"

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2004)

Moormann's film allows Tom Dowd to tell his own tale, bringing his past to life through his words, his accomplishments, his infectious laugh, and, most importantly, his music.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Suspect Zero (2004)

Suspect Zero opens with a barrage of standard serial killer movie components.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Paparazzi (2004)

It's all so very Princess Di.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Festival Express (2004)

All these musicians wanted to do was to escape from the youth rebelliousness that they are supposed to have influenced and represented.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Danny Deckchair (2003)

The plot couldn't be more predictable or implausible, but therein lies its charm.

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Cookout (2004)

The sports reporters are upset: if Todd's not going to fit a stereotype, what good is he?"

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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Cellular (2004)

Cellular is so corny it's even behind its own time.

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	Wiley: Treddin’ on Thin Ice

The only way to shake the collar of a trend is through the sheer power of ubiquity. Remember not too far back when “women who

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	Tara Jane O’Neil: You Sound, Reflect

For the better part of a decade, Tara Jane O’Neil has quietly been making her mark on the indie rock scene. As part of

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	Maria Muldaur: I’m a Woman: 30 Years of Maria Muldaur

When people mention New Orleans, they often talk about Mardi Gras but fail to mention just what kind of remarkable melting pot the place is

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