Reviews

13 Feb 2006 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 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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12 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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The Celluloid Years collects rare hip-hop nuggets from the '80s and charts the intersection of hip-hop beats and Bill Laswell.

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12 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ryoji Ikeda: Dataplex

Instead of a modern studio, one imagines the tracks on Dataplex having been constructed inside an industrial cleanroom of the same type that manufactures microprocessors and semiconductors.

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The pairing of the best artist in the business with the author of some of the best Batman stories ever had created what DC needed for its new line -- excitement.

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BIG DAY OUT featuring the White Stripes, the Stooges, the Mars Volta, Franz Ferdinand, and Wolfmothe

Our intrepid Aussie braves the summer heat (and the Mt Everest of festival queues) to bring you the Big word from down-under.

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Voices of Civil Rights (2006)

These programs would serve the cause of social justice more effectively by reminding viewers that the civil rights movement is not awaiting its finishing touches, as they suggest; instead, its moribund body is awaiting resuscitation at the hands of a compassionate public.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lars Von Trier resists few opportunities to deride the capitalist system that breeds a permanent underclass of wage slaves.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Final Destination 3 (2006)

The franchise bucks the slasher trend, proceeding without a one-lining monster-boy.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"

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The Boys of Baraka (2006) - PopMatters Film Review
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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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9 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Pink Panther

Jean Reno gets the prize for infinite patience, as he maintains an admirable serenity amid the frenzy, perhaps especially when clobbering Clouseau.

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