Reviews

23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rumor Has It… (2005)

For a couple of minutes, such slippage between movie myths and mythic divas looks like it might turn charming, or maybe clever. But it doesn't.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The New World (2005)

The New World is ambitious and gorgeous, the landscape serving as a kind of objective correlative for characters' cravings and astonishments.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Munich (2005)

Munich is about the shifting meaning the city's name took on after that dire moment in 1972, the shorthand it became for survivors, historians, and avengers.

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	Various Artists: Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked

Following in the footsteps of the Verve Remixed series, Impulse! opens its vaults to the young lions.

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22 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Shihan: The Poet

Artists with a poetic background like Shihan have a completely different approach to music than the likes of Kanye, Jay-Z, or even 'conscious hip-hoppers' like The Perceptionists.

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	Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials [DVD]

This could be an eccentric heaven, served on a quirky silver platter.

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	The Prodigy: Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005

Retrospectives usually deal in past glories, but few document a group in decline as obviously as this one.

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	Neon Blonde: Chandeliers in the Savannah

Blood Brothers' Side Project Makes Their Noise With A Side of Lovely.

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	Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain

Rhode Island's most notorious drum and bass duo climb to the peak of prog-noise-rock perfection.

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22 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Billy Joel: My Lives

This box set isn't simply a look back at Joel's career; it's a document of the artist as a creator and interpreter.

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	Rosanne Cash: Seven Year Ache / King’s Record Shop / Interiors / The Very Best of Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has always had a looming shadow over her career in that her daddy was Johnny.

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22 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Budos Band: The Budos Band

This is soul funk that tells you, without words, to shake your ass and your mind will follow.

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22 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Band: A Musical History

This five-CD/one-DVD set spans the most important years of the Band's existence, from its days with Ronnie Hawkins to The Last Waltz's curtain call. It's both a lavish dedication and definitive documentation of the Band's legacy.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season

They're charismatic and dead-on in their comic timing, especially Bea Arthur, who could very well be television's all-time coolest woman.

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22 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Christmas With SCTV

If you need a reason to buy the Christmas disc, the answer is John Candy.

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Chasing Elvis by Glenn P. Marcel

Elvis stands in popular culture a singular force whose persona like Whitman's permits contradictions and provokes an urge to make myths.

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The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005)

Here the angels are evil, God never makes an appearance, and humans are unreliable and fragile.

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	Windy and Carl: The Dream House / Dedications to Flea

From tragic origins comes evocative, vital drone.

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	Tender Forever: The Soft and the Hardcore

This is a woman who gazes upon the wet spot in her sheets, feels her cheeks burn, and pens a simple tune to remember the complex mix of endurance gymnastics and safety cuddling.

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