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It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir

Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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	Various Artists: The Motown Box

A testament to the label's great achievements, and an absolute joy to hear.

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	Various Artists: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

Guitar monsters pay tribute to a great jazz-rock fusion band with less than stellar results. There's no bliss here, just sledgehammer noise.

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	Ciaran Tourish: Down the Line

Altan fiddler and whistle player toots his own strong horn with some help from Alison Kraus, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas among others, melding mountain and Celtic music into one.

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9 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mouse on Mars: live04

This will come as something of a disappointment to diehard Mouse on Mars fans who may have been expecting something more exhaustive.

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	The Hard Lessons: Gasoline

Solid Motor City garage debut elevated by boy-girl vox... and is that a country twang I hear?"

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	Osvaldo Golijov / Luciano Berio: Ayre / Folk Songs

Using Folk Songs as a starting point and the lovely voice of Dawn Upshaw as inspiration, Golijov has created a work of remarkable breadth and nuance.

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	Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better

For once, a heavily-hyped follow-up that lives up to expectations. We're lucky lucky, we're so lucky.

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9 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sheryl Crow: Wildflower

Previously underrated, Sheryl Crow returns with a record not worth defending.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Cute but not aggravating. Witty but not arrogant. Wallace & Gromit is a clever send-up of classic horror movies.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

In Her Shoes (2005)

In Her Shoes is formula of the quality sort. Formula that showcases big performances and metaphors, and mood-indicating rock songs.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Shot in exquisite black and white, George Clooney's portrait of Edward R. Murrow is partly reverential, partly probing.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Gospel (2005)

Frank's ambition to expand the church, following the spectacular-show/mega-church model, has led him to think rather highly of himself as well.

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9 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dear Wendy (2005)

It's difficult to resist getting all psychoanalytic on Dear Wendy, as it is excessively Freudian in its phallic imagery.

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It's difficult to connect something as terrestrially mundane as aging to this strange little man and his sad, enchanting voice...

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Twelfth Night (1988): Anton Lesser, Richard Briers, Abigail McKern, Caroline Langrishe

Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.

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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.

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6 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

Anyone who runs out to buy a copy of Le Funk on the strengths of Night on Fire will be sorely disappointed.

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	t.A.T.u: Dangerous and Moving

If you don't like t.A.T.u, you don't like pop music. Simple as that. Straight outta Eurovision-East, t.A.T.u are the Abba for the new millennium.

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