Reviews

30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Serenity (2005)

It's not hard to tell where Serenity's moral druthers lie: much like Whedon's Scoobies, the crew here is an enthusiastic, energetic, and sometimes ornery bunch.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oliver Twist (2005)

Oliver is an emblem of Polanski's own thematic obsessions: human cruelty, alienation and dislocation, and above all, identity fragmentation.

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30 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Into the Blue (2005)

Jessica Alba looks fabulous.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

In the wholly predictable and often cloying The Greatest Game Ever Played, Shia LeBeouf plays amateur golfer Francis Ouimet.

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	Various Artists: Layered Sounds 2

Thankfully for this reviewer as well as the music buying public, the wares sampled on the second Layered Sounds compilation are far from dull.

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Zuco 103: Whaa!

Latest release from Amsterdam trio features a guest appearance from reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

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	Nada Surf: The Weight Is a Gift

It is a slim, focused effort that moves forward by cutting back on some of the musical bombast.

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	Kathy Mattea: Right Out of Nowhere

She doesn't want to set the world on fire, because it's already burning. Who could blame her for wanting to extinguish the flames?"

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	My Morning Jacket: Z

2003's stellar It Still Moves sounded like the last word on MMJ's atmospheric Southern rock. But on the follow-up, they prove they have more to say that's worth hearing.

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	Killing Joke: Pandemonium / Democracy

A decade later, two overlooked Killing Joke albums get the reissue treatment.

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	Kool Keith: Kool Keith Presents Global Enlightenment, Part 1 [DVD]

News Flash! Kool Keith is Kra~zy! What, you knew that already?"

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	The Human League: Hysteria [reissue]

Although disappointing at the time, the Human League's sequel to the genre-defining Dare has aged far more gracefully than its synth-pop peers.

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	B.G.: Heart of tha Streetz Vol. 1

At his best B. Gizzle is the Dirty South's anti-Robocop machine.

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	Blood of Abraham: Eyedollartree

Like the Boss, I believe in the Promised Land. California rappers Blood of Abraham take listeners half of the way there.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Smallville

Season Five of Smallville continues to reward comics fans with details taken from Superman's various incarnations over the years.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Killer Instinct

Despite its frequent reveling in eroticized violence against women, Killer Instinct demonstrates some awareness of the problem.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ghost Whisperer

Melinda's acquaintances get their dead-o-grams and move on, serene again even though we know their pain can never fully heal.

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The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit by Robert Ellsberg

Ellsberg's saints teach us sadness is not the opposite of happiness, but a part of it.

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The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition (2002)

The opening minutes establish the series as sort of quicker, cheaper version of Bond.

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