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Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles - Trackers (1999)

The Roughnecks characters are caught between blandness and a semi-cartoon stylization.

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15 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Past Midnight (1992)

A carnival of clichés, the film offers a bleak Pacific Northwest location, where it pours atmospheric buckets of foreboding.

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15 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Man on Fire (2004)

Tony Scott enthuses, 'I had such a brilliant smorgasbord of really odd, strange personalities and different looks.'"

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The Road to Memphis / Godfathers and Sons / Red, White & Blues - PopMatters Music Review
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For a genre of music that was borne out of hardship, and featured some of music history's most powerful and poignant material, its striking how tame The Blues is.

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From Jesus to Christ (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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This passionate intellectual journey through the first two centuries of Christianity is the perfect antidote to The Passion of the Christ.

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15 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

The film is now out on DVD, a bare-bones release ideal for dissection, isolating the best and worst of Murphy.

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15 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Baadasssss! (2003)

Mario Van Peebles came up understanding the power of images as a means to incite and reveal revolution.

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	John Stetch: Exponentially Monk

John Stetch isn’t the first rising young lion to have essayed a hugely successful solo piano set on Monk themes. There is the precedent

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	The Mooney Suzuki: Alive and Amplified

Alright, gang, this isn’t going to be one of those reviews for Alive and Amplified, the latest album from New York City garage rockers

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14 Sep 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Memphis: I Dreamed We Fell Apart

Several of the incidental details of the band Memphis trip off some of the many prejudices lodged in the rock aficionado brain. For starters, Memphis

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	Jens Lekman: When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog

A young university-aged student takes his girlfriend to a public protest in their city. As the protest evolves into a full-scale riot, the young man

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	Eighteen Visions: Obsession

In the wake of the raucous garage rock revival, goth has made a small but notable comeback. The Cure has returned with a new album

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	The Datsuns: Outta Sight/Outta Mind

To these ears, New Zealand rockers the Datsuns are stuck between genres: they’re too garage for hard rock fans, and they’re too hard

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14 Sep 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Calling: II

“If I could turn back time…” Oops, sorry, just remembering it was 4,213 times that I heard the Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go.” Yep, give

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14 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

Blair is an endearingly unsuccessful human being -- and writer-- out to craft the Great New Jersey Novel, thinking the Great American Novel beyond his reach.

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So What!  The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly by Steffan Chirazi

Unvarnished, revealing, annoying, inspiring, and illuminating, the voices of Metallica in this book reach far beyond Hetfield's usual growl on his vocal recordings.

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Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships by Emily Bernard

It is a pressure cooker situation. Many of the essays are filled with anger, resentment, confusion, misunderstanding, and contradictions.

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How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Marc Acito, who has been called the 'gay Dave Barry,' understands sexual confusion and explores it subtly and lightly, avoiding a heavy-handed approach.

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	Various Artists: Simply Good Music - Volume One

Giant Step was founded in 1990 as an underground club date. In the ensuing 15 years the company has spread its branches throughout the fabric of modern

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	The Pretty Things: Come See Me: The Very Best of the Pretty Things

The Pretty Things deserve a more prominent place in British rock-and-roll history than they seem to have won. The band started with a bang—a

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