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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Timeline (2003)

For a group of scientists, they are almost shockingly inattentive to details and to historical facts.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Osama (2003)

Siddiq Barmak says, 'People of the world, of Afghanistan and other people of the world, they need to drink pure water.'"

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

When the men's opposition is revealed in its tenderest moments, you recall that Weir's work can be supple and strange.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Doggy Poo (2003)

Doggy Poo is the tale of a newborn mound of mutt mush that questions its place in the cosmic pecking order.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Day of the Dead (1985)

The 'domesticated' zombie Bud has learned to appreciate the most important elements of modern culture: classical music, Stephen King novels, and handguns.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Big Fish (2003)

Edward's persistent self-inflation frustrates Will, just as its contradictions appeal to Burton.

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	Al Ashley: These Are Them

Dave Liebman sits and fits in with the trio of a drummer legendary among the knowledgeable: a sometimes surprising top-drawer guitarist and an organist whose keyboard can be a tenor saxophone and his pedals a double bass.

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23 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Wilbur (2002)

Danish director Lone Scherfig is an expert at balancing melodrama and comedy.

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23 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

13 Going on 30 (2004)

13 Going on 30 is best when it's adorable.

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23 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Man on Fire (2004)

Man on Fire means to distress. Punctuated by mobile subtitles and assaultive editing, the movie underlines the daily threat of living in places where kidnapping is a sort of business, organized and ongoing.

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23 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Agronomist (2003)

Jonathan Demme's documentary spends less energy lamenting or even raging than it does extolling the vitality and resilience of its subject.

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22 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

They Might Be Giants: Indestructible Object

While Indestructible Object is pleasant but brief, these five tracks are not essential except perhaps to fans of They Might Be Giants who can’t wait until the full-length CD is released later this year.

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22 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Modest Mouse are one of those rare bands whose fragile but spirited music constantly seems to teeter precariously between brilliance and catastrophe. Since their inception

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22 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: self-titled

One quick skim read through this re-release’s liner notes and you’re met with a lengthy description of its times. In the early ‘70’s,

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	Boban Markovic Orkestar: Boban I Marko—Balkan Brass Fest

Sometime in about 1981, a friend of mine gave me a cassette tape of Serbian brass band music that he had just brought back from his

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22 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Movietone: The Sand and the Stars

There’s something about Movietone’s The Sand and the Stars that exudes warmth. In its organic, natural delight, The Sand and the Stars actually

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	George Cables: Looking for the Light

George Cables is a supremely sensitive pianist, musically and indeed humanly, to judge from at least one recorded live performance I can think of where

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	The Brilliant Mistakes: Dumb Luck

A ton of groups take the highbrow route when it comes to naming their bands, taking detailed phrases from obscure songs of their forefathers to

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	Baby Dayliner: High Heart & Low Estate

What drew me initially to this album isn’t the artist so much as the label. Home to the likes of the National, this Brooklyn-based

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	The Breakup Society: James at 35

On paper, it’s a recipe for disaster: a concept album encompassing South Dakota, Cheap Trick, and Ronnie Spector. But, fortunately, nobody bothered to tell

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