Reviews

15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Videogame producers, and Nintendo in particular, thrive on nostalgia. For example, virtually all GameCube-exclusive games of any merit are from licenses which entered the videogame world two decades ago.

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15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Time of the Wolf (2003)

In Time of the Wolf, a family vacationing in the French countryside is split apart by shocking violence and faced with unspeakable horrors.

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15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Maria Full of Grace (2003)

Maria's quest, for grace, escape, and meaning, seems as bleak as back in Colombia.

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15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

I, Robot (2004)

These green-screen jamborees are utterly summer-blockbustery (or maybe just Will-Smithy), but they also tend to substitute for ideas.

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The Door in the Floor (2004)

Mimi Rogers plays a John Irving trademark, the self-hating and much humiliated woman as wholly irritating 'comic' device.

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15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Corporation (2004)

The film argues that today, corporations are the planet's dominant institution, such that their welfare, as individuals, takes precedence over all else.

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15 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Cinderella Story (2004)

This updated Cinderella is named Sam, wears pink high tops, and spends her off-hours exchanging anonymous emails with her Prince Charming-to-be.

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Spymob: Sitting Around Keeping Score

Searching for a fun and funky groove to help you get through the hot summer times ahead? How about something a little bit different—mixing

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Skinny Puppy: The Greater Wrong of the Right

Skinny Puppy’s return after eight years is undeniably bittersweet, because it reeks of missed opportunity. After a near decade of underground achievement, including a

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Greg Osby: Public

The uniquely distinguished soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whom I was alarmed and upset to see has just left us (June 4, I think), did a lovely

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Liars: We Fenced Other Gardens with the Bones of Our Own

They’re smart. They’re bold. They’re creepy as hell. They’re Liars, and they probably don’t make the kind of music you’

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	Lamb: Best Kept Secrets: Best of Lamb 1996-2004

Best Kept Secrets chronicles Lamb's subtle transformation from rough-and-tumble trip-hop into smooth and subtle futuristic pop.

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Kicks: Hello Hong Kong

At the very least, the Kicks live up to their name as their major label debut Hello Hong Kong is full of cheap thrills and

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	The Gin Blossoms: The Best of Gin Blossoms (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

It’s easy to kick at the Gin Blossoms because their success so far outstripped their talent. From about 1993-1996, their songs were hurtled at

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Catheters: Howling… It Grows and Grows!!!

Blame the Strokes, blame the White Stripes, but what is clear is that whatever spawned the rock revivalists to pick up guitars again needs to

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14 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Bad Religion: The Empire Strikes First

Far be it for me to badmouth an album that badmouths Bush, but anyone willing to give this repeated playings already stands an excellent chance of finding Dubya's name on a ballot no more tempting than bin Laden's.

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14 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Listening to The Streets, one gets a clear indication that Mike Skinner is a punk. He’s the kind of guy who’d borrow your

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14 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Killers have left the building. And yes, it does feel as if someone—Dick Clark, Kasey Kasem, Ed Sullivan—should be present here, to

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14 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Grateful Dead Down on the Farm: Three Days of Sun, Mud & Music The enigmatically-named Bonnaroo is a temporary settlement of psychedelic villagers who,

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	The Well Wishers: Twenty-Four Seven

Sometimes beauty is inconsequential. Guitar-driven power pop music can sparkle, shimmer, and crunch with gorgeous harmonic textures, but often lacks a substantial center. Using the

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