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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Lifeguard (1976)

A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.

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License to Drive: Special Edition (1988)

So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Crush (1992)

Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.

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The Olive Thomas Collection (2005 - PopMatters Film Review
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Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.

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15 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.

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Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.

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	Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South: Live at the 40 Watt [DVD]

With five superb studio albums behind them, the Drive-By Truckers have emerged as one of the finest American rock bands of the past decade, as

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Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Collector’s Edition) (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.

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	X: Live in Los Angeles [CD and DVD]

The seminal LA punk band that has never quite broken up plays their best songs with their classic line-up on the Sunset Strip. And, to our relief, they still sound like much more than just a punk band.

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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

World Poker Tour: Season Two

The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour has helped make poker the hottest obsession around.

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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Nomi Song (2004)

It is the footage of Klaus Nomi that best demonstrates the immense talent and heart that lie beneath what could have been nothing more than nightclub kitsch.

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9 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.

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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete First Season

The Bob Newhart Show manages to rise above generic formulas.

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Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.

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	The Vibrators: Live Energized: CBGB 2004 [DVD]

The poor Vibrators get a bad rap. On the surface, they seem to have a great punk pedigree, but as ubiquitous as they've been, the Vibrators are one of the most derided bands of British punk.

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

In The Golden Girls, which can be exceedingly smart, this kind of writing just feels lazy.

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2 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Malevolence (2004)

The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

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