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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Broadway: The American Musical

Even if it sometimes fails to give powerful figures their full due, Broadway: The American Musical offers an outstanding overview of a decidedly American art form.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Straw Dogs (2004)

Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Love Me If You Dare (2004)

The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.

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Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan (1980-1989)

Like most slasher movie monsters, Jason's a victim as much as a killer, driven to express his rage in the only way he can.

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The Fairly Oddparents: Channel Chasers (2004)

The Fairly Oddparents is damn funny, primarily because creator Butch Hartman speaks in a rapid patter of pop culture references.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Deadline (2004)

Watching the families of both the victims and the prisoners grapple with the enormity of their losses can be torturous.

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Breakin’ All the Rules: Special Edition (2004)

All rules of attraction and self-definition are just off when it comes to the utterly beautiful and notoriously nice Chestnut.

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	Calexico: World Drifts In—Live at the Barbican London [DVD]

In November of 2002 just months before the release of Feast of Wire, their exquisite 2003 album, Calexico performed in London as part of the Further Beyond

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tess (Special Edition) (1979)

It is the emphasis, in both Hardy's novel and Polanski's skillful adaptation, on Tess as an individual that makes her story timeless.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

The investigation into issues of patriotism and accountability in Judgment at Nuremberg resonates strongly with contemporary American politics.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Io non ho paura (2003)

Michele also loses faith in the adults who are supposed to look after him.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Intermission (2003)

Intermission repeatedly frustrates audience expectations.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 02 (2004)

The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Conquest of Space (1955)

Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.

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18 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America (2004)

Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.

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	Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 [DVD]

What a difference a few years can make in the life of a musician. In 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan and bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon

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14 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Season 5

It frequently expanded cop-show boundaries, occasionally gave in to suits in search or ratings, and most often, surprised fans and detractors alike.

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13 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Valentín (2002)

Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"

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13 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.

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