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The Way of All Flesh: Notes on the 2009 Victoria Film Festival

In non-Hollywood cinema, there’s less emphasis placed on svelte figures and chiseled cheekbones. But that doesn’t mean the physical form can’t play just as significant a role on-screen.

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Kathleen Edwards

Perfect, or about as close to it as I’ve ever seen.

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The Man Who Wasn't There: Wrestling with Oliver Stone's W. and the Enigma of George W. Bush

Stone doesn't "get" Bush’s true historical legacy (any more than the rest of us do in 2008), but he cannily realizes that, warts and all, Bush is an undeniably pivotal figure.

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Not Fade Away: Notes on the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival

The films at this year's VIFF were dominated by the idea of memory -- how it works, why it works the way it does, why certain events linger in our brain or come back to haunt us.

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Miley Cyrus: Breakout

Hannah Montana is a squeaky clean cipher of mega stardom – a perfect dream of pop, if you will, as seemingly removed in lifestyle and behavior from real pop singers as, say, Batman or Superman are from your run-of-the-mill city cop.

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Master P: Featuring…Master P

Gangsta rap stumbled somewhere between Biggie and Jeezy. This collection is a lumbering reminder of that dry spell.

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The Best Pop-Country of 2007

Purists may turn up their noses at pop-country, but it produced more top-shelf music this past year than the stricter formal traditions on which it draws.

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Bonde do Rolê: With Lasers

Regardless of the state of baile funk in the North American blogosphere, Bonde do Role is soldiering on and they deserve a fair shake.

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Deborah Harry: Necessary Evil

Deborah Harry's first solo album in 14 years is mostly awful, a depressing example of an artist failing at the very things she used to better at than anybody else.

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Not a Saint (Just a Living Legend)

Lil Wayne is the best rapper in the game, and through a brilliant proliferation of mixtapes and guest spots, he's proven to be the definition of finding treasure in the journey on the way to a proper album destination.

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Puffy AmiYumi

Just two years ago, the expansive, wonderful world of East Asian pop was mostly a mystery to me I’m embarrassed to admit, I didn’t know Ayumi Hamasaki from Hitomi Shimatani.

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The Namesake

Whatever else you get out of this movie -- a give-take equation that depends largely on your willingness to follow Nair’s lead -- it’s worth watching for Tabu’s superlative turn alone, which would earn her an Oscar if there were any justice in the First World.

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Too Young to Let Go: Jay-Z, Medicare, and You

Jay-Z's evolution into the bridge between hip-hop and mainstream popular culture has been a long one, but his nostalgic turn worked to make him a figure whose mythos will likely endure into the old age of a generation.

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Sarah Johns: Big Love in a Small Town

Country music done right, with one foot planted firmly in classic Nashville and the other (two-)stepping toward Gretchen Wilson-style girl power.

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Carrie Underwood: Carnival Ride

Carrie Underwood will probably never record a better song than "Before He Cheats", but she comes closer than you'd expect on her superb sophomore effort.

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In Defense of Britney

There’s nothing but guilt surrounding Britney -- guilt for secretly enjoying “Gimme More”, guilt for tuning in to see what sort of trouble she’s gotten herself into today, guilt for not having the balls to use the word “misogyny“.

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Yung Joc: Hustlenomics

Yung Joc enlists big-name producers and guest-rappers for his passable, but generic, sophomore album.

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Brooks & Dunn: Cowboy Town

Country's most famous duo tries to return to '90s form and can't quite get there, but comes up with a pretty good album anyway plus one bona-fide classic.

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El Cantante

Every bit the camp classic that Gigli was supposed to be. El Cantante is nothing if not a generously budgeted, extended music video.

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The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All is the sort of middling, sporadically funny, sporadically dull art-house comedy that you keep wishing would ditch the art-house qualifier and just go for it, already.

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Coping Strategies: Notes on the 26th Vancouver International Film Festival - Part Two

Like Jarhead, Sam Mendes's underappreciated Gulf War film, Brian De Palma's Redacted clearly understands pop culture's real-life effect on soldiers serving in the post-Vietnam era.

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Coping Strategies: The 26th Vancouver International Film Festival - Part One

Most of the films we saw, in one way or another, are about coping -- with guilt, with war, with torture, with disease, with unrequited love, with social perception, with political change, with death, with history.

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