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The Wire (p.75) - "It's music that, in keeping with Cuneiform's devotion to jazz rock and other uncategorisable forms, breaks down boundaries. Lot of clever stuff and a leaven of humour..."Down Beat (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "The quintet's instrumental palette has never before been this expansive, with all of the players doubling and tripling on different instruments, and the scattered solos emerge in a satisfyingly organic fashion..."JazzTimes (p.85) - "Hollenbeck's gift for imaginative, finely woven orchestration couldn't be clearer, whether he's working with five pieces or 16."70.48174

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Alternative Press (1/96, p.87) - "...Think of the dynamic formal experimentalism of Kate Bush tied to the raw emotional power of our modern-day confessionals....Like Bush, Nova is a musical painter, using a palette of sounds, voices, melodies and hooks to create wholly self-contained worlds. Oh, and she rocks, too."0.3294201

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Down Beat (p.68) - "[T]he chemistry between the three is palpable, and if you haven't heard a good piano jazz trio lately, 'ROUND MIDNIGHT isn't a bad place to start."JazzTimes (p.142) - "[Broadbent's] taste and nurturing nature have made him an ideal accompanist....The formal chord voicings and ornate counterlines of the title track make Thelonious Monk as objective and grand as public architecture."0.2745168

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"...Bette Midler flings the usual zingers with fang-baring zeal in a part that plays to her brassy strengths..." USA Today "...[A] raucous, high-spirited romantic comedy....Mr. Reiner and Ms. Dixon pack a lot of comic smarts into THAT OLD FEELING and their expert cast makes the most of it..." New York Times0.251029

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Spin (11/93, p.133) - Highly Recommended - "...A few sections on [HOUDINI] are recorded so hot that the guitar distortion literally breaks up into white noise in your speakers: the hits are classic Melvins tuneage, which means they'll make you wonder if the batteries are going dead in your radio..."Musician (11/93, p.13) - "...[HOUDINI] is a slow-motion barrage of buzzsaw noize apocalypso, with tracks like "Pearl Bomb" achieving a formal brilliance that slams together the Ramones, Stooges, Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham...."0.2196134

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Entertainment Weekly (3/9/01, p.82) - "...GIRLS' melding of new wave and indie pop literally sounds timeless..." - Rating: BUncut (12/01, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's hip and urgent, formal and exhilarated, everything guitar pop aspires to today...'Alternative Press (5/01, p.97) - 4 out of 5 - "...A savagely intelligent, keyboard indie-rock screed....shaking nerves and rattling brains..."Magnet (4-5/01, p.91) - "...[They] continue to mine the same sparkling vein of crushed-velvet pop/punk Spoon has perfected as its stock in trade. Leader Britt Daniel is blessed with the sort of nicked-up rock'n'roll voice...conveying loss, yearning and anger simultaneously..."0.2196134

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Entertainment Weekly (6/22/01, p.91) - "...Evoking Bobby Brown and OFF THE WALL-era Jacko, sounding surprisingly credible on the hard-knock-life odes 'Out the Ghetto' and 'Wait a Minute'..." - Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (6/22/01, p.91) - "...Evoking Bobby Brown and OFF THE WALL-era Jacko, sounding surprisingly credible on the hard-knock-life odes 'Out the Ghetto' and 'Wait a Minute'..." - Rating: B+Q (8/01, p.140) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...There's nothing tame about Ray-J's R&B. Part Missy Elliot, part Bobby Brown...pneumatic tales of pleasuring sexy ladies and dumping possessive ones, delivering meticulous grooves and non-PC attitude..."Q (8/01, p.140) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...There's nothing tame about Ray-J's R&B. Part Missy Elliot, part Bobby Brown...pneumatic tales of pleasuring sexy ladies and dumping possessive ones, delivering meticulous grooves and non-PC attitude..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...His fans, comprised mainly of horny teenage girls, will welcome the sexed-up gangsta image he portrays..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...His fans, comprised mainly of horny teenage girls, will welcome the sexed-up gangsta image he portrays..."0.2008232

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Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Cuban music at its most mellow and tunefully accessible..."Uncut (3/03, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A beautiful record that expands the horizons of Cuban music....An aural delight that proves BUENA VISTA was far more than some quaint fluke..."The Wire (6/03, p.78) - "...BUENOS HERMANOS takes formal liberties with vintage Cuban music, and the results are nearly always an improvement..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, pp.90-1) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Even at 75, his pipes are in excellent fettle....You get to hear some real singing, emotion to tear at your heart, the sort that won't leave a dry eye in the house....A classic from top to tail..."0.1921617

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"...Near-perfect musical comedy....It's funny and fast-paced..." USA Today "...A movie about movie-making, in which sound is married to image, it smoothly integrates its several superbly choreographed song-and-dance numbers into the storyline..." -- 5 out of 5 stars Total Film "...There is no movie musical more fun that SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and few that remain as fresh over the years....SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it..." Chicago Sun-Times "...More than ever, the sheer formal discipline of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, from costumes to choreography, feels like a lost art..." Entertainment Weekly "...Sublime..." Sight and Sound "[O]ne of the greatest movies about Hollywood. With in-jokes galore and effortless breaks into song and dance..." Premiere0.1921617

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Rolling Stone (1/23/92, p.43) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...Reed's most affecting, emotionally direct solo work since "The Blue Mask"..."Spin (1/92, p.78) - Highly Recommended "...a rollicking good time... personable and intimate...most confident voice to date..."Entertainment Weekly (1/7/93, p.124) - Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 10 Albums Of 1992 - "...Like his best work, it never flinches..."Q (12/99, p.74) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (1/93, p.72) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Q (2/92, p.87) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...beautiful variety and simplicity...compelling..."The Wire (6/00, p.40) - "...A heartfelt work of mourning illuminated by surprise flashes of mordant wit..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #16 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.New York Times (Publisher) (1/19/92, p.29) - "...a formal rock song cycle...in these songs about final things, the tension between Reed's affectless attitude and his suppressed fury is as palpable and as gripping as it has ever been..."0.1647101

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"...[Branagh] has done it again....Triumphantly romantic, comic and, most surprising of all, emotionally alive..." New York Times "...Invigorating fun....[Thompson] is an actress of unflagging elegance..." Rolling Stone "...A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies....Richard Briers and Brian Blessed are rock solid..." Variety "...A delectable golden glow practically radiates from the screen....MUCH ADO shimmers..." Entertainment Weekly "...Branagh is nothing if not a film director of high spirits and great energy....It is cheerful from beginning to end..." Chicago Sun-Times0.1506174

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"[M]ixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition....A dazzling Wagnerian spectacle....[Mann] fuses music, pulsating color and high drama....Frequently sublime." New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, MIAMI VICE is the one." Rolling Stone "Mann seizes the audience, all right....He stages a spectacular showdown..." -- Grade: B Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's a classy but urgent verve to the scenes with Farrell and Foxx....Foxx is the cooler, more focused partner, while Farrell plays Crockett like a coiled spring..." Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "MIAMI VICE is pure Michael Mann and a dark exploration of the war against drug dealers....The action is knock-out from start to finish."Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 4 -- "The cast are big enough for Mann's ambitions. Foxx commands attention with his stillness and intelligence, while Farrell's aura of sleaze fits Crockett better than any of Don Johnson's unstructured suits."Uncut "[The film] thrills for at least two thirds of its running time and establishes a look and a mood that's incomparable in modern US cinema."Sight and Sound "Michael Mann's feature-film update of his 1980s TV series turns out to be terrifically entertaining..."Wall Street Journal0.1372584

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"Undeniably impressive....[A] complex, extraordinarily ambitious and years-in-the-making new feature..."Los Angeles Times 4.5 stars out of 5 -- " Aggressively impressionistic and unapologetically spiritual, Malick's long-gestating meditation on the meaning of life is, if nothing else, a singularly original and deeply personal film..."Box Office 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] film of vast ambition and deep humility....THE TREE OF LIFE has awe-inspiring visuals..."Chicago Sun-Times "THE TREE OF LIFE is a free-form meditation....The three central, primal portraits -- father, mother, first-born child -- are astonishingly vivid, especially since they're not conventional performances..."Wall Street Journal "With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication, THE TREE OF LIFE ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them."New York Times "Malick clings to the promise of grace: His vision of the afterlife is a dreamy beach, enhanced by an excellent playlist of fine classical music, and promising the peace that surpasses all understanding." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Shot with a poet's eye, Malick's film is a groundbreaker, a personal vision that dares to reach for the stars."Rolling Stone 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] wondrous, mind-blowing images....THE TREE OF LIFE is beautiful."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "THE TREE OF LIFE pushes American cinema into regions uncharted since Stanley Kubrick's heyday."Uncut "Malick, of course, is enough of a magician to craft breath-catching moments by the dozen..."Sight and Sound0.1372584

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"Moreau is bewitching -- she simply breathes her role, without a hint of vanity." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[The film's] energies are devoted, for the most part, not to dissecting childhood traumas or recirculating stale cultural gossip, but rather to examining the alchemy by which perception is transformed into vision."New York Times "What makes SERAPHINE, directed and co-written by Martin Provost, so exceptional is that it neither condescends to nor romanticizes its subject....Powered by a performance of a lifetime by Belgium-born actress Moreau, it allows us to meet this singular person on her own terms."Los Angeles Times "[The film] benefits greatly from Moreau's powerfully complex lead performance. The actress beautifully manages the difficult feats of illuminating the darker reaches of her character's mind..."Hollywood Reporter 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Its honesty and purity derive not primarily from any correspondence to the facts of her life or essence of her creativity but from the aesthetic integrity and formal unity of the movie itself."Box Office "Seraphine Louis was a renowned primitivist painter....Provost and Moreau emphasize their subject's earthiness..."A.V. Club 4 stars out of 4 -- "SERAPHINE arrives from France as the year's most honored film....Moreau plays Seraphine as a straight-ahead charger, a little stooped, marching always with energy, plunging into work, not saying much, shy, but very much who she is."Chicago Sun-Times "[T]o look at the almost religious ecstasy on Moreau's face is to feel the artist's passion and be inspired by it."Washington Post Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "SERAPHINE is built upon one of the year's most acclaimed performances, by Yolande Moreau."Chicago Sun-Times0.1372584

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3 stars out of 4 -- "Affleck is superb....Lane, as always, excels with both sexiness and scournfulness..." Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] steadily engrossing movie that sees Reeves as human and treats his life and death with intelligence and compassion."Rolling Stone "[N]o false refinement obscures the gusto with which the cast chomp down on their tasty roles: Brody slithering and prowling, Diane Lane willing her sensual beauty to weariness...[and] Bob Hoskins snarling and potent as her husband..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "[The filmmakers] want to bend Mr. Reeve's biography as an actor-cum-gigolo into a tragedy, and Mr. Affleck is more than up to the task."New York Times "Affleck must intuitively understand Reeves' hunger for respect, and he is moving in the role. Bob Hoskins brings raffish charm as well as vulgarity to his portrait of MGM kingpin Eddie Mannix."Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "HOLLYWOODLAND looks great....A cold look at the entertainment industry's obsession with youth..."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's the plot strand which features Hoskins that provides Affleck's biggest competition in the thesping stakes. It comes in the form of the fabulous Diane Lane..."Total Film "To the extent that HOLLYWOODLAND captures the last years of this showbiz dinosaur, without condescension or sentimentality, it succeeds wonderfully."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an interesting transition that's being made here, as though it's not just Reeves dying but old Hollywood itself."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Affleck gives a career best performance as the troubled Reeves, and all involved beautifully immerse themselves in the period."Ultimate DVD0.1255145

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3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Allen] writes and directs with a bristling newfound energy....It's been a long time since a Woody Allen film sparked juicy debate. Savor it." Rolling Stone "[A]n often riveting drama set in London amid the lives of the rich and cultured -- highlighted by an operatic score. And it's proof that Allen, who many have dismissed with his last few forgettable films, is still a filmmaking force."USA Today "It pretty much keeps its pulse steady, its blood cold and its nerves tamped down -- which, combined with cinematographer Remi Adefarasin's architectural Hitchcockian flourishes, lends a queasy, cool air to the proceedings."Los Angeles Times "[Johansson] is the film's most compelling, vivid presence. Like Samantha Morton in SWEET AND LOWDOWN, she makes all of her scenes her own." Sight and Sound Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "MATCH POINT is a fiendishly clever and sophisticated entertainment driven by lust, murder, and the swinging hinge of fate." Entertainment Weekly "Woody Allen's best in years....Ice cold and pitch black..." New York Times "MATCH POINT, a meditation on crime and luck, has the design -- the formal elegance -- of a thriller, yet it has been made with a sublime eye for why people do what they do that marks it as Allen's finest movie since MANHATTAN." -- Grade: A Entertainment Weekly "It's heart-poundingly tense, genuinely erotic and philosophically brutal in its closing pronouncement..."Uncut "[A]n unexpectedly gripping adultery thrillerthat boasts last year's most electric sparks between costars..." Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a refreshing vigour and willingness to experiment here we haven't seen since HUSBANDS AND WIVES." Total Film 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Jonathan Rhys Meyers is sensational....It serves its dish of bitter nihilism with a lovely touch of European elan." Premiere0.1098067

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Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.107) - Ranked #32 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records".Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (4/3/97, pp.63-64) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...You can dance to it until your limbs turn to tapioca or just sit, listen and have your mind blown inside out....it burns the whole rock vs. techno argument into a fine white ash....Put it on, turn it up and let yourself be moved."Spin (9/99, p.123) - Ranked #10 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #10 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."Spin (5/97, p.109) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Their digitally dense breakbeat workouts offer a funk-at-your-own-risk proposition....All the Brothers want, God forbid, is to create a better place for just one night by cramming together all their favorite records. No more, no less..."Entertainment Weekly (4/18/97, pp.64-65) - "...DIG YOUR OWN HOLE may epitomize sound as substance, a dubious distinction at worst. But those sounds (like recycled voice snippets) become alluring hooks in and of themselves, bringing the record as close to pop as techno has come so far..."- Rating: AQ (10/01, p.63) - Ranked #29 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (12/99, p.92) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (6/00, p.72) - Ranked #42 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (1/98, p.111) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Q (5/97, pp.116-117) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...it is DIG YOUR OWN HOLE'S joyful revival of seemingly unfashionable sounds from yesterdisco--a teeth-sucking hi-hat on `It Doesn't Matter,' a bass that's positively Level 42 on the title track, tons of outmoded hip hop punctuation of the `Yes yes, y'all' variety...--that makes it such a rare treat..."Alternative Press (5/00, p.120) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Dance Albums That Rock" - "...Mixing block-rocking beats, acidic synth lines and high-profile guest stars, they convinced many people to call them the best 'rock' band around..."Option (5-6/97, pp.96-97) - "...a techno masterpiece....A nearly continuous mix blending funk, disco and hard trance, the disc never goes flat or runs short on sonic ideas....This kicks atomic booty."Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #22 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #12 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Village Voice (4/8/97, pp.65-69) - "...the duo's fondness for distortion, feedback, and rocklike noises makes air-guitar players feel right at home....While the Chemical Brothers successfully present themselves in a live context like a band, the duo mostly represents the next chapter in electronic music's increasing domination of global youth culture..."Village Voice (4/15/97, p.62) - "Their secret isn't technowizardry, formal daring, or Lord help us eclecticism. As with so many pop wunderkinds, it's spirit--generous, jubilant, unfazed by industrial doom, in love with energy and sound. Noel Gallagher only wishes he had their heart..." - Rating: A-NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #12 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.0.09608087

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