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Arts & Entertainment

Don't See-Saw

Don't bother seeing Saw, a stupefyingly stupid exercise in cinematic sadism. Written and directed by two Australian newcomers, this surprise Sundance Film Festival hit spirals into convolution from scene one. Adam and Lawrence (co-writers Leigh Whannel and English hambone Cary Elwes) wake up chained to rusty pipes in an underground bathhouse, the latest victims-to-be of the Jigsaw Killer.

by JEFF LEVIN

Editor's Picks

Jim Newell The Futureheads The Futureheads Poser bands are everywhere now. For a while, I tried to give these wannabes the cold shoulder, but there came a time when avoiding them was no longer an option.

by 34TH STREET

Confessions of a rolling stone intern

There are two qualities every determined writer should have: confidence and sheer ingenuity. Enter journalist, CNN correspondent and fiction author Toure.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Hit the Road Jack

Ray is this year's first great historical drama. What initially seems like a confused and chaotic film with random flashbacks and surprising images ends up being a film about this confusion and chaos.

by ROB COHEN

Wedding nights

I'm so insignificant I can't even kill myself". Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt), promotes itself as a "toast to wine, women, and everything that gets better with time". Miles (Paul Giamatti), a balding, neurotic divorce, and his former college roommate, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), go on a one week tour of the central coast of California.

by ALEXIS ORENSTEIN

Seas loves primer

Primer Starring Shane Carruth, David Sullivan. Directed by Shane Carruth Rated: PG-13 The smell of popcorn lingers under your nose, the sound of the stranger to your right slurping on his giant soda echoes in your ear, the feel of old gum strategically placed by the asshole who had your seat last rubs against your fingertips.

by AMANDA STACKMAN

Tongue in cheek

Shall We Dance Starring: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez Director: Peter Chelsom Rated: PG-13 After 19 years of marriage, John Clark (Richard Gere), an outwardly content accountant, decides he is missing something in his life.

by DEANNA PAUL

Dear Hunting!

Close your eyes and think of the words "Canadian music." Suddenly, images of Bryan Adams singing that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves song and Celine Dion running down the hall of a castle to the tune of "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" appear, right? Unfortunately for the average music fan, the words "Canadian music" are forever linked with the year 1995.

by JIM NEWELL

Cut it up you Jive Turkeys

For TV on the Radio, video did not kill the radio star. Somehow they managed to fuse the two together.

by KALI BACKER

Shark tale sucks balls

Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been beacons of comedic success ever since South Park hit the screens in 1997.

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

EPISODE III SPOILERS!!!

Star Wars Trilogy DVD Box Set, featuring Episode IV, V, VI and Special Features Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Director: George Lucas (IV), Irvin Kershner (V), Richard Marquand (VI) Rated: PG Why has it taken so long for the original Star Wars Trilogy to come out on DVD?

by ZACH SMITH

The salem witch

When one hears the name Joan Crawford, an image of a frenzied Faye Dunaway sporting a green sleeping mask with larger-than-life eyebrows might come to mind, accompanied by the phrase, "no more wire hangers!" How could an actress whose celebrity outlasted the average movie star's by at least four decades suffer such a rapid and humiliating post-mortem decline of reputation?

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

Billy bob is insane

Though marketed as formulaic nonsense about a high school football team that goes on to an improbable victory, Friday Night Lights is a stunner.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Harmonies and Twin Peaks

Let's say you happened to have five guys that look like they belong in different bands. Hand them some instruments, let them roam free with their ideas and allow for some serious harmonizing.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Editor's Picks

Kali Backer Pavement Wowee Zowee Before I found my chi in the realm of independent music, I was your typical DMB fan.

by 34TH STREET

Fallon has Fallen

Taxi Director: Tim Story Starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon Rated: PG-13 Sometimes it's nice to turn your brain off and watch a shallow comedy with a brainless plotline.

by ALEXANDRA CHALAT

Fall songs

Street takes a glance at some of the best songs of the season. There is no reason to be sad in the fall.

by 34TH STREET

Rage Against the Machine

In this era of reality-obsessed film and television, it came as quite a shock that The Motorcycle Diaries has nothing to do with either leather chaps, burly biker-boys or roaming the Midwest in search of a brawl.

by ALEXIS ORENSTEIN

Fish comes out of closet

Don't bother seeing Shark Tale. Instead, watch half of Finding Nemo and chase that with a half-hour of listening to R&B.

by GERARD LEONE

Death row and sexual abuse

Any movie that is based on a self-help novel for women should be approached with caution, but Woman Thou Art Loosed succeeds in telling a story about finding peace and acceptance.

by ANNA HARTLEY

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