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Phone Home

A Home at the End of the World is the first major motion picture directed by Michael Mayer and the second major motion picture written by Michael Cunningham.

by CARRIE GREENE

Hear That Buzz?

Tyrannosaurus Hives is misleading after an inital spin. Compared to the garage band's second album, 2000's Veni Vidi Vicious, this album is cold and slick, very different from the raw Vicious, which had a basic live sound.

by JOHN CARROLL

A Meow Mixed Bag

I may be dreaming the impossible dream, but I dreamt of a Catwoman review that somehow avoided not only feline puns, but dominatrix jokes at the same time.

by GERARD LEONE

Bourne to be Wild

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back again in the second engagement of the Bourne series in The Bourne Supremacy. And now he's angry and on a mission to unravel a mystery.

by COREY HULSE

$300 An Hour

Some Kind of Monster, a new documentary about iconic heavy-metal group Metallica, will undoubtedly inspire some comparisons to the seminal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. And to some degree, that's valid.

by ALEX KOPPELMAN

Tipping The Scales

The Roots know they're on the cusp of entering the upper echelon of rap popularity. Forever championed by critics and underground hip-hop fans, the group has scored hits on their past two albums: "You Got Me" from 1999's Things Fall Apart and "The Seed (2.0)" from 2002's Phrenology. The Tipping Point means many things to the band, including that this album may very well decide if this band is accepted by the general hip-hop populace, or left to be appreciated by those who look hard enough for good hip-hop. Thus, it's rather ballsy that The Tipping Point's first single is "Don't Say Nuthin'," a track in which lead emcee Black Thought rips the bland hip-hop community that isn't saying anything.

by JOHN CARROLL

Heavy Lifting

The titles on Together We're Heavy, the second album from The Polyphonic Spree, are numbered from 11 to 20, continuing from the first ten sections of the band's debut, The Beginning Stages of... Despite the titling, however, things couldn't be more different on this sophomore effort. The Spree's debut was originally recorded as a demo, and didn't feature many of the current 21 group members.

by JOHN CARROLL

What Is The Basement?

Based on the novel, Widow for a Year, by John Irving, The Door in the Floor is director Tod Williams' second major motion picture.

by CARRIE GREENE

The Fresh Prince Sours

Will Smith used to be the King of Summer, launching huge blockbusters like Independence Day and Men in Black. After bombing with Wild Wild West, however, Smith has struggled to reach his previous heights.

by JOHN CARROLL

Stay Classy, Comedy

With the release of Will Ferrell's new comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, this summer is officially a good one for comedy.

by JOHN CARROLL

Eye See You

Facing Windows portrays the life of Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), a 29 year old Italian woman dissatisfied with her job, frustrated by her marriage, and generally overwhelmed by life.

by HANNAH AUGUST

A Knightley Knight's Tale

King Arthur was a success even before it came out, at least for guys who like guy movies. It's got everything that a great action saga needs: fierce battle sequences, a hot chick and a passable plot.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Remember way back in the day when you watched movies all about animals running around, getting into trouble and having all sorts of adventures?

by CHRIS BELLIS

Climbing Up The Walls

The original Spider-man was a good film -- in fact, it probably was the best movie to come out of the recent comic book craze in the film industry.

by JOHN CARROLL

The Rising

There is one piece of advice that Dave Bielanko -- lead singer of Marah -- has for people who bash his band: "Whatever you wanna do is good with us.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Freedom Fighter

The four-star grade is pretty random. As a film, Fahrenheit 9/11 has its flaws, but as a 2004 event, it's more important than any other movie released in 2004.

by JOHN CARROLL

Quick Flick: De-lovely

De-Lovely depicts the life of legendary songsman Cole Porter. Director Irwin Winkler manages to incorporate into the film nearly every significant piece of music that Porter composed.

by 34TH STREET

Back To The Streets

"What's Ramones?" Mike Skinner, the one-man act of The Streets, asks from his cell phone, en route to Utah.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Don't Pick On Me

Like many Ben Stiller movies, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story features a great comic premise that never fires on all cylinders.

by JOHN CARROLL

Over The Hump

The Story of the Weeping Camel is a German quasi-documentary filmed in Mongolia's Gobi Desert.

by CARRIE GREENE

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