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Much ado about nothing

For Your Consideration 2 Stars Directed by: Christopher Guest Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy Rated PG-13 "It's about time nothing happened in a film," says actor Don Lake in the Hollywood satire For Your Consideration.

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Hindsight is 20/20

D‚j… Vu 3 Stars Directed by: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer Rated: R Popular science fiction has been more than eager to explore theories of time travel, from the wildly popular Back to the Future series to the more cultish Primer and even an episode of "The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror." Most of these stories subscribe to one of two mutually exclusive theories: either time is a straight, predestined line with all events past, present and future already established; or time is alterable, a tree that branches every time Doc Brown and Marty push the DeLorean past 88 mph.

by JEFF LEVIN

The best of times the worst of times

Across four albums, Mobb Deep's primal realism vaulted them amongst hip-hop's biggest names; they rap-battled with Tupac and rhymed alongside Nas, B.I.G.

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This doc rocks

When shopping at the record store, one must choose sides, argues Keith Morris of punk rock band Circle Jerks in American Hardcore.

by CAROLINE HENLEY

Jazzercise

John Medeski is definitely not a physicist. Still, the 41-year-old pianist has his own convincing theory of nature: "Everything is vibration and sound.

by JONATHAN LIEBEMBUK

Under Pressure

At first glance, Harsh Times seems to be a film about two friends getting stoned and chasing women in South Central L.A.

by ALEXIS ORENSTEIN

Friday night fever

Luke Jenner, singer-guitarist for the Rapture, looks serious in a cramped dressing room downstairs at Pure nightclub.

by ALEX JACOBS

Clich‚ crap

The title Stranger Than Fiction implies that reality brims with more fantastic possibilities than fiction.

by JIM GOLDBLUM

So you want to be a movie snob?

It's almost Thanksgiving, and aside from the turkey and long-awaited vacation time, Street is looking forward to Oscar season, that month-long period from Thanksgiving to Christmas chock-full of impressive cinema.

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State of Panic in the attic

Paul Michel's fourth album, Quiet State of Panic, filled with tracks about loneliness and wistful romance, would make the perfect soundtrack for a sequel to Wicker Park.

by HILLARY SMITH

Driving in circles

Casablanca's Rick Blaine said that "the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." The movie industry, as a whole, tends to reject this philosophy.

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Same old stuff

Ignoring for a second that a mouse getting flushed down the toilet is just about the most preposterous movie premise of all time, Flushed Away (from the creators of Wallace & Gromit) actually offers up a pretty enjoyable 90 minutes.

by HEATHER SCHWEDEL

A band you can't refuse

The Rapture are back. After their meteoric rise in 2003 on the strength of hit single "House of Jealous Lovers," the band spent a few years out of the public eye.

by ALEX JACOBS

If you build it, they will gather

It's close to midnight at the Rotunda on 40th and Walnut. On the steps outside, a cypher of about 20 hip-hop heads huddle in close as a ghetto blaster thumps old school loops and two emcees in the middle face-off: "Common nigga, you don't think that's a lie / That's like saying when I spit it I don't spit fly / That's like saying you ain't you and I ain't I / Like this ain't the Gathering it's a street word fight." The crowd goes nuts, leaning back like witnesses of a car wreck to reward the verbal beating.

by VINCE LEVY

'Babel'-ing on with Alejandro

At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Mexican director Alejandro Gonz

by KEVIN KOPLAN

Meow mix

In 1974, drinking buddies John Lennon and Harry Nilsson decided to make a record. The Nilsson-penned, Lennon-produced result was Pussy Cats, equal parts riotous sing-along and nostalgic meditation.

by ALEX JACOBS

It's niiiiiiice

Similar to a Penn lecture in which students suffer from coughing fits every few moments, the new film Borat generates the same reaction, with spasms of laughter in place of coughing.

by BEN CRAIR

Guess Who's Back

Sometimes when a band is 40 years old they release an album that is more for themselves than for the fans.

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Towering achievement

Following in the wake of Syriana and The Constant Gardener, Babel is a thought-provoking film examining a multitude of characters and locales. Set in Morocco, Japan, San Diego and Mexico, the movie cuts among four interconnected tales.

by KEVIN KOPLAN

Bloody 'ell!

With a new album out and a national tour, Ben Kweller certainly is a busy fellow. Sacrificing valuable time for baby clothes shopping at a Cincinnati Old Navy, the one-man band takes a few moments to talk to Street about bloody noses, intellectual property, and even his music. Street: On your new album you play all the instruments yourself, was that something you planned on doing much prior to recording, or when exactly was that decision made? Kweller: It happened at the last minute.

by JOE YEAKEL

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