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Fim

Tim Corrigan, chair of Penn's brand new Cinema Studies major, gives the program two thumbs up. Tell us about the new film major at Penn. There's been a film program and minor at Penn for about five years now.

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

Easy to forget

There is nothing creepier than watching a movie in which the main character discovers that she is schizophrenic and has imagined every event in her life (you know you were paranoid after A Beautiful Mind). There is nothing more enthralling than watching a cheesy alien movie (you've seen Independence Day. Don't lie). The Forgotten, contrary to what one might think, is neither.

by ALEXANDRA CHALAT

The Dirty South Rocks Out

"I don't hate you at all, really." Phew! Jason Isbell, guitarist and vocalist of the Drive-By Truckers has just reassured Street that Northern upbringings do not, after all, provoke hate in him.

by JIM NEWELL

Viva la Revolucion

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was filmed entirely in front of a blue screen, with all of the backgrounds, environments and effects added in digitally.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

There isn't a frame in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow that I wouldn't pay good money to hang on my wall.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Editor's Picks

Jim Newell Bjork Medulla Bjork is one of the few artists I feel perfectly comfortable sacrificing my masculinity to promote.

by 34TH STREET

Twist and Shout

Before this week's critics screening of The Village, Touchstone Pictures asked that critics refrain from spoiling critical plot points in the film for the reader.

by JOHN CARROLL

Manchurian On Fire

What do you get when you combine a crazed Army Major, a power-hungry Senator who touches her son a little too lovingly, and an Army Private-turned-politician who has less personality than a rock but is poised to be the next Vice President?

by COREY HULSE

Quick Spins

Badly Drawn Boy One Plus One is One Damon Gough, better known as Badly Drawn Boy, doesn't seem to know what he wants to be.

by 34TH STREET

His View's Askew, Too

Zach Braff, star of NBC's Scrubs, makes his directorial debut with Garden State, which he also wrote and stars in.

by JOHN CARROLL

Quick Flicks

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle Stoner or not, this is a fun movie. Granted it helps if you are, since pot humor is the foundation of the film.

by 34TH STREET

In the Zone

Charlotte Martin recently finished driving across the country. She also managed to squeeze in a little singing along the way, since the drive was for a spring concert tour.

by WILL FENTON

Technicolor Spree

24 smiling white-robed musicians belting sunny verses and playing instruments like guitars and French horns.

by ANNE HENOCHOWICZ

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

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