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The Runaways is more gritty than girly

The Runaways, directed by Floria Sigismondi, is based on the story of the all-girl punk-rock group of the same name, formed in 1975 and headed by Joan Jett (played by Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning). The opening scene is a close-up of Cherie's first drop of hot menstrual blood hitting the even hotter Los Angeles pavement, in a strange way marking both her territory and her entrance into womanhood.
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FILM: The truth will set you free?

In The Last Kiss, a Hollywood remake of the 2001 Gabriele Mauccino film L'Ultimo Baccio, Zach Braff finds himself almost-30 and on the verge, looking dazedly around in the suspended moment before he walks quietly into baby-and-coupledom for the rest of his life.
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POP RHETORIC: “NEXTED” GENERATION

Chatroulette is a website that connects you with a random person somewhere in the world via webcam. Users have the option to connect to a new person at any time, leaving their current conversation partner behind (the somewhat demoralizing concept of being "nexted").
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RETROSPECTIVE: Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970

Even though he died 36 years ago yesterday, his music is among the most timeless and influential ever produced. Jimi Hendrix arguably changed the electric guitar sound more than any other guitarist in history. He was the guitar player who brought deft use of overdrive, feedback and the wah pedal to the masses and following in the footsteps of Eric Clapton's days with Cream and John Mayayll's Bluesbreakers, was among the first to swear by the Marshall Stack (amplifier) to give him one of the loudest, most blistering guitar sounds to accompany his legendary playing technique.
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POP RHETORIC: My opinion is better than your opinion

It's a conversation we've all had before. You're sitting with one of your indie, Mile-End hipster friends at Bagel's Etc. finishing off the remainder of your baked potatoes and, misfortunate as you are to be hung-over, you make the cognitively unsound decision to utter aloud, "Dude... Leonard Cohen's music fucking sucks.
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Can-Lit chronicle picks the best

Part anthology of summaries and essays, part intro to Can-Lit survey, and part ode to reading, T.F. Rigelhof's Hooked on Canadian Books is a tribute to English-language Canadian fiction writing since 1984. At first, the introduction and much of the tone of the book seems self-indulgent and self-important.
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THEATRE: Takin’ off

The air was filled with a sense of unholy curiosity at Player's Theatre on Friday night. The playbill of Around the World with les Dames en Disdress unabashedly labels the show burlesque, a term that for most conjures up risqué mental images of scantily clad females and provocative striptease acts.
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REVIEWS

Ray Lamontagne - Till the Sun Turns Black. Lamontagne's mesmerizing debut, Trouble, was one of the most critically lauded sleeper hits of 2004, landing spots on a variety of film and TV soundtracks and rocketing him into folk-rock stardom. Since then, Lamontagne has been on a seemingly ceaseless tour schedule-dropping by Montreal three times in the past year.
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CD REVIEWS: She & Him: Volume 2

She & Him's Volume 2 makes a slight departure from 2008's Volume 1. Actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward's second album is full of Beach Boys-inspired harmonies and twangy California guitar, maintaining the duo's penchant for a retro sound.
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MUSIC: Ears wide open

Unending curiosity regarding the content of the evening's set list was likely at the forefront of a Snow Patrol fan's mind on their way to the band's Sept. 12 Metropolis performance. In 2004, the Irish heartthrobs relased The Final Straw Stateside and it was among the 30 best sellers in the U.
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