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Soap Dish
In his movie, "Nurse Betty," director Neil LaBute mixes his trademark black humor and tonal shifts with the moral consequences of realistic violence. [09-11-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hawaiian Punch
"From There to Here" by John Oszajca (Lisa Marie Presley's fiancée) is packed of well-styled bitterness, irony, and soul. [03-13-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Copy Cats
Oasis may mimic the Beatles and other '60s British-rock forebears, but they're still shamelessly entertaining. [03-06-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Storyteller
On her new album "Telling Stories," Tracy Chapman delivers the same perfect earnestness about personal and political travails that made her popular two decades ago. [02-14-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Yum-Yum
Mike Leigh remains true to his signature realism in "Topsy-Turvy," while still producing a beautiful period piece that's a valentine to show business. [01-24-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Gangster Raps
HBO's "The Sopranos" is a hit not only because of its sharp content, but because of its impeccable new and classic rock soundtrack. [01-10-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Second Generation
Adam Dorn, son of veteran record producer Joel Dorn, comes into his own as an electronica DJ, under the nom de disc Mocean Worker. [08-02-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Black and Blue
Freedy Johnston's "Blue Days Black Nights" is the sound of heartbreak so bleak that it's come out the other side as relief and self-realization. [08-02-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Boys, Boys, Boys
Pop in the '90s is all about boys. [06-21-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Shagadelic!
Postmodern irony is no match for gentle shagadelic silliness. Who wouldn't want to escape to Austin Powers's world? [06-14-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Office Politics
Director Alexander Payne's "Election" reminds us that we never really escape from high school. [05-10-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Model Rockers
"We've become the same kind of band everybody else is," jokes Ben Folds Five bassist Robert Sledge. "It just took us a little longer." [04-26-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

High Tide
Amid the hour of hit-and-miss ideas that make up Blondie's new "No Exit" are a number of mini-gems of pure, analog-synth, skinny-tie-guitar 1979-ness. [03-01-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Collected Bunch
"Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader" goes a long way toward defining the author's career. [02-08-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Band Wagging
Director Brian Gilbert's "Still Crazy" wanders through "Spinal Tap" territory -- but with a heartwarming detour through middle-age angst. [01-25-99]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Holy Cash Cow
Disney's "Prince of Egypt" hasn't even opened, but three (count 'em) soundtracks are already in the stores. [11-30-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Blasting the Past
Beck -- hands-down king of postmodern popsters -- follows his own tough act with just plain songs. [11-02-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Learning Curve
Director Bryan Singer's "Apt Pupil" is one of the most literate and genuinely creepy movies ever adapted from a Stephen King tale. [10-26-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Sweet Ending
With "The Last Dog and Pony Show," Bob Mould hopes to put his punk past behind him. [08-31-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Driver's Circle
Minnie Driver has endured Hollywood's lame idea of versatility. Now, she says, she's ready to spread her wings in "The Governess." [08-03-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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