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Film, It's hard to stay mad at surprise Oscar winner <i>Departures</i>

It's hard to stay mad at surprise Oscar winner Departures

The stately Japanese movie Departures comes into theaters trailing some justified ill will for having trounced the critical favorite, Israel's Waltz With Bashir, for Best Foreign Film at last year's Academy Awards. It's not hard to fathom what Academy voters,…
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Music, Hear This The Pipettes doll up pop in polka dots

The Pipettes doll up pop in polka dots

The ironic title of Lucinda Williams ' 1980 album Happy Woman Blues sums up the contradictions of this mercurial artist. She marries melodies that draw on blues, country, and folk influences to literary lyrics that cut deep to the disconsolate…
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