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Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint

The hero of this earnest hagiography is an 11th-century Tibetan whose family is cheated of its inheritance. After he grows up, his bitter mother sends him to learn black magic, and though he destroys his hometown by summoning a lightning storm, he regrets his actions when he sees the suffering he’s caused. Seeking refuge from […]

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Big Black–Headache; Various artists–The Wailing Ultimate; The Angry Samoans–Yesterday Started Tomorrow; The Jesus and Mary Chain–April Skies

HEADACHE Big Black Touch and Go 20 THE WAILING ULTIMATE Various artists Homestead HMS 079 YESTERDAY STARTED TOMORROW The Angry Samoans PVC 6915 APRIL SKIES The Jesus and Mary Chain Reprise 9 20714-0 Ever since the parochial denizens of Sauk Centre and Zenith, respectively, gave Carol Kennicott and George Babbitt such a hard time, America’s […]

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Prince–Sign ‘o’ the Times

SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES Prince Paisley Park/Warner Brothers 925577-1 The Prince perplex can be easily stated: how can someone who’s so in control be so out of control? How can the auteur of an entire scene and sound — he’s not merely made stars of his high school pals and sent most of the women […]

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Shame

Had it maintained the deliberate social-realist cadences of its early scenes, this feminist B-movie might have collapsed under the weight of its politically correct antirape message. Instead, tough-hided bike-barrister heroine Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness) goes mythic and the thing really takes off. A brawling broadside against Dingoland degeneracy, Shame sagely harnesses genre thrills for political […]