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Beyond the Sea

For more than a decade Kevin Spacey has been trying to build a biopic around reptilian pop singer Bobby Darin (1936-’73), and his determination pays off in this glorious mess of a movie. The production numbers and nightclub showstoppers are impressive not only for Spacey’s impersonation of Darin but for their skillful evocation of musical […]

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The Snow Walker

Charles Martin Smith, who played writer Farley Mowat in the 1983 wilderness drama Never Cry Wolf, returns to the frozen north as writer and director of this engrossing 2003 Canadian feature based on Mowat’s story “Walk Well, My Brother.” A callous World War II veteran (Barry Pepper) working as a bush pilot in the Northwest […]

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Spaceways Inc.

Genius reedist Ken Vandermark formed Spaceways Inc. in 1999 with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Hamid Drake to play the music of George Clinton and Sun Ra, and as the group evolved it incorporated original material written in a similar vein. On their second album, Version Soul (2002), the trio experimented with reggae grooves, but […]