Originally created 04/25/06

Quick hits






'Everything is illuminated'

ON DVD

RELEASED: March 21

MPAA RATING: PG-13

MY THOUGHTS: Everything is Illuminated, adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, is an unusual, poignant and funny look at human relationships, both in family and in friendships.

Visually stimulating and emotionally moving - though it pales in comparison to the brilliant writing on which it was based - the movie has merit and provides an interesting evening's entertainment.

Though the novel is undoubtedly one of the best I've read, the movie, though enjoyable, was ultimately forgettable.

GRADE: B

- Chloe Browne


'Me and my gang'

RASCAL FLATTS

RELEASED: April 4

MY THOUGHTS: Country trio Rascal Flatts' new CD is very impressive. This fourth album shows how they have progressed not only in the eyes of the public but also within themselves.

Their lyrics, to which I've always been drawn, seem especially mature and heartfelt. Exploring the feelings that come with broken hearts, this CD connects with its audience on a different level.

This is a great album (and those are hard to come by these days!) with only two songs on this 16-track CD that I didn't like.

GRADE: A

- Kimberly Jump

'King'

T.I.

RELEASED: March 28

MY THOUGHTS: T.I.'s latest album lives up to its title. The Atlanta-based rapper makes it known that he is royalty in the Southern hip-hop scene.

With various styles, from soulful rhythms to head-banging crunk club beats, coming together, this fourth album is built on truth just as much as on bragging rights.

You don't have to be a "trapster" to relate to the struggles T.I. deals with, either. Listening to this album helps you gain a sense of T.I. the man.

King is an artistic, honest and energetic album that absorbs you into a well-rounded musical experience.

GRADE: A

-Christopher Lyons