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In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on the pointless, entirely necessary reissue of Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R, Jayson Greene assesses the market value of Freddie Gibbs, and Kurt Gottschalk talks with San Francisco troubadour Sonny Smith on the 100 imaginary acts he made up and the jukebox he built to house them all in.
In Film, J. Hoberman on the problem with cinema and 3-D, Nick Pinkerton gets nostalgic the legacy of brutality memorialized in The Expendables while Eric Hynes rounds up all the washed-up all-star action casts of the past, Robert Wilonsky finds a lot to like in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Michael Atkinson reviews the new Aussie crime saga Animal Kingdom.
In Art, Ben Davis on new work from Okay Mountain, Arielle Falk, and the MOMA’s ‘The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today.”
In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on the beauty and limits of the dance world’s ongoing love of virtuosity.