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1 | MOVIE Synecdoche, New York A theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has a Really Big Idea for a play, an obsession that upends his life and leads to madness. Charlie Kaufman's comedy about artistic ambition is challenging, invigorating and, if you go with it, brilliant fun. It's like a suicidal Fellini film--a downer 8 1/2.

2 | ALBUM Funhouse How can a pop album about boys and fame be dignified? Because Pink worries her smarter-than-necessary lyrics to a glossy economy, then gets top producers (here, riff machine Max Martin) to make sure you can dance to them. The result is...

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