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Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe: 

CD -- The Cure reissues: These three new double-disc sets are a great way to get to know goth's most tuneful depressives. B-sides, outtakes, live tracks, and demos chart the making of 1984's The Top, the following year's The Head on the Door, and 1987's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Thanks to the stellar remastered sound, "Just Like Heaven" lives up to its name.

DVD -- The Harder They Come: The greatest reggae movie ever made stars singer Jimmy Cliff as a Jamaican musician who spends more time fighting cops and ripping off drug dealers than playing music. The 1972 movie (which features a fantastic soundtrack by Cliff and other reggae stars) is an indie masterpiece that's soaked in sex, violence, and ganja. Fire it up!

DVD -- Kill Your Idols: This look at the N.Y.C. punk scene features interviews and performances by Sonic Youth and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But S.A. Crary's doc is at its best when it digs deep into the archives, pulling out such influential '70s scenesters as Lydia Lunch, DNA, and Suicide.

TV -- Marie Antoinette: Just in time for Sofia Coppola's biopic next month comes PBS's illuminating history lesson about the 18th-century French queen (which airs at 9 p.m. Monday). While it's not as flashy as Coppola's film, this probing exploration of the royal who said "Let them eat cake" is worth losing your head over.

VIDEOGAME -- Star Fox Command: We've always loved this space shooter about a furry Top Gun, his pimped-out jet, and some very nasty villains. We love it even more now that it's available for the Nintendo DS. The one-person game is spaceship-blastin' fun, but we really dig the multiplayer, where a menagerie of pilots participates in an eye-poppin' free-for-all via wi-fi. It gives new meaning to the word dogfight.

CD -- Sublime Deluxe Edition: This SoCal band has been reissued so many times over the past decade, it's tempting to ignore this latest cash-in. But this expanded version of Sublime's 1996 major-label debut is worth buying for the second disc, which features 15 bonus tracks, including alternate and acoustic versions of all the hits. Sublime indeed.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Two and a Half Men: This Charlie Sheen shitcom is always torturous viewing. What makes Monday's episode (airing at 9 p.m. on CBS) even more excruciating is an appearance by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who looks totally fey. Dude looks like an old lady.

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