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Film, Film Feature Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Like Snapchats, sketch comedies sometimes benefit from vanishing right after being seen: It was live before your eyes, and then it was gone forever, and maybe that's for the best. So, by trying to harness that fleeting essence in motion-picture…
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Film, "Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

"Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

Working the long con and damn near getting away with it, this kissing cousin to Fargo, Cedar Rapids, and last year's Win Win makes for a surprisingly entertaining and nonderivative February time-passer, its wretched mid-winter Wisconsin setting notwithstanding. (Minnesota subs…
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Film, Desperate Housewife: <i>The Private Lives of Pippa Lee</i>

Desperate Housewife: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Rebecca Miller's fourth feature may be the only film you'll ever see with Cornel West and Monica Bellucci in minor roles. But it is also immediately recognizable as the millionth iteration of a sheltered, middle-aged suburban housewife who has a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Sunshine Cleaning</i>

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters, and it feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it’s…
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Film, FilmCap

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters. It feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it's a…
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Film, Ain't No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine

Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that travels mostly downhill. How this antic-extended sitcom from first-time feature makers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris left Sundance…
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Film, Mighty Aphrodite

Mighty Aphrodite

Eros is not a single film but three, each roughly half an hour, joined in a common goal. The first segment was made by Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love) and the second by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin…
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