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Film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": Laugh While Cheating on Your Homework

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": Laugh While Cheating on Your Homework

Watching Ben Stiller's modern movie version of the 1939 James Thurber short story feels a little like cheating on your English homework, but is that such a bad thing? Then again, why do you still have English homework? Didn't you…
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Film, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": Sensory Overload

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": Sensory Overload

After New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is through regulating sugar intake via soft drinks, he might want to consider the dubious, overstimulating effects of a film like Madagascar 3. Like a big-screen Big Gulp, this third installment of the billion-dollar…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/24/12: Bruce Springsteen Takes Crowd-Pleasing to the Next Level in San Jose

Live Review, 4/24/12: Bruce Springsteen Takes Crowd-Pleasing to the Next Level in San Jose

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandTuesday, April 24, 2012HP Pavilion, San JoseBetter than: Every other crowd surfer that has ever landed on us.You know how people throw the word "epic" around these days? (Let's be honest, "epic" is the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, "Tower Heist": Action Caper Is Funny, Fleet, and Inconsequential

"Tower Heist": Action Caper Is Funny, Fleet, and Inconsequential

A revenge of the have-nots playing on the clear class stratification of the luxury high-rise, Tower Heist pits lobby against penthouse. At The Tower, an exclusive Columbus Circle apartment building, top-floor investor Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) stands accused of financial…
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Film, "Little Fockers": Ben Stiller's franchise has seen better days

"Little Fockers": Ben Stiller's franchise has seen better days

Just in time for the whole family to file into the multiplex on a silent Christmas night when there's nowhere else to go: a return to the magnified dysfunction of the Focker household, and the cozy holiday glow of some…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Babies</i>

Babies

Did I say "Awww" at Babies? I did. Did I giggle at the adorable things babies do in Babies? Oh my, yes. Did I ovulate like a dozen times during Babies? You better believe it. Is Babies a good movie?…
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Film, "Babies" is pretty much straight babies, all the way through

"Babies" is pretty much straight babies, all the way through

Did I say "Awww" at Babies? I did. Did I giggle at the adorable things babies do in Babies? Oh my, yes. Did I ovulate about a dozen times during Babies? You better believe it. Is Babies a good movie?…
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Film, <i>Greenberg</i>: Los Angeles plays itself

Greenberg: Los Angeles plays itself

Sad, funny, and acutely self-conscious, Noah Baumbach's new movie is the sort of mordant character study that people imagine were common in the '70s. Greenberg is unafraid to project a downbeat worldview or feature an impossible protagonist — I'd be…
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Film, Apocalypse Whatever

Apocalypse Whatever

Early buzz out of Hollywood pegged Tropic Thunder, directed and co-written by star Ben Stiller, as the end-all and be-all of movie-biz parodies — a savage beast with a rough touch featuring Tom Cruise in a career-resurrecting role as bald-headed,…
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Film, Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

It's fair to say that Madagascar, directed by one man who made Antz and another who used to work on Ren & Stimpy, is virtually plot-free -- nothing more, really, than a scene or two from The Great Escape cut…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Pop Artist

Butch Berry www.butchberry.com Bay Area native and dead ringer for Ben Stiller playing a rock star, Butch Berry knows a thing or 200 about hooks. This kid's Beatle-worthy songs about love won and lost are so damn catchy you'll…
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Film, Focking Wonderful

Focking Wonderful

When your movie gets riotous laughter out of endless utterances of the word "Focker," it doesn't have to try very hard. So it's no surprise that much of Meet the Fockers, the inevitable sequel to the 2000 hit Meet the…
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Culture, Stuff When He Was Cruel

When He Was Cruel

Two women, dressed in standard waitstaff uniforms, emerge from the bar and into the well-appointed lobby of the hotel built 90 years ago by beer magnate Adolphus Busch, who tried to bring the Jazz Age to what would become a…
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Culture, Stuff The Pain Train

The Pain Train

Rawson Thurber has been so busy the past few days that by the time he finally returns a reporter's phone call, he does so at 1:30 in the morning--and he doesn't even realize the late, or early, hour till he…
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Film, Jaws: The Revenge

Jaws: The Revenge

Amanda Peet has some really large teeth. Seriously. Even given the fact that it's in vogue for hot, young, would-be sex symbols to have a set of brightly polished choppers prominent for all to see (think Neve Campbell, Casper Van…
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Hollywood Babble On

Permanent Midnight Based on the autobiography by Jerry Stahl. Directed by David Veloz. Starring Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley, Janeane Garofalo, and Maria Bello. Opens Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bridge and the Century Plaza. For better or worse, the confessional…
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