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Music, Hear This Hudson Mohawke: Show Preview

Hudson Mohawke: Show Preview

Hudson Hawk, a cartoonish 1991 Bruce Willis comedy and box office bomb, is about as profoundly uncool as a movie can get. Remarkably, its memory partially lives on in the 2010s all thanks to Hudson Mohawke, the nom-de-electronica of highly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snakeskin Suit

Snakeskin Suit

The recent G.I. Joe movie was an overproduced bore, filled with special effects but missing a story. It also lacked the silly but infectious Reagan-era nationalism that characterized the animated series of the 1980s – as well as its groan-worthy…
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Film, "A Good Day to Die Hard": Bruce Willis and the Explosions

"A Good Day to Die Hard": Bruce Willis and the Explosions

Here we find Bruce Willis at the outermost frontier of nonchalance, between action hero without fear and movie star without interest. Like all those bad guys and bullets, the paychecks just keep coming at him. As NYPD bruiser John McClane…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rise Up

Rise Up

It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny outcast, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp, leaving behind a "resignation" letter for scoutmaster Randy Ward (Edward…
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Film, "Lay the Favorite": One Day She'll Win

"Lay the Favorite": One Day She'll Win

A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks, Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite has none of the stinging sordidness of The Grifters, his 1990 movie about chiselers and con artists. That tight, nimble adaptation of Jim Thompson's high-pulp, strained-through,…
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Film, "Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

"Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the future (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe asks the older one about the specifics of…
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Film, Action Movies Don't Have to Suck: A Lament for Lost Carnage

Action Movies Don't Have to Suck: A Lament for Lost Carnage

Remember how action movies used to be? The good old-fashioned American (but often European-accented) ones from the '80s and '90s, the type paid tribute to (but not necessarily re-created) in the Expendables movies? No offense to your Iron Men and…
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Film, "Moonrise Kingdom": Young Love, Wes Anderson-Style

"Moonrise Kingdom": Young Love, Wes Anderson-Style

It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny outcast, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp, leaving behind a "resignation" letter for scoutmaster Randy Ward (Edward…
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Film, "Lockout": Dreary Rescue Mission Bizarrely Set in Future

"Lockout": Dreary Rescue Mission Bizarrely Set in Future

The 56th president of the U.S.A.'s do-gooder daughter, Emilie (Maggie Grace), is on a fact-finding trip to SuperMax Prison Planet MS: One — a prototype orbital big house where inmates are kept pacified in deep-freeze — when she's taken hostage…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings for May 25-31, 2011

Artists' Television Access. Community College Student Films: New work. Fri., May 27, 7 p.m. $3-$5. "Avant to Live": Other Cinema: New experimental film and video. Sat., May 28, 8:30 p.m. $6. www.othercinema.com. Saicomania: Rockumentary about now-legendary Pervuian garage-rock band Los…
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Film, Kevin Smith's <i>Cop Out</i>: So crazy, it just might work

Kevin Smith's Cop Out: So crazy, it just might work

Cop Out establishes its movie lineage right away, with a slow-motion toe-to-head tilt up, set to the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," of black-cop/white-cop buddies Paul and Jimmy swaggering stone-faced toward the camera. Director and editor Kevin Smith (who…
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Music, Bouncer

Shaken, stirred, and slow at Beretta

When Bourbon and Branch first opened, it was really something special. The Tenderloin bar's cocktails are "handcrafted" by people who are basically booze chefs. The bartenders are known to go to farmers' markets to find ingredients. They take themselves very…
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Film, Superzero

Superzero

The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its follow-up, Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis as the walking dead reborn as a superhero, was the filmmaker's masterpiece. It remains the most quietly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bad Bruce

Bad Bruce

Things are looking rotten at the Dark Room, with Bad Movie Night screening the grammatically fearless Die Hard 2: Die Harder, a Bruce Willis sequel with one of the best let's-wrap-this-fucker titles in movie history. There are plenty of reasons…
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Film, Past Action Hero

Past Action Hero

Still an all-American bloodhound after all these years, Bruce Willis' Detective John McClane begins Live Free or Die Hard sniffing around a Rutgers-Camden parking lot and busting the frat boy who's been trying to cop a feel off his daughter…
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Film, Shell Game

Shell Game

At this late date, it's hard to tell one digitally rendered talking animal from another. Madagascar blends into Ice Age looks like A Shark's Tale sounds like Shrek might as well be A Bug's Life turns into Antz feels like…
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Film, Hard Ride

Hard Ride

Didn't Richard Donner retire? A 1980s star-director name, among many, who should now send bolts of discouraging dread down your spine, Richard Donner may well be seeing his filmmaking skills peak with 16 Blocks -- even if saying it's his…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Love the <i>Sin </i>

Love the Sin

Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of Miller's bone-crunching comics finally gets a rewarding DVD treatment, following a shamefully sparse edition earlier this year. The theatrical cut boasts two commentary tracks…
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Film, Color Bind

Color Bind

If nothing else, Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, co-directed with Frank Miller (and Quentin Tarantino, for a few seconds), will be remembered as the most faithful comic-book adaptation ever put on film (or high-def video, anyway). Rodriguez uses Miller's hypernoir serial,…
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Film, Without <i>Sin</i>

Without Sin

If you're looking for an escapist shoot-'em-up action-adventure, and figure a Bruce Willis flick is a reliable option, think twice. Hostage certainly delivers violence and heroics, but not in a way everyone will enjoy. Children and dogs die brutally, and…
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