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Calendar, Night&Day The Sound of Showtunes

The Sound of Showtunes

How do you solve a problem like not being able to belt out your favorite show tunes? Not every sing-along is worth the time, but it's The Sound of Music, people. If there's a better way to celebrate 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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Calendar, Night&Day Von Trapped

Von Trapped

Don't underestimate the Hollywood musical. Just consider the turbulence of the 1960s – the civil rights movement, the pill, war protests, women’s liberation. Sure, those were responses to strife, inequality, and oppression, but it's our theory that the sugarcoated pretty…
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Calendar, Night&Day Out and Proud -- and 75

Out and Proud -- and 75

Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in this gay-is-OK dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right. In fact, Beginners, a…
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Film, Mike Mills Unpacks His Own Life for "Beginners"

Mike Mills Unpacks His Own Life for "Beginners"

"Okay, so my parents were married in 1955 and my mom knew my dad was gay and my dad knew he was gay and so I was, like, 'Why in the heck did you get married?' Like, what was going…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Last Station</i>

The Last Station

Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated writer in the world," The Last Station threatens at first to be Tolstoy for Dummies as interpreted by Monty Python. Soon enough,…
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Film, Shane Acker creates an animated postapocalyptic hellscape in <i>9</i>

Shane Acker creates an animated postapocalyptic hellscape in 9

Early in Shane Acker's computer-animated debut feature 9, a diminutive anthropomorphic whatsit with wooden hands, copper fingers, and the titular numeral emblazoned on his chest awakens to the lifeless body of his human creator and sets forth into a decimated…
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Film, FilmCap

Man in the Chair

Finally, stripling movie nerds get their own art-house Karate Kid! A student filmmaking contest pits troubled, working-class teen Cameron Kincaid (Michael Angarano) against smug scion-of-Hollywood Brett Raven (Taber Schroeder). Cameron, however, has a secret weapon: He has wooed a crabbed,…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

The Great Profile Barrymore. By William Luce. Directed by Gene Saks. Starring Christopher Plummer and John Plumpis. At the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), through Sept. 6. Call 776-1999. The front lines of U.S. dramatic arts sustained much…
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