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Film, "The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

"The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

Another dark comedy exposing the wormy dirt beneath suburban sod, The Details never lays bare any truths we haven't known since, say, Revolutionary Road — the book. But a gorgeous, pungent shot early on of that sod and those worms…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Scott Aukerman and IFC Bring <em>Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE!</em> to S.F.

Scott Aukerman and IFC Bring Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! to S.F.

Following last month's successful premiere of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, the show's host, comedian Scott Aukerman, is taking his unique brand of comic absurdity on the road this summer in Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE!, stopping in San Francisco August…
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Film, "People Like Us": We All Get Redeemed in the End

"People Like Us": We All Get Redeemed in the End

People Like Us is a certifiable adult drama built atop sturdy thematic supports, a rare enough item these days, though it's telling that the movie was originally titled Welcome to People, after a self-help workbook within the film. Sam (Chris…
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Film, "Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

"Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

The hero of this red-herring heist flick draws two reactions from the throng beneath his 21st-floor perch on a Manhattan hotel. The first is the "just get it over with" impatience of New Yorkers impeded by police barricades. The second…
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Film, "The Next Three Days": Russell Crowe is a bored actor in a dumb project

"The Next Three Days": Russell Crowe is a bored actor in a dumb project

"What if we choose to exist solely in a reality of our own making?" asks Pittsburgh community-college lit professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) rhetorically during a discussion of Don Quixote in The Next Three Days, Paul Haggis' fourth effort as…
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Film, Strictly Softcore

Strictly Softcore

Ostensibly, Zack and Miri Make a Porno should be money-shot Kevin Smith: Pals make porn to pay the bills and, in the process of gettin' it on for the video cam, cum to realize their years-in-the-making friendship is really a…
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