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Film, "Cowboys and Aliens": Western-Sci-Fi Mashup Sounds More Exciting Than It Is

"Cowboys and Aliens": Western-Sci-Fi Mashup Sounds More Exciting Than It Is

We begin in classic, saddle-sore terrain. A lone stranger with a mysterious past — Daniel Craig fills the boots here — rides into a Godforsaken town in the Arizona territory. More familiar archetypes are waiting for him there: the grizzled…
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Film, "Morning Glory": Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford light up a morning TV show

"Morning Glory": Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford light up a morning TV show

In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle. This is the kind of dress a screen heroine wears when a slow-building…
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Film, <i>Extraordinary Measures</i>: Harrison Ford is nothing if not useful

Extraordinary Measures: Harrison Ford is nothing if not useful

Extraordinary Measures is a race-against-time thriller in which a desperate dad (Brendan Fraser) sacrifices everything to cure a rare disease that is seconds away from killing his kids. Extraordinary Measures is also a heartwarming tale about a disgruntled doc (Harrison…
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Film, <i>Crossing Over</i>: Borderline Offensive

Crossing Over: Borderline Offensive

Haven't we been here before? The inbred mutant offspring of Crash and Babel, writer-director Wayne Kramer's Crossing Over treats the subject of illegal immigrants coming to (and from) Los Angeles with the same vulgarity Kramer brought to his 2006 children-in-peril…
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Music, All Shook Down

Lego Indiana Jones Game Footage Surfaces

This year's upcoming Indiana Jones movie looks pretty cool, but I'm more exctied about the Lego Indiana Jones video game. Just like the Lego Star Wars franchise, you get to control a cute little Lego dude who resembles Harrison…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation

Once (Fox) Easily the year's most perfect pop album — damned good movie too, the finest "musical" of the past 20 years. The disc's making-of refers to it as a "modern musical," but Once is as old-fashioned as it gets:…
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Film, Hacked


It is often written of Harrison Ford that he's the most profitable movie star in history, to the tune of some $3.8 billion in box-office receipts worldwide. Of course, once one subtracts from that total the first three Star Wars…
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Air Force One -- Audience Nothing

Air Force One Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Andrew W. Marlowe. Starring Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, and Gary Oldman. Opens Friday, July 25, at the Coronet and the Century Plaza. An action flick that panders to aging baby boomers,…
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Second Time Around

Alphaville / Blade Runner These two films practically define the fascinating cross-genre cross-breed "tech noir" -- films noir incorporating a bleak view of technology as well as people. Both films mingle science-fictional speculation with heroes modeled after the trench-coated detective…
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The Force Is Almost With You

Star Wars Special Edition Directed and written by George Lucas. Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, and the voice of James Earl Jones. Opening Friday, Jan. 31, at area theaters. At a 20-year remove, Star Wars comes…
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Calendar, Night&Day


wednesday december 27 Vacant Lot Ira Nowinski's "No Vacancy" records the history of the Yerba Buena Redevelopment Area, documenting the lives of local residents and their efforts to organize and protect their homes against the S.F. Redevelopment Agency. Through archival…
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