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Calendar, Night&Day There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

If Quentin Tarantino turned his attention to the quiet unease of American suburbia, we imagine the results would be similar to You're Going to Bleed, a dark comedy by playwright Melissa Fall about modern malaise, sex, and revenge, which…
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Film, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

The year is 1837. A newly crowned Queen Victoria, voiced by Imelda Staunton and animated in clay as a shrewish little turnip of a woman, decrees war on buccaneering. Well down her Most Wanted list is the Pirate Captain (Hugh…
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Film, Tube Boobs

Tube Boobs

Wanna knock the prez? Let's make a show ... preferably on television. Paul Weitz's new satire American Dreamz imagines the Bush regime as an episode in the history of American entertainment and American Idol as the quintessence of U.S. democracy.…
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Film, About a Man

About a Man

Paul Weitz, with brother Chris, co-wrote and co-directed 2002's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy, in which a cocky grown man (Hugh Grant) learned how to act like a grown man by observing a gawky young boy (Nicholas…
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Film, The Edge of Treason

The Edge of Treason

A week after having seen Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, no memory of it remains save some scribblings in my notepad, such is the slight nature of this woeful, forgettable sequel. Squandering the goodwill that lingers from the original,…
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Blue in the Face

Mickey Blue Eyes Directed by Kelly Makin. Written by Adam Scheinman and Robert Kuhn. Starring Hugh Grant, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Caan, Burt Young, and James Fox. Opens Friday at the Galaxy and the Sony Metreon. Behold the plight of the…
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Nothing Hill

Notting Hill Directed by Roger Mitchell. Written by Richard Curtis. Starring Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, and Rhys Ifans. Opens Friday, May 28, at area theaters. Maybe it's the damned blinking thing, because it's not…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

The Foreplay's the Thing Upward of a hundred people sit expectantly in the Cine-Stage room of the Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theatre, one soul in a Members Only jacket surreptitiously applying Chap Stick. A disembodied voice announces in a baritone, Luther…
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Jane's Addiction

Sense and Sensibility is a big movie about small gestures. It's easy to see why Jane Austen (whose 1811 novel of the same title is the basis for Emma Thompson's screenplay) is enjoying her present vogue in Hollywood: Her characters…
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Nasty Boys

If Lie Down With Dogs, the first feature film by Wally White, were a child, it would need therapy for hyperactivity. The movie tries anything and everything to attract attention. It makes a lot of noise, fastens admiringly on the…
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