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Film, "Winter's Tale": A Thief Saves a Dying Girl, Travels Through Time, Rides a Flying Horse, Because Romance

"Winter's Tale": A Thief Saves a Dying Girl, Travels Through Time, Rides a Flying Horse, Because Romance

A magic-realist love story that flitters about in increasingly arbitrary directions, Winter's Tale blathers on and on about the interconnectedness of life in a way that would embarrass even its kindred era-hopping spirit, Cloud Atlas. In 1916 New York City,…
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Film, <i>Creation</i> casts light on Darwin the scientist, and Darwin the man

Creation casts light on Darwin the scientist, and Darwin the man

Already a blogosphere punching bag for right-wing Christians, Creation — about Charles Darwin's writing of On the Origin of Species — commits the sin of thoughtfulness, and is quite moving in the process. Director Jon Amiel, working from a screenplay…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Creation</i>

Creation

Already a blogosphere punching bag for right-wing Christians, Creation—about Charles Darwin's writing of On the Origin of Species—commits the sin of thoughtfulness, and is quite moving in the process. Director Jon Amiel, working from a screenplay by John Collee, injects…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Twisted Path

The Twisted Path

Some claim that the 1986 film Labyrinth is a seminal part of their movie-going lives. We can neither confirm nor deny reports that this geeky, Jim Henson-directed puppet movie with its semi-psychedelic embellishments holds such sway with us. If someone…
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Film, Emotional Wreck

Emotional Wreck

I gave up after about 100 pages of John Burnham Schwartz's 1998 novel Reservation Road, a typically overwritten and contrived slice of mass-market literary pablum that hopscotches among the points of view of three people — the grieving mom, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Muppets and David Bowie in SF Tonight at <em>Labyrinth</em> Screening

Muppets and David Bowie in SF Tonight at Labyrinth Screening

God, where has the time gone? It’s gone into seeing movies like this. Read on for more jail bait Jennifer Connelly after the jump.…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Escape

No Escape

Some claim that the 1986 film Labyrinth is a seminal part of their movie-going lives. We can neither confirm nor deny reports that this geeky, Jim Henson-directed puppet movie with its semi psychedelic embellishments holds such sway with us. If…
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Film, Say It With Diamonds?

Say It With Diamonds?

"T.I.A.," mutters Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), slouched across a bar in Sierra Leone. It is 1999. As the West obsesses over Clinton's blowjob, the West African nation is mired in a savage civil war. Our hero, a world-weary soldier of…
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Film, <i>House</i> of Pain

House of Pain

For those who pay no mind to Oprah, the dispute at the heart of House of Sand and Fog concerns the occupancy of a run-down little bungalow just inland from the Northern California coast. It's not much of a place,…
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Film, Desperately Seeking <i>Anima</i>

Desperately Seeking Anima

O! Sweet vulture of love! Picking through the bones and sinew of doe-eyed fools the world around! How exquisite is thy rending, how blissful the release! Spirits in crimson rivulets swirled, souls as carrion shredded! Two vibrant hearts made still…
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Send in the Costellos

Inventing the Abbotts Directed by Pat O'Connor. Written by Ken Hixon, from the short story by Sue Miller. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler, and Joanna Going. Opens Friday, April 4, at the…
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