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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, Mighty Avenger

Mighty Avenger

Chalk it up to personal preference, but I've always been fonder of those comic-book heroes who emerge by intent rather than happenstance. I mean the ones, like Batman's Bruce Wayne, whose transformation from average Joe into masked crusader is an…
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Music, All Shook Down X-Files 2, Iron Man, Street Fighter IV: WonderCon News and Notes

X-Files 2, Iron Man, Street Fighter IV: WonderCon News and Notes

(Photos by Jeff Enlow) WonderCon has been a fantastic Xanadu of geekery thus far, with Saturday containing the majority of big money exclusives. Panel discussions from the X-Files creative team and Jon Favreau's upcoming Iron Man film were the…
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Film, Aboard Game

Aboard Game

Pay attention, Disney: This is how you do a family film right. Neither pandering nor dull, Zathura plays exactly like a no-limits replica of the kind of space adventure that imaginative kids left to their own devices might enact. Assuming…
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Culture, Stuff Free Will

Free Will

Even when people were watching Will Ferrell on television every Saturday night, they weren't seeing Will Ferrell. They saw no more than a glimpse of him, beneath wigs and behind glued-on beards and buried under characters who became almost better…
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Culture, Stuff Money Men

Money Men

There is only one reason Jon Favreau's new film is called Made. Not too long ago, his old friend and co-star Vince Vaughn called him up and told him, in no uncertain terms, "You gotta write something that can get…
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Film, Gangster Crap

Gangster Crap

When last we spotted indie icons Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau on screen together, they were knocking back fruit-flavored martinis and chasing L.A. skirt in the inventive Gen-X hit Swingers. The goofy charm of that phenomenon now gives way, sad…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Crimes and Misdemeanors Nick Katsapetses (Get Over It, The Joys of Smoking) isn't one of those Wunderkind filmmakers who got a camera as soon as he was old enough to cry. "My parents sent me to hockey camp instead," the…
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