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Film, "Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

"Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

Here's the new one from writer-director-star Zach Braff. Are we ready to give him a fair shake? Prerelease points of contention include that grammar-nerd bait in the title, the fact that he had the gall to Kickstart it, and, perhaps…
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Film, "Something Borrowed": Extraordinarily Impersonal Chick Flick

"Something Borrowed": Extraordinarily Impersonal Chick Flick

Something Borrowed is based on a 2005 work of chick literature by Emily Giffin. It was directed with extraordinary impersonality by Luke Greenfield (Rob Schneider's The Animal), and produced by Hilary Swank in collaboration, apparently, with the restaurant Shake Shack…
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Film, Kate Hudson's '<i>Fool's</i> <i>Gold</i>' Totally Worthless

Kate Hudson's 'Fool's Gold' Totally Worthless

When a friend recently told me that she'd been confused by the poster for the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson fortune-hunting romp Fool's Gold adorning her local multiplex — that she'd thought for sure this movie had already come and gone —…
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Music, Hear This Finntroll; Download Festival; Bill Callahan; Black Crowes; the Go-Gos

Finntroll; Download Festival; Bill Callahan; Black Crowes; the Go-Gos

In the forsaken hinterlands of Finland roams a band of evil trolls who sing in Swedish (one of the country's two national languages), and consume copious amounts of beer. Forging an unusual merger of grandiose black metal and bouncy, local…
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Film, Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

The Skeleton Key ranks high on the list of 2005's funniest films, bested only by the first two-thirds of Wedding Crashers, all of The Aristocrats, and that part in Stealth when the airplane starts sassing Josh Lucas. Doubtful that was…
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Film, Straight to <i>Helen</i>

Straight to Helen

Sitting through Raising Helen is an exercise in frustration, because somewhere inside this big heap of Hollywood nothing is a something (someone, actually) worth saving and savoring. Her name is Joan Cusack, always a supporting player but never a star,…
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Film, Reel World

Lust for Life

As career shifts go, Aparna Malladi's is pretty radical: She quit her job as a scientist at a South Bay biotech company, shelving her master's degree in molecular biology, to make a 35mm Cinemascope feature. "My parents designed my education…
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200 Cigarettes Directed by Risa Bramon Garcia. Written by Shana Larsen. Starring Ben Affleck, Janeane Garofalo, Gaby Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, and Paul Rudd. Opens Friday, Feb. 26, at the AMC 1000 Van Ness. Under…
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