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Calendar, Night&Day Delta Muse

Delta Muse

Ballast, Lance Hammer’s remarkable, unfailingly intelligent debut film rooted in the Mississippi Delta’s vanishing way of life, tells of the fall-out from one man’s suicide on three people. Ballast’s opening alternates between James (JimMyron Ross), a 12-year-old African-American boy roaming…
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Ballast

Lance Hammer's remarkable, unfailingly intelligent debut film, rooted in the Mississippi Delta's vanishing way of life, tells of the fall-out from one man's suicide on three people. Ballast's opening alternates between James (JimMyron Ross), a 12-year-old African-American boy roaming the…
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The Favor

As an unconscious parody of everything that's wrong with Indiewood, Eva Aridjis' The Favor is brilliant. Otherwise, it's an unwatchable nightmare that brought back bad memories of NYU screenwriting classes. What's the matter with Johnny (Ryan Donowho)? He smokes, deals…
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Colloquial Williamsburg

Andrew Bujalski has produced only a pair of microbudget 16 mm features since 2002 — but it's taken this narrow-casting, 30-ish Harvard grad only those two features to stake out a particular territory as well as a fan base. Bujalski's…
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Keeping the Faith

So some kids have bought the old DV8 space in SOMA and plan to open a new club there sometime soon (a few days this week for the Summer Music Conference, and then some official opening date once it's fixed…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the forthcoming feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the…
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The Ice-Breaker

Sonia, a young woman wandering through the snows of Antarctica, stumbles upon a diary of intriguing geological findings that's detailed with emotion. The diary impacts Sonia's lifework and, years later, initiates her search for the scientist who authored it. Lawrence…
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A Cut Above

It takes mighty big stones to name your horror movie Saw, knowing full well that that's popular fan-slang for Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a movie worshipped by gore-hounds worldwide. When you take that name for your own, you had…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Mystery, Crime, Film Archives

Mystery, Crime, Film Archives

SAT 4/10 Oh, what a twisted web we weave -- some more twisted than others. In the case of J.X. Williams, a shadowy (and fictional) filmmaker, the web-weaving is off the charts: His involvement with the Mafia in the '60s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fright Night

Fright Night

It's easy for moviemakers to spook teenagers already unnerved by puberty and the specter of impending adulthood. Scaring grown-ups is a whole different set of knives, but too many horror flicks settle for the dull blades of extreme gore or…
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Night Crawler

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary In Catholic tradition, the patron saint of cooks and chefs is St. Lawrence the Martyr, one of seven deacons charged with giving help to the poor under Pope St. Sixtus. Story goes, the Prefect of…
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Nickel-and-Diming Problem Kids

He was, his mother says, an angry child. At 4, Lawrence climbed trees and threw himself out of them. Six times at the age of 6 years, he was hospitalized for being a danger to himself and others. Then he…
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Nin of the Above

The best part of Delta of Venus is Costas Mandylor's bare ass -- a pair of perfect globes that twitch and shudder with an authentic expression of desire. Apart from that, the movie, directed by Zalman King and "based on"…
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