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Film, Film Feature Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Like Snapchats, sketch comedies sometimes benefit from vanishing right after being seen: It was live before your eyes, and then it was gone forever, and maybe that's for the best. So, by trying to harness that fleeting essence in motion-picture…
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Film, Kick Ass

Kick Ass

The Foot Fist Way has been trying to break into theaters since clawing its way down film-fest row, beginning at Sundance in '06. It took Will Ferrell and his comedy life partner Adam McKay to get distributors interested; notes the…
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Film, Maybe Another Teen Movie

Maybe Another Teen Movie

It seems fitting that a movie about debate competition should produce ambivalent feelings. As a master debater says early on in Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, a strong opinion is a luxury the great ones don't allow themselves — it only…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish This Time It's Serious

This Time It's Serious

Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter to chapter and see whether they all don't begin with exactly the same image, accompanied by exactly the same sound.…
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Music, Reviewed Another Serene World

Another Serene World

Here’s a new band with a lot going against it. First, the name. Kind of clunky. Second, it hails from Ontario, is a cute boy/girl collective, and plays quixotic indie rock with a king’s arsenal of different instruments. These facts…
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Film, Duff, Dumb, and Blond

Duff, Dumb, and Blond

Nitpicking a movie aimed at young girls can come across as gratuitously cruel, but if you're neither female nor young, you should be warned that A Cinderella Story pretty much sucks. Now then, to the little ladies: You may not…
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Film, Sa-Weet!


It's charming. It's hilarious. It is perhaps the most beautifully crafted, lovingly rendered portrait of extreme geekitude ever to grace the screen. It's Napoleon Dynamite -- the first feature film from 24-year-old Brigham Young University student Jared Hess -- and,…
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