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Calendar, Night&Day Weimar Days

Weimar Days

In the ’30s and ’40s, urban sophisticate Ernst Lubitsch turned a corner of the Paramount lot into Old Europe for his masterful romantic comedies Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be. Those snappy-banter movies…
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Film,

In the Heat of the Knight

And so another summer movie season comes to an end, not with a bang but a whimper — what else to call four new releases (Babylon A.D., Bangkok Dangerous, College, and Disaster Movie) in the past 10 days that weren't…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

As You Like It (HBO) Babel: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Paramount Vantage) Broken (Weinstein) The Bronx Is Burning (ESPN) Building Bombs (New Video Group) Chalk (Arts Alliance America) Cinema 16: European Short Films (Warp) Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate) Davey and…
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News, Sucka Free City

Making a Killing

No, this is not the Zodiac speaking. Instead it is I, Paramount Pictures, who along with Warner Bros. has lightly fictionalized, filmed, and marketed the story of the hippie-era taunting serial murderer who had the press wrapped around his pinky.…
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Film, Typhoon in a Teacup

Typhoon in a Teacup

If John Woo's The Killer had been made by a Korean director lacking talent and a script, you'd have Typhoon. This hasn't stopped the film's publicists from hyping it as "more than another adventure film. It has become an emotional…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Interestingly enough, the "i once was lost ... II" found art and rock show doesn't mention the national splash made by Found magazine awhile back, even though the idea is nearly the same: to find interesting…
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Film, Fortunate Son

Fortunate Son

Sahara is a stunning piece of work -- stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable. How this didn't go direct to video or cable or airplane or bootleg is unfathomable. Actually, that's not entirely true. It…
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News, Dog Bites

Champagne Tastes

Ever since General Nutrition Centers pulled its ephedra-based products from stores, we find ourselves listless and dissatisfied. And during this withdrawal stupor, Dog Bites has holed up in our mature Victorian apartment more than usual, asking ourselves, "Isn't there more…
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Film, Think Different

Think Different

It's usually right about this time of year that film critics, especially those of advancing years, begin to feel a slow chill of dread creep up their spines. Suppressing that urge, they find it quickly replaced by a sudden rush…
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Film, Hallway Gangstas

Hallway Gangstas

Better Luck Tomorrow, about Asian-American high-schoolers making good grades but up to no good, arrives with the furor (albeit minor -- a rumpus, perhaps?) attendant a Sundance Film Fest fave. In this case, Internet gossip hounds bark amongst themselves about…
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Film, Persistent Visions

Persistent Visions

May 16 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones The producer of Howard the Duck returns to direct one of his space adventures. Seems pretty nifty. (Fox) May 17 About a Boy Wry English author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity)…
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News, Night Crawler Deco Raving

Deco Raving

The first sight of Oakland's Paramount Theatre at night is dazzling, even if that initial glimpse is an illusory reflection caught in a storefront window on 20th Street. The shimmering albedo of 7,000 feet of neon flashing up and down…
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Film,

Second Time Around

Breakfast at Tiffany's When Audrey Hepburn broke through in 1953's Roman Holiday, studio flacks dubbed her "the screen's most adorable new star." But "adorable" doesn't come close to capturing her wit and winsomeness; she had a bounty of spontaneous humor…
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