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Film, "The Way, Way Back": Quirky Family Dramedy About Redefining the Back Seat

"The Way, Way Back": Quirky Family Dramedy About Redefining the Back Seat

The Way, Way Back Let us assume this film's title refers to its young protagonist's self-assigned seat in the family station wagon, from which he bursts free to a heartstring-tugging music swell near the end. For what this is, that's…
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Film, "Conviction": Hilary Swank emotes big, gets brother out of jail in awards-bait movie

"Conviction": Hilary Swank emotes big, gets brother out of jail in awards-bait movie

After Fox Searchlight's Amelia spectacularly flamed out last October, the studio tries again to grab awards-season honors with another biopic starring and executive-produced by Hilary Swank. Gone is the Kansas-patrician enunciation and smartly tailored Depression-era trousers; as Conviction's Betty Anne…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Iron Man 2</i>

Iron Man 2

As Iron Man 2 begins, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark—mechanical genius, Forbes 400 perennial, the pop-star CEO of Stark Industries—has dropped any pretense of a secret identity, dealing now with the murderous envy created by conspicuous success. Enter Ivan Vanko…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Moon</i>

Moon

Moon is a modest science fiction film with major aspirations. The tale of a lonely spaceman might have made an excellent Twilight Zone episode, but Moon’s premise is even more suggestive of a song by director Duncan Jones’s father, David…
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Calendar, Night&Day When You Grope for Luna

When You Grope for Luna

Moon is a modest science fiction film with major aspirations. The tale of a lonely spaceman might have made an excellent Twilight Zone episode, but Moon’s premise is even more suggestive of a song by director Duncan Jones’s father, David…
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Film, Bowie's kid makes his own space oddity in <i>Moon</i>

Bowie's kid makes his own space oddity in Moon

Moon, directed by British advert tyro Duncan Jones, is a modest science fiction film with major aspirations. Jones' debut is pleased to engage genre behemoths — 2001, Solaris, Blade Runner — as well as B movie classics like Invasion of…
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Film, Sex Crime

Sex Crime

There's a whole lotta fucking going on in Choke, Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's first-person novel about a sex addict named Victor Mancini with severe mommy issues. There's fucking in a cramped airplane bathroom, on a barnyard's itchy haystack,…
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A Couple of Clowns

Box of Moonlight Directed and written by Tom DiCillo. Starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount, Annie Corely, Alexander Goodwin, and Dermot Mulroney. At the Embarcadero in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. When Time magazine columnist Walter…
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