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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in <i>Chi-Raq</i>

Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in Chi-Raq

When actor and America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon told SF Weekly about gang members coming over, shooting up his block and killing an innocent person in the crossfire, he wasn't only describing the narrative of Spike Lee's new…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Horror, the Humor

The Horror, the Humor

Prior to its 2006 premier, the online buzz for Snakes on a Plane was so loud that New Line Cinema sent the crew back into production to add violence and vulgarity, for the cinesters who had already been making fan-fiction,…
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Music, Hear This Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie

Pop-radio-ready garage-rock has a(nother) New York face, and this one is much prettier than Julian Casablancas. It belongs to much-hyped Lissy Trullie, the erstwhile model who found some shaggy Strokes-via-Television riffs lying in the gutter, snatched 'em up, and ran…
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Film, Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers

If the dream of every comic is to have his humor live on long after he's left the stage, then the late Bernie Mac has exited this world on a high note. Soul Men, a comedy completed shortly before Mac's…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Maybe too <i>Hard </i>

Maybe too Hard

Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's going to blow; as this set proves, only odd-numbered Die Hards are any good. The first one, of course,…
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Film, Slithering Heights

Slithering Heights

Snakes on a Plane represents the ideal of contemporary major-studio filmmaking — which is to say, major-studio marketing. Who needs word-of-mouth screenings or critics when you can sell the four-word pitch as written on a napkin? It points to a…
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Film, Call the Cops

Call the Cops

The Man isn't so much a movie as a parody of one, the kind of thing people in movies about the movie business pitch as an outrageous, inept idea when a director's looking for the cheap and quick giggle. Only…
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Film, Not Rockne

Not Rockne

Nobody messes with Samuel L. Jackson -- at least not at the movies. He's Shaft reinvented, the coolest cop on the street. He's Mace Windu, the only swashbuckler in the Star Wars galaxy who gets to swing a purple lightsaber.…
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Music, Bouncer


There really is nothing crazier in tha clubz than the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. All across the city, everyone lines up for a Mojito on a night that rivals only New Year's Eve in terms of sheer revelry. Police checkpoints…
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Film, Split Levels

Split Levels

Hollywood appears to be developing a healthy sense of humor about Valentine's Day, which, from this cynic's perspective, is a good thing. In the new millennium, rather than dole out romantic trifles like Return to Me as per the usual…
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Film, Mutha's Day

Mutha's Day

The title of the 1971 Gordon Parks detective movie Shaft worked as a double entendre -- when it presented Richard Roundtree's "black private dick" John Shaft as a superstud at whom women of every race threw themselves, it wasn't hard…
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Flunking Out

187 Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Written by Scott Yagemann. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Gonzalez, and Karina Arroyave. At area theaters. 187, a number favored by adolescent thugs, is the California state penal code for homicide…
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