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Film, "Dom Hemingway": A Crime Saga Mostly About a Penis

"Dom Hemingway": A Crime Saga Mostly About a Penis

Richard Shepard's Dom Hemingway begins with jailbird Hemingway (a ripped and hirsute Jude Law) giving an extended monologue on the exquisiteness of his junk, all while being serviced offscreen by a fellow inmate, and the movie never really stops being…
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Film, "Side Effects": Genre-Mixing with Uneven Results

"Side Effects": Genre-Mixing with Uneven Results

Ostensibly a story of comfortable Manhattanites beset by depression, intervention, and complication, Side Effects operates on several tonal levels. Drawing plot parallels between pharmaceutical opportunism and insider trading, it seems first to lean toward deadpan satire. Then come the shades…
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Film, Yuppie Scum Meets Ravishing Refugee

Yuppie Scum Meets Ravishing Refugee

Let us applaud, on principle, Anthony Minghella's return to small-scale storytelling. Breaking and Entering marks his first original screenplay since the oddball romcom Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), and a retreat from the jumbo-sized period pieces of his Miramax-to-the-max phase. Overrated…
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Culture, Stagecap


Have you ever responded to a voicemail via e-mail only to receive a text-message reply? Do you keep in touch with close yet distant friends via Internet sites like MySpace and Friendster? Have you ever opted to stay home and…
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Film, Candy Caine

Candy Caine

Writer-director Charles Shyer's Alfie is less a remake of the 1966 film that made Michael Caine a star than it is a retooling that softens the horrific blows struck by the original; it's sweeter, too, cotton candy spun from decades-old…
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Film, Days of Future Passed

Days of Future Passed

Fortune smiles on groovy egregiousness. In the case of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the filmmaker's investment in his weird visions is wildly unorthodox, but the payoff is oddly satisfying. The movie features myriad killer robots, raucous underwater…
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Culture, Stage Failed Experiment

Failed Experiment

At first, you think it's a joke. Actors gotten up like faintly old-fashioned people at an expensive party strut the stage uttering stilted, improbable lines. "Go then, be thou my emissary," says the philosopher, Faustus, to his wife, who urges…
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Film, Reel World

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest Today's DIY inspiration: 14-year-old Maraya Massin-Lezey, a San Francisco student, and her New York-based cousin, Joanna Gurin, age 15, just returned from taking a meeting in London with Jude Law. Gurin wrote a screenplay about…
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