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Film, The Longest Yawn

The Longest Yawn

"The Rock" — formerly known as "Flex Kavana" and, a bit later, as "Rocky Maivia" — was a practicing actor long before he turned to movies and started taking down $12 million paychecks. The happily deluded throngs who used to…
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Film, Practical Magic

Practical Magic

If, at this remove, we can imagine Vienna in the late 1890s, we behold a great imperial capital in ferment. Gustav Mahler is not only reinventing the harmonic structure of serious music, but he is also getting his head seriously…
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Film, Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Snort a few lines of Fame, screen Save the Last Dance a couple of times, and channel what you've learned through the bad-ass pose of a second-rate Eminem and you get Step Up, a dance romance with the originality of…
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Film, London Fog

London Fog

For 35 years, Woody Allen was a long shot to stray into the Bronx or Staten Island — much less the alien reaches of London, England. The creator of Manhattan has always been joined to his chosen borough like pastrami…
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Film, Free Kicks

Free Kicks

When the clueless U.S. men's soccer team got dumped in the first round of the World Cup last month, American sports fans generally shrugged and went about their business. Aside from its popularity among millions of suburban schoolchildren, what most…
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Film, Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

The strategically crucial Eurasian city now called Istanbul (population: 13 million, and growing by 700,000 a year) has had its share of upheaval over the centuries. It was conquered by Alexander the Great, torched by a vengeful Roman emperor, attacked…
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Film, Fun With Flesh Wounds

Fun With Flesh Wounds

If nothing else, give the makers of Beowulf & Grendel high marks for boldness, and for a certain playful irreverence. It's a good bet that today's moviegoers have all the respect in the world for eighth-century poetry, Norse legend, and…
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Film, <i>Deep</i> Doo-Doo

Deep Doo-Doo

About three-quarters of the way through Waist Deep, the hero of the piece — an indestructible ex-convict who calls himself O2 (2 Fast 2 Furious star Tyrese Gibson) — peers out through the swirling smoke and the bloody mayhem of…
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Film, Royal Flush

Royal Flush

It's clear by now that British director James Marsh regards America as a vaguely amusing madhouse — a reliably primitive, thoroughly benighted backwater infested with dangerous grotesques. He is, after all, the fellow who gave us the supercilious TV documentary…
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Film, Psycho Cowboy

Psycho Cowboy

The Old West has vanished, John Wayne is dead, and — this just in — the two most famous ranch hands in America are gay. But there would be no point in telling any of that to Harlan Fairfax Carruthers,…
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Film, Unamerican Dream

Unamerican Dream

The lovable hero of Goal! The Dream Begins is the kind of guy some Americans don't find very appealing these days — a Mexican immigrant who's trying to make a better life in East Los Angeles. Little matter that young…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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