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Film, "Jack Reacher": Tom Cruise Scores

"Jack Reacher": Tom Cruise Scores

In his 2005 novel One Shot, writer Lee Child lays out nine rules for surviving a five-against-one alley fight, a challenge his hero, the ex-Army cop Jack Reacher, is about to face. These include "Be on your feet and ready."…
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Film, "Citadel": Inescapable, Inexplicable Horror

"Citadel": Inescapable, Inexplicable Horror

Reportedly inspired by a violent mugging experienced by writer-director Ciarán Foy, this hopelessly muddled horror movie takes place in a United Kingdom public housing high-rise so dingy and bleak you might feel that razing it would be a mercy. Tommy…
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Film, "Chasing Ice": Where Have All the Glaciers Gone?

"Chasing Ice": Where Have All the Glaciers Gone?

If you recently had a close encounter with the howling demon known as Hurricane Sandy, you might have a renewed belief in global warming. If not, consider yourself lucky, then see Chasing Ice, director Jeff Orlowski's beautiful yet sobering documentary…
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Film, "The Flat": Unearthing the Past from Its Darkest Corners

"The Flat": Unearthing the Past from Its Darkest Corners

It begins as an ordinary, if bittersweet, family event. The 98-year-old grandmother of Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger has died, and as this superb documentary opens, Goldfinger and his mother begin packing up her apartment. German Jews from Berlin, the Goldfingers…
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Film, "Nobody Walks": The Oppressive Nature of SoCal Sunshine

"Nobody Walks": The Oppressive Nature of SoCal Sunshine

For her evocative third feature, writer-director Ry Russo-Young has collaborated with filmmaker-actress Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, HBO's Girls) on a screenplay that occasionally presses too hard on plot in order to achieve thematic balance, as with the unlikely sexual tension…
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"Paranormal Activity 4": Formulaic's the Name of the Game

Are you an electronics moron? Are you incapable of shooting a cell phone video, much less managing the intricacies of a web cam chat? Congratulations! Your ineptitude guarantees that you'll never be haunted by the vain ghosts and demons that…
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Film, "End of Watch": Irresistible, Empty Entertainment

"End of Watch": Irresistible, Empty Entertainment

Born in 1968, filmmaker David Ayer grew up in the infamously troubled region known as South Central Los Angeles. As an adult, his Hollywood calling card was the screenplay for Training Day (2001), in which Denzel Washington played a corrupt…
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Film, "The Lucky One": Well, It's No "Notebook"

"The Lucky One": Well, It's No "Notebook"

The Lucky One is the seventh movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book — two more are currently in pre-production — and, well, it's no Notebook. In fact, it's the most leaden of the bunch. Zac Efron stars as U.S.…
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Film, "Kill List": Domestic Drama Turns Disturbingly Bloody

"Kill List": Domestic Drama Turns Disturbingly Bloody

Hit men have bills to pay, too, and sometimes a kid to feed and an anxious wife to placate even as they worry that their reputation in the bad-guy underworld is slipping. In the suburbs of Sheffield, England, a former…
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Film, Film Feature Early Summer Movie Guide: What to See, When to See It

Early Summer Movie Guide: What to See, When to See It

So begins the summer movie season, when we willingly pay to see movies we know will be bad. But between the raunchy comedies (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy) and silly sequels (Spy Kids 4, Final Destination 5) — some of…
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What if You Woke Up and Everyone Were Gone? Find Out Friday in Vanishing on 7th Street

One night, an electrical blackout rolls across Detroit, and when the sun comes up, the city's population has disappeared, leaving behind no trace of its existence except little piles of clothes. The culprit is the deep, dark black of…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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