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Film, Feature Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

In Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, a prune-faced, simian-mouthed sexagenarian sits by the road in an old suit and brown-patterned tie, and cradles a white bunny in his arms. This is precisely what we've come to expect of a Tom Waits…
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Film, "Alex Cross": Tyler Perry Finds a Home in Comedic Action Thriller

"Alex Cross": Tyler Perry Finds a Home in Comedic Action Thriller

The action-hero debut of a famous funnyman, the reboot of a neglected cinematic franchise, a strong candidate for dumbest film of the year—there are so many compelling stories surrounding Alex Cross. Alas, its actual script doesn't offer one of them.…
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Film, The Late Bloomer: Rashida Jones Steps Out on Her Own

The Late Bloomer: Rashida Jones Steps Out on Her Own

In terms of looks, charisma, and talent, Rashida Jones should have been a star a long time ago. But in terms of what she's ready to offer Hollywood (and what Hollywood finally might be ready to let her accomplish), her…
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Film, "Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

"Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

André Téchiné's epic neo-family drama depicts offenses — attempted murder, mid-funeral beat downs, sex videos for Daddy — that no relation should have to countenance. Alain Resnais mainstay André Dussollier plays Francis, a bestselling mystery writer who travels to Venice…
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Calendar, Night&Day Japanese Hunger Games

Japanese Hunger Games

In a broken world not unlike our own, the state corrals a group of teenagers into a tightly controlled terrain and compels them to murder one another with an assortment of weapons until there's a sole survivor. Such is the…
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Film, "Bill W.": Alcoholics Anonymous Founder in the Flesh

"Bill W.": Alcoholics Anonymous Founder in the Flesh

The idea that addiction (drugs, alcoholism) is a disease is still scoffed at in some quarters, but what traction the once-radical notion has is largely due to the work of William G. Wilson (aka Bill W.), co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous…
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Film, "Bel Ami": He's Pretty Vacant

"Bel Ami": He's Pretty Vacant

What could be hotter than a bed-hopping bodice-ripper in which the movie hunk of the moment plows through three of the sexiest actresses of the 1990s? Most everything, it turns out. This tepid adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel tells…
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Film, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": Sensory Overload

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": Sensory Overload

After New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is through regulating sugar intake via soft drinks, he might want to consider the dubious, overstimulating effects of a film like Madagascar 3. Like a big-screen Big Gulp, this third installment of the billion-dollar…
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Film, "What to Expect When You're Expecting": Humanity's Horror

"What to Expect When You're Expecting": Humanity's Horror

Heidi Murkoff's mega-bestselling manual, What to Expect When You're Expecting, actually makes perfect sense as a vehicle for a contemporary Hollywood ensemble comedy. For an industry banked on bathroom humor, what could be more suitable than this vomit-, piss-, fart-,…
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Film, "The Perfect Family": Kathleen Turner Deserves More

"The Perfect Family": Kathleen Turner Deserves More

There's a vague echo of John Waters's film Serial Mom in director Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. But where Waters's satiric look at the lengths to which a mom would go to maintain the illusion (if not delusion) of her…
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Film, "Damsels in Distress": Dancing Divas Can't Save Plot

"Damsels in Distress": Dancing Divas Can't Save Plot

Back with his first film in 14 years, Whit Stillman still operates in a world of his own. With Damsels in Distress, Stillman's urban-haute-bourgeoisie-as-endangered-species sympathies are more refined than ever. On her first day at Seven Oaks College, transfer student…
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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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