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Film, "Fury": Who Wouldn't Want to Spend Time in a Tank with Brad Pitt During a War?

"Fury": Who Wouldn't Want to Spend Time in a Tank with Brad Pitt During a War?

Conventional but rousing, Fury paints a bleak and brutal portrait of World War II combat through the turret of a battle-scarred American tank. In 1945 Germany, Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a squadron of men (Shia LaBeouf's…
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Film, "Gone Girl": Marital Bliss Gets the Fincher Treatment

"Gone Girl": Marital Bliss Gets the Fincher Treatment

Marriage is a minefield in Gone Girl, David Fincher's expertly executed, mordantly funny adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel, about a writer named Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike, in a breakout performance) suddenly goes missing. Its…
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Film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes": Occupy: Damn Dirty Apes

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes": Occupy: Damn Dirty Apes

Apes continue their ascent up the evolutionary ladder in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to 2011's franchise reboot; like its predecessor, Dawn is more notable for its impressive CG work than its narrative depth. With most…
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Film, "Earth to Echo": Kids Sure Do Love Sending Cute Aliens Home

"Earth to Echo": Kids Sure Do Love Sending Cute Aliens Home

A tween-age hybrid of E.T. and The Goonies distinguished by its found-footage conceit, Earth to Echo details the nightlong efforts of three best friends to help a stranded alien get back home. On the evening before their suburban Nevada community…
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Film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2": Once Everyone's Got One, It's Just Not as Cool Anymore

"How to Train Your Dragon 2": Once Everyone's Got One, It's Just Not as Cool Anymore

Everyone and her mother has already trained her dragons in How to Train Your Dragon 2, thereby turning this superfluous animated sequel into a hodgepodge of empty platitudes and aerial mayhem. Having transformed his village into a dragon-friendly haven where…
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Film, "22 Jump Street": Celebrating the Derivative!

"22 Jump Street": Celebrating the Derivative!

Self-reflexive silliness prevents sequelitis in 22 Jump Street, a deft and delirious follow-up to 2012's TV-show adaptation that mocks its very duplicative nature at every turn. As in the original, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) indulge…
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Film, "Edge of Tomorrow": Tom Cruise's No Good, Very Bad, End-of-All-Life Day

"Edge of Tomorrow": Tom Cruise's No Good, Very Bad, End-of-All-Life Day

Tom Cruise dies over and over again to save the lives of billions in Edge of Tomorrow, a sturdy sci-fi extravaganza (based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need Is Kill) that functions like a cross between Groundhog Day and…
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Film, "The Fault in Our Stars": A Teen Cancer Love Story That Skillfully Separates Your Face from Its Tears

"The Fault in Our Stars": A Teen Cancer Love Story That Skillfully Separates Your Face from Its Tears

Teen romances don't come much weepier than The Fault in Our Stars, director Josh Boone's adaptation of John Green's popular YA novel about the budding relationship between two terminally ill kids. Suffering with incurable lung cancer that keeps her permanently…
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Film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West": Seth MacFarlane Continues to Inflict Himself Upon the Culture

"A Million Ways to Die in the West": Seth MacFarlane Continues to Inflict Himself Upon the Culture

Surround Seth MacFarlane with an illustrious cast of stars — including Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi — and he's still a terrible actor. Such is the central problem with A Million…
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Film, "Fed Up": A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Diabetes Go Down

"Fed Up": A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Diabetes Go Down

Alternately depressing, infuriating, and terrifying, Fed Up tackles the issue of American obesity with clear-sighted reasoning that makes it the rare agitprop documentary to convince through activist outrage. Stephanie Soechtig's film (narrated by Katie Couric) addresses only one side of…
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Film, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2": At Least As Many Villains As the <i>Other</i> Second Spider-Man Movie

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2": At Least As Many Villains As the Other Second Spider-Man Movie

The demands of developing a serialized franchise take precedence over coherent drama in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a scatterbrained sequel that's so busy establishing future installments — and the dynamics that will drive them — that it functions as an…
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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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