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Film, "Third Person": Menage a Talky

"Third Person": Menage a Talky

Writer-director Paul Haggis' new film is, in part, a three-way love story about the three-way-ness of love stories. Which is to say it's about what goes on between the two it takes to tango when somebody brings a plus-one. With…
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Film, "High School": Titular Pun Is Dreary Comedy's Only Laugh

"High School": Titular Pun Is Dreary Comedy's Only Laugh

Its opening shots replete with heavily fetishized close-ups of kids taking hits off joints, and its dialogue peppered with lines like "Getting high... it's like freedom," John Stalberg Jr.'s dismal stoner comedy does little to inject any sense of joy…
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Film, "Splice": One crazy test-tube mutant of a movie

"Splice": One crazy test-tube mutant of a movie

Though Sundance-screened and sporting an upscale cast, writer-director Vincenzo Natali's Splice has a mad science quality. He has crossbred a self-serious psychodrama and a queasy creature-feature, and unleashed this malformed freak on the world. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are…
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Film, Despite its stylish trappings, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i> is no joke

Despite its stylish trappings, The Brothers Bloom is no joke

Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing — where everything takes place in a familiar today and an otherworldly yesterday, where the audience is at once agreeably comfortable and inexplicably unsettled. When his characters…
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Film, Detective Comics

Detective Comics

If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any such childish illusions. Glamorously adult, Hollywoodland purports to part the veil on the circumstances by which…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Monkey Shines

Monkey Shines

Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands of unsold cartridges were dumped en masse in the desert, creating the crappiest buried treasure of all time -- Hollywood tie-ins…
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Film, Shock Treatment

Shock Treatment

Come this time next year, The Jacket may well occupy the slot in movie discourse that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind does now -- that of the film that coulda-shoulda-woulda gotten more Oscar nominations if only it hadn't come…
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Film, Reel World

Other People's Money

Other People's Money In a surprising reversal, Gorilla Sports withdrew its Planning Commission application to expand its health club at 2324 Chestnut St. into the Presidio Theater next door. (Century Theaters will cease operations at the Presidio when its lease…
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Film, Baltimore Bugaloo

Baltimore Bugaloo

Although he couldn't have known it at the time, growing up in Baltimore during the 1950s would prove to be filmmaker Barry Levinson's smartest career move. First in Diner, then in Tin Men, Avalon, and now Liberty Heights, he has…
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