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Film, "Tower Heist": Action Caper Is Funny, Fleet, and Inconsequential

"Tower Heist": Action Caper Is Funny, Fleet, and Inconsequential

A revenge of the have-nots playing on the clear class stratification of the luxury high-rise, Tower Heist pits lobby against penthouse. At The Tower, an exclusive Columbus Circle apartment building, top-floor investor Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) stands accused of financial…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Like Mike

I Like Mike

It’s a good trick: Touring behind a book you wrote about the book tour you just finished. Not everyone could get away with it, honestly. If Dave Eggers tried that, he’d be put in the stockade. But actor Mike Farrell’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Like Mike

Be Like Mike

Apparently, he doesn't want to be called "B.J.," and who would? Mike Farrell, played Dr. B.J. Hunicutt, the sweet calm to Alan Alda's storm in the world's favorite TV show of the 1970s, M*A*S*H, and became globally beloved. Just Call…
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Film, Sources Say, Meh

Sources Say, Meh

Resurrecting the Champ is a great movie about journalism—maybe the best there ever was—because Resurrecting the Champ is mind-erasingly boring. It’s a solid story about the newspaper business—specifically, about how a well-intentioned writer occasionally makes a mistake totally by accident,…
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Everyone Says I Love You Directed and written by Woody Allen. Starring Allen, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn, Tim Roth, Drew Barrymore, and Lukas Haas. Opens Friday, Jan. 17, at the Metro in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. World governments…
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Sizzle, Fizzle

If satirists throw snowballs, then America is the broad side of a barn. Who could miss? Yet Michael Moore, the accomplished wise-ass whose credits include the award-winning 1989 documentary Roger and Me and the ongoing Fox series TV Nation, does…
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