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Film, "Shanghai Calling": Golly, Isn't Shanghai Terrific?

"Shanghai Calling": Golly, Isn't Shanghai Terrific?

Shanghai is like a beautiful woman. Shanghai and construction go hand in hand. Shanghai is the new land of opportunity. Shanghai isn't a hardship post for outcasts anymore; it's a gold star on your résumé and it's attracting the best…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Cameron Crowing

Cameron Crowing

Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic nonetheless is among the few modern-day movies deserving of lavish treatment; this boxed set, three discs with three hours of new stuff, feels almost as big…
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Film, <i>Played</i> for Fools

Played for Fools

Anyone vaguely familiar with the rules of golf knows that you may not improve your lie, ground your club in a sand trap, or -- most grievous of all -- subtract strokes from your score. This last one apparently never…
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Film, The Lord's Work?

The Lord's Work?

It is possible to admire Frailty, directed by Texas-born actor Bill Paxton, without actually liking it. It's not, strictly speaking, a gratifying movie: Too dependent upon twists, both excruciatingly obvious and irritatingly ludicrous, it never fully satisfies. What you can't…
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Money Changes Everything

A Simple Plan Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Scott B. Smith, from his novel. Starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, and Brent Briscoe. Opens Friday, Dec. 11, at the AMC 1000. Ultratough guy Jesse "The Body" Ventura…
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