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Film, "Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

"Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

With his creation Mabel "Madea" Simmons, here starring in her seventh film, Tyler Perry has built a franchise around barking disciplinarian, commonsense solutions to societal ills — and being that Madea looks like a linebacker in a circus-tent housedress, she…
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Film, "Goon": Brute on the Ice Is Good Guy at Heart

"Goon": Brute on the Ice Is Good Guy at Heart

In this comedy, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is a polite Jewish boy from fictional Orangetown, Mass. Doug is a bouncer, but his middle-class parents (Eugene Levy and Ellen David), in denial that their son is the mental equal of…
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Music, Bouncer

Depth of a Salesman: Parsing Economic Philosophy at Paragon

There's a line in the Bible that reads, "There are many rooms in my father's house." I have no idea what this means, but it often runs through my head when I am traveling through San Francisco neighborhoods in search…
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Film, L.A. Story

L.A. Story

For Your Consideration pulls off the neat trick of skewering the movie industry while remaking it in its own image. The latest ensemble comedy by Christopher Guest and company may take place in Los Angeles, but its imaginative provenance lies…
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Film, Call the Cops

Call the Cops

The Man isn't so much a movie as a parody of one, the kind of thing people in movies about the movie business pitch as an outrageous, inept idea when a director's looking for the cheap and quick giggle. Only…
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Culture, Stuff The Man of Many Face

The Man of Many Face

It has often been written of Chris Guest -- or, if you prefer, Fifth Baron Christopher Haden-Guest, son of diplomat Peter Haden-Guest, who could once vote in Parliament -- that he has the demeanor of cold stone and the temperament…
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