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Culture, The Exhibitionist Drone Pilots As Working Stiffs: <i>Eye in the Sky</i>

Drone Pilots As Working Stiffs: Eye in the Sky

The image of Alan Rickman doll-shopping in uniform in Gavin Hood's Eye of the Sky (rated R, now playing) is a droll sight. The wonderfully dour actor, who died at age 69 in January, looks flummoxed by minor variations…
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Dining, SFoodie The Five Best Foodie Ads of Super Bowl 50

The Five Best Foodie Ads of Super Bowl 50

Kind of a boring game, non? At least it's over. A couple people died in a fiery crash in SoMa, and thieves swiped some tickets and a signed Cam Newton jersey destined for an official NFL auction, but none…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Hitchcock Gets the Film Treatment

Video of the Day: Hitchcock Gets the Film Treatment

By Karina Longworth Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. "You're 60 years…
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Film, "The Debt": Mossad Revenge Flick Made Safe for Middlebrow Crowd

"The Debt": Mossad Revenge Flick Made Safe for Middlebrow Crowd

A remake of the far more brisk 2007 Israeli film with a bullpen of aging stars, this rather old-fashioned espionage drama seems deftly engineered to please the middlebrow minions allergic to superheroes and vampires. It's hardly a challenging film, though…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Kids Are Alright. Just Alright.

The Kids Are Alright. Just Alright.

Well, dear readers, I had intended to write about the Oscars for this posting, but did anyone else watch and have a total snore of a time? I mean seriously, you know it's a total snoozefest when you find yourself…
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Film, "Red": Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis are comedic trained killers

"Red": Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis are comedic trained killers

Classiest. Comic. Book. Movie. Ever. Not the best. Not the worst. Just the classiest — Helen Mirren (and Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich and Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss) can spruce up any pulp. As far as comic-book adaptations go,…
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Film, "Love Ranch"

"Love Ranch"

Helen Mirren married director Taylor Hackford in 1997; they fell in love on the set of White Nights (1985), their first film together. Love Ranch, their second collaboration in 25 years, should be grounds for divorce. Written and executive-produced by…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Last Station</i>

The Last Station

Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated writer in the world," The Last Station threatens at first to be Tolstoy for Dummies as interpreted by Monty Python. Soon enough,…
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Film, Political thriller <i>State of Play</i> is adrenaline for a dying industry: ours.

Political thriller State of Play is adrenaline for a dying industry: ours.

Kevin Macdonald's Washington thriller is a bellows designed to puff up the most beaten-down reporter's chest. Compressed from the highly regarded BBC miniseries first telecast in 2003, State of Play is an effectively involving journalism-cum-conspiracy yarn with a bang-bang opening…
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Film, Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow

Brendan "Kids' Choice" Fraser returns to the multiplex daycare as "Mo" Folchart, antiquarian-book-repairman-cum-adventurer. In Inkheart's opening chapter, he's identified as a member of a race of "Silvertongues" — those who, when they read aloud, can suck people out of and…
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Film, Royal Pains

Royal Pains

The Queen is more fun than any movie about the violent death of a 36-year-old woman has a right to be. It's also as exotic an English-language picture as the season is likely to bring. Directed by Stephen Frears from…
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Film, Show Me the Mommy

Show Me the Mommy

Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels makes his directorial debut with Shadowboxer, and it couldn't be clearer that he's trying to follow his previous formula for success. Oscar-caliber actors? Check. Interracial sex? Plenty. A violent demise or two, all in the…
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New Rules

Teaching Mrs. Tingle Written and directed by Kevin Williamson. Starring Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Barry Watson, and Marisa Coughlan. Opens Friday at the AMC 1000 Van Ness and the Sony Metreon. If Kevin Williamson has anything to say about it,…
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