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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Macbeth</i>; Or, The Shout-ish Play

Macbeth; Or, The Shout-ish Play

During the opening night performance of Macbeth at Berkeley Rep, a couple sat directly to my right. Throughout the first act, the husband repeatedly brought his thumb and forefinger to the middle of his brow, gently pinching his nose.…
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Film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": Oh Yeah, Epics Are Supposed to Be Long

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": Oh Yeah, Epics Are Supposed to Be Long

Peter Jackson's project could also be called The Prolongation of Tolkien, and may not speak to an entire generation but will at least hold one captive while running its extended course. With a duration long enough to require a restroom…
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Calendar, Night&Day Use the Force, Charles

Use the Force, Charles

It's not surprising that a show called One-Man Star Wars Trilogy exists. You can easily imagine it playing on a weeknight in a 20-seat theater, rented by the performer and stocked with his friends. But Charles Ross is not some…
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Film, Lucky X III

Lucky X III

When kids of all ages discuss comic books and superheros, there is inevitably one question that comes up time and again: If that one guy and that other guy had a fight, who would win? Comics companies occasionally indulge these…
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Film, Zzzzzz-Men


In Bryan Singer's last movie, 1998's Apt Pupil, Ian McKellen portrayed a Nazi war criminal hiding out in the suburbs, passing himself off as an ordinary old man crouching behind drawn blinds. In Singer's new movie, X-Men, McKellen plays Erik…
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