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Film, "Upside Down": Mars and Venus, But Literally

"Upside Down": Mars and Venus, But Literally

Fresh from Cloud Atlas, nonthreatening young nouveau-matinee-idol Jim Sturgess leaps straight into yet another lumpy, draggy, poorly written science-fiction romance thing. This one's a story of forbidden love between the class-stratified peoples of two adjacent planets with opposite gravities and…
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Calendar, Night&Day British Island Accents

British Island Accents

The emotional gut-punch of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s most haunting movies, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, owes a great deal to Jack Cardiff’s primal yet lush Technicolor compositions. The Mostly British Film Festival pays homage to the great…
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Film, "The Way Back": Survival of the fittest

"The Way Back": Survival of the fittest

They call it "human interest." There are few narratives more compelling than a survival story like Peter Weir's new adventure yarn. The protagonists of The Way Back, the veteran director's first movie in the seven years since his seafaring Master…
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Film, Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep

Ben Mezrich's 2002 best-seller Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions was a smart narrative about ... well, you did see the subtitle, right? Mezrich more or less recounted a fantastic…
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