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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

“Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” Prince at The Grammys. Smoothly done, oh orange one. (The Grammy's) “Beck knows Beyoncé should have won. I love Beck, but he didn't have the album of the year." Do you…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Bohemianland at The Social Study

Distillations: Bohemianland at The Social Study

There are few things in this world more interesting than watching someone hit on a bartender. At least the liquor distributor in a suit sitting next to me at the Social Study knew her. There was a poignant quality to…
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Film, Feature Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle (which didn't screen in time for our deadline) — Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to movies after a 15-year absence — we look back at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Visions of the Future

Visions of the Future

Science fiction author David Brin’s greatest claim to fame (or infamy) may be his book The Postman, which inspired the notorious Kevin Costner flop of the same name. But don’t hold that against Brin; like many a seer, he can’t…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Castro Theatre. The Exiles: See Ongoing listings. Through Aug. 7. Freaky Fantasy Films ... From the '80s: Triple feature: Return to Oz, Beetlejuice, and Meet the Feebles. Fri., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. $10. Analog Adventures: Pre-CGI Fantasy Adventures of the…
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Film, Change You Can't Believe In

Change You Can't Believe In

Swing Vote is an election-themed comedy that's about twice as smart as you expect it to be and still only half as smart as you wish it were. The clever premise, which would have seemed like pure science fiction no…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back

Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor pictures and virtually no special features. This set makes up for them with 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket,…
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Film, Brooks Bothers

Brooks Bothers

Mr. Brooks — in which Kevin Costner plays a respectable Seattle businessman who kills for thrills, thanks to the goading of an imaginary friend who looks a lot like William Hurt — is stunningly tepid, neither the clever and poignant…
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Film, That Sinking Feeling

That Sinking Feeling

Watching The Guardian, you will learn that the U.S. Coast Guard's rescue swimmers rank among the bravest and least heralded of military personnel, selflessly hurling themselves into raging currents or hurricane swells to save a single human life. But I…
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Film, Mad About It

Mad About It

The Upside of Anger belongs to Joan Allen, who plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a wife abandoned by her husband and left to pick up the pieces and collect them in a giant bottle of vodka. Terry's is the cold, composed visage…
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Ron Shelton, Tin Cup, and the American Movie Open

Tin Cup Directed by Ron Shelton. Starring Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, and Cheech Marin. Ron Shelton's jubilant romantic comedy about a wild-man golfer restores my faith in American film. Hell, it restores my faith in American life. From…
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