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Film, Neither Shaken Nor Stirred

Neither Shaken Nor Stirred

Those of us who adored Casino Royale, the 2006 reboot of the haggard, self-parodic James Bond franchise, had some trouble trying to decide where to place it among the series' finest. Was it better than Goldfinger? Probably not, but close.…
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Film, Grounded


Kites fly high over the San Francisco Bay and Kabul (okay, China), but not much else soars in Marc Forster's flaccid adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's vivid 2002 novel, which covers three decades of Afghanistan's misery under serial totalitarian rule. Arriving…
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Calendar, Night&Day Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley

If it’s true that you’ve got to suffer if you want to sing the blues, as David Bromberg proposed in one his best tunes, then how to explain the Mill Valley Film Festival? The living is easy in Mill Valley…
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Film, Peter Panache

Peter Panache

Oh, that Johnny Depp. Played in some dime-a-dozen rock bands, did some average television, made a few cutesy little movies. Whatever. Yeah, he messes with his looks in a fun way sometimes, but otherwise he merely rides that nicotine-sunken-cheeks thing…
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Film, Reel World

Do the Right Thing

Sometime between now and June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to reach decisions in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, the crucial affirmative action cases challenging the University of Michigan's admissions policy. Paying particularly close attention to the…
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