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Calendar, Night&Day Fatal Attractions

Fatal Attractions

Film noir, as it’s classically defined, had a circumscribed lifespan from the early postwar about-to-boom years through the late 1950s, when color films began to displace black-and-white. But the genre’s allure and influence will never wane, as anybody who’s winced…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Took a Shot

Took a Shot

American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good), About a Boy (great), In Good Company (absolutely perfect). But this, er, satire about a dumb American president (Dennis Quaid, channeling whassisname)…
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Film, Reel World

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied "Ralph Ellison never allowed Invisible Man to be made into a movie, a play, or an opera, although he got appealing offers from Sidney Lumet and Quincy Jones," relates East Bay filmmaker Avon Kirkland during a recent conversation.…
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Eight Isn't Enough

Silver lining or slender thread? That question nags at me as I go over my best-of-the-year list. There were some terrific movies in 1998 -- eight, according to my count. But the average film keeps on getting worse. If movies…
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