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    Film, Film Feature Playing with Himself

    Playing with Himself

    Fandom is a tricky thing for Bruce Campbell. He's been referred to as a "man-god" by Ain't-It-Cool-News' Harry Knowles, able to fill the halls at Comic-Con based on his iconic role as the slapstick, deadpan hero Ash in Sam Raimi's…
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    The Day the Plot Stood Still

    Flying saucers just aren't that scary anymore. Especially after Ed Wood and Mars Attacks, it's hard to take a threat from a giant Frisbee all that seriously. So what's an update of the iconic 1951 sci-fi flick, The Day the…
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    Film, Capturing the Castle

    Capturing the Castle

    It really shouldn't have been so hard to make a decent Punisher movie.The Marvel Comics character, who shot to prominence in the late '80s after Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns proved there was an appetite for psychotic and homicidal…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Eden Lake</i>

    Eden Lake

    Gleefully demonizing both the British “chav” working-class and the horror genre's usual target audience of mid-teen males, Eden Lake pits a well-to-do, soon-to-be-married couple (Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender) against a gang of obnoxious, bicycle-riding 14-year-olds. It's the epitomical rule…
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    Film, The Brave and the Boll

    The Brave and the Boll

    Uwe Boll isn't one to take criticism lying down. In 2006, the prolific German director, best known for his nearly annual output of poorly reviewed videogame adaptations, challenged his most vocal critics to meet him in a Vancouver boxing ring,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Zombie Strippers</i>

    Zombie Strippers

    During George W. Bush’s fourth term as president, the administration’s desire for crises and predisposition toward fuck-ups leads to the creation of a zombie virus that the government hopes will help replenish troops for its various overseas conflicts. Infected women…
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    Film, FilmCap

    Zombie Strippers

    During George W. Bush's fourth term as president, the administration's desire for crises and predisposition toward fuck-ups leads to the creation of a zombie virus that the government hopes will help replenish troops for its various overseas conflicts. Infected women…
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    Film, Not Taylor-Made

    Not Taylor-Made

    Rare is the star vehicle that is as poorly matched to its star as Drillbit Taylor, which casts Owen Wilson as a homeless army deserter and con man, able to fool people into believing he's both a substitute teacher and…
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    Film, <i>Meet the Spartans</i> Lazy, Unfunny

    Meet the Spartans Lazy, Unfunny

    Perhaps the most oft-quoted line from Zack Snyder's cinematic adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel 300 is "Tonight we dine in hell!" Chowing down on a box of Butterfinger Minis during a screening of Meet the Spartans, you will…
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    Calendar, Night&Day AVP Sneaks In

    AVP Sneaks In

    Hey, Fox marketing people? If you have a cinematic franchise that you wish to keep vibrant, calling the latest installment Requiem is a bad idea. As is stealing the ending from Resident Evil: Apocalypse, of all things. But aside from…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Saint Nic

    Saint Nic

    Oscar winner in hideous haircut? Check. Love interest with foreign accent? Yup. Insanely convoluted treasure hunt involving multiple ancient clues to solve historical mystery? You know it. But this ain't The Da Vinci Code, folks. How can we tell? National…
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    News, Feature

    Bad Blood

    Only a couple of years ago, the horror genre seemed newly resurgent, like an undead killer digging himself out of the grave. "Fresh-faced" directors like Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Darren Lynn Bousman, and James Wan — many of whom were…
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    Film, Snow Job

    Snow Job

    Just a guess here, but the majority of Amanda Bynes fans probably didn't get most of the Shakespeare references in her As You Like It–inspired She's the Man, so, behold: This time she's gone for something a bit more familiar…
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    Film, Austin's Powers

    Austin's Powers

    "10 People will fight. 9 people will die. You get to watch." So proclaims the poster for The Condemned, a movie executive-produced by World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon, and starring self-professed "whup-ass machine" Stone Cold Steve Austin and oft-suspended…
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    Home Entertainment, DVDish Her One Little Secret

    Her One Little Secret

    Sleeping Dogs Lie (First Look) Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait takes a subversive concept (honesty is overrated) and marries it to an outrageous scenario (a woman's family learns that she once, uh, performed for a dog) to create . . . a…
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    Film, Radical Chick

    Radical Chick

    When one considers a red-blooded, macho, flag-waving, Bush-voting American country music fan looking at a gorgeous blonde who also happens to make his kind of music, one doesn't normally expect him to pay particular attention to the substance of her…
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    Film, Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf

    Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you recall Gary Oldman's performance in Immortal Beloved. Oldman embodied the maestro. Still, as Jackson Pollock…
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    Film, Feckless


    Fans of Hong Kong cinema have been anticipating Jet Li's Fearless all year, if not longer. The star is arguably the best in the business at combining major ass-kicking with acting; the director is Ronny Yu, known here for over-the-top…
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    Film, Last Resort

    Last Resort

    Granted, this may seem like a jarringly odd comparison, but like the recent dud Phat Girlz, Heading South deals with the hot-button issue of middle-aged women discovering their sexuality anew thanks to the efforts of muscular black men with exotic…
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    Film, Split Tease

    Split Tease

    Helena Bonham Carter is barely 40, and Aaron Eckhart still a couple of years shy, but already they're old enough that, in Conversations With Other Women, totally different twentysomething actors have to portray them in flashbacks. Carter gets the better…
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    Film, Show Me the Mommy

    Show Me the Mommy

    Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels makes his directorial debut with Shadowboxer, and it couldn't be clearer that he's trying to follow his previous formula for success. Oscar-caliber actors? Check. Interracial sex? Plenty. A violent demise or two, all in the…
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    Film, Unreal Estate

    Unreal Estate

    In the latest extravaganza from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, millions of dollars and long hours in the digital animation studios have produced ... a photorealistic, computer-animated, generic American suburb! Location costs must be getting pretty damn expensive…
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    Film, Cleveland's Rocks

    Cleveland's Rocks

    So you know how Parker Posey nearly always plays sarcastic, uptight smokers? In The Oh in Ohio, she finally stretches a bit: Here, she's a sarcastic, uptight career woman ... who doesn't smoke! Also, she wears her hair down, whereas…
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    Summer Guide, Summer Get Inside!

    Get Inside!

    Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So…
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    Film, Pause & Effect

    Pause & Effect

    Click may be the first Adam Sandler movie in which the high concept isn't dependent upon the star. Sandler comedies tend to take his standard character of the petulant man-child with anger-management issues, and place him in different wacky situations:…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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