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Christmas Craaaazy: Jingle All the Way – Brian Levant (1996)

December 19, 2013
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Christmas Craaaazy: Jingle All the Way – Brian Levant (1996)

It's time for Christmas Craaaazy again, wherein we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Christmas movies and try to come out on the other side in one piece. Arnie's "Jingle All the Way" sets us off this year.
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In Your Queue: Why must I be a teenager in loo-ooove?

November 8, 2013
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In Your Queue: Why must I be a teenager in loo-ooove?

We go a little old school and lovesick this week on In Your Queue with Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" and Richard Benjamin's "Mermaids".
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VOD: The Taste of Money – Im Sang-soo (3 Stars)

January 25, 2013
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VOD: The Taste of Money – Im Sang-soo (3 Stars)

After the unprecedented crossover success of Psy’s hit single Gangnam Style – about the horse-dancing absurdities of the rich in South Korea — Im Sang-soo’s follow-up to 2010′s The Housemaid would seem to be coming along at the right time. Set in the same luxuriously moneyed world as The Housemaid, The Taste of Money is a...
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Sunday Film News Roundup — January 20th, 2013

January 20, 2013
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Sunday Film News Roundup — January 20th, 2013

There are a few stories this week that won’t die. Lance Armstrong cheating, Mant T’eo and his Catfish girlfriend, and the debacle that is Paul Schrader’s “last chance” film, The Canyons – more specifically, Lindsay Lohan’s appearance in it. The Sunday NY Times Magazine feature last weekend detailed all of the behind the scenes dirt about...
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VOD Review: Deadfall – Stefan Ruzowitzky (2 Stars)

November 9, 2012
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VOD Review: Deadfall – Stefan Ruzowitzky (2 Stars)

From the trailer, it looked like Stefan Ruzowitzky’s wintry casino heist film Deadfall had all of the makings of a tight, gripping psychological thriller. Everything looked right, from the twisted, broken family angle to the Thanksgiving blizzard setting that eventually sets the deadly Addison (Eric Bana) against Jay Mills (Charlie Hunnam), the boxer just out of...
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The Problem with Tokyo Theaters, Part II

October 23, 2012
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I wrote about the problem with Tokyo theater closings a few months in the paper after hearing word through a few translated articles that there was as seemingly an epidemic of theater closings about to happen. Well, as the Ashai Shimbun has it, they’re beginning to happen now: The curtain has come down on...
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VOD Review: Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters – Adam Cornelius (2012) (4 Stars)

October 17, 2012
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VOD Review: Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters – Adam Cornelius (2012) (4 Stars)

I’m not sure if I’ve lost more waking hours or sleeping hours to Tetris, but it’s a depressing number of each. A person can’t just casually play Tetris. A distant cousin of games like dominos and Breakout, at its slowest levels Tetris a perfectly simple game of creating lines for points. At its highest...
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VOD Review: Knuckleball! – Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg (2012) (4 Stars)

October 12, 2012
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VOD Review: Knuckleball! – Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg (2012) (4 Stars)

Everything about the fundamental mechanics of baseball seems simple. Kids stuff. That’s when we come to it, as little kids hitting off a tee, or having a ball tossed softly to us in the park. There’s nothing to it. You rear back to throw. You kick as hard as you can to run. Extend your arms...
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VOD Review: The Good Doctor – Lance Daly (2012) (3 Stars)

September 28, 2012
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VOD Review: The Good Doctor – Lance Daly (2012) (3 Stars)

It’s been a long wait since Lance Daly’s last film, a wonderfully sharpDublincoming of age drama called Kisses, reached our shores. Small in scale and tender, bleeding with emotion, it’s almost the opposite of its follow up, The Good Doctor. It’s very much a throwback to the cold, calculating psychological dramas of the 80s,...
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VOD Review: My Sucky Teen Romance – Emily Hagins (2012) (3 Stars)

September 11, 2012
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VOD Review: My Sucky Teen Romance – Emily Hagins (2012) (3 Stars)

To be candid, after seeing the 2009 documentary Zombie Girl, the chronicle of a 12 year old Texas girl named Emily Hagins and her struggled to try and juggle life, middle school and directing her first feature zombie film, I never expected to hear about her again. Like the kids who made a frame-by-frame...
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