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Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Jack is back and the world is a little bit safer. Actually that's not true. Jack is back and a lot of stuff is going to explode, a lot of terrorists are going to get shot, somebody's totally going to get tortured for information — and then the world will be a little bit safer. Just another day... [More]

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Scandinavia has always struck me as an odd place. Strange accents, long winters and musically they seem only capable of producing either sugary, bubble-gum pop or intensely over-serious heavy metal. A strange combination, indeed. Yet it was in pop music where the Thor of the Scandinavian music scene... [More]

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musical theater requires a suspension of disbelief. Letting go of logic and reality is essential if you're going to buy into a world where cowboys or nuns spontaneously break into song and choreographed dance routines. But sometimes musical theater can ask too much of the audience, which brings us t... [More]

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Spying is an ugly business. Beyond the fictionalized glitz of tuxedos and rocket cars is a world of patience, tedium, corruption and distrust. The movie "The Good Shepherd" shows us the creation and rise of the CIA through the eyes of one man who learns that even with the best of intentions, it is s... [More]

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

It's only a game. We as a nation — heck, we as a city — tend to over-emphasize the importance of sports. However, sometimes sports is transcendent and comes to mean something much more than grown men chasing a ball around. The movie "We Are Marshall" captures one of those transcendent mo... [More]

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Ahh, the chick flick. What a dependable genre you are. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love and you'll often be watching a pretty mediocre movie. Therefore, dependably, just in time for Christmas comes "The Holiday," a pretty average romantic comedy that gets elevated to "not bad" status, t... [More]

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

"Fast Food Nation" has a lot working against it. Sure it's got an all-star cast and a quality director, but that's where the good vibes stop. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser, which was a scathing expose on fast-food chains and the meat-packing plants that supply the n... [More]

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Once in a generation the rock gods descend from their heaven and swing the mighty Scepter of Rock to crown a new king. Who could have guessed that the heir apparent to the throne would be a couple of dumpy, middle-aged white guys calling themselves Tenacious D. Behold the rock duo of actors/musicia... [More]

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

From white-knuckle, blood-and-guts director Ridley Scott and rough-and-tumble actor Russell Crowe, the duo that brought you the slash-and-smash epic "Gladiator," have teamed up again to bring you - -a romantic comedy about a vineyard in France?! Sure, why not? The result is the odd little film "A G... [More]

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Nerds of the world, rejoice! For you, and anyone else for that matter, can see "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" live and in person in all its subversive, random and hilarious glory. "Monty Python's Spamalot," now playing through Nov. 26 at the Fox Theatre, brings this classic British film to the s... [More]