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Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

David Fincher has the market cornered on being stylishly creepy. With movies like "Se7en" and "Panic Room" to his credit, the director can turn out a taut genre film and then elevate it by layering the movie with his distinctive directorial style. So with this pedigree it would seem a perfect fit fo... [More]

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes it is simply impossible to know the truth. That's why being in the audience for a work of fiction is so great; we know what's going on often when the characters themselves have no clue. We have become so conditioned to knowing what is going on that it is dangerous to leave the audience in ... [More]

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

In musical theater there is nothing new under the sun. In fact, some of the most recent and most successful musicals ("The Producers," "Spamalot") have become so by poking fun at the convention and formulaic quality of the modern musical. The charming new production "The Light in the Piazza" certain... [More]

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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]