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Celebs get schooled in Twitter

March 27, 2009 • 1
Twitter celebrates its third birthday this week, just as the microblogging service hits the tipping point. Facebook copies it. CNN cites it. And, most importantly, people are signing up en masse. Celebrities are to thank for mainstream adoption of the service. Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears were among the early adopters of the »
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An incredible adaptation

March 27, 2009 • 1
“Watchmen” is an easy movie to hate: It’s pretentious and corny. The dialogue has the subtlety of a creeping elephant. And the sex scenes make the dialogue seem like a nuanced Charlie Kaufman screenplay. Yes, the film’s greatest weakness leaves it vulnerable to criticism—but it is also its greatest strength. Snyder’s masterpiece stays true to »
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It’s time for rom-com rehab

February 27, 2009 • 0
At the emotional climax of “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” protagonist Rebecca Bloomwood delivers the logic behind her titular addiction: “When I shop, the world gets better. The world is better. And then it’s not anymore, and I need to do it again.” Although most in the theater chuckled mockingly at her declaration, I understand where »
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Oscar predictions: the GChat

February 20, 2009 • 1
Justin: Why don’t we just get Best Picture out of the way? Of all the “major awards” this year, it’s the least exciting. Sam: I actually think we can predict Best Picture and Director in one fell swoop. Justin: Sure, because in both cases “Slumdog Millionaire,” directed by Danny Boyle, will win. Agreed ? Sam: »
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FBI ‘Kingdom’ garners praise

October 5, 2007 • 0
“The Kingdom” represents the latest in a recent line of grainily edited, realistically approached, politically minded films set in the modern Middle East. But whereas “Syriana,” “Jarhead,” “Babel” and others tend to over-intellectualize their material to the point of pretension, “The Kingdom” seems finally to find the correct balance between commentary, cinematic merit, old-fashioned action »
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Foster film is ‘Brave’ but bad

September 21, 2007 • 0
“The Brave One” portrays the aftermath of the brutal murder of Erica Bain’s husband, and the easily mocked title refers to Erica’s slow recovery from the shock after the execution. While “brave” is a decent adjective to describe Erica, several other adjectives would have been equally apt. Because I’m in a helpful mood, here are »
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Finding the next ‘Office’: scene’s fall TV preview

September 14, 2007 • 0
Each fall, new TV shows vie with “Lost,” “Grey’s” and Saturday pre-games for status as most-anticipated Common Room Events. While some of you intrepid techno-whizzes may have already downloaded this season’s top prospects, most of you will probably just wait until winter to check out the shows with the most buzz. To save you the »
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Julie Delpy delivers Francophile ‘Nights’

September 7, 2007 • 0
Yalies, in their do-it-all glory, have a lot in common with the ambitious star of “2 Days in Paris,” Julie Delpy. Delpy, who previously starred opposite Ethan Hawke in “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset,” wrote, edited, composed and starred in “2 Days in Paris,” while also casting her own parents, ex-boyfriend and cat. And the »
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The best blockbusters for your hard-earned bucks

August 31, 2007 • 0
While it may en vogue to declare that your taste in movies favors “originality,” this summer only two of the 15 highest grossing films were based on an original premise. Nevertheless, these old dogs had some new tricks in tow — Bruce Willis taught us that an action star can be older than 50; Pixar »
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Why we all love to hate LiLo

August 31, 2007 • 0
An August post about Lindsay Lohan’s cocaine scandal on PerezHilton.com garnered over 200 comments, only three of which were in support of the star. A representative example comes from the user Jennisyn, who comments, “Lindsay is a coward, a liar, and a fake. What a huge dissappointment [sic] she is to her friends, family, and »
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‘Hot Fuzz’ is action, parody

May 3, 2007 • 0
“Hot Fuzz,” a British comedy from the creators of “Shaun of the Dead,” labels itself a spoof of the action movie genre, but that definition actually sells the film short. The plot and humor may drag at times, but the movie accomplishes an impressive feat: It makes viewers re-evaluate their attitudes toward action movies and »
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Gosling tries to repair ‘Fracture’

April 27, 2007 • 0
Halfway through “Fracture,” murderous mastermind Ted Crawford, played by the calculating Anthony Hopkins, reveals what he believes to be his greatest strength: his unmatched ability to discover the tiniest fracture — that is, weakness — of any person and then to exploit it. If Crawford were to analyze the film he stars in, he would »