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‘Zombieland’

“The first time I let a girl in my life and she tries to eat me,” laments Columbus, the phobia-stricken, irritable-bowel-syndrome-afflicted narrator/nerdy hero of “Zombieland,” the newest in the zombie-comedy sub-genre (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Fido”). A brief prologue, set to the ironic, yet poignant, guitar screams of a Jimi Hendrix-inspired rendition of “The Star […]

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‘boom’

“It’s the end of the world. Do you have a date?” The tagline of San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s “boom,” about a comet on a collision-course with Earth, reaffirms that Armageddon has become the current zeitgeist, spanning religions and popular culture.  From Cormac McCarthy novels (“The Road”) to upcoming John Cusack films (“2012”), doom […]

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‘Extract’

The cult classic “Office Space” was a delightfully deviant, low-budget comedy that dealt with middle-class malaise in the workplace. Its source of humor ranged the entire spectrum of the subversive, from making fun of the boss in his absence to ripping off the company and eventually burning down the accursed, cubicle-infested building. The most notorious […]

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Film Review: ‘Terminator Salvation’

I cannot surmise whether “Terminator Salvation” will bring new fans to the monstrous, decades-old franchise that has spawned four films, a television series and a California governor.    One thing I can say is that Christian Bale can forget about his infamous, f-bomb dropping, on-set rant (naturally leaked onto the Internet) from overshadowing his performance; […]

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‘Terminator Salvation’

I cannot surmise whether “Terminator Salvation” will bring new fans to the monstrous, decades-old franchise that has spawned four films, a television series and a California governor.  One thing I can say is that Christian Bale can forget about his infamous, f-bomb dropping, on-set rant (naturally leaked onto the Internet) from overshadowing his performance; a […]

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Film Review: ‘Adventureland’

Miramax has returned to its heyday of nurturing relevant indies (“Pulp Fiction,” “Clerks”) in its choice to distribute the cleverly named This is That Productions’ “Adventureland,” an instant classic by writer/director Greg Mottola (“The Daytrippers”). Mr. Mottola has fashioned a young-adult-coming-of-age piece, disguised as a teen comedy, that fuses the best of what both genres […]

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A Film Review: ‘Knowing’

Cataclysmic events have long been a part of the film industry’s bread and butter. From the near annihilation of earth by aliens (“The War of the Worlds”) to natural disasters such as asteroid showers (“Armageddon”), global warming (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and volcanoes (the cleverly named “Volcano”), not to mention the infinite number of animal […]