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Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

Making new Tony Hawk games obviously wasn't working. Why not make the old ones instead?
Senior circuit
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012
Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter(1)

Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
Too many moving parts
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
Seattle International Film Festival, 3 (the winner)

Seattle International Film Festival, 3 (the winner)


In addition to an outstanding film festival, Seattle offers a very cool museum combining two of the obsessions of its founder, local Microsoft billionaire Paul...
By Peter Keough  |  June 15, 2011
Interview with Duncan Jones, director of "Source Code"

Interview with Duncan Jones, director of "Source Code"


It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie -- Ziggy Stardust's son! It's uncool to bring...
By Peter Keough  |  March 31, 2011
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Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
To boldly go
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 11, 2011


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2010 in Updates to the AP Stylebook

As any grizzled newspaper copy editor will tell you, shit ain't real until the AP Stylebook says so.
You Can Look It Up
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2010

Avatar vs. Inception: Two very different takes on the power of escapism


Avatar/Inception trailer mashupAt first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated; the former is a CGI theme-park-ride with a boilerplate going-native plot, the latter...
By Dave Barker  |  August 10, 2010

Glowy carpets, smart lasers, and a tsunami of CGI: Preview the synapse-melting delights of SIGGRAPH 2010


So, every year there's this little conference called SIGGRAPH. And by little, I mean totally huge and a really big deal. This is the place...
By Steve Miller  |  July 27, 2010
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Photos: ConnectiCon 2010

ConnectiCon, a multi-genre convention, took place at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 9-11, 2010.
  ConnectiCon at the Connecticut Convention Center | July 9-11, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 16, 2010
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Bigger — and better

Metropolis just keeps growing.
The new, ‘complete’ Metropolis
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010


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Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: Sweetgrass

One of the most enigmatic close-ups I’ve seen on screen this year is of a sheep. It stares into the camera at the beginning of Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s documentary about a round-up of the critters in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, rum
Triumph of the wool
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Animation directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have fashioned a family entertainment that functions as a copy of James Cameron’s most successful film of all time.
Also better than Avatar
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010


Second choice

The word "instant" makes me suspicious.
The ills of instant-runoff voting
By AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Interview: Corneliu Porumboiu

"I chose to focus on the waiting parts — the things you're not used to seeing in classic movies. I cut out all the action."
Misplaced modifier: the director defines Police, Adjective
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2010
Today's Top Stories: Scott Brown Mall Wars, Avatar Blues, and Breaking Cape Wind

Today's Top Stories: Scott Brown Mall Wars, Avatar Blues, and Breaking Cape Wind


Today's Boston Metro syndicates a CNN story titled "Movie audiences are experiencing the 'Avatar' blues." Apparently, people can't stand returning to their strip-mall realities after...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 12, 2010
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Review: Avatar

For someone who's determined to reduce all experience to mechanical reproduction, James Cameron sure hates machines.
Machine dreams: James Cameron plays games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2009


POLL: Will you go see Avatar?

POLL: Will you go see Avatar?


After a number of conflicting reviews being posted on Rotten Tomatoes, we all began to wonder, what do you all think about the new James...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  December 17, 2009
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First look at James Cameron's Avatar

James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
Titanic Gamble
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 28, 2009