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Fast and loose

You're a cocky film-school grad with a drawer full of socko screenplays and Hollywood ambitions. But it's all California dreamin', as you're shivering in New England, cutting public-service announcements and digitizing educational videos, your only brush
Robert Altman's movie life
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: California Smile | Roof Came Off House

"There isn't any presupposed concept to our music," says California Smile keyboardist/piano man Victor Mansella while promoting the band's upcoming sophomore release Roof Came Off House (Limbus Infantus). "The music is intended to take the listener o
California Smile's magnificent controlled chaos
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 11, 2009
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Review: Doubt

John Patrick Shanley's Doubt on screen
Nun story
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2008

Puppet government

When Stephen Colbert threw his hat into the presidential ring — before South Carolina threw it back — he was embarking on a remarkably recurrent pop-culture event.
Four-score-or-so years ago, Will Rogers began a comedic political tradition
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 14, 2007
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Sin and forgiveness

Theater is always trying to impress us by heightening reality, one way or another.
A Cardinal Deposed at Gamm
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2007
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Black and white?

The slickly written, shifting   Doubt   is no simple, purgative vigilante drama.
Jones brings complex colors to Doubt
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2007