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MOVIES

Coming to America

What's in a name? That's the question that floats through Mira Nair's The Namesake, even drifting its way into the title. Based on Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel, the movie is one of those multi-generational sagas that trace a family's migration from a foreign land to the so-called Land of Opportunity. >More
 Bank job

The Lookout doesn't overpower us. It prefers to drill through the side of the safe rather than blow the door off with dynamite. But within its modest parameters, it packs a nice little punch, thanks in part to Gordon-Levitt's subtle performance. >More
 A good eater

What do you get when you cross Little Miss Sunshine with Godzilla? You get a cinematic mutant not unlike The Host, Bong Joon-ho's scary yet funny yet moving yet scary exercise in dysfunctional-family horror/comedy. >More
 Target practice

'Pink Mist' sounds like the title of a Jackson Pollock painting, but in fact it's the fine spray of brain bits that occurs when a sniper does his job properly. And there's enough of the stuff in Shooter to satisfy all but the most dedicated armchair-snipers in the audience. >More
 The music of Chad Vader Episode 7

The music is unmistakable. One scene into the first episode of the Chad Vader series, "The Imperial March" accompanies the opening title sequence. The theme composed by John Williams is among the most recognized tunes in movie history. Unlike the martial and bombastic march originally introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, however, this version is performed on a solo acoustic guitar. >More
 Crashing the party

A diptych of sorts, i>An Unreasonable Man is rather evenly divided between a look back at Nader's consumer-advocacy days and a free-for-all over whether he should have run for office. And the look back is as inspiring as ever. >More
 The watchers and the watched

Von Donnersmarck doesn't dwell on the Hitchcockian voyeurism that's in play, the complicity we feel as audience members, since we're eavesdropping on everybody as well. Instead, he seems more interested in that old theme of art soothing the savage beast. >More
 Sex and death

It's tempting to say that Peter O'Toole brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'dirty old man' in Venus, but what he really does is refine the old meaning, help us understand why someone who's spent his whole life in the pursuit of happiness might be reluctant to give it up just because he's about to die. >More
 A sneak preview of Sundance 608

Using terms like "experience" and "third space," Sundance Cinemas welcomed local media on a hard hat tour of the Sundance 608 theaters at Hilldale Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon. TDP was there... and took photos. >More
 Chad Vader nominated in inaugural YouTube awards

The first episode of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager is one of the nominated entries in the brand new You Tube Video Awards, unveiled Monday afternoon by the gargantuan social network. >More
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