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Best movies of 2008

The eye of the beholder There’s no accounting for taste, which is why the year’s-best lists veer all over the place, and some crit picks leave us wondering if the reviewer was sipping from a flask at the screening. (That … Continue reading

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“Delgo”: All-Time-Worst Movie Opening

Hello, I Must Be Going I was wondering why the animated film “Delgo,” a mainstream release, disappeared from the movie listings only a week after opening. I figured it probably opened poorly, but I had no idea how poorly. Until … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “Mamma Mia!,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “House Bunny,” “Traitor,” box sets, Blu-ray releases

Oh, Mamma! It’s so tempting to call “Mamma Mia! The Movie” a chick flick, especially after the opening 20 minutes or so of women hugging and giggling. But the catchy ABBA songs have universal appeal (“Dancing Queen” and “Take a … Continue reading

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S.F. Film Critics Circle votes “Milk” best picture of 2008

“Milk” wins four awards from SF Film Critics Circle “Milk,” the story of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, won four awards including Best Picture of 2008 in Monday’s balloting by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. The biopic about the … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “The Dark Knight,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who,” “Man on Wire,” “Peter & The Wolf,” box sets

And in the dark of night As if the “The Dark Knight” needs any more cash in its coffers; reportedly, it’s already taken in more than half-a-billion dollars worldwide. And now it’s in stores, just in time for the holidays. … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “Hancock,” “Meet Dave,” “Fred Claus”

Up, up and away Had high hopes for “Hancock,” the Will Smith popcorn movie about a curmudgeonly superhero with a drinking problem. So much for expectations. “Hancock: The Two-Disc Unrated Special Edition” gives you a choice of watching the theatrical … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “WALL-E,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Mister Lonely,” “Charmed”

Futzing with friction Who knew robots had so much personality? Granted, R2-D2 and C-3PO had their moments, but nothing like the prolonged pleasure and enchantment of the little trash compactor in “WALL-E.” One of the year’s best pictures, even if … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “Hellboy II,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Sukiyaki Western Django,” “Firefly: The Series”

“Hellboy” smokes Packed with action, personality and fantastical images, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” pops off the small screen like a carnival at twilight. Ron Perlman exudes character as the ornery title character, red-skinned demon spawn smoking stogies, getting drunk … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: ‘Get Smart,’ ‘Transsiberian,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ ‘Waterworld’

Clever extra helps viewer `Get Smart’ Steve Carell slips on Maxwell Smart’s spy-spoofish paraphernalia in “Get Smart,” a silly comedy based on a decades-old TV series starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon. Turns out the movie’s not as awful as … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D,” “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” “Zombie Strippers”

Looking at the world through two-colored glasses You want escapism, adventure, a chance to go slip-sliding away from worldly woes? Then consider immersing yourself in “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.” The disc has a 2-D version on … Continue reading

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