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    Can Aubrey Plaza Time Travel? 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

    Safety Not Guaranteed is not a sci-fi movie, even though the story is about a group of reporters following up on an ad for a partner to time-travel with: “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.” And it’s not a Duplass Brothers film even though the droll, low-key s...

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    Prometheus—movie review

    First, the good news: 'Prometheus' is a captivating experience, meant to be savored on the big screen. Ridley Scott’s reputation as a master craftsman is well deserved and he offers up a hugh, impressive, eye-opening production. It’s also well cast, with two forceful female characters played for all...

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    Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding—movie review

    Not every movie is, or has to be, an Event. Sometimes all I ask of a film is that it offer a pleasant diversion for an hour and a half. That’s exactly what I got from Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding. I fear it may get a critical drubbing during the heated atmosphere of the current movie se...

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    Safety Not Guaranteed—movie review

    How do you take a wacky premise and make it believable enough to sustain a feature-length film? What’s more, how do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed', which won newcomer Derek Connolly the Wald...

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    Broadway Review: Riveting 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Revival Has Soul

    Occasional S&A contributor and screenwriter/producer Kia Barbee was able to attend a show of the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and, impressed with the play, she was more than willing to share her thoughts with us.

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    Review: 'Paul Williams: Still Alive' Is A Wonderfully Weird, Surprisingly Moving Tribute To A Forgotten Musical Icon

    Does the name Paul Williams mean anything to you? Does it ring a bell? No? How about these songs: "Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," "Old Fashioned Love Song"? Williams is the legendary singer-songwriter behind those tunes and a former '70s superstar and personality who made...

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    Seattle Film Festival Virgin Diary 1

    The Seattle Film Festival has been going since May 17, so I'll be arriving a bit late to the party Thursday afternoon. The country's longest festival wraps up this Sunday, and I've been watching screeners in Los Angeles to prepare myself. Large and local, this festival offers cinephiles plenty of ri...

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    Weekend Preview: Spectacular 'Prometheus' Arrives, 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Best of the Indies

    "Prometheus" finally arrives this weekend and it's quite a ride. While its story may not deliver on the promise of its dazzling trailer and promos, it's visually stunning and Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are an impressive pair. Among the indie fare arriving this weekend is the charming Sundan...

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    Review: 'Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding' Is A Fun, Easy Trip Upstate

    There are moments during certain romantic comedies when you might find yourself throwing up your hands and growling, “come on!” under your breath. And with good reason: the improbability of plotlines and inconsistencies of characters are enough to drive even the sappiest of us screaming ...

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