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Director: Kevin Smith Starring: Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewes Rating: 2.5 stars (out of five) Do you really need me to review a Kevin Smith comedy for you? Either you’ve seen the potty-mouthed, slacker nerdfests that are Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and the Jay &...

Gay Marriage is My Jetpack Oct25

Gay Marriage is My Jetpack

There isn’t much doubt who’s going to get California’s electoral votes this year, because our yummy blue urban centers simply outweigh the hard candy shell of rural red conservatism. But much more up in the air, and the subject of a divisive and lie-filled campaign being waged on our TV sets, is the Prop. 8 battle, in which the forces of darkness are attempting to rewrite the state’s constitution to deny gay couples access to the word “marriage.” It’s hot stuff in these parts. Even in Oakland, safe in the liberal bastion of the inner Bay Area, a streetcorner cabal of screeching freaks just this...

Changeling

Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich Rating: 3 stars (out of five) Clint Eastwood is an excellent director, and Angelina Jolie, when given an excellent character and excellent director, is excellent. So the fact that Changeling is not quite an excellent film is...

What Just Happened

Director: Barry Levinson Starring: Robert DeNiro, Robin Wright Penn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn Rating: 1 star (out of five) The press blurb for Barry Levinson‘s masturbatory Hollywood dud promises a “sharp” comedy, but this thing is as about as sharp as a Nerf...

Interview: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings

The two stars of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist sit at the conference table. Both smile and say hello. They are young, pale and pleasant. A poster of the movie is propped up behind Michael Cera, where he looks much taller and a little sturdier than he does in the movies. Kat Dennings has very little make-up and looks a bit tired. Q: What draws them (Nick and Norah) to each other? What is their chemistry? Michael Cera: They don’t necessarily always get along—there’s definitely some tension. Kat Dennings: Sometimes they hate each other, sometimes they like each other. Michael Cera: They just click though, you know? Kat...