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A couple of weeks of staying in the capital city Phnom Penh and it was time for a trip to the beach. I strapped my bony arse into the minibus and took a trip to Sihanoukville. 2,557 more words

Thomas Mann: From 'Project X' to 'The Dying Girl'

Weaned on ludicrous white-male teen fantasies like Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the whole John Hughes oeuvre, really), even as an adult I have to admit to a partiality toward movies in which the teen heroes live in a world gloriously beyond the attention of parents who bear more than a passing resemblance to police and other authority figures. 741 more words

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Lotta Magic Left in 'Mike'

CHANNING TATUM AND HIS CREW GET TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER DANCE

By T.T. Stern-Enzi

Rating: R, Grade: A

Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh (the filmmaking chameleon who so deftly walked the fine line between the independent world and the studio system) teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in “Step Up,” but then figured out how to get audiences moving to his beat (most recently in “Foxcatcher” and the ongoing “21 Jump Street” franchise). 606 more words

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Perspective - Not Paradise - Is Lost in 'Escobar'

Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family. 749 more words

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Commending Coffy

PAM GRIER: THE SEXIEST WOMAN IN THE MOVIE UNIVERSE

By T.T. Stern-Enzi

Olive Films is releasing three classics of the Blaxploitation era—“Coffy” (1973), “Foxy Brown” (1974) and “Friday Foster” (1975)—featuring the undeniably tough and beautiful Pam Grier. 747 more words

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