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Movie: Down and Out in Beverly Hills

That, my friends, is the face of Down & Out in Beverly Hills. Nick Nolte, actor and probably-rich guy, picked up for DUI in 2002. Even the mightiest have their issues. Fitting, I suppose. In this movie, Nolte plays a down on his luck homeless guy. Being homeless is one thing; having your dog leave you is another. To end it all, he sneaks into the backyard of the Whiteman residence, loads his pockets with rocks, and jumps in the pool. His dumb luck is that Dave (Richard Dreyfus) sees him jump in, and goes in after him to

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Movie: Ruthless People

Forgive me if I get a bit nostalgic this week, as I finish out my summer of movies effort. Today was our last graded event. I have my last brief. Well, I gave it twice, but still, it’s done. I settled in tonight with Ruthless People, a classic black comedy from the god-awful 80’s. 1986, to be exact. The era of leggings and spandex skirts, of big hair and Miami Vice. And the 80’s — the high point in Zucker Brothers films — Airplane, Top Secret, Naked Gun, and all that good stuff coming to a pinnacle in American

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Movie: Nacho Libre

I may be in a rut. There’s this pattern emerging — a see a good movie, and then I see a bad movie. This is a bad movie. I did not think it was possible to find a bad Jack Black movie, but I have. Nacho Libre just isn’t a good movie, as much as I want it to be. Never has been, never will be. OK, Shallow Hal was pretty bad. But it was really bad. Black plays Ignacio, a monk who loves wrestling and really doesn’t like being a monk. He wants to be a luchador —

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Movie: Step Brothers

Here’s something I can’t remember doing:? I saw Step Brothers on opening day. Guess I’ve been overseas for too long. We had class off post Friday, and when it was wrapping up, one of the other guys said he was headed over to the theater to see the movie.? Me and another guy decided to tag along. And I probably shouldn’t say this with my outside voice, but it was awesome.? The previews included an R-rated preview for Tropic Thunder, which was hysterical (trailer, promo). But the movie.? Oh man.? Will Ferrell.? That other guy from those other Will

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Movie: Man of the Year

I think we watch Robin Williams like we watch car accidents.? We want to see the gas tank explode.? We want to see someone rushing in to start using the jaws of life.? Will the driver take off across the median, running, bleeding and on fire?? We want excitement and chaos and things that don’t happen every day. We want to see and know and have confirmed that Robin Williams can’t not be funny.? Sure, we know that he makes serious movies from time to time, but that’s different.? In a comedy, we want to see unbridled hilarity from