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Target practice

'Pink Mist' sounds like the title of a Jackson Pollock painting, but in fact it's the fine spray of brain bits that occurs when a sniper does his job properly. And there's enough of the stuff in Shooter to satisfy all but the most dedicated armchair-snipers in the audience. >More
 The music of Chad Vader Episode 7

The music is unmistakable. One scene into the first episode of the Chad Vader series, "The Imperial March" accompanies the opening title sequence. The theme composed by John Williams is among the most recognized tunes in movie history. Unlike the martial and bombastic march originally introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, however, this version is performed on a solo acoustic guitar. >More
 Crashing the party

A diptych of sorts, i>An Unreasonable Man is rather evenly divided between a look back at Nader's consumer-advocacy days and a free-for-all over whether he should have run for office. And the look back is as inspiring as ever. >More
 The watchers and the watched

Von Donnersmarck doesn't dwell on the Hitchcockian voyeurism that's in play, the complicity we feel as audience members, since we're eavesdropping on everybody as well. Instead, he seems more interested in that old theme of art soothing the savage beast. >More
 Sex and death

It's tempting to say that Peter O'Toole brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'dirty old man' in Venus, but what he really does is refine the old meaning, help us understand why someone who's spent his whole life in the pursuit of happiness might be reluctant to give it up just because he's about to die. >More
 A sneak preview of Sundance 608

Using terms like "experience" and "third space," Sundance Cinemas welcomed local media on a hard hat tour of the Sundance 608 theaters at Hilldale Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon. TDP was there... and took photos. >More
 Chad Vader nominated in inaugural YouTube awards

The first episode of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager is one of the nominated entries in the brand new You Tube Video Awards, unveiled Monday afternoon by the gargantuan social network. >More
 Death with honor

300, which does its best to re-create the look and feel of Miller's work, one panel at a time, is so awash in homoerotic imagery that you finally just have to ignore it and get on with the business at hand, which is watching the Spartan warriors, uh, thrust their swords into the pliant flesh of their enemies. >More
 Cops and robbers

Police procedurals never go out of style, but rarely do they cut as close to the bone as Le Petit Lieutenant. Set in modern-day Paris, it tells us everything we want to know about how the good guys catch the bad guys. >More
 It's all in his head

Inland Empire is one of those dreamed-I-was-dreaming movies that David Lynch can toss off in his sleep. Clocking in at just under three hours, this is Lynch at his most experimental, casting aside traditional narrative patterns and letting the plot fall where it may. >More
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