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 V.16 No.51 | December 20 - 26, 2007 

Reel World

Who Wants an Award?

The year is approaching its end, and that means only one thing--it’s time to hand out a lot of awards! With Dec. 31 looming, a multitude of organizations are scrambling to enumerate the nominees in their best films of 2007 lists.

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Hey, it works for Will Ferrell.

Film Review

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Musical biopic remembers the lyrics, forgets the laughs

Given the number of high-profile musical biopics in recent years (Ray, Walk the Line), it’s inevitable that someone would get around to making a spoof of the genre. Unfortunately, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story isn’t a spoof so much as a scene-for-scene recreation. With jokes. And occasional laughs.

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“Can I get an Amen and a decrease in the Federal Reserve Board’s Prime Rate?”

Film Review

What Would Jesus Buy?

He wouldn't buy this crappy documentary, that's for sure

Considering outward appearances, it may seem like the period between late November and late December is a lovely time of year, filled with family gatherings, endearingly tacky decorations, yule logs, latkes, turtle doves, dradles and an alarming, yet welcome abundance of gifts. But to the prickly, Scrooge McDucks of the world--and moreover, anyone opposed to holiday commercialism--the holiday season is a dystopian nightmare that doesn’t end until you wake up hungover on New Year’s Day. When we see the chilly parking lots surrounding malls filled with shoppers going into debt to buy wares made in Third World countries, the spirit of Christmas seems dead. Only it’s not just dead--its bloated corpse has been roasting in the sun in a remote desert for a few weeks with vultures pecking at it.

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Idiot Box

The Gift of TV

Christmas around the dial

Face it: You’re probably not going to get what you want for Christmas this year. You’re just going to end up with a bunch more useless stuff that will be used to crowd your already overstuffed shelves until your next yard sale.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Today's Events

The Piano in a Factory at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Zhang Meng's whimsical film about a father's attempt to build a piano for his daughter in the wake of his unending marriage.

Tomorrow's Events

Friday Filmmakers Coffee at Jean Cocteau Cinema

Saturday

The New Mexico Edit at CCA Cinematheque

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