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First Shot | 11/27/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Every year, the corporate-controlled media does its part to convince us that holiday retail sales are going to be taking a big upswing – except this time, when even the most overzealous CNN “a...[MORE]

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First Shot | 11/13/2008 | By Steve Schneider

A lot of you readers have probably felt some concern that this column often seems like little more than a platform for our incendiary political views, behind the flimsy guise of a movie roundup. W...[MORE]

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First Shot | 11/6/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Turn off your irony detector for a sec, because we gots something to say: People who write about film sure can be some serious tools. You wouldn’t think it would be that way. Given that “profess...[MORE]

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First Shot | 10/30/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Believe it or not, it’s not always easy to make these columns cohesive. Just look at the disparate ground we have to cover this week. First, there’s the Friday opening of all of this year’s non-Sa...[MORE]

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First Shot | 10/23/2008 | By Steve Schneider

We’re not in the habit of lauding multimedia corporations for their good sense and decency, but darned if the folks at Warner Bros. don’t keep racking up the Do-Bee points. First they responded t...[MORE]

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First Shot | 10/16/2008 | By Steve Schneider

You’ve gotta love a sore loser. Last week, we reported that at least one moviegoer had passed up the right-wing satire An American Carol because he had mistaken it for an actual Michael Moore pict...[MORE]

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First Shot | 10/9/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Is there anything more damaging than an ill-considered impersonation? Some viewers might think the only image problem Michael Chiklis ever faced was explaining why The Shield was wearing Fred Flin...[MORE]

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First Shot | 10/2/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Once again this week, we’re going to dispense with our normal pre-amble/ramble and get right to the handicapping. We could give you the standard excuse that there’s just too much concrete activity...[MORE]

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First Shot | 9/25/2008 | By Steve Schneider

We’re huge fans of the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, so we were as alarmed as anybody to hear that Paramount is developing a straight-to-DVD sequel to Tina Fey’s exposé of high-school demagogue...[MORE]

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First Shot | 9/18/2008 | By Steve Schneider

"Watch this,” we whispered to a buddy as the trailer for Sex Drive rolled. “In about five seconds, this chick is going to take a totally awesome gainer. Right on her face.” We hadn’t had ...[MORE]

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First Shot | 9/11/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Everything’s a movie these days, even stuff that isn’t. Sarah Palin had barely wrapped up her introductory address to the Wasilla Department of Public Works Republican National Convention when blo...[MORE]

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First Shot | 9/4/2008 | By Steve Schneider

If you’re headed to the flicks this weekend, don’t worry too much about finding a decent seat. The total of new wide releases comes to exactly one: Bangkok Dangerous, which at press time wasn’t ...[MORE]

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First Shot | 8/28/2008 | By Steve Schneider

This week marks the release of Disaster Movie, the umpteenth genre parody from the Friedberg-Seltzer house of knee-jerk larfs. It should be our cue to bemoan the current state of big-screen slaps...[MORE]

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First Shot | 8/21/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Just this once, we’re going to skip our usual state-of-the-cinematic-art preamble and get right into the product-by-product armchair quarterbacking you’ve come to know and (profess to) love. To be...[MORE]

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First Shot | 8/14/2008 | By Steve Schneider

So the summer is nearly over – not according to that silly Gregorian calendar, but by the say-so of the movie conglomerates that now control space, time and the weather. If you’re looking for one...[MORE]

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First Shot | 8/7/2008 | By Steve Schneider

One of the worst things about the movie business is how little hands-on training freshman talent can get in areas that really matter. Sure, there are plenty of film schools and amateur competitio...[MORE]

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First Shot | 7/31/2008 | By Steve Schneider

It’s official: Movies are still your best entertainment value. Especially if you stop counting everything else. Someone with little direct knowledge of economics – a community-colleg...[MORE]

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First Shot | 7/24/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Don’t you love it when a corporate Cyclops blinks? Marvel Films has reportedly reached a deal with director Jon Favreau for Iron Man 2, after having made some threatening noises that the se...[MORE]

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First Shot | 7/17/2008 | By Steve Schneider

We know it’s not our mission in this column to talk about what’s on TV, but with movie-theater attendance remaining a relative stampede, something about the idea of encouraging you to ...[MORE]

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First Shot | 7/10/2008 | By Steve Schneider

Talk about raising the bar. Notorious L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke has claimed that Warner Bros. relied specifically on her wisdom when it decided to up the distribution of its forthcoming r...[MORE]

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