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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 19, 1999
"Rushmore" is a comedy for which the word "quirky" seems to have been invented.This lovable little oddball of a film will appeal to audiences who can laugh at high-school plays adapted from Oliver Stone movies, and accept without a smirk the concept of a middle-aged man finding his best friend in a 15-year-old boy.Told through the fish-eye lens of a teen-ager's obsessive, self-aggrandizing vision, "Rushmore" -- which often resembles a contemporized, bizarro version of "The Graduate" -- will also appeal to anyone who can find its nerdy hero enchanting, despite his grating eccentricities.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | September 27, 2009
A surge of Republican campaign cash in August, the month that conservatives stormed Democrats' town hall meetings on health care, is generating upbeat media coverage for the party and its national chairman, Michael S. Steele. The latest fundraising numbers follow recent predictions that Republicans could score significant gains in the 2010 elections. New polling also shows the potential for Republican victories in governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey this fall. When Maryland's former lieutenant governor became RNC chairman, one of the questions was whether his committee would maintain its fundraising edge.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 12, 2007
An off-screen suicide attempt and an on-screen death betray the slightness of The Darjeeling Limited, an only intermittently amusing movie about three privileged, estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who embark on a crackpot journey in search of spiritual enlightenment. Despite the reputation of the director and co-writer, Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), the movie is no lyrical farce but an upscale slapstick comedy-team movie. Remember the early-'60s run of Three Stooges features, such as The Three Stooges In Orbit?
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 12, 2007
An off-screen suicide attempt and an on-screen death betray the slightness of The Darjeeling Limited, an only intermittently amusing movie about three privileged, estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who embark on a crackpot journey in search of spiritual enlightenment. Despite the reputation of the director and co-writer, Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), the movie is no lyrical farce but an upscale slapstick comedy-team movie. Remember the early-'60s run of Three Stooges features, such as The Three Stooges In Orbit?
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 25, 2004
Agoofball takeoff on Jacques Cousteau, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is like a junior high kid's parody of outdoor-celebrity decadence set at picturesque ports of call, on uncharted waters, and 20,000 leagues under the sea. It's the strangest comic misfire yet from Wes Anderson - a cult director whose last, land-based extravaganza, The Royal Tenenbaums (also starring Bill Murray), also went down better with Dramamine. Starting with the premiere of Zissou's latest documentary at a film festival, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou: Adventure No. 12: The Jaguar Shark (Part One)
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | September 27, 2009
A surge of Republican campaign cash in August, the month that conservatives stormed Democrats' town hall meetings on health care, is generating upbeat media coverage for the party and its national chairman, Michael S. Steele. The latest fundraising numbers follow recent predictions that Republicans could score significant gains in the 2010 elections. New polling also shows the potential for Republican victories in governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey this fall. When Maryland's former lieutenant governor became RNC chairman, one of the questions was whether his committee would maintain its fundraising edge.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 28, 2001
The Tenenbaums are not among the happiest of families. Papa Royal and Mama Etheline, though not divorced, are long-separated and haven't spoken in years. And their three kids, Chas, Margot and Richie, brilliant child prodigies all, have long-since flamed out, their lives now in various holding patterns. Dysfunctional would be one of the milder words to describe this bunch. But then Royal has a particularly lousy day, and he decides it's time to summon the clan back together. The results of this sudden attack of paterfamilias are chronicled in The Royal Tenenbaums, the latest film from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
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April 27, 2003
Moves Baseball ANGELS: Placed OF Darin Erstad on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 20, with tendinitis in lower right hamstring. Purchased contract of OF Gary Johnson from Triple-A Salt Lake. ATHLETICS: Placed OF Jermaine Dye on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 25, with torn cartilage in right knee. Recalled IF Jason Grabowski from Triple-A Sacramento. GIANTS: Optioned P Jerome Williams to Triple-A Fresno. Recalled P Jeff Urban from Fresno. INDIANS: Placed OF Milton Bradley on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 23, with strained right hamstring.
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March 4, 2012
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar. " It either could be a charming children's movie, or the caterpillar could be made into a giant human-eating caterpillar and it could be a bloody, campy horror. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun I'm very interested in the cinematic possibilities for "Go the F--- to Sleep. " Especially as directed by Zach Snyder or Darren Aronofsky. Anne Tallent, editor, b "The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junkfood" is one of my favorite children's books.
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By Michael Sragow | November 20, 2009
Paranormal Activity . ( 3 STARS) Now that the lines have dwindled, moviegoers who don't usually see horror films should take a chance on this clever, bare-bones scare film about a haunted girl and the hubris-blighted boyfriend who tries to capture her demon on his digital camera. Every rustle of a breeze or a sheet causes a big stir in the audience. Opening Wednesday The Fantastic Mr. Fox : (Fox Searchlight) Based on the story by Roald Dahl, the noble and charming Mr. Fox uses his wits and cunning to outfox three dimwitted farmers.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 25, 2004
Agoofball takeoff on Jacques Cousteau, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is like a junior high kid's parody of outdoor-celebrity decadence set at picturesque ports of call, on uncharted waters, and 20,000 leagues under the sea. It's the strangest comic misfire yet from Wes Anderson - a cult director whose last, land-based extravaganza, The Royal Tenenbaums (also starring Bill Murray), also went down better with Dramamine. Starting with the premiere of Zissou's latest documentary at a film festival, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou: Adventure No. 12: The Jaguar Shark (Part One)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 28, 2001
The Tenenbaums are not among the happiest of families. Papa Royal and Mama Etheline, though not divorced, are long-separated and haven't spoken in years. And their three kids, Chas, Margot and Richie, brilliant child prodigies all, have long-since flamed out, their lives now in various holding patterns. Dysfunctional would be one of the milder words to describe this bunch. But then Royal has a particularly lousy day, and he decides it's time to summon the clan back together. The results of this sudden attack of paterfamilias are chronicled in The Royal Tenenbaums, the latest film from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 19, 1999
"Rushmore" is a comedy for which the word "quirky" seems to have been invented.This lovable little oddball of a film will appeal to audiences who can laugh at high-school plays adapted from Oliver Stone movies, and accept without a smirk the concept of a middle-aged man finding his best friend in a 15-year-old boy.Told through the fish-eye lens of a teen-ager's obsessive, self-aggrandizing vision, "Rushmore" -- which often resembles a contemporized, bizarro version of "The Graduate" -- will also appeal to anyone who can find its nerdy hero enchanting, despite his grating eccentricities.
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