Which Expendables Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie

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Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.


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Welcome Diner Film Fest 2014: A Bag of Biscuits and Some Talking Animals

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Standing room only at Welcome Diner Film Festival's showing Thursday night.
For two nights, people crowded the Welcome Diner front patio to watch 11 short films made in just 48 hours. Each team was randomly assigned an odd genre to make a film, with such options as "talking animal sitcom" and "coming-of-age time travel." What the teams made in just two days ranged from odd and experimental to dramatic and emotional, with many teams going for laughs overall.

Though all the films were interesting to watch in their own right, only one could win.


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Alive Inside Is an Engaging, Vaguely Uplifting Look at Music Therapy

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Alive Inside misses the opportunity to delve deeper into its characters.

If there's a problem with Michael Rossato-Bennett's Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, an engaging, vaguely uplifting documentary about how personalized music therapy can help dementia patients, it's that it ignores the very tune it's playing. Rather than present its elderly, memory-impaired subjects as human beings who deserve more from life, they're offered up as ersatz spokespeople for the effectiveness of this already-tested technique.

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How We Will Remember Robin Williams

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Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63.

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Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

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Lauren Bacall was famed for "The Look," shown here.

Actress Lauren Bacall has died. She had a massive stroke on Tuesday, August 12, in New York City, according to TMZ. She was 89.

The Golden Age of Hollywood film star was known for her husky voice and "The Look," Bacall's way of posing for stills in which she'd put her chin to her chest and look up toward the camera.

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Robin Williams' 11 Most Memorable Roles

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This week we mourn the loss of one of the most notable performers of a generation. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home from an apparent suicide on Monday, August 11. He was 63 years old.

His unexpected passing comes as both a shock and a loss to his fans and the entertainment community. From comedy to drama, stand-up to animated voiceovers, Williams' talents stretched far and wide. Which is why, as we think of him today, we're remembering him for not one but 11 of his most memorable roles.

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Robin Williams Dead at 63

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Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide, according to multiple news outlets including Entertainment Weekly and TMZ.

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Harkins Tempe Marketplace to Host Bill "Wallace" Thompson Tribute August 11

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Bill Thompson is best remembered for his role on long-running television series, The Wallace and Ladmo Show.
The Valley has not yet finished celebrating the life of the late Bill Thompson. The creator, producer and co-host of the hit children's television program, The Wallace and Ladmo Show, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, at the age of 82. Now the community is coming together to remember Thompson's lifelong career in the media and 36 years as the fictional character Wallace with a public memorial this Monday, August 11, at Harkins Tempe Marketplace Cine Capri.


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Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight Is Forgettable

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Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight, and revisit Get on Up and Guardians of the Galaxy, and finally, touch on the new documentary The Dog.


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Sharknado 2 to Screen at Select Metro Phoenix Theaters August 21

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Barricade the windows and cue the Jaws soundtrack, because one of the greatest cinematic train wrecks of all time is returning to select Valley theaters for one night only.

And this time, it's a sequel.

For those who missed the July 31 television debut of Sharknado 2: The Second One on SyFy, alternative entertainment providers Fathom Events are now selling tickets to four special screenings throughout metro Phoenix.


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