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HIGH TECH
Talking ATM Introduced
Can say, “Thank you,” “Have a nice day,” and “Don't shoot.”
CULTURE
“Everything's Changed,” Says
Pop Culture Expert

“I lost my job, and my boyfriend moved to Cleveland,” she explains.
Political Correctness Under Fire
Public frustrated at not being able to make fun of you know who.
 
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Santa Hires Lookalikes For First Time
Security reasons cited
 
TRAVEL
Airline Travel Still Down
But airport alcohol sales are up.
 
ALSO IN THE NEWS . . .
Ebola Virus in Gabon Spreading
Should arrive in Europe, U.S. after
Christmas, kill everybody.
MOVIE REVIEW
"Not Another Teen Movie"
 by Mr. Movie
Studios generally save their best releases for the holiday season because of the proximity to the Academy Awards, and this year is no exception. Among the immediate contenders for a host of Oscars is Not Another Teen Movie, a deft parody of a film genre known as the teen gross-out flick. Here the screenwriters (there are twelve) have taken the awkwardness of adolescence and skewered it anew, finding fresh fodder for their rapier wits.
Where once flatulence alone was enough to send an audience into paroxysms of convulsive giggling, today's more demanding audience expects repetition, if not a small explosion, to accompany the aforementioned gaseous release. And, today's audience expects depth and profundity when it comes to the delicate matter of vomiting. Today's audience will not be disappointed in this movie.
If you're looking for lightweight, escapist entertainment that never goes beneath the surface, see something else. But, if you're looking for an absorbing, thought-provoking analysis of youthful angst in all its gritty reality, then Not Another Teen Movie is the movie for you, and your parents.

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