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Charlyne Yi brings stoner humor to Arlington Drafthouse

Stoner humor is an odd approach to making people laugh. Random giggling, neurotic behavior; all in all, it can be embarrassing to watch. Some people have found success digging into this genre, like Seth Rogen. Women, however have a difficult time developing good ‘stoner’ acts. This was not the problem Charlyne Yi had when she performed at the Arlington Cinema & Draft House last Friday.

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New NBC show reveals celebrity ancestry

Desmond Tutu once said, “You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.” This is poignant when thinking of NBC’s new TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?”, an hourly reality program that takes celebrities and shows them their family history. “Who Do You Think You Are?” is produced by former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow and is a partnership between NBC Entertainment and Ancestry.com, the latter helping to do genealogy research.

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'No Strings' a fun film, but not groundbreaking

With such a serious and somber start to the New Year, it would be beneficial to take one’s mind off of the heavy stuff with a light-hearted Ivan Reitman film. It’s to our benefit that there so happens to be such a film in the release of “No Strings Attached,” starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

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Prof builds buzz for book

Deciding to read a book by a new author is a daunting task. Who among us would have found, let alone read “The Da Vinci Code” or “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” if not for the buzz surrounding each book? AU professor Steve Piacente is tackling this problem with the release of his self-published novel “Bella.” “Bella” is a gritty story of a military cover-up. Isabella “Bella” Moss knows for certain that the circumstances surrounding her husband Hank’s death are riddled with lies and treachery. According to the Army, Hank was killed by a homemade grenade, but Bella believed that the government had a hand in it.

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Franco, Boyle turn '127 Hours' of canyon terror into two hours of cinematic excellence

“127 Hours” is the story about Aron Ralston — a canyoneer who is faced with an impossible choice: amputate his own arm, or die alone in a canyon where no one knows where to look for him. James Franco plays Ralston as a reckless lover of life — he’s completely prepared and geared for hiking and in love with the outdoors, but is less rigorous with his own life. This was one aspect that Oscar-award winning director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) chose to emphasize, and it was executed spot-on.

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