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Clerks (movie)

Review: 'Tusk' ★★

Review: 'Tusk' ★★

Civilians and critics alike, a lot of them, loved "Tusk" in Toronto, where it played the Midnight Madness sidebar of the international film festival earlier this month. And it's fun to have writer-director Kevin Smith, of "Clerks" and "Dogma," whose filmmaking star has fallen while his podcasting prowess has risen, once again at the center of a debate or two. The chief argument regarding his "Human Centipede" riff is pretty basic: good trash or stupid trash? I'd say roughly half and half. The origin story outranks the film itself. On Smith's podcast (smodcast.com) not long ago, the filmmaker and his co-host, Scott Mosier, got an...