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    Recap: An Uneasy Alliance Forms In Typically Strong 'Breaking Bad' Episode 'Madrigal'

    Instead of dispensing the final 16 episodes of “Breaking Bad" at once, Vince Gilligan and co. decided it would be better to split them up over 2 shorter mini-seasons to give the writers the best chance at finishing the story in a satisfying way. So far, that decision seems to be payi...

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    Emile Hirsch Set To Join Director Peter Berg's Navy SEAL Movie ‘Lone Survivor’

    Three years ago, when director Peter Berg promised Universal their tentpole adaptation of “Battleship” in exchange for his low-budget Navy SEAL actioner “Lone Survivor” down the line, the studio couldn’t have predicted that a similar SEAL film, “Act of Valor,” would domestically trounce their sure b...

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    Arthouse Audit: The 'Queen' Rules in Limited Openings

    With a solid opening weekend gross, Magnolia's "The Queen of Versailles" becomes yet another of the year's initially successful documentaries. The weekend's other new releases include an eclectic group of films and release patterns with varying-- but lesser-- results.

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    Future Drug Kingpin Walt Gets His Team Together on 'Breaking Bad'

    The cold opens of "Breaking Bad" are the series' stylistic sandbox, the place in which it makes its wildest and most distinctive gestures -- time slips forward or backward, we get a narcocorrido inspired by our protagonist's career choices or peek into the miserable day-t...

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    REVIEW: Thanks to Zoe Kazan, 'Ruby Sparks' Is Not Your Average Whimsical Romance

    Since the late '90s, the surreal plights of dreamy-eyed romantic loners have been unequivocally chronicled by filmmakers with hip cachet, like the prominently idolized Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. With Zoe Kazan's startlingly insightful debut screenplay for "Ruby Spar...

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    Russell Crowe To Make Directorial Debut With Bill Hicks Biopic, Production To Start In 2013

    It's well-known now, but there was a definite shift right around the release of Judd Apatow's “Funny People” when everyone suddenly realized Eric Bana had incredible comic chops, even though his native Australian fanbase had known that fact for ages from the actor's sitcom an...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Halts Its Death Plunge With Its Least Terrible Episode Since The Pilot

    So far "The Newsroom" has had two major problems, sitting on top of a whole bunch of minor ones. Firstly, Aaron Sorkin's often-questionable approach to female characters has reached something of a zenith here. His shows have often featured strong powerful women undone by their love lives, but the le...

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    The Criticwire Survey: Movie Theater Memories

    This week, the critics take a moment to remember what makes the movie theater a special place.

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    Trailer Watch: Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

    This is based on the play by Leslye Headland and premiered at Sundance in January. The more I see information about this movie, the more I want to see it. I am also excited to see more of Rebel Wilson who was hysterical in her scene in Bridesmaids.

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    Producer Frank Marshall Says ‘Jurassic Park IV’ Will Hopefully Land In Theaters For A 2014 Release

    Is it time to start humming that immense John Williams theme in our heads again? It has been over a decade since our last trip to Jurassic Park with Dr. Alan Grant, but it seems like we’re edging closer and closer to heading back there again. It won't be with Steven Spielberg at the helm again (but ...

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