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    Hunger Games Teaser: Thrilling or Disappointing?

    Reaction has been tepid to this Hunger Games teaser, introduced on video by a low-key Jennifer Lawrence at the Video Music Awards Sunday night, which reaches the film's teen demo. Here's more on the upcoming franchise: details, cast, pictures.Get More: 2011 VMA, Music

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    Farber vs. Olsen: Middlebrow vs. Highbrow

    I sometimes find myself defending accessible mainstream movies vs. more inaccessible, arcane fare. I often get mad at pretentious or indulgent airborne movies that never touch the ground, that don't make sense. (I embraced Miranda July's The Future but rejected The Limits of Control, from a filmmake...

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    Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Dodges Explosions, Wields A Bow & Arrow In 'Hunger Games' Teaser Trailer

    So, 'Hunger Games' fans, here is the first teaser trailer for the film and the big question is: how does Jennifer Lawrence fare as the book's hero, Katniss Everdeen?

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    Anna Faris Rom-Com 'What's Your Number' Is Much More Awesomely Titled 'Sex List' In France

    Movie titles getting translated for foreign markets is a timeless, mostly very hilarious art, which usually results in all meaning or coherence being completely stripped from the name of the film. But rarely, like an eclipse, comes a translation that not only nails the premise of the film, but is ac...

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    The Amazing Race: Is Hiding Your Films Until Dec, The New Anti-Film Festival Circuit Buzz Builder?

    Plus Why 'Apes' Actor Andy Serkis Has No Shot At Oscar & Why 'The Help' Is Not A LockSummer is fading away, and we're gearing up for festival season right now: we're packing our bags for Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York as we speak. And the inevitable consequence of the films that will be making their debuts means that the awards season will start to crystallize a little more. Up to now, most of the films have been under wraps, but we'll soon find out if heavy hitters like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Descendants" and "My Week With Marilyn" will continue to figure into the conversation. But all that is for another time. What inter...

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    David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

    Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

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    Watch Preview Of "Surprising Europe, the Life and Times of Ssuuna Golooba" (An African In Europe)

    Ahh yes... a familiar struggle. I appreciate the first-person POV here.

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    Taking a Break

    Will be back after Labor Day.

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    "The Hunger Games" Gets A Teaser Trailer...

    It debuted during last night's MTV VMAs.

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    Review: 'The Debt' An Uneven Thriller Powered By Strong Turns By Jessica Chastain & Helen Mirren

    After its predecessor “Killshot” got a cursory limited release before being scuttled off to DVD and the film before that, “Proof,” hobbled in and out of theaters, “The Debt” is director John Madden’s first film in more than a decade to receive a theatrical run of more than 1600 screens, but an overbearing sense of self-importance undermines its box office potential, much less the effectiveness of skillful performances by a mostly-talented cast. Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, sharing the screen as the same character as much as current and next generations of great actresses, sustain a frequently overwrought (and overlong) tale of Mossad ag...

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