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    Review: 'Anna Karenina' Is A Bold Reimagining Of A Classic That's (Mostly) Thrilling & Inventive

    When it was announced that Joe Wright was going to direct a new film version of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," starring his cinematic muse Keira Knightley, most people probably knew what to expect. After all, the two had collaborated on both Wright's debut "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" (both a...

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    Venice: Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'The Master' Is A Love Story & More From The Press Conference

    Since it was first announced back in 2009, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest has been one of the most highly anticipated films over the past few years among cinephiles. For two years, production on the project that would come to be known as "The Master" was shrouded in secrecy. In fact, An...

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    'Anna Karenina' Early Review: Visually Splendid, Audacious, Swoony Epic Romance Heads for Oscars

    The startling new adaptation of Tolstoy’s great novel "Anna Karenina," with Keira Knightley in the title role, is . as visually splendid as any studio epic, even if it plays with audience expectations of what lavish looks like. It’s a respectable adaptation of a huge story, encompassing a wealth of ...

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    Venice: 'To The Wonder' Press Conference - Kurylenko Feels Telepathic Connection to Malick

    In the absence of Terrence Malick (naturally…), Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, it was left to Olga Kurylenko to fly the flag for "To The Wonder" at the film's Venice press conference, alongside producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda and Italian co-star Romina Mondello.

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    Terrence Malick is Psychic and Other Revelations from the 'To The Wonder' Press Conference

    Terrence Malick was a no-show at the Venice press conference for "To The Wonder," which was dominated by talk of one of Malick’s favorite subjects: love. Star Olga Kurylenko was one of the more vocal attendees, who talked at length about her character who has an on-off relationship w...

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    Telluride Review: How Israeli Intelligence Doc 'Gatekeepers' Appeals to Both Israeli and Palestinian Concerns

    "The Gatekeepers," a startling exposé of Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, delivers an unequivocal indictment. The handful of former Shin Bet heads who deliver candid accounts of their reasoning for various destructive assaults in the constant horn-locking with their Palestinian...

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    Telluride Review: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron and a Tense Final Act Nearly Salvage Ramin Bahrani's Middling 'At Any Price'

    "Expand or die" is the mantra spouted by farmers in Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," a menacing slogan that reflects the explosion of the cornfield market into a $2 trillion industry. It also provides a reminder of the movie's production conditions when compared to everyth...

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    Telluride Forges Bonds, Affleck's 'Argo' Hits, Burns and Loyola Marymount Launch Doc Grad Program

    Telluride is a place where people get to know each other. Without Telluride, I would not have dug into the Sight & Sound Top 50 with Alexander Payne (at the annual opening day Patron's Brunch), who agrees with me that "Citizen Kane" should be number one, not "Vertigo," and that Akira Kurosawa is the...

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Stoppard's Adaptations and Herzog's Chickens

    A look at the reasons for the darkness of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and an interview with "The Ambassador" director Mads Brügger are also featured on this week's edition of movie-related pieces from around the Internet.

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    Telluride Brody Diary 2: A Rocky Mountain Brunch, A Wedding and Affleck's 'Argo'

    In retrospect, my first full film festival day at Telluride, though utterly delightful, sounds more like I’m attending a food festival than a film one.

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