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    TV Over Movies: from Mildred Pierce and Nurse Jackie to Shameless and Justified

    Reading the papers Friday morning, I realized that I'm more interested in Camelot, The Kennedys, The Borgias, Mildred Pierce and the American version of Scandinavian hit The Killing than the new movie reviews. It turns out that I can skip Camelot and The Kennedys, which earned lousy notices. And I'm already watching Todd Haynes' gorgeously-mounted HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is well-acted by Kate Winslet, Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Mare Winningham, but judging from the draggy first two episodes, didn't need to be stretched to five installments. And David Ulin's review made me want to go back to my fave James Cain paperbacks, which ...

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    Exclusive: Trailer For The Nicolas Sarkozy Biopic 'The Conquest'

    Filmmakers taking on contemporary politicians seems to be a relatively new wave making the rounds of the moviegoing world. Oliver Stone delivered his take on George W. Bush in the appropriately titled "W," Paolo Sorrentino directed the scathing "Il Divo" about Giulio Andreotti just two years after h...

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    movie review: In A Better World

    In a Better World triumphed against strong competition to win this year’s Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Now that it’s opening theatrically in the U.S. you can see why. I became a fan and booster of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier when I saw her breathtaking Brothers (which is far superi...

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    Weekend Preview: Hop, Insidious and Must-Sees Source Code and Oscar-Winner In A Better World

    It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for...

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    First Look At Robert De Niro In Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights'

    No that isn't Robert De Niro getting ready to accept a film award, present a movie or host the Daytime Emmys. It's the enigmatic first look at the actor in the upcoming thriller "Red Lights" from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes.

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    Steve Carell & Keira Knightley Will Find Love At 'The End Of The World'

    As most movies -- and sometimes real life -- will tell you, love is all about timing. Those infinitesimal choices we make that lead us to running into someone we'll spend the rest of our life or just one night. And sometimes, the timing is just off. You're got a job in another city, or they're gradu...

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    First Look At James Franco & Harmony Korine's Street Gang Project

    Franco Also Options 'Zeroville' As Yet Another Potential Directorial GigJames Franco. Actor, director, student, artist, teacher...he's a modern renaissance man and though he's teetering on the edge of overexposure, you gotta kind of love an Oscar nominee who also dabbles in soap operas. And while at...

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    In a Better World - directed by Susanne Bier

    We spend so much time talking about how men are hired to direct women's stories (because men are hired to direct more movies in general) but much less time taking about how women have a much harder time getting hired to direct stories about men. Most of the women who tell stories about men do it th...

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    Drew Pearce Will Write Script For 'Iron Man 3,' Not Shane Black

    Talk about taking the one element nearly every comic fan otherwise was excited about, and tossing it out the window. When Shane Black was hired on direct "Iron Man 3," fans hoped that Marvel, known for making their presence heavily felt in every step of way, would at least concede to let the practically legendary writer -- “Lethal Weapon” and “The Last Boy Scout” rank in his credits -- shape the script. He's already directed Robert Downey Jr. in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," a comeback vehicle for both of them, so it seemed like an no brainer. And earlier this month, Black told an audience at the Omaha Film Festival that he would be writing the scr...

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    Review: 'Hop' Is Like Opening An Easter Egg And Finding Nothing Inside

    "Hop," the new animation/live action hybrid from the folks that brought us this past summer's surprise smash "Despicable Me," comes with a premise so ingeniously prepackaged that you'll wonder why nobody had come up with it before. A canny hodgepodge of "The Santa Clause," "Elf," and a handful of ot...

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