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    Food Court Hallelujah Chorus

    Flash mob or staged choir stunt? Either way it's fun to see the reaction of unsuspecting folks in a mall food court to a surprise performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

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    'The Avengers' To Intervene In The Kree-Skrull Conflict?

    It looks like it's a Merry Christmas for Marvel fans. Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal (via AICN), it seems that the plot of 2012's biggest tentpole, "The Avengers," will possibly revolve around, or at least involve, the conflict between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls.

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    film review—THE ILLUSIONIST

    I have nothing but admiration for Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, a heartfelt homage to the great filmmaker and comedic artist Jacques Tati, based on one of his unproduced screenplays. But I wanted to love the film wholeheartedly, and I didn’t.

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    Four Rising Stars of 2011: Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall, Tom Hardy

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Rebecca Hall and Michael Fassbender are four hot-as-flapjacks actors who have given Hollywood reason to expect great things. They are, so far, actors known better for their roles than their celebrity, and while 2010 was a year packed with noteworthy performances--includi...

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    The Oscar Contenders (and a Christmas wish)

    A Christmas Holiday Oscar wish, but first...

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    Gemma Arterton Says She's In Michael Mann's 'Capa' Along With Andrew Garfield

    Despite a number of gestating go-to film projects on Michael Mann's plate including a long gestating adaptation of Ernest Hemingway‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls;” the medieval tale “Agincourt” based on the novel by Bernard Cromwell and the gangster pic “Big Tuna" being written by "Up In The Air" scrib...

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    Poster of the Week

    Looks pretty innocuous, doesn't it? Actually, One Magic Christmas, directed by master of wintry melancholy Phillip Borsos (The Grey Fox), a mostly Canadian production released by Walt Disney Studios in 1985, is grim stuff indeed. Despite its kid-friendly trappings, in its harsh, death-tinged journey to human frailty this is more Eyes Wide Shut territory than, say, Miracle on 34th Street. It's also one of the most potentially dangerous off-message films I can recall ever geared towards family audiences: in this case, a sturdy, reformed belief in the wonder of Christmas can not only rejuvenate one spiritually, but also potentially bring your fa...

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    In Theaters: 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

    There are plenty of options for those of you seeking refuge in a dark movie theater from family fights, creepy uncles and the increasingly annoying and endless loop of Christmas carols in every mall across America. But a word of advice? If it has a big budget, stay the hell away. A number of options are hitting multiplexes this week, a couple boasting A-list names as mistletoe to get into your wallet, but they probably aren't worth your time. Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro return for "Little Fockers" which, if the trailers have been anything to go by, is a penis-stabbing comedy of some kind. Meanwhile, Jack Black gets supersized in "Gulliver'...

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    Review: 'The Illusionist' Is A Moving, Magical Animated Feast

    "The Illusionist" has an interesting history, and it seems downright magical that it made it to the cinemas at all. The project originated as a script by French comedy master Jacques Tati, completed with his writing partner Henri Marquet shortly before Tati would tackle his large-scale comedy master...

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    Martin Scorsese, Paul Haggis & Film Community Rallying Around Jailed Iranian Filmmakers

    As the movie community puts together their best and worst lists, and gathers around to watch their new BluRays delivered by Santa, they are also taking a moment to think about jailed Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Muhammad Rasoulof and encourage their colleagues to join in the number of petitio...

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