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    Spike Jonze Has Directed "Otis" For Kanye West & Jay-Z

    While things seemed to have been quiet for Spike Jonze since his 2009 adaptation of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director has been very busy in the last year or so, making a return to the sort of short form film projects and music videos that gave him his street cred. 2010 saw Jonze delivering the lovely short "I'm Here" and working with Arcade Fire on their “Scenes from the Suburbs” flick, while this year he co-directed the short “Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next),” made the memorable Beastie Boys action figure video "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and has a brewing Charlie Kaufman-penned feature with Joaqui...

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    Ryan Gosling Goes Pin-Up In New Poster For 'Drive'

    Plus One-Sheets For 'Like Crazy' And 'The Three Musketeers'We're excited about "Drive" for many reasons: director Nicolas Winding Refn, the killer supporting cast, the badass trailer and the rave reviews. But FilmDistrict has quite sensibly put their biggest asset front and center of the domestic on...

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    "Rio" is Good for Kids, Better for Tourism

    This review was originally published on April 17, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.

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    Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney's 'Wish List'

    It can be puzzling how A-list actresses make their choices, but you just have to remember that most of them get paid a lot of money to make movies that aren't very good. Take Reese Witherspoon. Since her well-deserved Oscar for "Walk the Line" in 2005 her box office record has been up and down, as f...

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    MTV Launched Today (Watch The First Broadcast)

    On August 1, 1981, MTV: Music Television launched, changing the landscape of American music forever! I was 7 years old on that day, and was likely sleeping at the time, given that the launch happened at 12:01 am. Below, watch a recording of the very first moments of the network, including the first ...

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    Watch: Sam Worthington & Chloe Moretz In Moody Italian Trailer For 'Texas Killing Fields'

    The most surprising pick in the line-up of the Venice Film Festival was undoubtedly "Texas Killing Fields." The latest attempt from "Avatar" star Sam Worthington to return to non-tentpole territory, following the tepidly received "Last Night" and the long-delayed "The Debt," is a based-in-fact thril...

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    Welcome to Criticwire

    Ever since I got my first beat-up old copy of The New York Times Film Reviews 1913-1970: A One Volume Selection, ever since I lied to my parents and secretly stayed up way past my bedtime to watch Siskel and Ebert (a true -- and truly sad -- story), I have loved film criticism. Loved to read it, lo...

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    Review: ‘The Whistleblower’ Plays More Like A Whisper

    The following is a reprint of our review from IFFBoston.

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    "Attack The Block" Expanding To 6 More Cities & You Get To Pick The 6th

    You've seen the numbers for its opening weekend, and it's likely thanks in part to those figures that Sony is expanding the "Inner City versus Outer Space" hit movie, Attack The Block, to more cities.

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    MIFF '11 Reviews: 'A Separation,' 'Norwegian Wood' & 'Knuckle'

    It's that time of year once again: the Melbourne International Film Festival has hit town and, as ever, we're right amongst it. For a change, we'll endeavour to focus on films not extensively covered on the site before, possibly with a general recap later on. One of the early highlights of the festi...

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