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    Strike Back Episode 5 - Recap and Review: The Return of Mr. Eko

    Wet work in the Sudan, writes David Chute, requires both a stubborn streak and a thick skull.One odd aspect of Strike Back’s storytelling about elite special forces commandos is that noticeably often it’s hinged upon one or both of the two main characters screwing up, often at the cost of a life or ...

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    Weekend Box Office: Disney's Lion King 3D Pops, Drive Starts Solid

    Surprisingly, Disney's 3-D retooling of The Lion King held off all newcomers, from smart-house actioner Drive, which got a decent start, to the remake of Straw Dogs. It even bested strong holdover Contagion, in second place. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Walt Disney's 3-D re-release of 1994's hand-dr...

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    Weekend Box Office (Sept 16-18)

    That reformatted 3D version of The Lion King took everyone by surprise, making the No.1 spot on this weekend's box office list. The re-release of the film, which is playing for a limited two week run, is really nothing more than a big promo stunt for the blu-ray DVD release of the film which is comi...

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    The Great Debate: “The Help” vs. “Shame” – Really??!!

    I've taken a bit of an S&A hiatus over the last few months, only to come back and wonder what the hell's going on? I missed the whole The Help and Shame debacle until it (well, the Shame posts) were brought to my attention recently.

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    Weekend Box Office: Families Complete The Circle Of Life, Pack Theaters For Movie They Own On DVD

    Right now, some jerk at Disney is finding a way to use the term “circle of life” to define how they can release “The Lion King” anytime, and it will always make money. A 3D re-issue of the film became the number one weekend attraction by a very wide margin with $29 million, a huge middle finger to t...

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    TIFF '11 Review: Discovering People Like Dirty Sex Breaks Juliette Binoche's Brain In 'Elles'

    We live in a pretty progressive time where fetishes and other various sexual peccadillos are common knowledge if not comfortably discussed. But in Malgoska Szumowska’s weirdly old fashioned, quasi made-for-TV "Elles," Anne (Juliette Binoche) nearly has a nervous breakdown while researching an articl...

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    "A Clockwork Orange" – London Stage Review

    When I think “A Clockwork Orange” disturbingly wanton violence and sex, violent sex at that, come to mind. So when I heard that Anthony Burgess’ 1962 dystopian novella was being adapted as a stage musical with an all-black cast… Great! Not. Young black men marauding, raping and pillaging sounds like any right-wing thinker’s wet dream, ripe for hate-fueled, fear-mongering, divisive propaganda. However, Theatre Royal Stratford East in London decided to tackle such a scenario and, with the recent riots that rocked some of the nation’s cities still fresh on our minds, and with socio-political rhetoric still ringing in our ears – most commentary s...

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    Beautiful 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Promo Art From Designer Neil Kellerhouse Appears

    David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is one of the biggest question marks of the fall. Will it be an Oscar contender, a franchise movie for adults, or is Fincher just seizing the opportunity again to take advantage of a major studio to make something a bit more su...

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    What Were Terrence Malick & Christian Bale Doing At The Austin City Limits Festival?

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend was the scene for a rare photograph of renowned recluse Terrence Malick, who was spotted with Christian Bale and a camera crew by a handful of tech-savvy attendees who duly tweeted details and photos of their appearance. The duo are, of course, slat...

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    James Franco & Jonah Hill To Feature As Themselves In 'Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse'

    Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel have teased and taunted fans of their feature adaptation of "Jay & Seth Vs. Apocalypse," the Internet sensation that hit all the way back in 2007, for far too long. But along with the recent announcement by Rogen that lensing will take place in early 2012, the actor has n...

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