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    REVIEW | A Long and Dreary Path: John Hillcoat's "The Road"

    With its drearily brief paragraphs and poetic emphasis on imagery over dialogue, Cormac McCarthy's 2006 post-apocalyptic novel "The Road" practically reads like a screenplay. Not unreasonably, John Hillcoat's tense, discomfiting big screen adaptation remains almost entirely faithful to the book's di...

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    REVIEW | Wright and Wrong: Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee"

    One of contemporary cinema's most graceful, taken-for-granted actors, Robin Wright, too long in the shadow of her ex-husband, would seemingly have finally found the perfect leading role in Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," in which she plays a graceful, taken-for-granted wife and mo...

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    criticWIRE This Week: "The Road" Leads Thanksgiving Offerings

    John Hillcoat's "The Road," Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles" mark a rather star-studded batch of specialty films making their way to theaters this Thanksgiving week. Generally regarded as one of the most potent filmgoing holidays of the ...

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    Watching 2012 in China

    On opposite sides of the world, my 20-year-old college student daughter Nora and I both enjoyed 2012, which was more fun than I was expecting. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafted a truly global movie, starting off in a mine shaft in India and proceeding to blow up Yellowstone National Park and destroy the world's most revered monuments, from the White House and The Vatican's Sistine Chapel to Brazil's Christ The Redeemer. (Critics were mixed.) After its second weekend, the utterly implausible disaster E-ride has already racked up $268-million worldwide. "#1 Movie in the World!" reads the LATimes ad head...

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    Sex, Money & Consensus: New Doc Pounds United Nations

    News networks here in Europe including BBC and others have tepidly shared info and commentary on Herman van Rompuy, the recent Belgian prime minister who assumed the new position of President of the European Union, while Great Britain's Baroness Catherine Ashton was named the body's new Foreign Mini...

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    The Top Single Day Grosses of All Time

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    Rick and Orson Welles

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    Precious

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    Men Who Stare at Goats

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    In The Press

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