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    "Secretariat" - Horse Race War?

    I'm pretty disappointed that "Secretariat" doesn't open with long, rotating shots of Ancient Greek horse statues, one of which would transform into a real thoroughbred via camera dissolve, as if to imply the titular 1973 Triple Crown-winning stallion was born of marble and god-like perfection. I expected something akin to "Olympia" -- more than "Triumph of the Will" -- after reading Andrew O'Hehir's review at Salon, with its well-circulated and well-criticized pull-quote saying thus: "in its totality 'Secretariat' is a work of creepy, half-hilarious master-race propaganda almost worthy of Leni Riefenstahl." But there really aren't enough slow...

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    Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

    While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both lacon...

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    Bang Bang Bang

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    Twins/Yanks: Same As It Ever Was

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    REVIEW | "Carlos" Cutbacks: The Theatrical Cut in Focus

    When "Carlos" arrived at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it was dubbed a masterpiece long before its first screening, and easily fulfilled expectations when it dominated the day of its premiere. Olivier Assayas's sprawling five-and-a-half hour chronicle of the famed Venezuelan terrorist born Ilich ...

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    What's the Most Underrated Movie of All Time?

    Here's a great list for those cinephiles who've run out of movies to watch: over at the Telegraph, Mike McCahill has compiled and numbered fifty of the most underrated films of all time. This isn't just another round of familiar titles that fanboys love and think aren't appreciated enough (yes, we a...

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    Hamptons '10 | Style vs. Substance in Reaching for the "Starfish"

    It's a story of style.

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    Production News: Bourne Without Bourne, Mad Max Stalls, Eastern Promises 2

    - Writer-director Tony Gilroy is trying to have it both ways. He confirms that The Bourne Legacy will be made without Matt Damon - but he contradicts himself. "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon," Gilroy says. "There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project" that happens to be using the title of Robert Ludlum's book, "but will not use the story":"The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal…Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I'm building a legend and an...

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    Studios Pull Out Marketing Stops on Tron: Legacy and Waiting for Superman

    Studios Paramount and Disney are kicking marketing into gear for the education doc Waiting for Superman and the 3-D VFX extravaganza Tron: Legacy, respectively.

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    Michelle Williams Starts Filming in London as Marilyn Monroe

    London filming began this week on The Weinstein Co.'s My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. TWC has released the first photo.

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