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    Weekend B.O. (March 9-11) Disney's Slight Sigh Of Relief

    The sound somewhere in the distance of a slight sigh of relief that you faintly hear is from all those Disney execs relieved that their $300 million sci-fi epic John Carter didn't do as disasterously as been been feared and predicted by many insiders.

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    SXSW REVIEW: 'Sinister' Is a Familiar Haunted House Movie, But That's What Makes It Work

    A dark and stormy horror movie of the Stephen King variety, "Sinister" steps carefully through familiar territory. Anchored by a moody Ethan Hawke performance and classically unsettling scare tactics, this icy supernatural thriller from director Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emil...

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    SXSW REVIEW: Matthew Lillard's Directorial Debut, 'Fat Kid Rules the World,' Owes Much to Jacob Wysocki

    Matthew Lillard's directorial debut, "Fat Kid Rules the World," is a standard coming-of-age movie; it never does anything surprising or adventurous. But if you accept it on those terms, it's an entirely serviceable ode to punk rock as the ultimate panacea for teen angst.

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    'Game Change': The Pain and Glory of Sarah Palin

    The HBO film "Game Change," airing tonight, does an impressive job of creating sympathy for Sarah Palin in its portrayal of the 2008 Republican presidential campaign. It presents her VP run as a slow-motion car crash that represents what's wrong with our electoral process. The question...

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    Joss Whedon at SXSW: 'You have to become your own network head.'

    Joss Whedon is the rarest of creatures in his ability to move between television, film, comics and web series with fluidity and a distinctive creative voice. It's been a career with its fair share of heartbreak -- like the cancellation of his 2002 space Western series, "Firefly," ...

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    Angela Bassett To Co-Star In Untitled Fox Pilot

    As I've stated before, this is the time of year when alll the commerical TV networks announce casting picks for pilot projects for next season. And from the numerous postings we've made lately on S & A, it seems that a lot of black actors and especially actresses are getting cast in impo...

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    SXSW REVIEW: Visually Masterful 'Tchoupitoulas' Boils New Orleans' Vivid Culture Down to One Lively Night

    Sibling documentarians Bill and Turner Ross first gained prominence in the documentary community for their 2009 portrait "45365," a perceptive look at small town American life in Sidney, Ohio. The movie's popularity stemmed from the filmmakers' ability to depict ordinary events in ...

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    SXSW REVIEW: Joss Whedon-Scripted 'Cabin in the Woods' Turns B-Movie Meta Into Scary Pop Art

    The deceptively simple tagline for "The Cabin in the Woods" points to a movie with a lot to hide: "Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen." Indeed, this Drew Goddard-directed effort, co-scripted by genre auteur Joss Whedon, ranks among one of the m...

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    Exclusive SXSW Clip: Lukas Haas Has A Gift For Madeline Zima In 'Crazy Eyes'

    Things are rolling and underway in Austin as the SXSW Film Festival kicks off. Cinephiles, press and everyone else are faced with a plethora of films over the next week, all hoping to snag their attention, and director Adam Sherman will be in town with his sophomore effort "Crazy Eyes."

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    Review: 'Sound Of Noise' A Clever, Unique & Musical Heist Film

    “This is a gig!” screams a gang of masked assailants as they enter a busy Swedish bank. The customers are pushed and prodded, forced into a corner, hiding behind their ruffled suits as the perpetrators begin to activate the shredders, printing cash and destroying it in front of them, an ...

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