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  • Spout
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    "Trollhunter" is a Fantastic, Fun and Potentially Accidental Satire

    This review was originally posted from the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's home video release.

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    More: Home Video
  • Hope for Film
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    Is So Much Choice Really Any Choice At All?

    So many people want to "keep their options open" as opposed to actually committing themselves to something they really believe in. We fill our shelves with 1001 variations and some people think it is freedom, but doesn't it just obscure the real problem that we haven't committed to what we really want?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sugar Ray Leonard - The Man Behind "Real Steel"

    Is there anyone who's anxiously waiting to see Dreamworks/Disney's film version of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots, aka Real Steel, which is coming out on October 7? I mean that seriously. Anyone at least over the age of 12, and not some 30 year old geek fanboy living in their parents basement, surrounded by their collection of Star Wars and Hellboy collectables? Raise your hands.

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    More: FYI
  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro

    Originally written back in 1998 for Miramax, “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” has had quite a long road to the big screen. Scribes Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins (“Mimic,” “Dragonslayer”) adapted the film from a 1973 made-for-TV movie as a vehicle for del Toro to direct but the project was shelved after numerous rewrites failed to satisfy the studio. Del Toro moved on to direct “Mimic” for Miramax instead which ended up being a disastrous clash of egos between the filmmaker and Bob Weinstein. The producer demanded so many changes that del Toro eventually disowned the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Djimon Hounsou Will Play "Angel Of Death" In Adaptation Of Milton's "Paradise Lost"

    Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Alex Proyas' adaptation of John Milton's epic good-versus-evil poem Paradise Lost.

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  • Spout
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    "Fright Night" - Ranked Against Other Remakes, a Defense of the 3D Work, Views on Teen Sexuality

    If you ignored Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" over the weekend, letting it pretty much die in sixth place, I forgive you. It's an entertaining and much-improved version of Tom Holland's 1985 original, but it's not an immediate must-see title for theater viewing only. And with a lackluster use of 3D, you're better off saving your money anyway if that's your only option. Hopefully you'll catch it at some point down the line. Just bookmark this roundup until you've seen it, if you're worried about spoilers.

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    More: Remakes
  • Press Play
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    NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT THE TURK'S #1: Of Booze, Sex and Monkeys

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Please join Press Play in welcoming the unique and fearless voice of writer-critic Ali Arikan. Ali is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

    Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

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  • The Playlist
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    Caleb Landry Jones (aka Banshee) Joins Neil Jordan's Vampire Film 'Byzantium'

    No, "Byzantium" is not a sequel or something to Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" but it's the name of ancient Greek city which just happens to also be the title of Neil Jordan's next film, and the director has just settled on his male lead for.

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  • The Playlist
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    Djimon Hounsou Is Abdiel The Angel Of Death In 'Paradise Lost'

    Actors don't come as talented or respected as Djimon Hounsou. The thesp has come a long way from popping up in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video, breaking out in Jim Sheridan's "In America," and lining up a diverse array of projects from blockbusters like "The Island" and "Constantine" to more dramatic fare like "Blood Diamond" and "The Tempest" and in the process, he's snagged himself two Academy Award nominations. While his most recent efforts seem to be in dodgy looking international pics like "White Elephant" and "Special Forces," the actor is ready to take on a pretty intriguing role in what is set to be a pretty ambitious literary adaptation.

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