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    Christopher Nolan Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is 'An Epic,' Takes Place Eight Years After Last Film

    Despite endless set photos and grainy YouTube videos posted by desperate fans, we still know virtually nothing significant about "The Dark Knight Rises," likely to be 2012's biggest film, and the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. But this shouldn't be a major surprise to anyone. After all, Nolan's perfected the art of secrecy in the internet age, more than anyone bar J.J. Abrams, so much so that even the barest of plot details for "Inception" were kept under wraps until only weeks before release. 

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  • ReelPolitik
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    On Truth, the JFK Assassination and Protest: Errol Morris's New Cautionary Tale "The Umbrella Man"

    Errol Morris has contributed a new short documentary for the New York Times' "Op-Doc" section called "The Umbrella Man." Like much of Morris's work, the film explores questions of truth and understanding, and the way in which people interpret -- or misinterpret -- historical events. I'm not sure if Morris saw the odd relevance to the Occupy protest movement, but there's an intriguing subtext to "The Umbrella Man" that dovetails nicely with mainstream beliefs that passive protest movements are somehow linked to dangerous acts of subversion or worse.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Arthur Christmas' Is A Visually Dazzling, Emotionally Rich Holiday Treat

    Making a truly classic Christmas movie is a feat that few achieve but many try their hand at. In recent years, studios have cynically tried to graft "edgy" material onto all-audiences Christmas approaches, often times involving Vince Vaughn for reasons that remain obscure, and the results are barely watchable trash-heaps like "Fred Claus" and "Four Christmases." The trick is to modernize an archetypal story for current audiences without losing the seasonal sweetness (there's a reason "Elf," for all its mediocrity, is so beloved). Aardman Animation and Sony have attempted to do just that with "Arthur Christmas," a surprisingly rollicking, visually dazzling, and emotionally rich Christmas movie that actually succeeds in its lofty goals of being an ready-made annual classic. It's practically gift wrapped for the occasion.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    A Socialist Nightmare: Revisiting "Martha Marcy May Marlene" By Way Of "The Crowd."

    A Socialist Nightmare: Revisiting "Martha Marcy May Marlene" By Way Of "The Crowd."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Knott v. Knegt: Debating The 10 Best Rihanna Songs

    In by far the gayest thing to happen to the newly multi-voiced Lost Boys, Peter Knegt and Matthew Hammett Knott have decided to compare and contrast their top ten Rihanna songs, in honor of today's release of her "Talk That Talk."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Top 10 Rihanna Songs As Per Matt

    In honor of today's release of her new album "Talk That Talk," Matt Knott and Peter Knegt have decided to square off on the 10 best Rihanna singles. Here's Matt's list:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Top 10 Rihanna Songs As Per Peter

    In honor of today's release of her new album "Talk That Talk," Matt Knott and Peter Knegt have decided to square off on the 10 best Rihanna singles. Here's Peter's list:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    On "Satyagraha"

    It’s been a long time since I went to an opera concert and this was the first time I saw one live in a movie theater. This past Saturday, "Satyagraha" by Philip Glass was transmitted in local theaters in many cities, directly from The Metropolitan Opera through The Met: Live in HD series and, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from already knowing that I was about to watch one of the greatest Glass operas expecting at least something superb... this concert totally exceeded my expectations.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    My Week With Marilyn—movie review

    This film has a different flavor from the usual biopic—and it’s delicious, at least for any diehard movie buff. Imagine stepping into a time machine, traveling back to 1956, and getting to eavesdrop on Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during the famously troubled production of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. That’s precisely what we do in this enticing film, based on the published diary of Colin Clark (son of the eminent art historian Kenneth Clark), who worked as an assistant to Olivier on that picture.

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  • Shadow and Act
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