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    Spencer Tracy: A Biography—Book review

    Spencer Tracy: A Biography—Book review

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    Preview Doc "Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears"

    Timely, given that he just passed away. Though it was made long before he died.

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  • The Playlist
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    DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Fambul Tok' An Uneven Look At Reconciliation In Sierra Leone

    The Sierra Leone Civil War was a bloody struggle that ravaged the West African country from about 1991 to 2002, ending when the Revolutionary United Front signed a peace treaty with the government that officially put the battles to an end. After a number of atrocious crimes including massacring villages and raping women, fighters awkwardly returned to their respective villages amongst the very people they scarred. A “special court” was set up to try people for war crimes, but like most legal cases, they moved along at the speed of molasses and brought a very small number of people to the stand.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brett Ratner Says He's Remaking 'The Last American Virgin'

    You're not going to have Brett Ratner to kick around anymore. At least not for the next little while. After a disastrous press tour for "Tower Heist" which found the helmer managing to offend as many people as possible, Ratner stepped down from his role as the producer of this year's Oscar ceremony in order to "learn from this experience." But he's also a busy man, and this downtime will allow him to focus on a number of projects he has in the works including a new film with Eddie Murphy and the spy drama "Hunting Eichmann," but it seems he has another we haven't heard of before.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Werner Herzog Analyzes Life & Death In 'Into The Abyss'

    Review: Werner Herzog Analyzes Life & Death In 'Into The Abyss'

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    Bonbonbonbons: Peter Serafinowicz Bringing Comic Creation Brian Butterfield To The Big Screen

    Who would have thought, twelve years ago, that the man voicing Darth Maul, the villain in the miserable "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace," would turn out to be such a potent comic talent? But over the last decade or so, Peter Serafinowicz has proven himself to be one of the funniest men around.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch & Claire Foy In Trailer For British Drama 'Wreckers'

    Is there an unlikelier star to have emerged in the last year than Benedict Cumberbatch? The gangly British actor, who broke through to film as the rapist in "Atonement," isn't your picture of an average leading man, but thanks to his lead in the BBC's "Sherlock," and an Oscar-tipped supporting performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," not to mention a fervent group of fans (we swear we get more pro-Cumberbatch comments and tweets than for anyone not involved in the "Twilight" franchise), he's creeping towards the A-list. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'Brothers and Sisters' Star Luke Grimes Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills, Joins Liam Neeson In 'Taken 2'

    We've gone on record in the past as to how baffled we are that "Taken," a borderline-racist B-movie that would have been best-suited to being a direct-to-video action movie starring Patrick Bergin in the mid-90s, is such a beloved box-office hit in some quarters. But we were slowly coming to terms with the fact that it's simply something that we'll never come to understand, like the mysteries of the cosmos, or the iTunes Terms & Conditions. And just as that was happening, Liam Neeson's schedule was worked out, and a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit was greenlit, with the amazingly-named Olivier Megaton helmer of "The Transporter 3" and "Columbiana" in the director's chair, with original writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen returning with another script.

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The big tease of "Glee"

    Really, Glee? Was it really necessary to end an episode revolving around virginity loss with a shot of a roaring fireplace? That’s a trick question. Midway through its third season there’s little that’s necessary about Glee, save for the underused Chris Colfer’s performance as out gay teenager Kurt Hummel, the even more severely underused Mike O’Malley’s performance as his dad, one out of every five musical numbers, and Sue Sylvester’s surreal rants, which Jane Lynch sells even when the writing is just sassy word salad. And even those compensatory values aren’t enough to make me watch each week.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The awesome, thrilling spectacle of Vietnam?

    Before I review “Vietnam in HD,” the six-hour History Channel epic, I need to get a couple of caveats out of the way. First, if you have a high definition television, access to the History Channel’s HD signal, and a killer home stereo system, you should record the series and watch it in a dark room with no interruptions, preferably while indulging your inebriating substance of choice. It’s a sound and light show extraordinaire — a trip.

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