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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: The Art Of Getting By

    When a film covers familiar ground, as this coming-of-age story does, it had better offer an original point of view or, at the very least, interesting characters. The Art of Getting By has both, and while it loses its footing now and then, its leading actors help us to connect with it on an emotional level.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: City Of Life And Death

    Chinese filmmaker Chuan Lu has tackled a vast and ambitious subject in City of Life and Death. I knew very little about the siege on Nanjing (or Nanking, as Westerners have long referred to it) in 1937; I feel as if I understand it now, in all of its grim reality. A documentary might provide facts and figures, but Lu has used the dramatic form to personalize this story and fashion a powerful, multilayered film that shows what ordinary human beings are capable of in extreme circumstances.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

    movie review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    John Carter Early Poster Teases, Does Not Inform

    Hitfix's Drew McWeeny doesn't like the early teaser poster (below) for Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's long-in-the-works live-action debut, the sci-fi adventure John Carter, arguing that the Mouse House has plenty of rich visual material to work with--why go so stark?

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    God, I Have Cool Friends

    God, I Have Cool Friends

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: Noah Wyle Saves the World in Spielberg-Produced "Falling Skies"

    If you happen to be caught in an apocalyptic world after an alien invasion, you could do much worse than having Noah Wyle prowling around hunting the aliens and trying to save civilization. In Falling Skies, TNT’s high-profile, Spielberg-produced new series, Wyle plays Tom Mason, a Boston University professor and military historian forced to put all that book learning to practical use.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Mendelsohn Will Take A Walk To ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’

    In addition to earning near unanimous critical raves, earning an Oscar nomination and taking home plethora of awards at its native Australian Film Institute ceremonies, "Animal Kingdom" has been a major career boost for its stars. Joel Edgerton has a handful of movies on the way including "Warrior," "The Thing," "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "The Great Gatsby" and he's in the lead for Katherine Bigelow's Bin Laden project. Meanwhile, the Oscar nominated Jacki Weaver is taking a turn from her villainous role as Smurf, taking a part in the Jason Segel and Emily Blunt rom-com "Five Year Engagement." And now, it's Ben Mendelsohn's turn to shine.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sex Crimes Unit - Directed by Lisa F. Jackson

    Monday night, HBO will air a behind the scenes look at the NYC Sex Crimes prosecution unit. These are the lawyers who go to court to fight for the women (yes, it is mostly women) who have been raped and assaulted in New York City. They don't get paid a lot, they work long hours, and lots of time the deck is stacked against them but these men and women never give up to get their victims justice. They are true heroes. I loved watching the male lawyer Artie talk about how he wanted a female second chair on his case because the defendant hates women and that will come across if he teams up with a woman. I love how happy all the lawyers are when they are able to call a victim and tell them that they got a guilty verdict. These people fight the good fight every day and no one knows who they are -- until now.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Open Thread Friday... Discuss "Hot" Topics This Week Or Whatever's On Your Mind!

    I've got a busy day ahead of me, so posts won't come until later in the afternoon; and I figured I'd give you guys the floor to talk amongst yourselves, and see how that goes. We never really have "open threads" here, so here's one. Call it "Open Thread Friday." Have at it...!

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Gavin Wiesen "Coming-Of-Age Movies Never Die!"

    One of things we love about films is how they transport us a different time and place. Perhaps nothing has such a strong hold on our memories as our first steps towards adulthood. For me that period is fully equated with my visits and eventual move to NYC. When I produced The Ice Storm it was a daily trip back to my most awkward moments. I return there when ever I enter the canon of NYC Coming-Of-Age tales; they are truly a genre on their own. For a filmmaker to walk into this community, requires great courage and knowledge, ambition and research. I was happily reassured viewing Gavin Wiesen's THE ART OF GETTING BY, for it was clear that Gavin did not take this responsibility lightly. His guest post today reveals that he also had what is ultimately most required in that daunting task: a great deal of love for all that has walked there before (and he thankfully has that in ample supply).

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