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    In Theaters: 'Battle: Los Angeles,' 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Mars Needs Moms'

    Hollywood 2011 really has their release schedule down to a science thus far, spreading the love around for each tasty, tasty demographic. Those all-important 18-24 males? Why we have some aliens, musclebound dudes and subsequent explosions for you with "Battle: Los Angeles." That delicious teenage disposable income? How about Amanda Seyfried and an RPatz doppelganger sporting anachronistic hair product in a fairy tale setting? "Red Riding Hood" steamy enough for ya? And of course, the animated vehicle that sucks in not only the kids' tickets but mom, dad and nannies as well, in "Mars Needs Moms." Fun for everyone! But, but don't fret my pet! There is some serious quality art cinema out there, like a new flick from a stone-cold, legendary-filmmaker, you have to see this lest you be ridiculed by your cool film friends. So go seek it out! Take a road trip!

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    movie review: Jane Eyre

    Can a film be true to a classic literary source and still seem fresh? The answer is yes, and the proof is the new adaptation of Jane Eyre.

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    movie review: Mars Needs Moms

    Talk all you want about technique: a good animated film depends on story and character, and it’s those vital ingredients that make Mars Needs Moms so entertaining. It’s also a pleasure to see a movie meant for kids that’s clever but not cynical or smart-alecky. I’m still not sold on producer Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture technology, but I am sold on this movie. It deserves to be a hit, and I hope it is.

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    The DGA Celebrates International Women's Day with a Tribute to Kathryn Bigelow by Laura J. Shapiro

    The DGA and its Women’s Steering Committee celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday night with a heartfelt tribute to director Kathryn Bigelow as part of their year long 75th Anniversary Celebration, the fifth in a series of twenty-five events honoring the Guild’s “Game Changers.”

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: Are Jon Cryer (and Helen Mirren!) Really Trolls?

    Yes, everyone is tired of Charlie Sheen except Charlie Sheen, but the late-night responses to him continue to be hilarious. After Sheen called Jon Cryer, his ex-Two and a Half Men co-star, a traitor and a troll, Cryer visited Conan O'Brien with this heartfelt response.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Battle Los Angeles

    One doesn’t approach a movie like this expecting Shakespearean drama. Unlike some films with loftier ambitions, Battle Los Angeles pretty much delivers what it promises: action, suspense, destruction, and the tried-and-true disaster-movie trope of people summoning the courage to pull together at a time of crisis.

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    Gina Carano Beats Up Ewan McGregor In Set Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

    Cliff Martinez Scoring 'Contagion'While we've lately been going off about the lack of quality female-led comedies with last year's "Easy A" and "Bridesmaids," "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Benefits" on the way, it seems at least that gap will be filled for now. But another genre that has been largely void of strong female roles has been action films, but Steven Soderbergh is about to make a distinct impression in that field with his upcoming "Haywire."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Red Riding Hood

    Have you spent years wondering what the whole story was behind the fable of Little Red Riding Hood? Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale?

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    Red Riding Hood - Review

    You have to give it to Catherine Hardwicke. She specializes in making movies for teenage girls. She seems to be able channel that teen angst and language better than anyone else. The problem is that it is hard for those of us who left behind our teens a while ago to go along for the ride. It took me about 20 minutes to get into the rhythm of Red Riding Hood. This is the type of movie that you just have to go with as much as you can. If you try and figure it out it will leave you frustrated. The film reminded me a lot of Twilight except that there were no sparkling vampires. But the good news is that Red Riding Hood aka Valerie played by doe eyed Amanda Seyfried is a way stronger female character than Bella Swan could ever be.

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    Duncan Jones To Turn 'Mute' Into A Graphic Novel; Says City Based Sci-Fi Film Will Be Next Project

    Back in January, the seeds of doubt surrounding Duncan Jones' ambitious sci-fi flick "Mute" began to sprout into something more. In an interview he noted that reception to his movie was pretty cool and it was proving hard to get off the ground.

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