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    Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

    "There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."

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    'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

    We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Fest...

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    'Birdman': Michael Keaton Is a Washed-Up Star in Gonzalez Inarritu's One-Take Wonder

    Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu goes "Gravity" with a simulated single-take story, and gets the award race off to a running start.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ With Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton & More

    Hubristic, humble, heartfelt and hotheaded, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is phenomenal. The feverishly anticipated (not least by us) movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu blasted through its Venice premiere (it’s the opening film) in a gonzo rush —it's so exciting, so moment-to...

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    ANIME REVIEW: "Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie"

    The ninth feature, Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja, which opens in a limited North American theatrical release Friday, is more dynamic and packs more of an emotional punch than the previous films.

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    Book Review: The Art of John Alvin

    The entertainment industry has no shortage of “unsung” heroes—great talents that are not widely known outside of peers and fans. Through this just published coffee table art book, Andrea Alvin is determined to make sure her late husband, artist John Alvin, is properly “sung.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Jack O'Connell Gives A Breakthrough Performance In Prison Film Classic 'Starred Up'

    It was a glorious, freezing, snowy Monday evening at the Göteborg International Film Festival that yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the prison movie genre, making a bona fide breakthrough star o...

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    Book Review: Samuel Fuller's Long Lost Pulp Novel 'Brainquake'

    Samuel Fuller didn't do anything halfway, either in his life, or with his movies. His filmography reads like punch after punch of hard-hitting films — "Park Row," "Underworld U.S.A.," "Shock Corridor," "The Naked Kiss," "The Big Red One" — and it was 1982's "White Dog" that got him in particular tro...

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    Review: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes and Mos Def Anchor 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'Life of Crime'

    Daniel Schecter's adaption of Elmore Leonard's novel is a testament to the lasting appeal of the late author's work.

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    New Laurel & Hardy Book: Love At First Sight

    When I glanced at the pictures on the front and back cover of ‘Laurel & Hardy On Stage! Rare and Unreleased Live Performances 1942-1957,’ a big smile came over my face.

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