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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Hunger Games

    I spent most of the beginning of The Hunger Games kind of holding my breath in hopes that the movie would live up to all the hype I put on it.  I loved the books A LOT.  I also put a whole heap of unjustified responsibility on it and felt that it just had to hit a certain level so that the...

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    ND/NF 2012 Review - "An Oversimplification Of her Beauty" (A Beautifully Complex Maze)

    It makes it NYC premiere at the New Directors/New Films Festival tomorrow afternoon at 4:15pm at Lincoln Center (purchase tickets HERE); I saw it when it make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and reviewed it soon after. Here's that review again for those who missed it the...

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  • Indiewire
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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Opinions are all over the place this week for the latest releases. The guaranteed mega-hit "The Hunger Games" finally arrives in theaters and it has its fair share of fans, but also some detractors. Other films brave enough to open against that box office behemoth include: "The Raid: ...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Wild Bill' Is An Immensely Likable Directorial Debut From Dexter Fletcher

    For whatever reason, directorial debuts by British character actors tend to lean towards the gritty kitchen-sink drama; Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and, more recently, Paddy Considine have all broken their filmmaking cherry with uncompromisingly tough, bleak subject matter. Considering that it involves ab...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Brake' Isn't Stuck, But It's Only Built For An Obvious B-Movie Set-Up And Shallow Payoff

    And here with his audition for a basic cable star vehicle is Stephen Dorff. The diminutive actor has been allowed by Hollywood to attempt to play tough guys repeatedly, despite having the physical composition of Christian Slater’s post-shave whiskers. But his effort as a journeyman actor in both big...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Hunger Games—movie review

    As someone who hasn’t read Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels, going to see 'The Hunger Games' “cold,” I felt comforted by the presence of two young actors I admire, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Given the downbeat nature of the story, set in a bleak future world, having warm-blooded actors...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'The Hunger Games' Home Run; How the Filmmakers Did It

    It's one thing to know that a book could launch a movie franchise-- and another to deliver it. Compare and contrast the respective fates of two would-be franchises: "John Carter" and "The Hunger Games." One was produced by a major studio under inexperienced new management, who put their trust in a r...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: '4:44: Last Day On Earth' Envisions The Apocalypse Without Much Imagination

    There's something very wrong in Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day On Earth." The world, as the title would suggest, is coming to an end, and Ferrara, the fuck-you auteur behind "King of New York" and the non-Nic Cage-adorned "Bad Lieutenant," is content with keeping things inside a spacious apartment o...

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    Review: 'The Deep Blue Sea' A Beautiful, Woozy & Heartbreaking Tale Of Intense Passion

    What is love, and what is its worth? That's the burning question at the core of "The Deep Blue Sea" the latest from British master Terence Davies, a drama that burns with a blue flame intensity that is deeply beautiful and shattering all at once.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jennifer Lawrence Outwits Outlasts Outplays in The Hunger Games

    The massive audience for The Hunger Games is easily split into two camps. There are fans of the books, who are likely to approve of the terrific Jennifer Lawrence while picking out all the details missing from Suzanne Collins’ novels. And there are people like me, blank slates about Colli...

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