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    Puss In Boots—movie review

    Just when you were about to give up on 3-D—and the inflated price of admission to watch it on a theater screen—along comes a film that’s worth the money. In fact, it isn’t the story that makes Puss in Boots stand out, but the imaginative staging, especially in 3-D.

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    In Time—movie review

    Writer and sometimes-director Andrew Niccol fixates on the future and doesn’t offer a sunny outlook, whether it’s in Gattaca, The Truman Show, or S1m0ne. It should come as no surprise, then, that In Time is yet another trip into the dystopian world of tomorrow, where lifespan has...

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    Anonymous—movie review

    There are great moments in Anonymous, from its arresting opening scene (with Derek Jacobi rushing into a Broadway theater and striding directly onstage) to recreations of the first performances ever given of Henry V and Hamlet before a spellbound throng of groundlings. I, too, was captivated...

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

    If an animated yarn about a cat impersonating Zorro in a pair of boots isn't your thing, not to fret; there's plenty more than "Puss In Boots" opening in theaters this week. Among them: Justin Timberlake's first bid to become an action star in "In Time"; "An...

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    REVIEW | "Janie Jones" Is a Familiar Father-Daughter Drama With Rock, But What's Wrong With That?

    The estranged father-daughter relationship is one of those screenplay contrivances that works better than most. Recent examples include "The Wrestler" and Alexander Payne's upcoming "The Descendants," where the family conflict reeks of familiarity but transcends cliché through strong performances an...

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    Critical Consensus: Sundance-Winning Romance "Like Crazy" Is The Pick of the Week

    One of the most anticipated American indie releases of the year, Drake Doremus's romantic drama "Like Crazy" is the pick of the week for opening specialty films, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | "The Double" Is a Terribly Derivative CIA Thriller, But Richard Gere Nearly Makes It Work

    Richard Gere is an actor who continually resists the easy or obvious, and yet he's far better at choosing characters than projects. In "The Double," he plays Paul Shepherdson, a hardened CIA veteran dedicated to the pursuit of a deadly Soviet assassin dubbed Cassisus, an enigmatic figure whose hidde...

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    REVIEW | A Familiar Sundance Romance in "Like Crazy"

    Drake Doremus is a filmmaker born to play the Sundance game. Last year, Doremus brought his sophomore feature "Douchebag" to the festival. The movie contained a devious tale of sibling rivalry, and was shot with a shaky-cam style and semi-improvised performances, two aspects of production familiar t...

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    New And Notable Film Books—book reviews

    MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares by John Landis (DK Publishing)

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    REVIEW | In "Anonymous," Roland Emmerich Revises Shakespeare; We Advise You Wait For Joss Whedon

    In "Anonymous," Roland Emmerich submits William Shakespeare's legacy to the same grim fate as the White House in "Independence Day" and the Sistine Chapel in "2012." Here, he rips apart the playwright's legacy with the fringe theory that argues the true author was the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de ...

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