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    DVD Review: Sink Your Teeth Into Universal's 100th Anniversary Monsters Collection

    As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Universal has released a box set spotlighting four classic titles from the studio's heyday of creature features: "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon." (Sadly, no "Wolf Man.")

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    Criticwire Picks: "Attenberg" Highlights a Week of Fish, Cabins and Sonic Rebellions

    Fish diplomats, creepy cabin getaways and musical terrorists all figure into this week's new releases. Here's a look at some of the averages for new films rated by members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network.

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    Memoir of a Character Actor: Dark Visions of a Golden Age

    Rick Lenz's memoir "North of Hollywood" is full of "good drinkers." Jason Robards was one, shimmying up a flagpole one night; George C. Scott was another. Jackie Gleason, smashed through much of the shoot of a failed comedy called "How Do I Love Thee?" (1971), is not counted a "good drinker." He cou...

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    The Long Take In 'Silent House' Is Effective, But to What End?

    Forget that "Silent House" is shot in a single, continuous long take and what do you have? A persistently terrified Elizabeth Olsen embodying a young woman even less in touch with reality than her brainwashed character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." A few well-timed jump scares. ...

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    So, Who's The Heroine of 'Smash'?

    When "Smash" (airing Mondays at 10pm) kicked off a few weeks ago, the backstage Broadway drama was described by many critics as "Glee" for grownups. Now that the show's a third of the way through its 15-episode season, that's starting to seem as much a cautionary note as ...

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    Review: 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' A Fascinating (If Sometimes Jarring) Profile Of A Master Chef

    There’s something weirdly off-putting about the music cues in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a documentary-cum-character study of an 85-year-old sushi “shokunin” or craftsman. Octogenarian Jiro Ono is the cheeriest of workaholics. He can’t imagine retiring, at least not un...

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    Why 'John Carter' Is a Fascinating Disaster, Early Reviews (Video)

    You could see Disney's "John Carter" (March 9) shaping up as a misfire from a long way off. No studio has projected "disaster" so loudly since Sony's misbegotten remake of "Godzilla" in 1998. For a $250 million movie to be tracking near a $25 million opening is ...

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    Review: 'Convento' Is An Intriguing & Moving Look At Art And Life

    The Zwanikken clan story is not your Daddy’s family tales. Back in 1980 Geraldine and Kees (ballerina and photographer respectively) needed a creative spark to their battery, and together with their two children (Christiaan and Louis) they abandoned Holland for a decrepit convent in a remote Portugu...

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    Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

    Thanks to the hard-working welcoming committee of Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," we are at first introduced to a white wall, where cracks and stains abound. Two young women, Marina (Ariane Labed) and Bella (Evangelina Randou, "Kinetta") dip into the frame, briefly conversing before launching ...

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    Review: 'Silent House' Manages Some Surrealistic Thrills Inside Some Rigid Technical Restraints

    "Silent House" has a nifty hook – it's being billed as a "real time" (probably not) horror movie filled in a single, unified shot (again: there are eight separate shots, but that's still pretty impressive). In a way it's a stylish extension of the current found footage craze, as we're locked into a ...

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