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    movie review: THE TRIP

    I wasn’t aware of Rob Brydon until I saw Winterbottom’s 2005 movie 'Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story', in which he and Coogan carry on a continual game of one-upmanship, mostly about their careers. I didn’t need a primer to figure out that this was based, to some degree, on their real-life rel...

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    movie review: SUPER 8

    If you’re wondering what’s missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8: heart and passion. What’s happening onscreen really matters to the young people in the story—so it matters to us, too. Moreove...

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    Critical Consensus: Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" Is This Week's Pick

    For the second consecutive weekend, a British import is the critic's choice at American art houses.

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    movie review—Midnight In Paris

    I had a smile on my face from the moment Woody Allen’s latest film began, with an idyllic series of Parisian street scenes set to the music of jazz great Sidney Bechet…and the film maintained that lovely quality all the way to the finale. Allen may be a fatalist, as he often cla...

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    REVIEW | Yes, JJ Abrams' "Super 8" is Spielberg Porn. But Is That a Bad Thing?

    Twenty years ago, Francis Ford Coppola predicted a bright future for personal movies. "One day, some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart," he said," "and make a beautiful film with her father's little camcorder, and for once this whole professionalism about movies will be destroyed...

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    dvd review: Night Flight

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    Small Screens: Mike Leigh's "Another Year" Tops This Week's Releases

    This week in Small Screens, Mike Leigh's latest character study hits a home-run with critics, "The Housemaid" gets a kinky redo, Bill Hicks gets the doc treatment and more.

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    REVIEW | How "The Trip" Puts Steve Coogan in Close-Up

    The incredible thing about "The Trip," Michael Winterbottom's road trip comedy featuring the comedic stylings of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, is that it gets away with a lot by doing very little. Reprising the semi-fictionalized versions of themselves they played in Winterbottom's 2006 "Tristam Shan...

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    REVIEW | The Affecting "One Lucky Elephant" isn't a Nature Story; it's a Family Crisis

    "I guess I'm not 100% rational about all this," says David Balding, the affable circus owner at the center of Lisa Leeman's affecting documentary "One Lucky Elephant." It's a statement that positions him on the same instinctual level as his exotic pet, Flora, an orphaned African elephant that the Mi...

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    REVIEW | "The Troll Hunter" is a Monster of a Mock Doc

    Riffing on the DIY monster-movie approach of "Cloverfield" and the absurd supernatural premise of "Ghostbusters," Norwegian mockumentary "The Troll Hunter" offers high-caliber entertainment despite a low-budget production. The shaky camera suggests "The Blair Witch Project," but writer-director Andr...

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