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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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    REVIEW | "Rum Diary," Johnny Depp's Homage to Hunter S. Thompson, is Flawed But Earnest

    "Vividly average" is the term used to describe the Puerto Rican readership of a raggedy newspaper in "The Rum Diary," Bruce Robinson's adaptation of the early Hunter S. Thompson novel. It could also describe the resulting movie. Depp coaxed Robinson out of retirement to write and direct "The Rum Di...

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    We Interview the Director of "A Serbian Film," Now on DVD (And Yes, the Movie Deserves Its Rep)

    If there's one film that rivals the controversy surrounding "The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence," it's "A Serbian Film" by first-time director Srdjan Spasojevic. Since premiering on the festival circuit last year, it's enraged and provoked for its gruesome depiction of rape, child sodomy, murder ...

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    A Lost ‘Pharaoh’—Found

    The archeologists who extracted artifacts from King Tut’s Tomb couldn’t have been any more excited than the movie lovers who witnessed the rebirth of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh Tuesday night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, on the exact date of the movie palace’s 89th anniversary. Piecing this 1922 silent film epic back together has been a formidable project for German film preservationist Thomas Bakels of Alpha-Omega, who told me it was even more difficult than restoring Metropolis! It took five years to complete the digital reconstruction and clean-up, even after the Munich Filmmuseum had gone...

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    REVIEW | "Oranges & Sunshine" Underwhelms, But Puts Jim Loach on the Map

    The true story that inspired "Oranges & Sunshine," the directorial debut of Jim Loach, begs for dramatic interpretation. Set in 1986 Nottingham, it follows social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) as she uncovers a hidden multi-decade history in which the United Kingdom deported children to A...

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