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    Critic's Picks: The Best Film Performances of 2012

    We no longer live in the age of the method. The performances that stand out in current cinema radiate a self-reflexive intensity less impressive for how much they convince us of their authenticity -- although they do that -- and pertain instead to addressing viewers aware of the artifice.

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    Pranking Global Politics: 'The Dictator' and 'The Ambassador'

    For more than a decade, Sacha Baron Cohen has ruled over the world of prank satire. Now he's been dethroned.

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    Summer 2012 Wrap-Up: Which Actors, Directors & Studios Came Out On Top?

    With "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Expendables 2" landing over the last couple of weekends, we're pretty much at the tail end of the tentpole-laden summer movie season. The rest of the month finds classic late-August programmers like "Premium Rush," "The Apparition" and "The Possession" hitting theat...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Battleship' & 'The Dictator' Flop Hard As 'The Avengers' Continues To Dominate

    Disney sure picked the right time to get in on that Marvel action. After the first Marvel films proved to be decent-sized hits, the studio came in like a shark, swiping the studio up for a few billion, expecting similar results. Yet, not only has “The Avengers” handily outdrawn every other superhero...

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    In Theaters: 'The Dictator' Overruns The 'Polisse,' So That 'Battleship' And 'What To Expect' May Cause Angry 'Hysteria' Among 'The Samaritan's

    Dictators, hitmen, and navy officers – oh my! It’s a big weekend for the dudes, the professional advantages mentioned above notwithstanding, and we can expect screens clogged with manly men doing male things. Even the invention of a sex toy (by a man, duh) and male grooming get sweet turns in the th...

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    The Cannes Croisette Digest Day #2: 'Django Unchained' Sneak Playing To Buyers? 'Cloud Atlas' Gets Revealed

    It's day two of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, and in a timely fashion we're kicking off our not-so-daily Cannes report. What's happened so far?

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    Criticwire Picks: Russian Drama 'Elena' Celebrates Cannes-iversary

    Twelve months after its premiere, Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest headlines the week of new releases.

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    The Dictator—movie review

    As someone who was completely disarmed by 'Borat', then disappointed by' Bruno', I hoped Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy would hit that sweet spot again, especially since he is working with his longtime collaborators, director Larry Charles and writers Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer. I...

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    Watch: Clip From 'The Dictator' Shows Film's Secret Weapon Jason Mantzoukas Plus New Images From Movie

    "The Dictator" opens in just a couple of days, and while Paramount had initially moved the film to get out of the way of "Dark Shadows," it was actually "The Avengers" they would end up avoiding, as the superhero movie continued smashing box office records in week two. ...

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    'The Dictator' is a Bitingly Funny, Clear-Eyed Look at Capitalists, Dictators and Where They Meet

    If Groucho Marx were alive today, he would probably make movies like "The Dictator," British comedian Baron Cohen's latest subversive romp and searing showcase of crass global stereotypes.

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