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    Wong Kar-wai on 'The Grandmaster''s Massive Success in China, the American Cut, and His Approach to Action

    One of the biggest names in world cinema, Chinese director Wong Kar-wai has largely been MIA since the tepid reaction to his first foray into English-language filmmaking with 2007's Norah Jones starring "My Blueberry Nights." The news that his next project would be the martial arts Ip-man biopic "Th...

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    How 'Elysium' Critiques Every Other Blockbuster Released This Summer

    Mega-budget spectacles are rarely considered the beacons of high culture, but those factory-sealed, CGI-heavy efforts have attracted an especially large amount of vitriol this summer. With a range of pricey flops streaming out of the studios, seemingly foolproof products now take on the dimensions o...

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    How 'The Wolverine' Reflects the Problems With the Film Industry

    While frugal directors and producers working outside the Hollywood playing field relish in the schadenfreude, disoriented moguls perplexed by their current situation might want to spend the weekend contemplating it in the context of Hollywood's latest -- and mercifully watchable -- product, "The Wol...

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    How Comic-Con Provided a Showcase For 'Metallica Through the Never' -- And What Comes Next

    Comic-Con has seldom included music as one of the "popular arts" that the convention annually celebrates. And yet, at the end of Friday's events in the San Diego Convention Center's storied Hall H, newly relaunched distributor Picturehouse staged a presentation for "Metallica Through the Never."

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    Review: Prep For the End of 'Breaking Bad' With Johnny To's Action-Packed 'Drug War'

    Johnnie To's new crime movie is a nice scene-setter for countless fans of AMC's "Breaking Bad" awaiting its final eight-episode arc.

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    Edgar Wright's 'The World's End,' Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Provides A Clever Respite From Summer Blockbusters

    The genius of "Shaun of the Dead," as the countless fans of the cult hit know, was that it worked as a comedy without satirizing its genre roots. "The World's End" keeps this careful balance intact.

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    Review: How 'Only God Forgives' Suggests Ryan Gosling's Shtick Has Grown Thin

    Ryan Gosling is a talented actor who has faced the same challenge most distinctive performers inevitably must confront: the danger of turning into a walking cliché.

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    Why 'Killing Season' Starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta Is the Summer's Guiltiest Pleasure

    John Travolta, speaking in a leaden Bosnian accent, hurtles arrows at Southern war vet Robert De Niro while chasing him through the Appalachian woods. That's the entire premise for "Killing Season," an absurdly silly one-note thriller that's ironically pretty entertaining on its own terms.

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    Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim': Smarter Blockbuster or a Different Kind of Dumb?

    There's not much more to "Pacific Rim" than its principle reference points, which Del Toro clashes together with a chaotic fervor on par with the battles at the movie's center.

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