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    Michael Fassbender in Overhyped "Shame"

    Steve McQueen’s dark-and-richly-photographed, descent-into-hell Shame is, I suspect, exactly the film he wanted to make, and I respect and admire him for that. But it arrives with such hyperbolic praise, you might want to lower your expectations. The film is likely to leave viewers unsatisfied...

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    "Khodorkovsky" is an Extraordinary Documentary Thriller That Challenges Your Current Feeling About Capitalists

    Is this really a good time for a documentary that sides with a jailed billionaire? Cyril Tuschi’s extraordinary “Khodorkovsky” is not even the first nonfiction film I’ve seen this season that sympathizes with the rich. But it is a very different sort of doc than “U...

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    GROUCHO MARX AND OTHER SHORT STORIES AND TALL TALES: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx

    The world may know Groucho Marx as a great comedian, but I’m sure I’m not the only fan who wasn’t terribly familiar with his writings—aside from his autobiographies and 'The Groucho Letters'—until now. Updating his 1993 compendium, Marx scholar and aficionado Robert S. Bader has added 19 new essays ...

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    Review: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Michael Fassbender

    As English-language directorial debuts of the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature films by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bob...

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    Review: 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning Seduces With The Pervading Power Of A Dream

    Greeted with diffident, muted applause at Cannes -- where it was instantly vaulted into must-see territory the second it arrived in competition despite being the debut effort of a first-time director -- "Sleeping Beauty" is a film that seduces and repels, that flickers between a come-hithe...

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    My Week With Marilyn

    The sad reality that I admitting to here is that I really don't know much about Marilyn Monroe. Here's what I knew before I saw the film.  She died of a drug overdose realtively young.  She sang happy birthday to JFK in the 60s and supposedly had an affair with him.  She seeme...

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    Addictive British Mysteries—dvd reviews

    I love a good mystery and this DVD set includes a number of stories I’ve never seen. While we are all familiar with the adventures of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solving characters, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, the real “find” here is 'Tommy & Tuppence, Partners In Crime'.

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    Fox Sneaks We Bought A Zoo; Early Reviews

    With theatrical box office more important than ever, the studios have gone back to a tried-and-true method of building word-of-mouth for movies they believe in--sneak previews. Disney has sneaked "War Horse" twice now, and Paramount threw "Young Adult" into key markets as well. S...

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    Review: Feel-Good & Earnest 'We Bought A Zoo' Hits All The Heartwarming Notes

    Pitched somewhere between an earnest and romantically idealistic chronicle of loss and hope and a poignant examination of grief and bitter pains of family, Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo," occasionally still slathers it on too thick with the saccharine sentimentality and telegra...

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