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    Review: Forget Your Heart: 'New Year's Eve' Just Wants Your Money

    If you've managed to make it through two hours of "New Year's Eve" with the idea that it's about anything more than box office returns and home entertainment bank, Warner Bros., New Line and director Garry Marshall are more than happy to set you straight. In a largely unfunny s...

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    African Diaspora International Film Fest 2012 - Review Of Psychodrama "David is Dying"

    When I think of a character being diagnosed with a terminal illness in a movie, especially HIV/AIDS, I think of sorrow. I expect to see the illness take center stage, to spend the rest of the film rooting for the victim to overcome whatever physical and personal obstacles lie ahead, and to weep...

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    Three Ways of Watching "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

    Screeners of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" recently sent to awards season voters provide the option for subtitles, presumably so American audiences can decipher the British dialect. But some viewers will need more than that to comprehend the serpentine plot of Tomas Alfredson impressively...

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    Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

    The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business o...

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    Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Provides Worthwhile Thrills In A Disappointingly Unimaginative Package

    “Mission: Impossible” is that rarest of franchises, where it seems unnecessary, or even irrelevant, to compare one installment to another. Because each film was shepherded into existence by a different filmmaker, and in all cases by one branded an “auteur,” they all seem...

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    The Best Way To Enjoy 'W.E'? A Madonna Vanity Project.

    "W.E." is less outright bad than underwhelming; if the director were unknown, it would hardly deserve notice. Like her first film, the 2008 "Filth and Wisdom," it suffers from countless storytelling flaws. But where her debut was a bizarre low-budget and blatantly amateur British...

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    African Diaspora Film Fest Review - "The Story Of Lovers Rock" Educates And Inspires

    I'll be posting some quickie reviews of films screening at the ongoing African Diaspora Film Festival here in New York City... starting with Menelik Shabazz's The Story Of Lovers Rock, which opened the festival, but is also currently on a 1-week run at Quad Cinemas in lower Manhattan, though...

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    Review: 'I Melt With You' Is An Intensely Familiar Look At Male Midlife Crisis

    If an alien race were to study our cinema, they’d realize that every man beyond the age of 40 is unhappy and suffering a mid-life crisis. For every happy, well-adjusted middle-aged man in contemporary cinema, there are three more, casually living life out of a suitcase, a bottle, or underneath...

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    The Political Relevance of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

    What does Tomas Alfredson's bleak, engrossing new adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s Cold War classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" have to say about our own current political landscape? Thankfully, the answer is not an obvious one. Unlike such political films as George Clooney&#...

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    Concrete Jungles: Doc Short Reimagines the High Rise

    “One Millionth Tower” is a visually spectacular Web documentary by Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek that reimagines the fate of the dilapidating modern high-rise, a building form that houses over a billion people worldwide.   The six and a half minute short concentrates on a T...

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