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    Review: 'Return' Starring Linda Cardellini A Modest, Intriguing Portrait Of A Post-War Breakdown

    Homefront drama "Return" deals entirely in a creased and careworn realism, but its premise is reminiscent of the kind of theater experiments that look for a new perspective on a classic production by reversing the races of its characters or shifting the time period or setting. The basic st...

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    Review: Oscar-Nominated 'Chico & Rita' Is A Fresh Yet Flawed Animated & Musical Tale

    “Chico & Rita,” a now Oscar-nominated animated co-production from Spain and the U.K., is a film for which “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” simply doesn’t suffice. We certainly endorse its nomination in the often drab, studio-laden Best Animated Feature categ...

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    Here's What Cuba's Animated 'Chico & Rita' Has In Common With Fellow Oscar Nominee 'The Artist'

    With its jubilant, colorfully expressionistic style enlivening an old-fashioned love story, the delightful "Chico & Rita" might not look out of place in a retrospective of classic MGM musicals, save for two details: It's neither American nor live action. Sporting a whopping three d...

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    Now and Then: 'The Getaway' and 'Drive' — Heist Films with Arthouse Roots

    To call "The Getaway" (1972) a heist flick is like calling "Jaws" a film about fish: technically speaking you'd be right, but you'd also be missing the point entirely. Sam Peckinpah's Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw vehicle is a tough, mean, innovative picture in which "getting away" has to do with a lot...

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    Review: 'The Rebound' Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones Is A Loose Ball That No One Will Want To Grab

    You don't need to see many movies to understand that in Hollywood, once a woman hits forty, she suddenly lacks relevance. She's not sexy, she's not assertive, and if she doesn't have a man, there must be something wrong with her. Just recently, Twitter users collapsed under a Super Bowl-related aval...

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    Wartime Britain – Three Complete Dramas on DVD

    Stories inspired by real-life events of World War Two continue to inspire dramatists and filmmakers, especially in the UK…and I never tire of watching them. Here are three solid examples recently released as a boxed DVD set by Acorn Media.

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    'Luck' Episode Two: Dustin Hoffman Is Still Trying to Get Traction

    Does it say something very good about television or something very bad about movies that Dustin Hoffman is appearing in (and producing) “Luck”?

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    SIMON SAYS: THE WICKER TREE needed a different director

    Robin Hardy’s "The Wicker Tree" could have been a much stronger film had it not been directed by Robin Hardy. Which is a weird thing to think when you actually waste time thinking about it. Hardy is the director of the original 1973 film "The Wicker Man" and the author of "Cowboys for Christ," a the...

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    Critic's Notebook: 'Chronicle' Is Fine, But a Better Alternative Awaits in 'Me @the Zoo'

    A new movie tracks the plight of young people growing up in today's media-saturated environment by allowing its subjects to control the camera. At the center of the story, an alienated teen documents his own life as he emerges from his shell with the realization that he possesses special powers.

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    Review: 'The Union' Is A Love Letter To Leon Russell From Cameron Crowe & Elton John

    A documentary portrait by filmmaker and avid music lover Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Pearl Jam Twenty"), "The Union" has a pretty simple concept: chronicling the making of The Union, the eponymously titled album by Elton John and the ultimate rock & roll session man Leon Russell, a musician als...

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