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    Spielberg, Tintin, and the Race for Oscar

    If the animated Oscar competition comes down to originality and boldness, then you can't rule out a potential horse race between "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Make no mistake: despite the outcry from traditionalists, "Tintin" is nothing if not animated, an...

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    Melancholia

    I had really no desire to see Melancholia the new film by Lars von Trier because the guy is such an ass and every time he opens his mouth he inserts his foot into it.  But when Kirsten Dunst won best actress at Cannes I was intrigued, and then when other smart folks whose opinions I value also ...

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    Melancholia - movie review

    Lest anyone mistake the man who made Antichrist as a purveyor of feel-good entertainment, Lars von Trier has opted for truth in advertising by titling his new film Melancholia. The Danish filmmaker enjoys courting controversy, and some of his films seem deliberately designed to provoke and upset aud...

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    Eastwood's "J. Edgar" takes few risks with its controversial subject

    You'd think Clint Eastwood would be the right guy to direct a movie about J. Edgar Hoover. After all, who better to tell the story of the 20th century's most influential law enforcement officer, the man who wrote the rule book on fighting crime only to disregard those rules when they prevented him f...

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    Herzog's Death Penalty Doc "Into the Abyss" Gets Rave Reviews

    Much has already been written about "Into the Abyss," Werner Herzog's humanistic gaze into the dark heart of capital punishment in a Texas town. But let me join in the chorus of effusive praise.

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    Review "London Boulevard" is a Starry, Superficial Thriller

    D.W. Griffith allegedly said that the only necessary ingredients to make a movie were a girl and a gun. "London Boulevard," the directorial debut of "The Departed" screenwriter William Monohan, has two girls, several guns, a lot of angry gangsters and a screenplay sly enough to d...

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