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    Review: Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel

    Now, they’re all over t-shirts and lunchboxes, but back in 2008 when Marvel Studios were kicking off as their own self-producing entity, their characters weren’t all that well known. Captain America was probably the most familiar (along with the Hulk), but Iron Man and Thor and Nick Fury and co. wer...

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    Review Round-Up: 'A Most Wanted Man' As a Showcase for the Late Philip Seymour Hoffman

    One of the great actor's final roles hits theaters July 25.

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    Review: Joe Swanberg's Engaging, Truthful 'Happy Christmas' With Melanie Lynskey, Anna Kendrick & Mark Webber

    As perhaps the poster boy for independent cinema in the last seven to eight years, it’s crazy to realize that lo-fi filmmaker Joe Swanberg has never been in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before. While two of his films have played in Park City previously (though one was a short segment in...

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    Back to Afghanistan: "The Kill Team" Resurrects America's War Crimes

    Just when you thought the war in Afghanistan was a distant memory, "The Kill Team" (opening in theaters on July 25) reminds us that America's military missteps in the country remain an open wound. I have been covering and heralding the movie since its 2013 Tribeca Film Festival premiere, where it wo...

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    Not Into 'Hercules'? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend

    Unimpressed by the gleaming musculature of Dwayne Johnson as a mythic warrior in Paramount's comic book adaptation "Hercules"? Then take solace in the art house, and at home, with these six quieter films in theaters and on demand.

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    Fantasia Review: John McNaughton's 'The Harvest' Starring Michael Shannon & Samantha Morton

    Discounting some scattered television work, director John McNaughton has been off the grid for 13 years as far as features go. Even then, you’d have to go back all the way to 1998 and “Wild Things” to find the last movie he’s made with any kind of traction, with a certain swimming pool scene featuri...

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    Review: Spy Tale 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams And More

    As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” w...

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    Fantasia Review: ‘Open Windows’ Starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey

    When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” everyone saw a potential new big name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how (and really, really want) to thrill you. But Nacho Vigalondo’s follow up “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was mo...

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    Criticwire Classic of the Week: Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment'

    Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and how to be a mensch.

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