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    Why 'The Hudsucker Proxy' or 'A Serious Man' Should Have Been the First Coen Brothers' TV Show

    On paper, it's not hard to understand why FX decided that Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 favorite "Fargo" would be the prime Coen-crafted candidate to expand into a TV series. For one thing, it's arguably the brothers' defining film both in terms of name recognition as well as the way it offers the pure...

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    'Transcendence' Review Roundup: Mind-Blowing, or Just Brain-Dead?

    Reviews are in for Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," the ambitious sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose efforts to create the ultimate artificial intelligence machine land him square in the middle of an ideological war.

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    Old and New: Marco Bellocchio Series At Museum of Modern Art

    A living Italian master, Marco Bellocchio creates work that lives most vividly at the place where family meets politics, where private emotions challenge institutions including -- and especially -- the church and the state.

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    Review: 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara & Morgan Freeman

    We are the company we keep, and in the case of Wally Pfister, he and his professional cronies are some of the most iconic around. As DP alongside Christopher Nolan, his outlook working with key actors promises a certain atmosphere, a unique method. So here we are: a gloomy thriller trying to ground ...

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    Review: Is the Heady Johnny Depp Tech Thriller 'Transcendence' Ahead of Its Time?

    Wally Pfister's debut is a heady science fiction effort that smartly explores mankind’s vulnerabilities in the information age.

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    Review: Amir Ramses' Doc 'Jews of Egypt' Gives In-Depth Look At Complex History (On VOD Today)

    Review: Amir Ramses' Doc 'Jews of Egypt' Gives In-Depth Look At Complex History (On VOD Today)

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    Review: Patrice Leconte's Edgeless Drama 'A Promise' Starring Rebecca Hall

    He’s fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years, but there was a time when Patrice Leconte was one of the most popular foreign filmmakers in the U.S. While he was never a favorite with the hipper critics, over the 1990s and early 2000s, films like “Ridicule,” “ The Girl On The Bridge,” “The Man...

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    Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen Is Breezy And Inoffensive

    "Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious ...

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    Review: John Turturro Casts Himself Opposite Woody Allen in 'Fading Gigolo'

    Directing himself and Woody Allen in Miami Fest entry 'Fading Gigolo,' triple-threat John Turturro navigates tricky sexual territory with delicacy.

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    Why the Crazy, Bloody Erotic Thriller 'Proxy' Will Surprise You At Every Turn

    "Proxy" doesn't always work, but its commitment to unpredictable twists and pushing beyond morbid extremes bears the stamp of showmanship sorely lacking from many other examples of the genre.

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