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    Review - 'The Wolverine' Makes A Killing

    I’ve always had a problem with the Wolverine character in comics and in the movies, particularly in the movies. My problem was that the nature of Wolverine’s fighting ability, using six foot-long claws, meant that in order to defeat a foe, it would mean killing them. What else can you do with claws ...

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    A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

    As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

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    Bobcat Goldthwait Discusses His Found Footage Bigfoot Thriller 'Willow Creek'

    Bobcat Goldthwait's filmmaking career has yet to gain as much recognition as his '80s comedy work, which many people will recall for his screaming delivery in several "Police Academy" movies among other places. As a writer-director, however, Goldthwait funnels that rage into more contained storytell...

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    First Reviews of 'Breaking Bad's Final Season

    Here's a handful of first looks in anticipation of the series' last premiere date. Also: a Season 1 revisit and a new TV show from the writin staff's perspective.

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    Review: How Sci-Fi Found Footage Thriller 'Europa Report' Envisions a Credible Future For Deep Space Travel

    "Europa Report" movie has many of the same ingredients found in "Prometheus" and precedents like "Alien," but roots them in a realistic science basis. The result is both subdued by the standards of the genre and more intriguing because of its window into an event possibly closer than it looks.

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    Review: Paul Schrader's Misfire 'The Canyons,' Starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, Is As Bad As It Looks

    The best moment of "The Canyons" arrives before any of its actors show up. While opening credits zap on to the screen, images of decayed movie theaters flit by, establishing a sense of dread for cinema's future. The plot of "The Canyons," in which dead-eyed young people hover around Hollywood with z...

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    Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

    Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the...

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    DVD REVIEW: "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids"

    The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was Filmation's crown jewel. It is one of those instances in which the show's content transcended the limited animation. Shout Factory has just released the entire series on DVD - and here's a complete overview.

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    DVD/VOD Review - Stephen Lloyd Jackson's 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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