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    Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Review and Reaction Roundup UPDATED

    Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. While early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, reviews so far are mixed on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Reactions came in from both the New Zealand premiere...

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    Review: 'Stones in the Sun' Is A Gripping and Observant Tale About Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.

    It’s seldom we get to see authentic, complex and tactful character representations from the West Indies on the screen, especially in cinema. In her compelling and heartfelt feature film debut, Haitian filmmaker Patricia Benoit follows three Haitian immigrant families seeking refuge in Bro...

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    Review: A Look Into A Nightmare Indie Shoot In 'Addicted To Fame'

    When the laymen thinks “filmmaker” they imagine Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, or even versatile hyphenated talents like George Clooney. Rarely do they see the true face of that profession, the scads of video nerds who toil away at thankless jobs on television and in commercials, getting the same c...

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    Film Critics Start to Weigh In

    As we await the final New York Film Critics Circle results and anticipate the National Board of Review December 5 and LA Film Critics Association December 9, a few top ten lists are coming out. These votes will start to push momentum toward certain winners.

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    The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

    Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.

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    Review: How the Failings of Judd Apatow's 'This is 40' Make Other New Family Comedies Look Better

    Review: How the Failings of Judd Apatow's 'This is 40' Make Other New Family Comedies Look Better

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    One S & A Reader's Take After Seeing 'Django Unchained'

    As I mentioned last week media and award consideration screenings for Django Unchained start later this week, but there have been a few advance screenings of the film already for special invited audiences

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    Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986) on Blu-ray

    I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that does...

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    'This is 40' Review and Round-Up: Judd Apatow and Crew Deliver Pain and Laughs

    With "This is 40," Judd Apatow's fourth feature film as a writer-director, the prolific producer ("Girls," "Pineapple Express," "Freaks and Geeks") has never been more in control of his medium. This relationship comedy returns to Pete and Debbie, the Los Angeles married couple introduced in "Knocked...

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