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    Review: If Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' Is Really His Final Film, It's An Appropriate One

    Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has achieved status as one of the great filmmakers of his time, with a distinctive visual sensibility that has garnered comparisons to Walt Disney and a depth of imagination that defies any classification other than Miyazaki's own head. From "Princess Mononoke" to th...

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    Confessions Of An Anglophile: Downton Abbey – Season 4 On DVD

    GUEST COLUMN by Alice Maltin — When I was young, I dreamed of living in a castle. You do that sort of thing when you grow up in a small, one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Well, I did, anyway. I escaped through my imagination into “The Queen Game.”

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    Berlin Review: ‘The Two Faces of January,’ Starring Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen, Is Not Your Typical Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

    Patricia Highsmith's novels have provided fodder for more than two dozen film adaptations, a pantheon that now includes "The Two Faces of January." This 1964 suspense thriller has been memorably realized by writer-director Hossein Amini with an eye for film noir tropes. While it won't knock Anthony ...

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    Berlin Review: Christopher Gans' 'Beauty and the Beast,' With Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, Is a Fairy Tale Dud

    The recent spate of fairy tale movies from around the world has been, at best, a halfhearted effort. On the heels of "Red Riding Hood," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Mirror, Mirror," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Jack the Giant Slayer," the upcoming "Maleficent" and the television series "O...

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    The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go"

    Does the "magical makeover" in the Disney hit's big number sexualize its heroine? Maybe. Is that bad?

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    Berlin Review: Silver Bear Best Script Winner 'Stations of the Cross'

    “Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross),” which won the Best Script Silver Bear at this year's now wrapped Berlinale, is a well-designed and constructed portrait of a young, devout Catholic girl trying to make her way through a maze of satanically influenced culture (i.e., normality) and sin (e.g., attrac...

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    Berlin Review: Silver Bear Winner ‘Stations Of The Cross’ Preaches An Inconsistent, Self-Serving Sermon

    The festival scheduling Gods work in mysterious ways, and so it wasn’t until the last Sunday of the Berlinale that we got to see the German-language “Stations of the Cross,” from director Dieter Brüggemann, by which stage it had already won the Silver Bear for Best Script, on which Brüggemann shared...

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    Recap: 'Girls' Go To The 'Beach House' In Season 3, Episode 7

    The midsection of the second season of "Girls" was marked by an adventurous spirit that saw Lena Dunham breaking away from the standard format of the show. "One Man's Trash," which is still a series highlight, spent an entire episode focused on Hannah's weekend affair with the well-off Joshua (Patri...

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    Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 5 Discovers 'The Secret Fate Of All Life'

    If the six-minute, single-shot finale of last week's "Who Goes There" set your pulse racing through sheer visceral force, this week, "True Detective" keeps up the pace while finding new ways thrill with "The Secret Fate Of All Life." Yes, there is another nail-biting setpiece that anchors the first ...

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