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    Review: Why 'Passion' Will Please Brian De Palma Fans -- And No One Else

    Since the earliest stages of Brian De Palma's career, his thrillers have constantly walked a line between self-parody and earnest pastiche. "Passion," a reworking of the late Alain Corneau's final film "Love Crimes," reassuringly falls into this camp, signaling a return to form for the director desp...

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    Review: 'Closed Circuit' Starring Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall

    Focus Features is starting to build their own exclusive tentpole weekend each year. Marvel usually claims the opening May slot of every summer, and different studios trade off the lucrative July 4th period. But Focus has rubber-stamped the under-attended Labor Day weekend as theirs, with middlebrow ...

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    Oprah and Forest Whitaker in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Lee Daniels' The Butler is some serious, probably effective Oscar bait. It is also -- these things so often go together -- audience-pandering History Lite. Forest Whitaker, as a butler who serves at the White House through eight Presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan, gives a dazzling performance; he...

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    Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and More (TRAILERS)

    From Pasolini to Welles, and new films by Hannah Fidell and Kat Coiro, here are some of the best films available across VOD platforms this week.

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    Review: Documentary On Sports Broadcaster Marty ‘Glickman,’ Executive Produced By Martin Scorsese

    When the credits roll on James L. Freedman’s “Glickman” it may be somewhat of a surprise to see Martin Scorsese’s name as an executive producer. Why would the legendary filmmaker have anything to do with a documentary about a sports broadcaster? Well, it’s for the simple reason that the groundbreaki...

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    Richard Curtis' 'About Time'

    In the 'Notting Hill' auteur's time-traveling rom-com, the romance fizzles but father-son tenderness hits home.

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    Orson Welles, Lifelong Friend

    Various people have bid fair to become Orson Welles’ ultimate Boswell, so when three of them agree on the value of a new book, it’s well worth noting.

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    'Breaking Bad' Watch: "Confessions"

    Walt comes clean, and things get dirty.

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    Criticwire Survey: Summer Binge-Watching

    Critics offer their suggestions for TV shows to mainline during the summer movie doldrums.

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    Review: How 'Closed Circuit,' Starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall, Turns Political Intrigue Into Fan Fiction

    The only effective sequence in "Closed Circuit" is its first, a nerve-wracking surveillance camera view of London's Borough Market that slowly multiplies: one screen becomes two, then four, six, twelve. The only reason anyone consciously views this kind of footage is to piece together a crime, and a...

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