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    The Matter-of-Fact Multiculturalism of 'Turbo'

    The reviews for Turbo, DreamWorks' animated tale of a snail with a dream to race in the Indy 500, are in, and for the most part, well, "lukewarm" would be overselling them. As City Weeklys Scott Renshaw put it on Twitter, "Turbo strives for nothing, says nothing, accomplishes nothing. It's not 'bad....

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    Review: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' Is Filled With Scares, But What's the Point?

    Any hints of a smarter agenda serve to cloud the main one: "The Conjuring" has been engineered to freak you out.

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    Review: Harrowing 'Act of Killing' Is the Most Unsettling Movie About Mass Murder Since 'Shoah'

    In Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing," a pair of gangsters responsible for murdering an untold number of suspected communists in the years following the 1965 overthrow of the Indonesian government get the chance to recount their experiences. At first showing no visible remorse, the men boast ...

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    REVIEW: Dreamworks "Turbo"

    Turbo plays like a mash-up of Ratatouille, Cars and Breaking Away. It isn’t a bad film, but it feels very, very familiar, even on the first viewing.

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    Review: 'Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution' (How A Fashion Showdown Changed History)

    My coffee table is currently packed with September Editions. Come mid-August, the year's largest issues of Fashion magazines arrive, announcing the end of summer, but providing pages full of lust-worthy items for the fall and winter months.

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    Review: 'Copperhead' Is A Slow-Moving, Predictable, But Worthy Civil War Drama

    A Civil War movie without a battle scene is like…wait, what? A Civil War movie without a battle scene?! That is “Copperhead,” a sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy. After all, as many of the characters in Ron Maxw...

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    Review: 'Blackfish' Is A Heartbreaking & Effectively Damning Indictment Of SeaWorld

    “Blackfish” will ruin your memories of childhood. Never again will you look back fondly on traveling to SeaWorld and watching the Shamu show, jealous of the kids in the splash zone. After watching the documentary you’ll more likely go down the black hole of the internet, reading the Outside Magazine...

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    Review: 'Girl Most Likely' Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

    In 2011's "Bridesmaids," former 'SNL' star Kristen Wiig crafted the perfect vehicle for her comedic talents. The screenplay (which she co-wrote with fellow Groundling Annie Mumolo) allowed the comedienne to display her comedy chops and also flex some previously unseen dramatic muscles. Her character...

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    TV Is the New Cinema: But It's Still Waiting for Its Close-Up

    A highly readable new book promises to anatomize the shifts in entertainment technology and in the culture in the cable era that gave rise to the 21st Century's most lionized form of "art television": the 12-episode, novelistically textured premium cable serial. Brett Martin's "Difficult Men: Behind...

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    How Trayvon Martin's Death Highlights the Flaws in 'Fruitvale Station'

    Even before the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case came down, critics were drawing parallels between Martin, who was shot dead by Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and Oscar Grant, who on New Year's Day, 2009 was shot dead by a Bay Area transit officer while he was lying face down on a...

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