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    Review: 'The Counselor' Starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz & Brad Pitt

    Michael Fassbender is sexy like a shark, and sleek as a sports car. His chin is chiseled and hard, forever confident, but his smile is subterranean, hiding secrets we could never guess. As compelling an actor he is, perhaps there’s almost too much depth to this classically pretty face, one that cann...

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    'The Square': In Tahrir Square, Beyond Simplistic Headlines

    Television coverage of the political upheavals in Egypt over the past two years, especially the protests in Tahrir Square, was almost always defined by the reporters' distance from events. Even correspondents on the ground surrounded by chaos sometimes exuded a sense of voyeurism, or -- even wor...

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    Review: Masterful & Sublime Cannes Palme d'Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’

    Why do we watch movies? No, really, why is it? As close an answer as we’ve ever come to for our own, fairly evident obsession with what we consider the greatest storytelling medium humankind has ever developed, is well, that life is short. Bear with us a second on this: basically to submerge yoursel...

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    Review: Blue is the Warmest Color

    Sporting her perpetually disheveled hair and unknowingly about to meet her romantic fate, Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) heads to school in the first frames of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palm d'Or-winning film Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adele: Chapters 1 &2) (ISA: Wild Bunch, U.S. Su...

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    Review: 'Spinning Plates' Serves Up Three Dishes On The Changing Face Of Dining Out

    What it means to dine out has changed profoundly over the last few decades. This week The New York Times reported on the closure of Hilltop Steak House, a western-themed restaurant just outside of Boston, which had been open since 1961. It perfectly reflects the sort of post-war ideal of what the re...

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    Your Week in Streaming: 'The Heat' Hits VOD, and Six Other Weird and Wonderful Female "Buddy" Movies

    If you missed Paul Feig's hilarious, smart, raunchy Bullock and McCarthy two-hander "The Heat" this past summer, fear not. You can now catch up with the film on demand and iTunes. And in the spirit of this release, here are other, perhaps more unconventional streaming movies that fit the female budd...

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    The Hit Show No One's Watching

    ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.

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    Review: Killer Whale Doc 'Blackfish' Exposes the Deadly Side of SeaWorld

    One of the most harrowing film sequences you are likely to see this year is in “Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s gripping documentary on SeaWorld’s captivity of orca whales, and the lethal consequences that have arisen from keeping this awesome species in cement pools for the enjoyment of water ...

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    Review Roundup: Critics Mixed on 'Thor: The Dark World' -- Generic Marvel Entry With Too Little of Loki?

    Following its premiere in London, first reviews for "Thor: The Dark World" (November 8) are coming in, mixed so far. Some critics find the film a generic exercise, straight out of the Marvel machine, with too little Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is locked up in a glass box for much of his screen time. ...

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    Review: Suicide And Sexual Abuse Abound In Claire Denis' Muddled 'Bastards'

    Claire Denis' films are typically intimate dramas weighted with emotion, which makes it particularly dispiriting that "Bastards," her eleventh feature, contains all of those ingredients without sufficiently making them gel. A muddled revenge drama about family ties and traumatic experiences, the mov...

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