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    Is 'Bad Grandpa' "the anti-'Borat'"?

    The 'Jackass' crew's hidden-camera feature makes a pointed contrast with Sasha Baron Cohen's, which depending who you ask is either a good or a bad thing.

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    The Counselor

    The actors in "The Counselor" are speaking English, but I still couldn’t understand a lot of what they said. That’s because the screenplay, by esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, is so dense it’s incomprehensible at times.

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    Review: Greed Is Not Good In Costa-Gavras' 'Le Capital'

    Since they figured out how make pictures move, filmmakers have long been fond of using one of the seven deadly sins—greed—as the thematic driving force of their films. From Erich Von Stronheim's compromised masterpiece "Greed" to the slimy dealings of Gordon Gecko in two "Wall Street" movies and bey...

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    Recap: Mother/Daughter Relationships Get Complicated In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 'The Replacements'

    Many of the critics of "American Horror Story: Coven" claim that its rococo stylization is both unnecessary and over-the-top. Tonight's episode, "The Replacements," certainly won't silence those critics, although it might prove that, at the very least, when the show's runaway outrageousness is corra...

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    This Weekend: Must-See 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'; Plus, Claire Denis Returns with 'Bastards,' Ridley Scott's 'Counselor' and More

    The must-see film of the weekend is Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as young lovers experiencing the highs and lows of a long-term relationship.

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    Critics Show No Mercy for Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor': "It's just bad Cormac McCarthy" (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

    A-list director Ridley Scott can round up his pick of top Hollywood talent, and did so with elegantly violent border thriller "The Counselor," which opens Friday. Unfortunately, the first screenplay written by novelist Cormac McCarthy tries to spice up a torrid fish-out-of-water crime thriller with ...

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    Review: 'The Counselor,' Written By Cormac McCarthy And Directed By Ridley Scott, Is An Equally Chilling And Ridiculous Companion Piece to Costa-Gavras' 'Capital'

    "The Counselor" is written by Cormac McCarthy with the sort of grim, existentially weary atmosphere one might expect, but it's directed by Ridley Scott like a wild grindhouse picture.

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    Review: Hoop Dreams Deferred Indefinitely In Doc 'Lenny Cooke' (Theatrical Release Date Set)

    Shopkorn Productions and Brigade will release Lenny Cooke theatrically in New York on December 6th, 2013.

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    Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

    “More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and ...

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