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    San Francisco CAAMFEST 2014 Highs and Lows, from Food Porn to Mock Docs and More

    The SF Bay Area's venerable Asian American Film Festival re-branded itself several years ago as the snappier (if somewhat more opaque) CAAMFest, referencing both its parent organization, the Center for Asian American Media, and its expansion to include music, art, and food-oriented events, as well a...

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    Review: Big Oil & 'Big Men' Collide In Brad Pitt-Produced Documentary About African Oil

    While "Big Men" opens with quotes about greed from economist Milton Friedman and the film "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre," it's a line of dialogue from another movie struck me watching Rachel Boynton's documentary: "There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!" Tho...

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    SXSW Review: Wildly Creative & Unforgettable Romantic Time Travel Comedy 'The Infinite Man'

    For some reason South by Southwest was full of time travel movies this year, with the abysmal Ethan Hawke thriller "Predestination" (read our review here), a supposedly horrendous comedy "Premature" and a low-wattage Australian romantic comedy "The Infinite Man," which, coming out of the festival, m...

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    A Pastry-Covered Hammer: Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel"

    Critics praise the beautiful surface of Wes Anderson's latest, but miss the steel beneath it.

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    "Divergent" Hamstrung by Faithfulness, Say First Reviews

    Although Shailene Woodley gets good notices, the first movie in the YA trilogy spends too much time on setup to get off the ground.

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    A Christian Critic Defends 'Wolf' and 'Nymphomaniac': 'These movies tell the truth'

    With the release of the classic bible-story film "Noah" next week, Christians are gearing up to head to the theater. Between the close scrutiny the film has already received and the debates as to how much it aligns with the Bible, religious audiences are eager to weigh in on how much truth is here, ...

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    Review: 'Muppets Most Wanted' With Kermit, Miss Piggy, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais & More

    With the exception of Walter, a perfectly serviceable character who joined an ensemble already way too rich with personalities to add another, 2011’s “The Muppets” was sort of a perfect reintroduction to Jim Henson’s most famous creations: playing directly to the notion that Kermit and the gang were...

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    Review: 'Divergent' Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller & More

    The cornerstone of young adult fiction is its exploration of personal, emotional issues through the filter of ridiculously high stakes, not the least of which because teenagers equate their feelings with the center of the universe. But when film adaptations of that material build real universes to p...

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    SXSW Review: Producer Spike Lee's 'Evolution of a Criminal' Forces You to Change Perspective

    In this emotionally compelling documentary from executive producer Spike Lee, the unique filmmaker puts a new spin on an unreliable narrator.

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