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    Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

    Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and maki...

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    Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds' Is A labor of Love Definitely Worth Seeing (Now In Theaters)

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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    Review: Touching & Funny Pot Comedy 'Newlyweeds' Has A Big Heart

    Very few films about marijuana use are able to accurately capture that high, that blissful burst of pleasure that unites the primitive and enlightened sides of our identities. Often, they lean towards the former mindset as opposed to the latter, trafficking in dumb slapstick gags or jokes that play ...

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    Reviews: 'A Single Shot' Starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright & Jason Isaacs

    The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot” has been about the longer-than-usual casting merry-go-round -- since 2009, a roster of talent as long as your arm has signed up then signed out of the film. However the fear that, as the accepted wisdom goes, there ...

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    Review: Lebanese Civil War Drama 'Zaytoun' Starring Stephen Dorff

    How affected you are by the closing scenes of "Zaytoun" may depend on your pre-existing knowledge of the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli incursion in the country. Nothing’s spelled out in "Zaytoun" other than pointing out the date and location -- Beirut, 1982 -- but that would place the events de...

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    Rush

    Ron Howard has brought this story to life with unbridled energy, transforming each race into an adrenaline-charged vignette that could serve as a master class in staging and editing action scenes.

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    Prisoners

    Every parents’ nightmare is vividly depicted in "Prisoners," the first Hollywood feature from talented Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who brought us the chilling Oscar nominee "Incendies."

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    The Wizard Of Oz

    "The Wizard of Oz" looks as beautiful as ever; its exquisite production design and use of Technicolor as dazzling as it must have seemed in 1939.

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    This Weekend: Oscar Season Hits Theaters with Holofcener's Must-See 'Enough Said,' Howard's 'Rush,' Villeneuve's 'Prisoners' and More

    Oscar season rolls into theaters this weekend with three well-reviewed titles that could see some awards play: Ron Howard's "Rush," Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."

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    Review: Does the David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G' Work If You Don't Know the Source Material?

    Touted as the first feature-length adaptation of comic writer David Sedaris' work, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "C.O.G" arrived at the Sundance Film Festival with plenty of hype generated by fans of the original. A short story from the author's anthology "Naked," it's the kind of low key, reflective story...

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