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    Before You See Lindsay Lohan In 'The Canyons' Or Amanda Seyfried In 'Lovelace,' Check Out Emilie Dequenne In 'Our Children'

    Women live in a world of domineering men in several new releases, starting with the one that has received the most publicity of late, Paul Schrader's "The Canyons." In this dreary Bret Easton Ellis-scripted vision of bland Hollywood aspirants wasting their days chasing luxury, Lindsay Lohan portrays...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Brit Horror-Comedy 'Cockneys Vs. Zombies'

    Has there been anything of worth in the world of zombies in the last five years or so? It feels like the last time the walking dead were relevant was Edgar Wright’s savvy send-up “Shaun of the Dead,” with a footnote to the genre being the angry politics of George A. Romero’s “Land Of The Dead” and t...

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    Review: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg Make an Appealing Pair in Action Comedy '2 Guns'

    2 Guns has all the necessary ingredients of the buddy cop genre - Two unlikely allies, equally savvy and skilled, forced together by circumstance and resisting each other every step of the way with fists, gunfire, and witty quips until the ruthless bad guys force them to partner up one last time, in...

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    Top Ways (Sarcastic and Not) Futuristic 'Elysium' Reflects Today

    Matt Damon can save almost any film for me, and the perfectly competent, entirely predictable Elysium may be where "almost" kicks in. Like most summer action movies -- from Man of Steel to World War Z -- it has an intriguing premise that gets lost mid-way through in the barrage of special effect...

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    The Spectacular Now

    I haven’t felt so swept up in the emotional lives of young people since "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

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    2 Guns

    Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make a charismatic team and have swagger to spare, as soldiers-of-fortune who are hustling money and drugs on both sides of the Mexican border.

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    Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Starring Tahar Rahim

    Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are,...

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    Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular, and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties tha...

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    This Weekend: See 'Spectacular Now,' Belgium's 'Our Children' and Yes, 'The Canyons'; Skip 'Smurfs 2'

    What an eclectic bag this weekend brings. The two must-sees are in the indie-arthouse sector: Belgium's 2012 Oscar entry "Our Children," a devastating real-life story of a mother driven to murder, and James Ponsoldt's coming-of-age Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Mi...

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    Review and Roundup: '2 Guns' Tries to Breathe Life Into Old Formula

    "2 Guns" is a great example of what's right and wrong with commercial studio moviemaking these days. It's smarter and more entertaining than your average $80-million schlocker. And it's got a cast of wily entertainers keeping us engaged, from sparring undercover agents Denzel Washington and Mark Wah...

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