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    Immersed in Movies: 'Skyfall' Is Both Homecoming and Breakthrough

    James Bond has always been about looking forward and back at the same time, but never more so than in "Skyfall," which is both a homecoming and a breakthrough for the 50th anniversary. In fact, it's all about exploring the old and the new. That's the central metaphor; it's embedded in every ambiguou...

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    LFF Review: Rolling Stones Doc 'Crossfire Hurricane' Is Little More Than A Familiar Nostalgia Trip

    There’s been the little-seen “Charlie Is My Darling” and “Cocksucker Blues,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Sympathy for the Devil,” 1970’s Altamont-focused “Gimme Shelter,” Julien Temple’s “Stones at the Max” and Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light,” and that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to documen...

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    Critic's Notebook: How to Find the Brilliance in Harris Savides' Career, From 'Gerry' to Cindy Crawford Videos

    Cinematographer Harris Savides died last Tuesday at 55, but the news made it to the internet two days later. For the five hours during which I felt personally aggrieved, I tried to figure out why I'd been so upset by it.

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    Review: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Makes A Compelling Argument For The Series' Swift Cancellation

    A new "Paranormal Activity" movie coming out has now become a season tradition, like bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, or wearing itchy sweaters. The first "Paranormal Activity" was a no budget chiller made in 2007 but not released theatrically until 2009, almost as an afterthought, even though,...

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    The Sessions—movie review

    John Hawkes has emerged as one of the finest chameleon-like character actors of our time, in films like 'Winter’s Bone', 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', and 'Higher Ground.' With his performance in 'The Sessions' he reaches a new plateau, transforming himself into the wry, self-deprecating journalist Ma...

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    Under The Radar: Little Red Wagon

    This heartfelt movie is based on the true story of an 8-year-old boy who set out to help homeless children and wound up spearheading a full-blown crusade. Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan are nothing if not sincere, and tell their story in an appealing, straightforward ...

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    Review: 'Greystone Park' Yet Another Found Footage Piece of Junk

    Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone famously began his career directing schlock like “The Hand” and having associations with the likes of Lloyd Kaufman. It seems only fitting that son Sean Stone would follow a similar path into filmmaking. But while yesterday’s up-and-comers make their bones in skeevy ...

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    Review: 'Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes' Offers Some Decent Scares But Doesn't Follow Through

    This weekend "Paranormal Activity 4" opens, the latest in the phenomenally successful found-footage series about ghosts who primarily concern themselves with opening closet doors very slowly. But there's another found footage opus opening on Friday, one with more monstrous concerns. "Bigfoot: The Lo...

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    Review: Life & Lust Find A Way In Well-Performed But Standard-Issue 'The Sessions'

    Inspired by the life and writings of Mark O'Brien -- a polio-stricken but determined journalist and poet confined to an iron lung since age six -- "The Sessions" offers a less comprehensive look at O'Brien's life than Jessica Yu's excellent documentary "Breathing Lesso...

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    LFF Review: Stephen Graham & Mark Strong Impress In Generic But Powerful Cop Thriller 'Blood'

    The history of the British police movie is not a glorious one. Perhaps it's because (for the most part) UK coppers aren't allowed to carry firearms, which somewhat reduces the capacity for squib-happy action sequences. Or maybe it's the lack of glamorous locations for said shootouts, which can hardl...

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