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    Review: Spike Jonze's Funny & Insightful 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams & More

    Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relations...

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    Oscar Winner Deborah Shaffer Statement on Oscar Docu Short List Omissions

    Deborah is a dear friend, family and business, for many years.She is a lifelong dedicated documentary filmmaker, one of our best. Her docu Oscar and Emmy awards attest to the talent and dedication.Recently she has been discussing with me what she feels are the current shortcomings in this year's nom...

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    Manohla Dargis on 'Her': Wrong on Pants, Wrong for America

    There will be time to debate the merits of Spike Jonze's futuristic love story. But for now, let's talk about those pants.

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    Will Ferrell Creates Cable News in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

    Cable news, and CNN in particular, is already such a compromised, pandering mess that it seems beyond parody. Still, there is something hilarious in the idea that a journalistic doofus like Ron Burgundy -- all hair and over-enunciation -- was the first to float the concept that shaped 24-hour news a...

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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    At a time when so many comedies try to push the boundary lines of raunchiness as far as they can, this one deals in another, much rarer, commodity: sheer silliness.

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    "The Dead Hand of Walt Disney": Harlan Ellison reviews 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    The author and lifelong Disney fan saw the Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson production, and he was not charmed.

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    Review Roundup: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Shocks and Enlightens; Lots of Flesh but Rarely Erotic

    First reviews have arrived Lars von Trier's hotly anticipated "Nymphomaniac," which hits Danish theaters Christmas Day, and comes to the US in two parts, on March 21 and April 18. Critical reactions thus far are mainly positive, with reviewers describing the film as a provocative ride meant to distu...

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    Review: Martin Scorsese’s Outrageous 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Pushes The Boundaries Of R-Rated Depravity

    In the immortal words of Rick James, “Cocaine is a helluva drug.” And in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” an outrageous, nearly three-hour-long hedonistic opus and cynical paean to American privilege, greed and debauchery, the characters hoover up mountains and mountains of cocaine. Base...

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