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    Immersed in Movies: Talking Disney Animated Short Oscar Nominee 'Paperman,' See Full Video

    Is Disney's hand-drawn animated legacy dead? Let's hope not. The new "Paperman" short may provide the answer for its survival. (See trailer below.) "Paperman," which just premiered at the Annecy Film Festival and debuts locally this week at the Los Angeles Film Fest (in 3-D), will play in theater...

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    Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

    Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.

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    Critical Consensus: Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn On Oscar Momentum For 'Argo' and Awards Candidates From Sundance 2013

    In this edition of Critical Consensus, Indiewire’s chief film critic and resident Oscar prognosticator trade insights on what "Argo's" new momentum means for the Oscar race and which Sundance Film Festival movies might be part of the discussion next year.

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    'The Gatekeepers,' An Unexpectedly Fascinating Doc About the Middle East

    After you retire, “You become a bit of a leftist,” says Yaakov Peri – a startling comment considering the job he retired from: head of the Israeli security agency, Shin Bet. 'The Gatekeepers' the Oscar-nominated documentary in which Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh talks...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Warm Bodies' Exhumes A Zombie Romance Without Much Of A Pulse

    Credit where credit is due, “Warm Bodies” does at the very least bring a zombie to the big screen that we’ve never seen before: one seemingly caught in the grip of an existential crisis. When we first meet the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) he’s literally and figuratively shuffling through life. His deca...

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    Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'

    "Lilyhammer," Netflix's first foray into original programming, failed to generate sustained attention when it premiered last year. One suspects this won't be true of its star-studded second attempt, "House of Cards," debuting Friday. Except Netflix's latest isn't so novel after all: its animating fo...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Stand Up Guys' Strands A Handful Of Legends In A Lame Up-All-Night Comedy

    It’s impossible to walk out of “Stand Up Guys” without doing an impersonation of William Hurt in “A History Of Violence,” pressing fingers to your temple and asking, “How do ya fuck that up?” It’s like stocking a team with proven performers and hoping that everything else will work itself out at the...

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    Santa Barbara Review: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Is A Loving Celebration Of Great Musicianship And A Glorious Tribute To Tape

    Thank God for Dave Grohl. Everyone’s favorite Foo Fighter and the most cheerful member of Nirvana, his irrepressible energy and sheer delight in rocking the F out shines during his loving remembrance of the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City in his debut documentary feature of the sam...

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    'Jobs' Sundance Review Round-Up: Ashton Kutcher Nearly Pulls Off Steve Jobs Impersonation (VIDEO)

    "jOBs", directed by Joshua Michael Stern, is a straight-forward biopic, following the visionary's journey from hippie college dropout to ruthless technology czar. The movie, which closed the Sundance Festival on Friday, features Ashton Kutcher as the Apple genius - a role he acknowledged was a big ...

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    Flashback To 2010 - 'Takers' (Derivative, But Passable, Mostly Entertaining, PG-13 Heist Flick)

    I watched this over the weekend, while revisiting previous Rainforest Films productions, as the company continues to build upon past successes, with even more successful films (see Think Like A Man last year. Also, 2014 should be a big year for the company).

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