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    Barbed Wire: 'Planes'

    "I assure you, we won't try anything new. Nothing."

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    Get Out Your Handkerchiefs: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Review and Roundup

    There's a reason The Weinstein Co. is opening "Lee Daniels' The Butler" ahead of film festival season, even if it does have Oscars in mind. They recognize that this crowd pleaser will play better, like the similarly accessible "The Help," for a wide audience than critics. It's a four-hankie tearjerk...

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    Early Indications Show 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a Directorial Readjustment

    Despite its title, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" doesn't feel like a Lee Daniels film. For some critics, that may actually be a plus.

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    DVD/Blu-Ray Review - 'Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

    DVD/Blu-Ray Review - 'Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

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    Review Roundup: Richard Curtis' 'About Time,' Starring McAdams and Gleeson, Is Snuggly Sweet and Blandly Reassuring

    The first reviews have arrived for "About Time," directed by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually"). While critics aren't finding much of originality or zing in the time-traveling romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, they cede that the film is as comforting and reassuring as a) ri...

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    Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

    There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxie...

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    Review: Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini Finds Redemption in Tragedy in 'The Good Son'

    Boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’s proudest moment, as he says in Jesse James Miller’s nimble documentary, "The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom ' Mancini," was his World Boxing Association lightweight championship. By defeating Art Frias, he honored his boxer father and continued -- if not avenged...

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    Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

    “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is nothing if not full of sincerity and effort. Which is why it’s so entirely confusing why they cast former teen heartthrob John Cusack as hangdog Richard Nixon. He’s fallen from his “Say Anything” days (and even the highs of “High Fidelity”), but this is maybe the worst c...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: How Joaquim Pinto's 'What Now? Remind Me' Turns a Three Hour Portrait of Living With AIDS Into Cinematic Art

    The first image of "What Now? Remind Me," Portuguese film industry veteran Joaquim Pinto's 164-minute portrait of his one-year experience taking experimental medication for AIDS and Hepititus-C, sets the tone perfectly: In a lush extreme close-up, a grey slug oozes across the screen, its pores magni...

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    Elysium

    Matt Damon, in yet another first-rate performance, plays an ordinary guy who’s had squabbles with law enforcement in the past and continues to buck the system.

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