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    Review: 'The Frozen Ground' Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack & Vanessa Hudgens

    What is the allure of true crime stories beyond the truth of “well, that happened”? It’s the sort of rubbernecking that not only kept “Law And Order” on the air for years, but spawned a cottage industry of shows and movies geared towards illuminating the dark side of crime, dramatizing, and attempti...

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    Brazilian and Portuguese Masters Find Common Ground With 'The King's Body' and 'Sentimental Education'

    With their new films, Brazil's Julio Bressane and Portugal's Joao Pedro Rodrigues bridge the gap between countries and generations.

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    Review: 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower & More

    The duality of humankind has largely been visualized, at least in cartoons and broad comedies, as a tiny angel sitting on one shoulder, while a devil is perched on the opposite shoulder. The inherent drama, of course, is watching as the character decides which symbol to listen to: the heavenly or th...

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    Hate Kung Fu, Love This Film: Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

    Some reviews need more context than others: the very idea of a kung fu movie, even an artistically made one, makes me want to scream with boredom, yet I was enthralled by The Grandmaster. Wong Kar Wai's film is technically about a real-life hero named Ip Man, one of China's great martial arts ma...

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    Off to See the Wizard... in 3D

    3D Technology has dominated cinemas for the past few years, and there's has been a recent surge in taking old, classic films and giving them the 3D treatment. One has to wonder how much this decision is based on actually trying to enhance the experience of these classic films, or if it is just a mon...

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    Fantasia Film Festival Reviews: 'Return To Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1,' 'Antisocial' & 'Discopath'

    “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol.1” begins with narration that establishes the latest Troma effort as a sequel as well as a remake, showcasing the madcap lunacy of the unhinged first picture while tipping a cap to its sequels. The explanation now, which sort of renders the title irrelevant, revolves aro...

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    Review: Home Invasion Horror 'You're Next' Featuring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, AJ Bowen & More

    When low budget horror movie "You're Next" premiered back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival it received a rapturous response and set off a small scale buying war (Lionsgate, home to the "Hostel" and "Saw" franchises, and savior to Joss Whedon's marooned masterpiece "Cabin in the Woods,...

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    Review: 'You Will Be My Son' Tests The Bonds Between Father And Son With Truth And Ugliness

    “You Will Be My Son” could very well be the “Moby Dick” of stories about realistically awful fathers. The beauty of a gorgeous vineyard in France is obscured by the monstrous countenance of Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), a bitter old man caring for his massive wine business with a pompous sense o...

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    Review: Alice Walker, ‘Beauty In Truth’ (A Vista Beyond 'The Color Purple')

    “Part of the problem with Western feminists, I find, is that they take after their brothers and their fathers. And that’s a real problem.” – Alice Walker

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    Review: The U.S. Cut Of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

    Exquisitely crafted, as visually stunning as you’d imagine and virtuosic in its meticulously gorgeous fight choreography (which acts as a kind of throwdown to comers like the Wachowski siblings), acclaimed Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is nevertheless still an uneven and unbalanc...

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