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    Review: Beat Classic 'On The Road' Comes To The Screen In Lustrous-But-Long-Winded Fashion

    Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been heralded for decades: an important novel, a cultural signifier, a sociological landmark, a cracking good read. It's also been considered "unfilmable" -- but now Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water") brings the novel to the screen, and "The Motor...

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    Now and Then: 'Brazil,' Terry Gilliam's Dystopia — And Ours, Too

    To my discredit, I had never seen "Brazil." It sat atop my pile of screeners for a few weeks, its length and reputation forbidding. Like all dystopian fictions, Terry Gilliam's 1985 epic is a prophecy of sorts, guesswork for a grim future. And it turned out he was right.

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    'Holy Motors' Best Film in Indiewire's Year-End Critics Poll; 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Sun Don't Shine,' 'This Is Not a Film' and More Recognized

    Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" has been voted Best Film by the 2012 Indiewire year-end critics' poll. A broad sampling of print and online critics--about 200-- participated, including TOH's Anne Thompson, Indiewire's Eric Kohn, Alison Wilmore and Matt Singer, The New Yorker'...

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    Review: Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Is Sprawling And Undisciplined, But Emotionally Honest Too

    Hearing that writer/director Judd Apatow, arguably the most influential and highly regarded comedic talent in the past decade, was making a "sort-of sequel" to his smash "Knocked Up," it's easy to assume that his creative well has run dry. Why return to that world, only to focus on a pair of side ch...

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    The Best Films of 2012

    My top three films of 2012 were easy to name, if not to order. Each is amazing, each wildly different from the other two, but they form a trio of incomparable experiences. There’s a deep dropoff from those three to the others, all fantastic --  though more flawed. I didn’t reac...

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    Review: Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! (Algeria's Submission For Best Foreign Language Oscar)

    I'm not sure if it's widely-known that the opening sequence of Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece Battle of Algiers, features the execution of the man who's at the center of Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! - Algeria's selection for the Best Foreign ...

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    Review: 'Jack Reacher' Is The Rare Franchise-Starter That Makes You Hungry For More

    Much of the hoopla surrounding "Jack Reacher," the first adaptation of the insanely popular series of Lee Child-penned thrillers, has had to do with the casting of the diminutive Tom Cruise in the title role. As described in the novels, Reacher is, physically speaking, a brute – close-cropped blonde...

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    Weekend Preview: From a Speedier 'Hobbit' to Yet Another Christopher Walken Comedy

    Those expecting the grandeur of "Lord of the Rings" from Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (the first of a new prequel trilogy) will be disappointed. But that's not to say the ride isn't enjoyable once you get used to the 48fps in 3-D. Were I to sit ...

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    Review: 'Yelling To The Sky' (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew')

    Review: 'Yelling To The Sky' (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew')

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    Critic's Notebook: Why We Still Love Pasolini

    For Pier Paolo Pasolini, cinema represented a sort of aggregator, gathering together his passions and insecurities alike. In his relatively short life -- he died under mysterious circumstances in 1975 at the age of 53 -- he had been a poet, filmmaker, journalist, playwright, social commentator, film...

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