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    AFI Mid-Fest Report: On the Red Carpet with 'On the Road' and 'Silver Linings'; 'The Hunt,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Our Children' & 'War Witch' Reviews

    We're in the thick of AFI Fest, with too many films to see and not enough time. TOH's Anne Thompson reviews opening night film "Hitchcock" here, Matt Mueller reviews "Holy Motors," Beth Hanna tackles the devastating Belgian Oscar entry "Our Children," and I checked out "Silver Linings Playbook," "On...

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    Review: 'Miami Connection' Not A Rediscovered Schlock Classic, But Close

    To understand the hyperbole being tossed around when so-bad-it’s-good obsessives talk about “Miami Connection,” it’s vital to acknowledge that the best “bad” movies have a great making-of story. The current reigning champ of the lot remains Tommy Wiseau’s incomparable “The Room” (sorry “Birdemic” fa...

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    Review: 'The Central Park Five' Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America's Racial Animus

    This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament.

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    AFI FEST Review: 'Hitchcock' Sports a Fine Anthony Hopkins Performance, But Does It Downplay Hitch's Genius?

    "Hitchcock" takes place during the legendary production of "Psycho" in 1959, but it never shows a single frame of the movie itself.

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    VOD Review - '1/2 Revolution' (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

    It's not been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet; but it's available on VOD platforms like iTunes, where I learned interested viewers can now both rent it ($4.99 in HD) or buy it ($19.99 also in HD).

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    Weekend Preview: Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, Tobey Maguire & More

    Check out the slate of films now in theaters, led by the Denzel Washington vehicle "Flight" from Robert Zemeckis. The crowd-pleaser and its beloved leading man will take you on quite a ride, while Sean Penn's strange Euroflick "This Must Be the Place," Disney's animated charmer "Wreck-It Ralph," RZA...

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    Review: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors' Is Bonkers

    The word ‘bonkers’ was used with abandon along the Croisette when it came to describing Leos Carax’s fifth film (his first full-length feature since 1999’s "Pola X") and "Holy Motors"’ reception at the critics’ screening and official Competition unveiling was so enthusiastic...

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    Review: 'How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song' A Rewarding, Crowd-Pleasing Indie Musical

    Discounting “The Muppets,” the movie musical has had a bit of a rough go as of late. Fans have a likely sumptuous, probably bloated "Les Misérables" to look forward to in December, a film that hopefully cleanses the palate of the disaster that was "Nine." Due to their grand scales and expensive pric...

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    Critic's Notebook: How 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Proves We No Longer Need 'Star Wars'

    At a screening hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image Thursday, rapper-turned-filmmaker RZA claimed his first inspiration came not from the martial arts movie but from watching "Star Wars." "I believed there was a galaxy far, far away where I could go," he says. "But instead, I went to Brooklyn."

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    DVD Review - HBO Latino's Brazilian Drama 'Filhos Do Carnaval' (2006)

    While it was still a pain in my backside, being stuck in the house during Hurricane Sandy did provide me with an opportunity to catch up on some long-overdue DVD viewing.  First up was the International Emmy-nominated TV series from Brazil, Filhos do Carnaval (Hijos del Carnaval), an HBO Latin ...

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