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    Sparkle—movie review

    I don’t think anyone going to see 'Sparkle' expects a gritty slice of realism or a life-altering experience. It’s an unabashed soap opera with the curiosity value of singer Jordin Sparks in her big-screen debut and Whitney Houston in her final film appearance. If you know all that going in, I don’t ...

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    Paranorman—movie review

    'ParaNorman' is the first of three horror-movie-inspired animated features this year, to be followed by 'Hotel Transylvania' and 'Frankenweenie'. Laika, the studio that gave us 'Coraline', is responsible for this tale, which assumes that kids will get the “joke” and not be distressed by its macabre ...

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    Side By Side—movie review

    I never expected Keanu Reeves to be my guide to the history of digital filmmaking, but that’s the role he plays as producer and host of the vital documentary Side by Side, written and directed by Chris Kenneally. It opens theatrically today in Los Angeles, with New York and other cities to fol...

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    'Cosmopolis,' Beyond the RPatz Publicity Tour (Review)

    Whatever David Cronenberg thought he was doing while making Cosmopolis, he could never have imagined the most relevent cultural nerve it would hit: the film has become the inadvertent cause of Robert Pattinson’s first post-KStew publicity tour. (If you missed Pattinson’s appearance ...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Side by Side' & 'The Awakening' Best Bets Over Divisive 'Sparkle,' 'Cosmopolis' and 'Robot & Frank'

    There's no shortage of films opening this weekend, but many will be disappointments if you go in with high expectations. The safest bet is Chris Kenneally's doc "Side by Side," which is both a treat for film buffs and a primer for anyone looking to get behind a camera in today'...

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    Review: Disappointing 'Robot & Frank' Is High Concept Sci-Fi That's Low On Ideas

    In recent years, Sundance has been hit with a handful of smart science fiction films tackling large themes within an extremely limited scope. From the $7,000 “Primer” to the $5 million “Moon,” their respective filmmakers managed to put forth some interesting ideas without being hindered creatively b...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Side by Side' Keeps Digital vs. Film at the Top

    Two of the best-reviewed films of 2012's first half make their way to theaters this weekend, but it's the industry-centric documentary that takes this week's top spot.

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    Review: 'Painted Skin: The Resurrection' Spotlights Imaginative Special Effects In Derivative Story

    Today’s generation of filmgoers and filmmakers forget that at the very heart of the first cinematic techniques known as “special effects,” there was a shade of mystery and mysticism as well. This otherworldliness made visual sleight of hand seem like an extra-sensory experience, allowing films to tr...

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    Critical Consensus: The Locarno Critics Academy Breaks Down the 2012 Festival

    Critical Consensus is a biweekly column in which critics discuss new releases or events in the film world. In this special edition, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn moderates a discussion with the eight participants in the 2012 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for college-age film critics that took ...

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