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    Review: How Sci-Fi Found Footage Thriller 'Europa Report' Envisions a Credible Future For Deep Space Travel

    "Europa Report" movie has many of the same ingredients found in "Prometheus" and precedents like "Alien," but roots them in a realistic science basis. The result is both subdued by the standards of the genre and more intriguing because of its window into an event possibly closer than it looks.

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    Review: Paul Schrader's Misfire 'The Canyons,' Starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, Is As Bad As It Looks

    The best moment of "The Canyons" arrives before any of its actors show up. While opening credits zap on to the screen, images of decayed movie theaters flit by, establishing a sense of dread for cinema's future. The plot of "The Canyons," in which dead-eyed young people hover around Hollywood with z...

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    Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

    Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the...

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    DVD REVIEW: "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids"

    The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was Filmation's crown jewel. It is one of those instances in which the show's content transcended the limited animation. Shout Factory has just released the entire series on DVD - and here's a complete overview.

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    DVD/VOD Review - Stephen Lloyd Jackson's Psychodrama 'David is Dying'

    When I think of a character being diagnosed with a terminal illness in a movie, especially HIV/AIDS, I think of sorrow. I expect to see the illness take center stage, to spend the rest of the film rooting for the victim to overcome whatever physical and personal obstacles lie ahead, and to weep...

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    How 'Blue Jasmine''s Cate Blanchett Became Woody Allen's Lena Dunham

    My, how the mighty fall in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," a dramedic character study about the eponymous diva played by a riveting Cate Blanchett. In the movie, opening today in limited release, we catch up with Jasmine after the behind-bars death of Hal (Alec Baldwin), her Ponzi-schemer husband, who...

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    This Weekend: See Blanchett in Allen's 'Blue Jasmine,' 'The To Do List,' Critics Split on Middling 'The Wolverine' and More

    Woody Allen's latest "Blue Jasmine," with a marvelous performance by Cate Blanchett hits theaters this weekend, along with To's "Drug War," "The To Do List" and the latest superhero reboot "The Wolverine," which has critics split.

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    Is 'The To Do List' The Best American Sex Comedy Since 'American Pie'?

    American movies showcase death and destruction as much as ever, but it's no easy task to find a well-scripted potty mouth. The raunchy antics of horny teens enjoyed a heyday in the early eighties with the likes of "Porky's" and "Revenge of the Nerds," movies that tapped into the joy of young people ...

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    The Wolverine

    Ho-hum. That sums up my reaction to this competently-made but uninspired action movie about the character last seen on his own in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

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