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    AFI Fest 2013 Review: 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored by Strong Performances

    Adapting an autobiography for film always carries a unique set of challenges: making sure to present the subject as fully as the text dictates, but also stepping back for some objectivity and complexity.

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    AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

    Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual lan...

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    Review: Unflinchingly Honest And Grim 'Sunlight Jr.' Starring Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon

    To orient you to a filmmaker who's been away for far too long: If Wes Anderson’s central preoccupation is tightly controlled diorama-like compositions, Tim Burton’s obsession is dark, kooky misfits, and Sofia Coppola’s fixation is alienated teenagers soundtracked to exquisite pop songs, then Laurie ...

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    Is Vince Vaughn Asset or Liability on 'Delivery Man'? (EARLY REVIEW ROUNDUP)

    A review roundup of "Delivery Man," starring Vince Vaughn. They range from upbeat to negative.

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    Foreign Oscar Entry Review: My Dog Killer (Môj pes Killer)

    My Dog Killer, Slovakia's Submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Nomination. U.S. : None Yet. International Sales Agent: M-Appeal World Sales UG

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    'Catching Fire' Catches On: First Reviews of 'Hunger Games' Sequel

    First reviews says the 'Hunger Games' trilogy's new director takes it just where it needs to go.

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    Will Its Mild Debut Comedy Series 'Alpha House' Make Enough of a Splash for Amazon Studios?

    Both Netflix and Amazon turned to D.C. for their first big ventures into original programming. What better signal of your substance and relevance (if not, perhaps, your youthful appeal) than to skewer the world of American politics in your inaugural series?

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    Review: Who Needs 'Salinger' When You Have Calvin & Hobbes? 'Dear Mr. Watterson' Explains Bill Watterson's Legacy

    If all roads lead to Watterson, they also cogently illustrate why he blocked them off.

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    'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Finds Critics in Its Favor (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

    First reviews have arrived for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and the general critical consensus is that the second installment in the franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as archer Katniss Everdeen and directed by Francis Lawrence ("Water for Elephants"), is a strong improvement on the first f...

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