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    Review: Kim Mordaunt's Australian Oscar Submission 'The Rocket,' a Primitivist Parable with Anti-Corporate Message (TRAILER)

    There’s some seductively primeval scenery decorating Aussie director Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket,” which is Australia's Oscar entry, if only because its setting -- Laos -- has so seldom appeared on western screens. The film opens in New York City on January 10 and in Los Angeles on January 17 at the ...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Lion Roars—For Short Subjects

    ("Gypsy Night"—1935) Warner Archive has made my life a bit easier by collecting 36 MGM one- and two-reelers in a three-disc DVD set called "Classic Shorts from the Dream Factory Volume 2 (1929-1946)."

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    For 'Downton' Obsessives: Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February'

    As I said in my review of Downton Abbey, Season 4, we all miss Matthew, and since Julian Fellowes has made it clear that the character is not coming back as a ghost, Summer in February is the closest we're likely to come to a post-death sighting.

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    Review: Bryan Cranston Follows Up ‘Breaking Bad’ As Blind Criminal In 'Cold Comes the Night'

    Chun treats the material with a sophistication that brings its pulpy scenario down to earth. Not even Bryan Cranston with a cheap Slavic accent can stop him.

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    Why 2013 Was a Banner Year For Documentaries, And 2014 Looks Even Better

    "A banner year for documentary" is what you’re likely to have read in more than a few year-end overviews in recent weeks, and not without reason: 2013 was a great year for documentaries, though also one that drew attention to the ways in which our (mis)use of that word tends to shape and shift our e...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

    If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's ...

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    Review: James Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar' Does Justice To His Eclectic Artistic Ambitions

    So let's clear up a few misconceptions about this film—and of course there are misconceptions, it's a James Franco project. Firstly, "Interior. Leather Bar" is not a recreation/reimagining of the "censored," never-shown 40 minutes from William Friedkin's "Cruising," nor even footage inspired by that...

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    Review: Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary 'First Cousin, Once Removed'

    Some docs are journalism. Some are history. Some are entertainment. Very few aspire to poetry -- the Oscar-shortlisted “First Cousin, Once Removed” by Alan Berliner being a notable exception.

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    This Weekend, Don't Miss 'Lone Survivor' in NY and LA, Avoid 'Interior. Leather Bar'

    Amid awards season expansions, relatively light offerings hit major theaters and art houses this weekend, among them "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," yakuza thriller "Beyond Outrage," "Interior. Leather Bar" and "The Best Offer." But above all, head to select theaters for "Lone Survivor," hel...

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    Review: Takeshi Kitano's 'Beyond Outrage' Blows Up The Standard Gangster Movie Template

    Suckas better recognize, because Takeshi Kitano is back, and he ain’t suffering no fools. “Beyond Outrage” is the most violent and brutal of Kitano’s body of work yet, and considering the writer-director-star is known for his shocking, graphic Yakuza dramas, that’s something worth noting. As back-to...

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