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    Ophuls' 'The Earrings of Madame de...' on Blu-ray from Criterion: Before the New Wave, a New Woman (VIDEO)

    More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones, Saint Teresa of Avila reputedly opined, but she never met Louise, Madame de... (Danielle Darrieux). For the vain, tragic heroine of Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..." (1953), the price of a direct line to the heavens comes in a ...

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    Review: 'Planes' Featuring The Voices Of Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Garrett

    Billions of dollars flood the Walt Disney Company every year, thanks to the toys, videogames, DVDs, clothing, gummy vitamins and bed sheets associated with their "Cars" franchise. What originated as a single Pixar movie (2006's "Cars") has expanded beyond the sequel (2011's "Cars 2") and short films...

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    Review: 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters' Starring Logan Lerman, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion & More

    You really have to be careful with these young adult franchises. “Harry Potter” managed to lock up participants for what became an annual entry in the series, as audiences watched these kids grow into functioning young adults. That franchise knew the value of time; three and a half years later, we h...

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    How Joe Swanberg's (Sort Of) Erotic Thriller '24 Exposures,' With Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, Has Fun With Familiar Ingredients

    From the outset, mumblecore pioneer Joe Swanberg has made divisive and uniquely scrappy character studies, but with time the prolific filmmaker's work has incorporated more readily accessible and conventional genre ingredients. While "Drinking Buddies," currently available on VOD ahead of its theatr...

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    We're the Millers

    I don’t ask a lot of a comedy: I want it to make me laugh, and "We’re the Millers" does just that.

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    Review: Cop Thriller 'Blood' Starring Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox & Mark Strong

    The history of the British police movie is not a glorious one. Perhaps it's because (for the most part) U.K. coppers aren't allowed to carry firearms, which somewhat reduces the capacity for squib-happy action sequences. Or maybe it's the lack of glamorous locations for said shootouts, which can har...

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    Review: 'I Give It A Year' Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Stephen Merchant, Anna Faris & Minnie Driver

    There's a certain amount of winky irreverence built into "I Give It a Year," based on its title alone, which is something that people snarl, usually at the weddings of people who they feel are fundamentally incompatible. The title suggests that, while it might appear to be a bouncy romantic comedy, ...

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    The Criticwire Pull Quote Matching Game: 'On the Road'

    Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together, but hopefully this will help.

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    Is Harvey Taking His Scissors to Korean Hit 'Snowpiercer'?

    So far, the reviews for dystopian thriller "Snowpiercer" are raves. But that doesn't mean that Harvey Weinstein won't tinker with the Bong Joon-ho film before releasing it to the territories he controls, which are most of the English-speaking world. Australia trade reporter Don Groves reports that W...

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    Review: Lake Bell's 'In a World' a Hilarious Feminist Comedy About the Power of Voice

    What’s in a voice? Power, for one thing. The power to tell people things -- anything from an update on a global crisis to the general gist of a young adult movie franchise. This idea is at the center of Lake Bell’s hilarious, sincere and boldly feminist comedy “In a World,” which she wrote, directed...

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