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    'Les Miserables' Review Round-Up; Detractors Could Hurt Musical's Oscar Bid

    Christmas Day saw two new openings of award-season contenders, "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." (We will parse their box office on Thursday.) But judging from social media chatter as well as reviews, it is clear that Tom Hooper's approach to the musical may be too radical for many moviegoers...

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    Review: ‘Tabu’ Is Magic Realism In Rapture, As Only The Language Of Cinema Can Tell It

    The following article is a reprint of our review that ran during the Toronto Interntional Film Festival. Keep an eye on this one too. It's been released very late in the year, but we suspect you'll be seeing it on many of our top 10 lists.

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    Critical Consensus: Carrie Rickey and Anne Thompson Discuss 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables' and Other Fall Movies

    Critical Consensus: Carrie Rickey and Anne Thompson Discuss 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables' and Other Fall Movies

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    DVD Review: 'The Words' Has A Serious Case of Writer's Block

    It would be easy to come away from "The Words" with the impression that writing is a stiff, musty line of work — all grand ballrooms, solemn readings, and blue-blooded accents, a veritable Titanic of pretensions. This would be a mistake. The only sinking ship here is the film itself.

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    'Django Unchained' Opens Big Today; What We Thought + What You Thought...

    Since Django Unchained opened today, Christmas Day, to impressive numbers ($10 to $13 million according to Deadline, opening on 3,010 screens), and some other outlets are releasing their reviews, I thought we'd remind you all that both Sergio and Tambay saw the film and reviewed it sep...

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    DJANGO UNCHAINED

    If you had pulled me out of the theater one hour into Quentin Tarantino’s 'Django Unchained,' I would have raved. The first portion of the movie is utterly exuberant, full of life and the love of moviemaking.

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    LES MISÉRABLES

    As an ardent fan of the musical stage play 'Les Misérables' and its vibrant songs, I had high hopes for this elaborate screen adaptation.

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    Now and Then: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Early in "Meet Me in St. Louis," Esther Smith (Judy Garland) pines for the boy next door. Lent silky grace by Garland's perfect warble, Esther describes love — and, by extension, Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic. "I want it to be something strange and wonderful," she says. "Something I'll always rem...

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    Review: Age & Illness Test Love In Michael Haneke's Unflinching 'Amour'

    Michael Haneke makes it clear from the opening of the film exactly where he's going in "Amour." Kicking off with a literal bang, a team of police officers force open the door of a flat in France, and with masks over their mouths, they walk around the apartment, open the windows and finally find what...

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    Review: Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Are Fleeting & Familiar In David Chase's Uneven 'Not Fade Away'

    For a film that’s ostensibly set to the vibrant pulse of early ‘60s rock 'n' roll and blues -- The Rolling Stones, the early Beatles, Bo Diddley, etc. -- David Chase’s directorial debut, “Not Fade Away,” sure has a curious, circuitous and eventually long-winded tempo. Set in 1964, just a few months ...

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