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    Review: International Cut of Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' a Visually Poetic and Badass Sci-Fi Thriller

    I was in Paris for a few days over the winter holidays and made a point of seeking out Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” still playing in a few theaters around the city (read: this is the non-Weinstein cut of the film). The short story is that I’m glad I did: It’s fantastic. But here are some more detai...

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    Visceral, Tough, Apolitical: Mark Wahlberg in 'Lone Survivor'

    With its solid but conventional filmmaking, Lone Survivor looks like one more popcorn–action movie, this time about Navy SEALS on a mission. But as it puts viewers in the center of a fatal fight in Afghanistan, Peter Berg's fact-based story becomes something timely and deeply important.

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    Review: 'The Legend Of Hercules' Is Director Renny Harlin At His Dullest And Most Derivative

    Last year, a pair of movies involving the White House being taken over by terrorists was released into theaters nationwide; one was a fairly cheap B-movie while the other was a sturdier, mainstream affair. This year, we're getting two movies about Hercules, the mythological strongman who was the son...

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    Review: Clichés & Frustration Fill 'The Truth About Emanuel' Starring Jessica Biel & Kaya Scodelario

    There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films—dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on—and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much interest f...

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    Review: 'Raze' Starring Zoe Bell & Rachel Nichols Doesn't Pack The Punch It Should

    The women-in-prison genre gets a contemporary reworking in the grisly slugfest “Raze.” There’s no sex or nudity in this film, which pairs off a large ensemble of actresses in a series of increasingly violent fistfights to the death, and some audiences might find this a cause for celebration—Bechdel ...

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    CINE-LIST: Five International Cinema Highlights from the Palm Springs Film Festival

    Palm Springs International Film Festival excels in its foreign cinema selection, offering up the must-see buzzy titles, but also the lesser-known, equally worthy entries. By this point everyone knows that, say, Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" or Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" can't be missed. But what a...

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    Sundance Curiosities: Will ‘Fed Up' Be the Last Straw for America's Food Industry?

    Virtually every year, the Sundance Film Festival premieres at least one documentary that serves as a hugely compelling call to action. Rallying for the distinction this year is director Stephanie Soechtig’s “Fed Up.”

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    Review: Award Winning ‘The Rocket’ Is A Lovely, Resonant & Deeply Accomplished Drama

    There’s a tricky balance to be found in Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt’s impressive narrative debut “The Rocket.” Mordaunt, who returns to Laos after exploring the country in his documentary “The Bomb Harvest,” tells a tale that’s both humanistic and soulful, yet political and socially aware....

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    American Horror Stories: Why 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Should Be Drawing Comparisons to '12 Years a Slave'

    Two very different-looking movies have more in common than meets the eye.

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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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