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    Nothing Surfaces: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

    A Critics Academy investigation of a "perilous but rewarding film."

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    What You Won't Learn About Spielberg From Last Night's '60 Minutes' (Video)

    Oscar-season pandering has begun. Steven Spielberg's bid for "Lincoln" kicked into high gear with a tender segment about the personal inspiration behind his work. He may not be running for office, but like most campaign fodder the interview contains a grain of truth that obscures the bigger picture.

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    A Tale of Two HBO Movies - The Girl and Ethel

    There is not too much that The Girl and Ethel have in common except for the fact that they are both on HBO last week.

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    'Holy Motors' Trailer, Review ("bonkers, delirious, pretentious"); Carax Q & A (VIDEO)

    Indomina has released an exhilarating U.S. trailer for Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," which debuted on the fest circuit last May in Cannes (where it did not score a prize) and wound up playing Fantastic Fest as well as New York, which tells you something. Matt Mueller's review calls the film "bonkers" ...

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    LFF Review: Richard Dormer Shines In Touching & Uplifting Punk Rock Terri Hooley Biopic 'Good Vibrations'

    We’re introduced to Terry Hooley (Richard Dormer) when he’s just five years old, playing in the front garden of his Belfast home. When one of the other children he has been arguing with slingshots a stone at his face, Terry becomes Terri – with one i.

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    Review: Prieto Remakes Refn's 'Pusher'

    Luis Prieto’s remake of "Pusher" is of interest because Nicolas Winding Refn's original offers such promising source material. But even with Refn's blessing, Prieto makes plenty of his own mistakes, delivering a stylish but perfunctory copy of his predecessor.

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    Weekend Preview: Awards Contender 'The Sessions,' Tyler Perry's Rotten 'Alex Cross'

    This weekend, you can see Tyler Perry's attempt at movie-stardom (sans the Medea drag getup) in "Alex Cross," which is being slaughtered by critics...

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Skyfall' Is Both Homecoming and Breakthrough

    James Bond has always been about looking forward and back at the same time, but never more so than in "Skyfall," which is both a homecoming and a breakthrough for the 50th anniversary. In fact, it's all about exploring the old and the new. That's the central metaphor; it's embedded in every ambiguou...

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    LFF Review: Rolling Stones Doc 'Crossfire Hurricane' Is Little More Than A Familiar Nostalgia Trip

    There’s been the little-seen “Charlie Is My Darling” and “Cocksucker Blues,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Sympathy for the Devil,” 1970’s Altamont-focused “Gimme Shelter,” Julien Temple’s “Stones at the Max” and Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light,” and that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to documen...

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    Critic's Notebook: How to Find the Brilliance in Harris Savides' Career, From 'Gerry' to Cindy Crawford Videos

    Cinematographer Harris Savides died last Tuesday at 55, but the news made it to the internet two days later. For the five hours during which I felt personally aggrieved, I tried to figure out why I'd been so upset by it.

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