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    Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'The Bling Ring,' 'Call Me Kuchu' and More

    Sofia Coppola's thieving celeb-wannabes in "The Bling Ring" invade select theaters today, but Coppola's film isn't the only indie entering the marketplace. Below find a list of the indies opening today, with synopses courtesy of the distributors.

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    LAFF Kicks Off with Almodovar's Sexy 'I'm So Excited,' What To See at 2013 Fest

    The 19th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off ten days of screenings and events Thursday night (our recommendations are below) with Pedro Almodovar's sexily escapist romp "I'm So Excited" (review here), which played well for the North American premiere crowd downtown at LA Live. The S...

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    The Bling Ring - Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola

    The Bling Ring may be the most anxiety producing film I have ever seen. I sat raptly watching it with deep concern over the state of young people today. Thankfully, I was with two young women who are interns for the Athena Film Festival, who were by the way also very anxious, and they both assured...

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    Sorry, Pedro: 'I'm So Excited' Is Almodóvar's Worst Film

    Over the course of 30 years, Pedro Almodóvar's movies have been kinky, strange, melodramatic and entertaining often in the best of ways, but "I'm So Excited!" delivers all those ingredients gone wrong.

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    'I'm So Excited' Review: Sex, Drugs and R&B Collide at 30,000 Feet

    It's hard to understand the motivation of whoever was tasked with translating the title of Pedro Almodóvar's new movie into English. They ended up with "I'm So Excited!", which certainly conveys the campy joy of the 95-minute airborne bacchanal but is a far cry from the film's original Spanish title...

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    Man of Steel

    If casting were all it took to make a successful movie, "Man of Steel" would be a slam-dunk.

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    This Is The End

    This movie is a self-indulgent exercise built on a one-joke premise…but it made me laugh from start to finish.

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    Now and Then: Five Reasons 'Mumblecore' and 'Millennial' Don't Mean the Same Thing

    Reading wave after wave of writing about the Millennial generation and the so-called "mumblecore" movement, you would be forgiven for thinking the commentators had somehow mistaken movies for real life.

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    Weekend Preview: 'Man of Steel' Mixed, 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Shines, Middling 'Bling Ring' and More

    The review embargo for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" came crashing down a few nights ago, and unleashed reactions both super and withering. The film, which stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, is sitting with a 60% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Review: Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

    Confession: going into "The Bling Ring," I was hopeful that I’d find the Sofia Coppola of "Marie Antoinette" rather than the Sofia Coppola of "Somewhere" parked behind the camera. Surely, a true-life Hollywood tale as fundamentally ludicrous as fame-and-celebrity-obsessed hipster teens targeting fre...

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