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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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    Stephanie Zacharek and David Fear Discuss Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

    In week's installment of our Critical Consensus column, Time Out New York's David Fear trades e-mails with The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek about "The Bling Ring," which opens tomorrow.

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    'Man of Steel': Superguy For Our Times

    If casting really were everything, Man of Steel would be phenomenal: Henry Cavill soars away with the title Best Looking Superman Ever; Russell Crowe brings emotional depth to the role of his father, Jor-El; Michael Shannon glowers as Jor-El's power-hungry nemesis, General Zod, yet makes us see t...

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    Review: 'Berberian Sound Studio'

    People love movies about the making of movies. Well, that's perhaps an exaggeration -- general audiences have a history of some apathy towards the genre. But filmmakers certainly love films that go behind the scenes of their own business, from "8 1/2" to last year's Oscar winner "The Artist," and ci...

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    SIFF Review: Painterly, Meditative S. African Drama 'Forgotten Kingdom' Buoyed by Rich Performances

    Premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival is Andrew Mudge's South African drama The Forgotten Kingdom.

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    Review - 'Gideon's Army' Is A Necessary Look At The Work Done By The Unsung

    Director Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army, which will premiere on HBO on July 1, can be summarized as follows: 3 young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South - Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick - struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justic...

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    Review: 'This Is the End' Is All Over the Place, But Frequently Hilarious

    Review: 'This Is the End' Is All Over the Place, But Frequently Hilarious

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    Review and Roundup: 'Man of Steel' Debate is Raging

    Bryan Singer is smiling. The lag time on getting the Superman reboot up and running, after Warner Bros. decided that Singer took the wrong course with his 2006 Richard Donner-inflected "Superman Returns," has not been kind to "Man of Steel." A return to form for the DC side of the comics universe th...

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    'World War Z' Zombies Reflect Pool of National Anxieties

    Vampires have always represented rather specific sources of fear -- sex, blood (especially post-AIDS) and, of course, the loss of one’s immortal soul. Zombies, on the other hand, are a blank canvas -- whatever you’re afraid of, be it immigration, disease, terrorists or the Tea Party, zombies are rea...

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