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    Review: Is the Hilarious 'Computer Chess' A Change of Pace For Andrew Bujalski?

    There is an immediate sense of change afoot in "Computer Chess," Andrew Bujalski's fourth feature as writer-director, visible to anyone familiar with his previous work.

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    'Only God Forgives': Ryan Gosling in a World of Sick Pups

    Take Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas out of the equation, and Only God Forgives is no more than a stylish midnight movie about murder, vengeance and drug-dealing in Bangkok. But there they are, exuding talent and legitimacy: Gosling stony-faced yet magnetic as Julian, who runs a boxing ...

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    Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

    Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to ...

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    Why Hollywood Should Keep Destroying Cities

    Critics have attacked this summer's blockbusters for exploiting 9/11. But what else are we afraid of?

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    In a Big Year For African American Movies, 'Big Words' Is the Underdog You Should See

    If the marketplace is relatively dense with black cinema, not everything can receive equal scrutiny, so the fairly marginal release on Friday of Neil Drumming's enjoyable character piece "Big Words" positions it as the underdog.

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    Veteran Writers Bring Fresh Perspective With New Site, Critics a Go Go

    Veterans critics are doing their own thing all over the place these days. Last week brought the launch of The Dissolve; now, Peter Keough, of the dearly departed Boston Phoenix, and Henry Sheehan, whose past outlets include the L.A. Reader and the Orange County Register, are trading cross-country po...

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    Tepid Reviews For ‘Tula: The Revolt’ In Dutch Media

    Since its release in the Netherlands a week ago, the feature film ‘Tula: the Revolt’, about a slave uprising on the Dutch colonial island of Curacao in the Caribbean, has garnered mostly lukewarm reviews from Dutch media channels. Two of the nation’s largest newspapers, Telegraaf and Volkskrant, hav...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

    After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sor...

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    Review: 'Blackfish' Ensures You'll Never Go to SeaWorld Again

    Nobody from SeaWorld agreed to an interview for "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's searing take on the theme park's mistreatment of killer whales and the dozens of deaths that have resulted from it.

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    'The Newsroom' Season 2 Promises Less and Delivers It

    The season-spanning story is designed to seem ambitious, but this Newsroom feels like a scaled-down show; there's less egregious overreach, but nothing's come in to replace it. It’s a tamed beast, no longer the unicorn of absurdity it once was. It's less of a disappointment, but mainly because we kn...

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