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    REVIEW: "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2"

    Charles Solomon says the original Cloudy didn't exactly cry out for sequel and that the animated sequel is "a regrettable mishmash of twitchy animation, underdeveloped story and overwrought designs". Read his full review here.

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    Review: Ron Howard's 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl & Olivia Wilde

    It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into ...

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    Review: 'Muscle Shoals' A Compelling, Must-See Documentary For Any Music Fan

    Can music reflect landscape? Can a spiritual terrain seep into the soul of a people through music? These are some of the questions asked in the documentary, "Muscle Shoals," a must-see documentary for any rock n' roll history connoisseur. There's not just something in the water in Muscle Shoals, Ala...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Grand Piano’ Starring Elijah Wood Is Like The Best Brian De Palma Movie He Never Made

    A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper w...

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    Review Roundup: Critics Find Affleck and Timberlake's 'Runner Runner' to Be Mediocre Mediocre

    Ben Affleck may be on a roll in 2013, with Oscar-winning "Argo," and his casting as Batman in Zack Snyder's Superman-Batman installment, as well as the co-lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," but "Runner Runner" won't go down as another victory in his banner year. Critics have only dismal things to ...

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    In Criterion's New Boxed Set, Bergman and Rossellini Make Love Among the Ruins

    In 1947, Ingrid Bergman dashed off an admiring letter to Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Inspired by his neorealist classics "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," she suggested he might use her multilingual talents. "I am ready to come and make a film with you," she wrote, as though it were destined ...

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    Rudd and Giamatti in 'All Is Bright': Would You Buy a Christmas Tree from These Men?

    An offbeat, affecting little dark comedy, All is Bright was called Almost Christmas when it was shown at the last Tribeca Film Festival. Luckily, nothing has changed except for the less blatantly seasonal new title. Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd play down-on-their-luck Canadians who come to New Yor...

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    Silent Comedy Scholarship

    I pored over every page of this book with great interest, from his intricate historical notes to his detailed filmographies. And just when you think you’ve reached the end of this massive volume, he offers a bonus:

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    Now On DVD - 'Dark Girls' Seeks To Bring About Healing Via Discussion Of A Deep-Rooted Issue

    Now On DVD - 'Dark Girls' Seeks To Bring About Healing Via Discussion Of A Deep-Rooted Issue

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

    ​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been ...

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