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    Review: French Cooking Comedy 'Haute Cuisine' An Unmemorable Meal

    Loosely based on the life of French president François Mitterrand’s personal chef, “Haute Cuisine” is a cream puff of a film. It’s sweet and airy without much nutritional value. You will definitely leave the movie hungry, largely because each dish created by Catherine Frot’s Hortense Laborie is more...

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    Rebellion, Corruption and Rejection: Norway Under the Radar at TIFF

    Life just isn’t that easy in the three Norwegian films that premiered at TIFF this year, all of which played under the critics’ radar.

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    Indiewire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce Finalists For Second Annual NYFF Critics Academy

    It's been a year since the first edition of the Critics Academy, a workshop co-hosted by Indiewire and the Film Society Society of Lincoln Center for aspiring film critics that takes place during the New York Film Festival, and it's starting to look like we're on to something.

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    Interpreting 'Breaking Bad's Infamous Phone Call

    In the week since "Ozymandias" aired, interpretations of Walter White's call have become a referendum on the show and its audience.

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    UWFF 2013 Review: 'Magic City' - A Poignant Coming-of-age Tale Where Girls Take Center Stage

    Summertime. Kids. Dead Body. The hood. This sounds familiar, but this tale is unlike what you’ve seen. The Magic City is a gritty, poignant but still hopeful coming-of-age tale in Miami’s Liberty City where girls take center stage.

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    Walt Disney and Jim Henson: So similar, so different

    Brian Jay Jones' towering new tome, Jim Henson: The Biography, released this past week. It offers the first and most comprehensive portrait of a man who is one of the most important figures in popular culture of the latter part of the 20th century. While reading the book (which despite its length, i...

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    Review Roundup UPDATE: Critics Praise Epic Shakespeare Series 'The Hollow Crown,' Kicking Off September 20 (TRAILER)

    Enthusiasts of the Bard, take note. "The Hollow Crown," the Sam Mendes-produced BBC series of four Shakespeare adaptations, "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1" and "Part 2," and "Henry V," begins its stateside airings tonight (September 20) on PBS. Critics have good things to say about the ambitious end...

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    Off to Re-See 'The Wizard'

    Does 'The Wizard of Oz's IMAX 3D reissue add new depth to a beloved favorite? Or is the true test of a classic how it withstands changes made to lure new audiences in?

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    Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

    Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and maki...

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