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    Review: 'Spinning Plates' Serves Up Three Dishes On The Changing Face Of Dining Out

    What it means to dine out has changed profoundly over the last few decades. This week The New York Times reported on the closure of Hilltop Steak House, a western-themed restaurant just outside of Boston, which had been open since 1961. It perfectly reflects the sort of post-war ideal of what the re...

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    Your Week in Streaming: 'The Heat' Hits VOD, and Six Other Weird and Wonderful Female "Buddy" Movies

    If you missed Paul Feig's hilarious, smart, raunchy Bullock and McCarthy two-hander "The Heat" this past summer, fear not. You can now catch up with the film on demand and iTunes. And in the spirit of this release, here are other, perhaps more unconventional streaming movies that fit the female budd...

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    The Hit Show No One's Watching

    ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.

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    Review: Killer Whale Doc 'Blackfish' Exposes the Deadly Side of SeaWorld

    One of the most harrowing film sequences you are likely to see this year is in “Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s gripping documentary on SeaWorld’s captivity of orca whales, and the lethal consequences that have arisen from keeping this awesome species in cement pools for the enjoyment of water ...

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    Review Roundup: Critics Mixed on 'Thor: The Dark World' -- Generic Marvel Entry With Too Little of Loki?

    Following its premiere in London, first reviews for "Thor: The Dark World" (November 8) are coming in, mixed so far. Some critics find the film a generic exercise, straight out of the Marvel machine, with too little Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is locked up in a glass box for much of his screen time. ...

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    Review: Suicide And Sexual Abuse Abound In Claire Denis' Muddled 'Bastards'

    Claire Denis' films are typically intimate dramas weighted with emotion, which makes it particularly dispiriting that "Bastards," her eleventh feature, contains all of those ingredients without sufficiently making them gel. A muddled revenge drama about family ties and traumatic experiences, the mov...

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    Review: Personality & Buoyant Child Performances Sustain Flawed 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'

    “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” opens with a compression of plight so packed it might set a record. When we first meet Mister (Skylan Brooks), a 14-year-old boy living with his drug-addled mother (Jennifer Hudson) in a squalid apartment, he's flunked out of eight grade, been denied grocer...

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    FNC '13 Review: Unpredictable Embarrassment Is Both Subject & Style In Eccentric & Wildly Off Centred 'R100'

    Hitoshi Matsumoto has a big reputation among his fellow Japanese peers, and he's considered to be a very, very funny guy. He made his name on television and the country's popular form of comedy known as owarai, playing the boke half of the duo known as “Downtown” with his friend Masatoshi Hamada. No...

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    Review: The Feel-Good 'CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story' Gets An 'A-'

    I definitely listen to more Pebbles than TLC in 2013. The beloved girl group took over my developing years, oversaturated the radio, and wore me the hell out. Plus, I really only love their first two albums, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip and CrazySexyCool. Still, I was super hype to see VH1 and the ...

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    Review: Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

    The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 201...

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